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Assembled the Nose Gear TireAssembled the Nose Gear Tire
Once again, I forgot to take pictures. The assembly process is very similar to the main tires, except for the fact that the innertube tends to get caught between the rim halves when getting bolted together. I guess that's why Van's included 2 innertubes with the kit. One to screw up with, and one for that "ah-ha" moment. Luckily I seemed to get it right on the first try.
The essential tool - say Ahhhh!The essential tool - say Ahhhh!
I bought this dentist's mirror at Walgreens Drug and Aircraft Supply. It made very easy to spot the innertube trying work it's way between the rim halves while tightening the bolts, a little at a time. I used my finger and an allen wrench to push the tube back if it was going to get caught between the rim halves.
The other essential toolsThe other essential tools
I used baby powder inside the tire to help innertube scoot around when aired up. I put the dishwashing liquid on the inner ring of the tire and the outer ring on the rim halves, not so much for the installation, but in case the innertube got messed up and I had to take everything apart. I learned the hard way about how hard it is take a tire off a rim when there isn't any soap to make things slide off easier.
I have to buy some AeroShell #5 GreaseI have to buy some AeroShell #5 Grease
The mains came already greased upon delivery, but not the nose gear bearings. I'll order some grease from Aircraft Spruce tomorrow.
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