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Earlier this year we previewed a new style nosegear shock suspension system for the Zenith CH 650 / CH 750.
Zenith Aircraft developed a new nosegear shock suspension system for the Zenith CH 650 / CH 750 series kit aircraft that uses stacked rubber shock disks (or "donuts") as an optional replacement to the single nosegear bungee shock cord ring (that has been in use since the 1980s). Using these stacked silicon rubber “donut” disks, the new shock suspension system is expected to last longer and to provide increased shock absorption, while also being adjustable to allow for increased or lowered tension (to better accommodate different engine weights on the nosewheel).
Watch the video with an explanation on the new nosegear shock suspension system:
This new nosegear shock suspension system is an optional replacement to the nosegear bungee system. Existing Zenith CH 650 (including the CH601XL-B models) and CH 750 series kits can be updated with the new nosegear shock suspension system.
Cost of the Nosegear Shock Suspension Kit: $359.00 (introductory price)
Note that the standard shock suspension system kit does not include the nosegear strut (leg). The existing nose gear strut needs to be modified (the welded bungee retaining tube needs to be cut off and the holes can be welded closed). Zenith Aircraft can modify your existing nosegear strut (for $116.00) or you can purchase a new nosegear strut (cost $194.00). Note: For the STOL CH 750 model, be sure to specify Flat or Rounded nosewheel fork if purchasing a new nose gear strut. If you have an earlier Flat (square) nose wheel fork on your STOL CH 750, now would be a good time to update to the rounded nosewheel fork system. Call for details.
Installing the new nosegear shock suspension on the Zenith CH 650:
Mounting the new shock suspension system:
Introducing the new shock suspension system at the 2018 Zenith Aircraft Open Hangar Days and Fly-In:
Installation of the new nose gear shock suspension on the Zenith CH 750 Cruzer:
Additional details about new nose gear shock suspension system:
Note: Prices in U.S. Funds. Crating, handling and shipping charges are additional. Availability, prices, equipment and conditions subject to change without prior notice.
Note: The new nose gear shock suspension is currently not available for the STOL CH 701 model.