As purchased, the main landing gear was reversed to put the gear 4 inches forward (see photos) to help the builder better hold off the nose gear when landing.  I plan to put it back to its intended (correct) position.  The engine is an O-235.

What is the best method to support the airframe when removing the main gear and reattaching it?

I plan to support the wings under a rib on each side using sailplane wing supports and the fuselage under the width of a bulkhead with the nose gear supporting the front of the fuselage.

Is there a better way?

Dick Miles

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Comment by Jeff Bailey on June 13, 2018 at 9:58pm

I would agree with Jay, it looks like the gear was installed backwards to begin with and then turned around to the correct position. Check that the W&B was redone to account for the new gear position.

Comment by Jay Carter on June 13, 2018 at 8:11pm

         I would leave the gear as is. With Jabiru engine the nose comes down when the mains touch. Turned mine around to shorten the wheelbase. Helps but still is heavy on the nose. Don't remember the weight removed from the nose but it was considerable.

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