Geez, don't ya H A T E that! You read something like this and think that'll never happen to me, then it does! DARN IT!!!
Go back a couple pages to find post # 6785 for the pictures I posted that Bill's refering to. The pic's are file pics I found here - don't want to take credit for posting them originally! These show the reinforcing process using sheet alum that's been cut to size then bent 90 degrees.
There's another set of pics real early in this string that show angle alum being used the same way. They may help you if you're going that route.
To find those, go to the top of this page and click on "GALLERY". It takes a minute, so don't try it on a slow connection, but it will proceed to load every picture ever uploaded to this particular (Larger Revolver) string 10 or 15 at a time. It's fast enough where you can cover a lot of country pretty quickly, but there are a LOT of pictures on file for this string. The angle alum. pics are early enough where they should be prety easy to locate in just a few minutes.
BTW, tattered wheel pants are a sign of expereince! Like battle wounds! Nothing to be ashamed of as long as they make it back to the pits after your flight! Don't be a litter bug!
I have to admit I did just replace mine too, but I was patching my patches. I was afraid of turniing into a litter bug. Somebody gave me the hair brained idea of using CA hinges for the purpose of patchinng wheel pants. If you haven't tried that yet, don't. All that did was remind me why I wasn't using them on my control surfaces! A little stress and the fabric part of the hinge peels right off the plastic part that give the hinge it's strength. Fine idea as a patch IF you could keep them from delaminating! So now, if I can't use them on control surfaces OR even use them for wheel pants patches, I'm not even going to save them any more. They're going straight to the round file! -Al