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Darin - Did you reduce prop angle setting to get higher rpm?
Darin- If you haven't already. When you get a chance, on a calm day, take it up to about 2500 ft. and adjust elevator trim until you can drop the nose without a decay in altitude. Even a slight nose up attitude can affect forward speed. We can talk about a load of variables but those two, prop and trim, would probably be the biggest.
Best of Luck
I have heard that they cruise MUCH slower than advertised . You might be close to the true cruise speed. What did the other owners claim for speed?
Keep the ball centered. There's a 5-10 mph difference when you are in a slight skid versus truly straight and level. The full flying rudder requires more attention to keeping the aircraft level compared to aircraft with a fixed vertical stabilizer.
Ck the Timing on the engine? Have you Checked the compression???
Does the O-200 manual recommend cruising at 2600 or ? I've heard that Continentals "like" to run a little hot to keep the crud off the valves. I've been advised to keep the CHT on the upper end of the range with my IO-240, and to avoid low power settings, but I still have a lot of reading and learning to do.
The comments on trim and close attention to the rudder has raised a question in my mind about the usefulness, desirability, and feasibility of adding cockpit-controlled adjustable rudder trim.
I have found the electric elevator trim too coarse and incapable of a fine enough adjustment for true hands-off level flight, but then, I have a lot of learning to do yet. But, as a low-time 750 flyer, I find that I have a tendency to climb, possibly because of the exceptionally great visibility over the nose. I hope that I will soon get to the point where I am fully capable of flying this airplane "perfectly." Meanwhile, I'll wait a while to worry too much about the airspeed--unless it is deviant enough to indicate one or more problems in the system. But I'll watch this discussion closely to advance my knowledge as rapidly as possible.
I installed an adjustable Ray Allen trim speed control and reduced the trim speed. My trim was too "touchy" and slowing it down made it much easier to precisely trim.
John, thou art the Oracle of the 750 world (not to mention your other contributions), and I am, again, profoundly grateful.
Yr. Ob't. Sv't.,