Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Vans Aircraft RV-12 Airplane Build, Section 35: Landing Gear & Engine Mount (part 2)

Reference: Page 35-02; 1.5 hours

Today continues the installation of the Main landing gear on the RV-12 airplane.

Step 6: Split the main Wheel assemblies.

Step 7: Dusted the inner tubes with talcum powder. Making sure the valve stem aligned with the red dot on the tire side wall. Partially inflated the inner tube (just enough to give it a little shape) to get it seated correctly. Installed the wheel halves and troqued them down.

Builder's note: I couldn't get the valve stem washer installed because it was too thick. So I ground some of the material away before installing as shown below.

Builder's note: You will need a set of allen wrench drivers to set the correct tourque on the wheel halves. I got mine at Sears.

Step 8: Inflated the tire. Installed the brake disks.

I didn't have the correct wheel grease (Aeroshell 22 is one of the recommended types. So I will have to wait until I can get out the the local FBO and pickup a tube.