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Landing Gear - 12/31/2013
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Mounting the tires on the main gear legsMounting the tires on the main gear legs
Here's one of the tires, mounted on the left gear leg. I used a large crescent wrench that I bought from Lowes Home and Aircraft Supply to tighten the VA-106 wheel nut on the axle. I tightened the wheel nut to the point that the wheel wouldn't rotate easily on the axle, just to seat the rim and bearings in place. Then I backed the nut off a little, just enough to allow the tire to rotate on the axle without any notable friction. Then I used a spring loaded center punch to mark the axle for the 1/8 inch I needed to drill for the cotter key. Then I removed the tire, drilled the holes in the axle and mounted the tire again. Sorry, I forgot to take pictures of the drilling process. The hairy leg on the right side of the picture is mine, not my wifes.
Here's the tire mounted with the cotter key installedHere's the tire mounted with the cotter key installed
One thing I learned about the axle drilling process was to not hit the center punch too many times when marking the axle for the cotter key hole. It will bend the axle screw grooves, making it difficult to unscrew the VA-106 wheel nut.
Now for the brakesNow for the brakes
I installed the 90 degree brake fitting with the a little EZ Lubricant, just to insure a good (non-leaking) fit.
Dismantled the brakesDismantled the brakes
The brake shoe with the large holes will stay on the brake cylinder when being mounted on the axle. The other brake show will to on the tire rim, completing the whole brake mechanism.
Now to put the brake assembly together on the wheelNow to put the brake assembly together on the wheel
I put the brake shoe with the large holes on the main brake cylinder.
Inserted the main brake mechanismInserted the main brake mechanism
One brake shoe on one side the tire rim brake flange, and one on the other (not shown here).
Now for my favorite thing (not)Now for my favorite thing (not)
Here''s a drawing I found on the internet, showing how to safety 2 bolts together, to prevent the bolts from unscrewing.
Not badNot bad
Especially after doing it over and over again 3 times and questioning the motherhood of the safety wire.
Now for the final touch, the brake lineNow for the final touch, the brake line
I got all the brake lines from Bonaco, custom made for my RV. Me likey!
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