ORIGINAL: Ken Cz
If anyone is still struggling for an answer to the 'swept back' landing gear problem that results in nose overs, especially on thick grass, I have finally found a good low-cost solution.
Initially, I moved the stock landing forward about 25 mm and added some shims to the rear to pivot the wheels even farther forward and this seemed to help but I still had to hold a lot of elevator during take-offs until I got some speed up and lifted off. Also still had the occasional prop strike on landing. (not a pro-pilot for sure)
I recently found a new solution.
I purchased a set (2 pc style) of landing gear for the Hangar 9 'Frenzy 100' ARF which is no longer in Production. This gear DOES NOT have the rearward sweep of the stock gear - it comes off the fuse straight down and results in moving the wheels a good 1.5 inches forward. In addition, the Frenzy gear - Horizon Hobby Part # HAN4708 - is taller which results in greatly increased prop clearance. I found it a great benfit on landings as prop strikes are far less likely.
For installation I was able to use 2 of the existing blind nuts for attachments (1 on each side) and then drilled a clearance hole through the mounting block using the other hole in the gear as a guidle.
I simply used a #6 screw with a large diameter washer and lock nut on the back side. No need for a blind nut. There is plenty of room to do this once you have removed the glow tank.
Only issue that took some time was mounting the wheel pants since the original gear uses 2 screws and the Frenzy gear only uses one. Took a little re-work to the pants but no big deal. Another solution would be to use the Sig wheel pants mounts that sell for about $5.
Nice part of it is this gear set only cost me about $9.00 at the LHS and to boot - It is already painted the correct ORANGE color!! Looks great, nose overs a thing of the past and tons more prop clearance if you want to use 15 or 16 inch prop.
My LHS had another set of the Frenzy gear in stock and would be glad to ship them too you if you can't get them from HH. PM me and I will provide the name and contact info.