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I installed the viking spring system tonight, but had some trouble adjusting it and would like some feedback. How stiff should the nose wheel be after adjusting tension with the side nuts?
The reason I ask is that i've got mine bottomed out and it still doesn't seem stiff enough to keep the nose gear from hitting the stops on landing. I can push the nose by hand and see an inch or two of travel. It seems like the momentum of the engine on landing would easily cause the nose gear tube to hit either the welded stop ring, or the aluminum spring cap on top.
As you can see from the pictures, it's cranked way down there. If i had the nuts back where others seem to have them, the nose would sit a full inch lower because of the light spring pressure.
Admittedly, I'm comparing it to the rubber bungee cord that used to be on there. That was so stiff, i could stand on the engine and the strut would barely move.