DouglasHolub Posted May 8, 2009 Share Posted May 8, 2009 I put a Wilhelmson electric nose lift on my Velocity. I'm 34 hours into Phase I flight testing, and today I noticed that the bracket that clamps the nose wheel assembly to the nose strut was deformed (picture attached), and in fact was not clamping anymore. The only thing holding the wheel assembly up was the fiberglass nose strut fairing, and it was tearing. Another inch and the nose wheel would have fallen off. Does this bracket often deform? My Velocity fully loaded can put 395 lbs on the nose wheel. I think the maximum a Cozy Mark IV ever sees is 295 lbs. I was testing full forward CG with 365 lbs on the nose wheel this week and I'm guessing that's when the trouble started. I don't recall any particularly hard landings. Up until this week, with just my weight in the front seat, the nose wheel only had about 250 lbs on it. Last month I tested the gear with 900 static lbs on the nose wheel with no problems. It would be an easy thing to add some steel angles under the bolt heads to beef up the clamp. I guess I'm a little concerned that if the clamp didn't deform, the strut might break. Should I be concerned? Doug Holub Irving, Texas Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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