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  1. Montana & Wyoming are on my short list of flight destinations. Maybe at some point we can plan a CT trip out that way. I'd love to get a video of several CTs buzzing Devil's Tower!
  2. I was initially skeptical of the cheaper vinyl tubing Roger recommends, but I have used it on two tube changes now and it does work great. It's still plenty strong at the two year mark when it gets changed.
  3. I didn't really, but since I had a problem with a bent pin and the new bowls solve potential issues with the pin holes being drilled all the way through (which has caused me a fuel leak) I decided to upgrade since they were just $79 each. Call it paranoia, but I have had two major fuel leaks related to the bowls and I really don't want an engine fire.
  4. I got my new fuel bowls from Spruce today. What was immediately visible? There were two little holes in both boxes. Because they were put in sideways, with the float pins up against and poking through the cardboard! Are the pins bent or stressed now, or the adhesive weakened by downward pressure into the pin hole? Who knows... The really stupid thing is I rotated the bowl 90° and it still fits in the box with no stress to the pins. Not sure if this was Rotax or ACS that packed this way, but somebody needs to be taught how to pack parts.
  5. Your biggest expense will be insurance, $6k+ per year.
  6. That's an interesting method. When you say outboard do you mean with the inside edge of the level up to the wing/fuse seam line, or somewhere else? I could see the exact position where the level is placed making a difference.
  7. Congrats on getting back in the air! I'd be interested in a run-down of what you think the pros & cons are of the Remos versus the CT.
  8. Won't that put stress on surrounding components?
  9. What Roger said. Also remember these airplanes are hand-made and no two are 100% the same. It's possible the bottom of one tank has a slight tilt to it and is not 100% flat, which would also make this problem worse. When I fly short, hour hops I carry plenty of fuel and don't really worry about it. For longer cross-country flights I just periodically check the sight tubes and balance per Roger's procedure if the levels become significantly out. Remember too, the CT will happily fly with an empty tank with no issues. The way people come to grief is when one tank goes empty and the other gets low. Then an uncoordinated turn away from the empty tank can cause the remaining fuel to run away from the pickup near the cockpit and interrupt fuel flow to the engine. If you never run the fuel very low and/or balance your tanks when one gets way out of whack, you'll be fine.
  10. How would you get teflon hose on the fittings out of the A pillars and similar locations? Would you hack off the barbs and tap the stubs for new fittings? How would you handle the coolant hoses? Just trying to get my head around how all this would work and the expense. It sounds like a $3k or more project without labor.
  11. Interestingly, I found the following in the FAQs when pricing out teflon hoses...sounds like it buys you 3 years, not a lifetime: My mechanic told me that Teflon hoses are lifetime, is that true? No, regardless of hose type, it is recommended to replace the hose after 8 years or at overhaul of the engine.
  12. How does that work with things like barb fittings? Do you need new connection methods, or some kind of end cap on the hose to prevent damage before going over the barb?
  13. I agree, but maybe get the filter to the other side of the firewall, or one on each side coming off the A-pillar fittings? I hate that the filter is a potential source of leaks right behind the panel. Madhatter, do you have a source for the teflon hose, and an idea of how much would be needed? I know this stuff is spendy, but since I'm doing the work myself and saving money there I would not mind making this change to avoid ever having to do it again. Of course, you'd still have to replace coolant hoses (unless there are teflon hoses for coolant) and other rubber bits like carb sockets and engine mount isolators, but it would be a much less painful maintenance.
  14. I have to say I was not thrilled about sight tubes as my only fuel gauge in my CT at first, but I have grown to love them. They never lie and they are always accurate (when properly calibrated and marked, and in relatively smooth air). I don't love that there is a tube to the fuel tank that can fail, but I have never heard of that happening in a properly-maintained CT, and if it did the fuel should wick out between the wing and fuselage and stay out of the cockpit (except the smell of course). The tubes have worked well for me for 8 years, and they are in great shape when I change them every two years. They could probably go 5-6 years (if they were still readable), not that I'd test that.
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