I have been fighting elevator travel on my plans built 601xl for too long now. I have checked the plans many times and can find nothing wrong.When the cables are at the proper tension the bottom cable drags on the last bulkhead. should the cables be the exact length.Help ,what am I doing wrong .Wade Jones

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is there a nylon fairlead there? Is it touching the upper edge of the lightening hole?

If it is just barely touching/dragging, just trim the conflicting aluminum away and/or put a fairlead or rub strip there. It is is a significant conflict, then find out what is not right and fix it.


I'm also a plans builder.  My drawing set is at the hanger, but I thought I remember the plans calling for a nylon rubbing block there.  I'll check when I'm at the airport tomorrow.

I have a strip of nylon on the top of the hole in the last bulkhead for the elevator cable.  It was called out for in the plans (page 6-B-1 of my 2006 version).  On this same topic, I also have two pieces of nylon on the bottom skin "L" just in front of where the rudder cable exits the side skins. The cable ran a little too close for comfort.  I did not see it called out in the plans, but I added it for piece of mind.


Good luck,




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