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Jeff, thanks for chiming in. It looks like your main gear has the bungee cord shocks. Is that right, and if so how often do you change the bungees?
Thanks. That's good news about the longevity of the bungees on the mains, and I suspect you're right about the engine heat causing premature failure of the nose gear bungee. I replaced mine in July because it looked like it had a social disease and my prop ground clearance was getting scary. I also used the Zenith tool; you still have to lower the strut below the top firewall stiffener hole to loop the bungee over the strut top, but the tool definitely makes the job easier. I'm thinking about installing the Viking spring strut.
i am looking for a faster plane i fly a ch701 c/w 80hp 912 now.. and am getting 90mph cruse... what you are saying is the 601hd with 100hp 912s will only do 10mph faster....
i was looking at the web site and they are claiming 120mph... ???? who do i trust
I dont trust the specified numbers. I have seen 110mph in discussions with a 100 hp 912. I will put a viking 130 hp engine in mine. People say the limiting factor is the wing design - increased speed just increases drag. But no one has ever put a 130 hp high torque engine in it. It will be fun to see the numbers. Unfortunately, my airplane wont be complete for another several years. I agree that I wanted a faster airplane, but since I’ll be flying sport pilot rules anyway, and since I adore the design, the 601 HD is for me.
The 601 HD design is supposed to be lmited to 115 hp, so I’ll keep the V-130 to max 5000 rpm at which the output is 115 hp. We’ll see..... Afterall, these are EXPERIMENTAL airplanes!
Will be curious how yours works out – have always liked the 601HD and although there are newer, faster, wilder birds, I find 90-95mph quite relaxing, I don’t need something that gets up in the mach numbers…
Did I understand that Zenith still sells a few parts/kits for this model – I may have to inquire…
Yes, they do