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Craig Payne


Dec 11 2005

Subject:   Bryan Martin's steering rod baffles

The discussion started off talking about carbon monoxide leaking into the cockpit. Along the way it veered off into ways to seal the firewall where the two links to steer the nose wheel pass through. Bryan Martin passed on this photo with the description below. Bryan's is the second example of three different solutions presented on the list. The first solution by Larry McFarland should be in the archive by the time you read this. The third solution (by Ben Haas) is already in the photo archive at:

Bryan Martin wrote:

"My steering slots are completely sealed in flight. My steering rods go through bushings in steel shutters that slide up in the slots when the nose gear retracts under weight. This arrangement takes up no space and the parts were very inexpensive. The steel strips were free (discarded packaging bands) and I think I paid a couple of bucks at ACE Hardware for the shims between the steel strips and the firewall and a couple dozen stainless Pop rivets.

I put a length of chrome plated lavatory faucet supply tubing over the threaded steering rods where they pass through the firewall and used nylon grommets. The tubing is secured in place with a nut on each end and provides a smooth bearing surface for the nylon. The slider has enough side to side clearance in its slots to allow for the sideways motion of the rods as the nose wheel strut rotates."

Bryan Martin
N61BM, CH 601 XL, Stratus Subaru.

    zoom_600.jpg Cockpit-side view of baffle

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