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Old 04-20-2006, 05:03 PM   #1
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What is a good way to install f/g wheel pants to a 5/32 piano wire. None of my planes ever had them.Thanks for your help.

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Old 04-21-2006, 12:32 AM   #2
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To the best of my knowledge, you will have a very difficult time getting the wheel pants to stay put by simply mounting them on the wire. A good way of mounting FG wheel pants is to glue a piece of aircraft ply on the inside of the pant (the side facing the landing gear). Then, drill 2 holes in the gear and in the pant inorder to put a screw through the gear and into the pant. use a blind nut on the inside of the pant to secure the screws. The attached picture should help shed some light on how I do it.
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Not sure if you have room but I do almost the same but sometimes solder a thin brass sheet to a wheel coller, drill it out to fit the wire and glue or bolt the pant to the brass. This way with the coller there is a bit of give if you have a mishap.
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If you want to attach the pant to wire landing gear, solder a washer at the bend, drill a 5/32 hole where the lg goes through the pant, and use a wheel collar inside. A way to prevent it from rotating around the wire is to either wire wrap and solder or use heat shrink tubing to attach another smaller wire with a u bend or circle at one end that sits against the side of the wheel pant, make sure there is a piece of ply inside pant and add a screw.

This is the same as I've seen skis held in place with wire landing gear
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Old 04-22-2006, 09:50 AM   #5
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Thanks for your input guys,i appreciate the help.

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Here is yet another way!Take a servo arm drill out the center for the axle drill a hole on the side of the servo body file a flat spot on the wire.What you would end up with is a sevo arm on its side over the wire were you would put a screw through were the hole is to lock it(you need to have a flate spot on the wire) and with the sevro being side ways you can put two small screws throw the pant and into the servo arms.It works great for small planes but if its a larger one than silver soider brass plate to a wheel collar so it would look the same as the sevro arm but stronger.I have tried many ways of doing things and you just keep trying and you find alot of ways to do things.You can go to your LHS and find other ways to do it as there must be a dozen ways for of the shelf items.Hope it helps someone.
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These work well and are cheap. The unit attaches to the wheel pant with screws and is then held to the gear wire with set screws. Use one on each side of the wheel if you have room. I've had good success with these, very sturdy.
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