XL Inside Canopy Latch upgrade and cable adjustment

This started out as a simple task, replace the stock knob with some sort of handle. In the middle of the simple project I had to adjust the cables, I couldn't get the canopy to unlatch from the outside. But first here are some pictures of the aftermarket Canopy latch. These are cell phone pictures.


This is in the latched position. I'm not committed to this spot, it is a start.


Unlatched. I can open by raising my left hand, no turning required.


So, you're probably wondering where you can get these window cranks? Summit Racing. The best part is that the ID is just a hair under 1" and it is almost a press fit to get it on, I had to thread it on holding the outside knob with pliers and there is a allen head set screw. There is a door handle version, it doesn't have the knob, the knob can be removed easily, it is held with an allen head screw.

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/SUM-460001

I had to adjust the cables and added an additional crimp inside of the existing cable end. This was a pain and I would recommend some sort of access to the cable ends for maintenance.

Views: 403

Comment

You need to be a member of Zenith Aircraft Builders and Flyers to add comments!

Join Zenith Aircraft Builders and Flyers

Comment by Don Forwood on April 26, 2013 at 4:39pm

My issue is with the outside knob. Many times I need to get a "cheater" to add just a tiny amount of leverage to pop the passenger latch.

Comment by Bob Pustell on October 14, 2010 at 1:05pm
Nice idea! In the 601XL flying I have done, I have not enjoyed that little knob. Having more leverage would be a good thing. Thanks, Jake.

New from Zenith:

Zenith Planes For Sale 
 

Classified listing for buying or selling your Zenith building or flying related stuff...

                                                     

Weather Maps


Custom Instrument Panels
for your Zenith
:

Custom instrument panels are now available directly from Zenith Aircraft Company exclusively for Zenith builders and owners. Pre-cut panel, power distribution panel, Approach Fast Stack harnesses, Dynon and Garmin avionics, and more.


Custom Upholstery Kits for your Zenith Aircraft:

Zenith Vinyl Upholstery Kits


Zenith Apparel from EAA:


Zenair Floats


Flying On Your Own Wings:
A Complete Guide to Understanding Light Airplane Design, by Chris Heintz


Builder & Pilot Supplies:

How to videos from HomebuiltHELP.com

Developed specifically for Zenith builders (by a builder) these videos on DVD are a great help in building your own kit plane by providing practical hands-on construction information. Visit HomebuiltHelp.com for the latest DVD titles.

Aircraft Insurance:

 
 

West Coast USA:

Transition Training:

Pro Builder Assistance
 

Pro Builder Assistance

Aircraft Spruce & Specialty for all your building and pilot supplies!

© 2019   Created by Zenith.Aero.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service