LANDING GEAR CHANGES FOR MY RV7A

NOSE GEAR LEG MOD


In order to increase my confidence level while landing at my grass strip and
others like it I have installed slightly larger main gear tires on the original 5" wheels.
I have also installed a new nose gear fork which accommodates a 500 x5 wheel and tire.

Disclaimer:
I am not recommending these changes to others.
I am simply presenting this information to document what I have done to make, in my
opinion, my operations on select unpaved airstrips a bit less risky.
None of these changes have been approved by kit producer, Van's Aircraft.

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I wanted to strenghen the nose gear leg to accomodate the larger
fork and tire as well as to handle dirt/grass strips better.

Here's what I did:



Attaching spruce cap strips with epoxy resin




The wood strips are formed and the curved transitions at each end are made with Kevlar (clamped with peel ply)






Finished transitions




Four layers of Kevlar are applied lengthwise, on the front and back, then spiral wrapped with peel ply




The finished leg showing Kevlar also wrapped around the upper section




The mounted assembly (the main gear fairings still need intersection fairings at this point)
 

 MY RV7A