Testing new lower nose gear bearings and friction reduction on nose gear assembly.

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Comment by John Marzulli on September 25, 2011 at 10:05pm
There are two things I was working on.

The first was reducing friction in the rudder system. Most of my friction is in the nose gear. To reduce this I ended up installing a phenolic plate on the strut cap and reducing the bungee pressure slightly by inserting some washers between the strut and the cap. I also ground down and reduced the v-notched angles.

The second was reducing the forward\back nose gear shake. My lower bearing had worn down and I installed new ones. My upper and lower bearings have very little play. I believe the remaining play is the result of the lower bearing flexing and the nose strut flexing. I'm not sure what more can be done about it.

There is not enough video around the internet to determine if it is a normal amount.
Comment by Jesse Hartman on September 25, 2011 at 9:14pm
Is that a normal amount of reward flex in front gear?
Comment by Harmen van der Velden on September 25, 2011 at 7:00pm
how did you reduce the friction in the nose gear, i think we are all interested in having a smoother rudder in flight
Comment by Robert Pelland on September 25, 2011 at 3:47pm

Great video shots,

Thank's for letting us hear real airplane sounds rather then the music clips that are so often included with video's. :o)


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