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Offline Dave in Eugene

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LONG EZ manual gear won't stay up
« on: April 12, 2014, 08:01:06 PM »
Greetings from Eugene Oregon...408 EZ has a new habit of the landing gear not staying up ...I have resorted to having it tied in position while in cruise...I remember someone converted a small socked wrench to help but it seems like there must be a better way...and I did not used to have this problem. I have searched the archives and not found this in the discussion and apologize if I have missed it.

Thanks for your thoughts.

Dave
408 EZ Long EZ 0235-L2C / Great American 62X62 / IFR / GU canard

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Re: LONG EZ manual gear won't stay up
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2014, 08:48:16 PM »
I use the modified Craftsman 1/4" ratchet on my nosegear mechanism.  It has served me well.  I can't remember for sure, but believe that Curt Smith sold the product originally.
Dave Adams, Long EZ N83DT (Race 83) Villa Ridge, MO

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Re: LONG EZ manual gear won't stay up
« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2014, 12:10:00 PM »
I use a loop of bungee rubber that I flip over the handle - whether locking up or locking down.
Light, cheap, visible security, and simple - just like Rutan suggested. :)
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Re: LONG EZ manual gear won't stay up
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2014, 09:54:01 AM »
I'd check the wear on the retract mechanism
I had a worn gear and it didn't lock over center on gear down and the the nose gear collapsed on landing
Expensive
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Re: LONG EZ manual gear won't stay up
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2014, 10:50:59 AM »
The ratchet mod is available from:
87 THEERINGER, WILLIAM A.”WILD BILL” 6187 Manzanillo Dr., Goleta, CA 93117 805-680-0993(Cell) compositeaircft@aol.com Long EZ:N29EZ 1020 hrs (yellow) Retract O-235 Heaters, ratchet winder Santa Ynez Airport (KIZA)

I also have articles in my library on stopping the gear from rattling down - the chatter can be eliminated too.  David at CanardFinder.net
David A.C.Orr
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