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  2. Anticept

    batteries again

    The 20 dollar chargers suck. Either they don't float charge, or they don't fully charge an AGM battery.
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  4. ibjet

    Lubing the stabilator cable

    I'm going to use a short length of 1" dia alum bar, but I will connect it to a long skinny piece of hardwood trim that I can clamp to a stationary table (once I get the Stabilator held down into neutral position). I will drill a .50 dia hole thru on center line (that will just clear the head of the ball joint). Then I will mill a flat along the side of the bar until I have a .300 wide opening that will clear the post of the ball joint. That way I will have a pretty big foot print to push the spring forward with, but I can also reach in with a 7 mm open end wrench to turn the post (mine is either Loctited in or just threaded in to the Trim actuator arm. When I try to loosen it, I'll hit it with my little heat gun first to soften the Loctite. Posting a picture showing the foot print of the tool that I will make (in red).
  5. iaw4

    batteries again

    thanks. leaving the collision light on is a great idea, obvious once explained. I am thinking of replacing the standard battery with the earthx lithium one on the next annual. does it have higher capacity than the standard? amazon is selling automotive trickle chargers for $20 https://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/automotive/15707061/ref=pd_zg_hrsr_automotive_1_4_last . of course, lead-acid only, until I may upgrade next year. any reason not to use any of the $20 ones?
  6. Has anyone made a table or graph of horizontal vs vertical speeds at different rpm settings (and different flap settings) on a reasonable [ahem, standard] day? for example, 3000rpm, 15 degrees of flaps: 70 knots speeds has a vertical speed of -300fpm, 60 knots of -100fpm, and so on.
  7. Scrapman1959

    CT incident Lorraine, Ohio 11/4/18

    I will post the findings of my cracked gear leg inspection.
  8. Runtoeat

    Lubing the stabilator cable

    I made a tool to remove the spring a few years ago. Took a 3 foot piece of 1" water pipe, cut a slot in it with my die grinder with small cutoff wheel. The diameter of the pipe allows it to push on the washer while the slot on one side allows compression of the spring past the ball attachment. Recall needing to "lean in" to the spring to compress it and then holding it compressed while another person installed the wire to keep it compressed. Reversed the process to install the spring. Sounds like the repair procedure is basically what I describe.
  9. Roger Lee

    Lubing the stabilator cable

    A smaller diameter pipe may keep it from wanting to tilt all over. The barrow pipe will slide down the cable shaft and keep it straight and lined up.
  10. Roger Lee

    Life Limited parts available

    Some door struts were a tad too long and would bottom out when you tried to close the door the last inch or so. The easy fix is to remove the ends with the ball and shorten them about 1/8" and on both ends. This took care of the problem. later on the company for the door struts offered shorter ends which took care of this. The smiley face is a crack on top of the engine usually. It comes from an older crankcase from the mid 2006 era and earlier. People have been warned over the decades not to over pitch their props, but owners and Mfg's did it anyway which at times caused this 2" crack on top of the thinner crankcase. After mid 2006 and later there was a new crankcase which was thicker. That said you are still warned not to over pitch your prop. I think I've said that once or twice.
  11. Runtoeat

    batteries again

    cdarza, there is a procedure to recover a AGM battery that has been deeply discharged. The CTEK and most new chargers will not charge a battery if it is below a certain voltage. To charge a AGM that has been deeply discharged requires connecting a standard 12v "flooded cell" battery in parallel to the AGM battery and then applying the charger. There should be directions either in your charger manual or on their website for this. Might work in your case.
  12. Roger Lee

    EGT question for the experts?

    CHT's are only on cylinder 2 & # and most of our EGT's are on the back cylinders 3 & 4. There are a few with all 4 EGT's, but not many. The EGT is a measure of the burn conditions within the cylinder and the CHT the cooling around the head (or the system itself). So this limits the question to cylinder #3. The answer is yes they can be different. From a loose CHT probe and bad EGT probe or a coolant issue. A reduced flow or using waterless coolant.
  13. Roger Lee

    EGT question for the experts?

