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Old 10-07-2018, 12:12 PM
Stockmanreef Stockmanreef is offline
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I was wondering if there should be a "sticky" with "better" options for building. The kit comes with with the basics. What are the upgrades? This would make it much easier to think about before you get the kits.

For example:

Beringer wheels and brakes
Matco Nose wheel (the correct one) and axle
skybolt cowling and oil door fasteners
Aircraft Specialty fuel line kits, SS brake lines, and FWF hoses
push button lock line for air vents (Air Craft Spruce A-700 72)
Exhaust options

This could be an excel spread sheet with options: pros and cons versus the stuff that comes with the kit and cost of original with kit versus alternative option. Maybe links to key threads that talk about the changes.
Ken Stockman
Midland, MI
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Old 10-07-2018, 12:35 PM
77bonanza 77bonanza is offline
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I think that is a great idea. I am a first time builder working on an RV14. The problem I have is that I don't know what I don't know. Suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 10-07-2018, 01:08 PM
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I swapped out the handmade pitot tube for the Dynon mast and heated pitot tube.
Scott "Grumpy" Stewart
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RV-14 N144P (Empennage complete, wings almost complete, fuselage almost complete)
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Arlington, WA
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Old 10-07-2018, 09:26 PM
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Ditto. Building wings now and I’m interested in planning upgrades and not build it twice.
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Old 10-08-2018, 04:42 AM
mturnerb mturnerb is offline
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Good idea, and of course some thread drift:

How do the Aircraft Spruce vent controls (I assume used for heat vents) differ from Van's supplied controls?
Turner Billingsley

RV-14A built/sold N14VB
RV-10 in progress as of May 2020
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Old 10-08-2018, 07:47 AM
larrys larrys is offline
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Default don't use kit fresh air vents

Originally Posted by mturnerb View Post
Good idea, and of course some thread drift:

How do the Aircraft Spruce vent controls (I assume used for heat vents) differ from Van's supplied controls?
The first change I made was yo not use the vans supplied fresh air eyeballs. I live in cold weather and they seem to be manufactured to leak air. I am glad I noted it and got others. I bought some used from VAF when they came up on a classified from a rebuild. New ones that would work well are an amazing amount of money.
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Old 10-08-2018, 07:55 AM
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Here are some pics and specs:

The entire thread describes the reasons for wanting. I?m very happy with them.
Keith Brown

RV-14A Builder - kit #136
N314KC - First flight Mar 8, 2017, 24th in the air, >600 hrs
XP-400 Aero Sport Power, replaced with Lyc Thunderbolt 390
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Old 10-08-2018, 10:00 AM
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My choices:

Full Beringer kit : flawless efficiency. The hoses are serious
Airvents from Steinair : aluminium. No air leak, easy to set. Very nice product.
Skybolt camlocs: I just regret to have not converted the hinge around the firewall (already riveted in the QB).
Oil door : 2 Hartwell latches : very safe and flush (vs Van's fasteners).
Tosten military grips : with the modifiued stick for RV 14 !!
Pitot : pitot/AOA by Garmin to G3X. Heated and regulated.

I don't regret any.
RV 14A - #140252 - Flying
Dues paid for 2020
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Old 10-08-2018, 11:15 AM
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Is it possible to install the heated pitot in the end when I'm doing the avionics?
Otherwise I'd have to decide whether I'm going with Garmin or Dynon right now.
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Old 10-08-2018, 12:50 PM
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I too am a new builder and like the idea of having a summary of upgrades to consider.

One thing that I plan to upgrade is the fuel tank caps. The ones I have are the plastic tapered ones with 'O' rings and are known for collecting water around the 'O' ring and then in the fuel the water goes when you take the cap off. I've even heard them called 'killer caps' by some who were familiar with them on the factory built planes.
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East Aurora, NY
Empennage in Process
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