Aluminum gear

AK7GCBC

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Does anyone have experience with the Aluminum Landing Gear legs? Do they change the landing characteristics of the plane? Have a '77 GCBC with the steel spring type gear and eventually will be putting on some larger wheels for off airport work. As the wheel package will weigh a few pounds more, looking to save some of the weight back with the aluminum gear.
 

Bob Turner

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I have them on my Decathlon. Change was trivial, except for the fabric attach loop. I did a minor alteration and bolted my new fabric attach in - did not want to get a torch in there.

If you don't buy the entire kit, look for less expensive bolts. When I did mine, ACA wanted $130 each for the bolts. I got them from Genuine for $28 each. There are six of them.

Lands fine. Slightly more rigid during taxi. Look way better without those ugly brake line fairings.
 

Bob Turner

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#4
No, because they are on the type certificate. It would be very expensive to retrofit to an oleo-type Champ. Cheaper to buy a new fuselage probably.