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Old 01-12-2007, 06:24 AM
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Well...more like a preventative fix.

I've got a Giant Super Sportster that had a couple of rough landings when I was first flying and I've noticed that the landing gear on one side is getting a bit wobbly. It looks like the impact of the rough landings has caused the in the wing block for the gear to hog out a little bit. My concern is that as time goes on, it's only going to get worse and the gear is eventually going to fold on that side.

Any ideas to stop or reverse the process without having to dismantle the wing?

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Old 01-12-2007, 07:33 AM
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If I understand the problem correctly,it seems that
the hole for the gear leg has gotten oversized.

If this is the case then get a proper sized dowel ,plug the
hole and then redrill it to the correct size.


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Old 01-12-2007, 07:47 AM
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Yep
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Old 01-12-2007, 10:01 AM
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OR...

Mix up some epoxy (5-minute or 30-minute, but let it get a little thick so it won't run too quickly)

Stuff it into the hole, let it harden and re-drill
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Old 01-12-2007, 12:26 PM
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You can also wipe paste wax on the strut and then epoxy it in place. Put it on thick and buff it up, but not enough to remove it all. The wax will allow it to be removed if necessary later and it will be a 99-44/100% perfect fit.
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Old 01-13-2007, 06:27 AM
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D'oh! Can't believe I didn't think about the dowel thing. Yeah, that's exactly what's happened. Stress on the gear during the hard landings has caused the holes to enlarge.

I wonder if the epoxy wouldn't work better though. It didn't seem like these landings were all that hard which may indicate that the gear block isn't really hard (which wouldn't surprise me on an ARF). The epoxy might help keep it from happening agian.

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