    Header wrap doesn't affect your EGT reading. because the probe should be 100mm (3.9") out from the exhaust port (many aren't) the fire and heat coming out of there is fairly instant and consistent, header wrap has little to no influence at this stage. Header wrap was originally used by racers to keep the exhaust hot all the way down and out the exhaust pipes. This helped reduced colder gases from creating some back pressure. These guys did this to squeak out a couple more horsepower. For us our pipes are so short it isn't that kind of a benefit. We use it to keep all the hot radiated and convected heat off our hoses and wire insulation. You can test this theory yourself. Tester beware of the first test. Without header wrap would you run your engine and then grab your bare exhaust pipe. If you're this dumb please post the after test pictures of your hand. The second test is with header wrap in place repeat the test. You can not only touch the pipes, but gently grab them and within seconds can hold them.. A greatly reduced radiated heat affect. Because of the material the header wrap is made of and the millivolt use within the EGT over wrapping the EGT probe with the header wrap will cause EGT fluctuations as high as 120F. leaving a 1/4" space on each side is best.
  14. Runtoeat

    Life Limited parts available

    Questions: In regards to the door struts, what is meant by "making them shorter for my doors"? Also, regarding replacing the engine what is meant by "developed a smiley face"?
  15. Runtoeat

    CT incident Lorraine, Ohio 11/4/18

    Scrapman, based on the manufacturing defects found in the gear leg involved in this accident and the resulting investigation showing a history of manufacturing quality problems with certain other CTLS gear legs, I would send the your cracked leg to FDUSA and have it inspected. You might have receive a refund on the new leg you purchased if the identified defects are found in your cracked leg. Also, my interactions with FDUSA make me believe that they would want to know if there are additional legs that might be defective.
  16. ibjet

    Lubing the stabilator cable

    Thank you! This Forum is such an awesome resource! You know, like anything else, if you just pour yourself into it (cautiously, ha ha) after a while of swimming around in it, it just unveils itself. Now that I know how I will compress the spring, it does not seem like that much of a challenge. I have a mini milling machine so I can make little tool details when I need them. But the metal part needed for this could be made of tubing and the slot made with a Dremel motor. I'm looking forward to posting a picture . . .
  17. cdarza

    Lubing the stabilator cable

    Your detailed descriptions and pictures are also very much appreciated. I sure hope i dont have to do what you are doing but if i do, you are already helping tremendously.
  18. ibjet

    Lubing the stabilator cable

    I did some more poking around . . . I loosened the nut that holds the spring rod end to the trim arm. Then I tried to turn the ball end shaft (it has 2 flats), the dang thing would not turn! I even pushed forward on the spring to take tension off. I guess it is threaded into the trim arm. It may even be Loctited on. Next time I'll shoot it with my little heat gun first. For my tool to compress the spring, I found I have some 1" dia alum rod, so I'll make something like the Safety Directive shows about 2 inches long and attach it to a long rectangular piece of hardwood trim. Then, I'll pull the Stabilator down into neutral position and apply that tool, and clamp the other end of it to a stationary table. I gotta do something like that to be able to remove the Stabilator so that I can re-connect the trim cables. But, I'm accomplishing the mission, learning what makes the Stabilator tick! Thanks for your info Roger. I'll have to show a picture of my set up when I get to it (multiplexing this week, ha ha).
  19. WmInce

    Stick Shake

    Okay . . . thank you.
  20. Scrapman1959

    CT incident Lorraine, Ohio 11/4/18

    I have a cracked gear leg in my hanger from my CTLS. It’s a 2011 model. I never had any landings with this AC that I thought were a “hard” landing. Found the crack during a routine inspection. Bet that gear leg I replaced was defective as well. Does FD replace the defective ones? We paid $1500 for a new leg.
  21. Tom Baker

    Stick Shake

    Bill, nothing in writing. It was something I picked up while working the booth at either Sebring or Oshkosh. I was in the booth at Sebring for 3 or 4 years starting 2008. I helped in the booth at Oshkosh 2008, until a few years ago when they didn't have a display. Over the years I ask a lot of questions from the people with the answers.
  22. Tom Baker

    Stick Shake

    Beyond the plate the fuselge is more square on the CTLS in this area.
  23. Buckaroo

    EGT question for the experts?

    By the way I’m stripping all the exhaust wrap off the pipes. I appreciate cleaner uncomplicated systems especially if not need! And then one over wraps and makes things worse! 🤔 In Phoenix in July probably needed!
  24. cdarza

    EGT question for the experts?

    Can i re ask my question though ..... if say you have CHT in the RED and EGT is showing normal...(same cylinder) can one assume the CHT might be a faulty reading or does cht and egt readings have no correlation at all to each other. I will also add then in reverse, if EGT is in the RED, and CHT is normal can we assume a possible faulty egt reading.
  25. Roger Lee

    EGT question for the experts?

    The engine is leaner in the mid 4K's. It runs richer at high rpms to help stave off detonation. No problem here.
  26. Roger Lee

    Life Limited parts available

    The spacers do replace the spring, but there are some flat washers and another part that goes in at the top. FD USA would probably have those parts. I have never tried to ship any of these out of country. There is probably a duty on them.
  27. Buckaroo

    EGT question for the experts?

    I’m always entertained when I descend powered back and the EGT temps rise! Then I remember too much information can spoil a fun flight!
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