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Old 10-29-2012, 01:22 PM   #26
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love the H6 idea even better!

good work, sir!
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Old 10-29-2012, 03:43 PM   #27
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The Gorilla bar will sit awfully low with the 4' lift, as it mounts to the jack point under the transmission, and it mounts under the bushings on either side of the stabilizer bar. As it is, it runs on a straight plane forward, and is designed to mount under the radiator using the three mounting points. It cannot be bent, as it will affect angle in front. I have a 2" Scorpion lift on mine, and was able to use three spacers (originally designed for the heat shield above the CAT) these, and a slight bit of pressure allowed it to mount securely



I also have a picture of the completed project after it was wired up



I'm sure you will find a solution, seeing what you have already accomplished, Nice Job! I'd like to see a close up of the rear trimming, I know what you mean about the front rubbing though, after my lift I was only able to squeeze a 28" tire in there.

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Old 10-29-2012, 07:52 PM   #28
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Yeah, those are valid points, and some modification will be needed for sure. The good news is that he builds it out of 4130 steel. My other hobby is building aircraft and the only steel we use is 4130 so I have plenty of experience welding and forming it. I am looking at the gorilla bar as a time saving starting point. I figure I might use the front portion as is, separate the back portion and negotiate the part in the middle to conform to what I need.
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Old 10-29-2012, 09:18 PM   #29
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Don't want to take it off topic, but what kind of aircraft do you build?
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Old 10-29-2012, 11:04 PM   #30
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Nah, fabricating stuff is the Subaru way. And in fact Subaru engines have a big presence in aviation now days. There are many VANs RV aircraft flying with modern Subaru engines and many gyrocopters fly with EA81s.

Right now I am building an aerobatic biplane called an Acrosport II. If you know anything about airplanes it is like a Pitts that doesn't want to kill you. Here is a finished one;



Mine is about 80% complete with the major structures built and the fuselage sitting on the gear and the engine hung. The wings are at my house right now getting the fabric covering done. The fuselage is 4130 steel and the wings are spruce and aircraft ply, standard aerobat stuff. I am not an aerobatic guy so much as I love biplanes. The same engine/prop will fly an RV at 200mph but the ASII tops out at 135 for cruise, I just like biplanes enough to sacrifice the speed performance.

As soon as the ASII is done I am starting on a full scale replica of a Fokker DR1 (red baron tri-plane), the kit is in my hangar waiting for me to start. That one is all aluminum and assembled with cherrymax rivets so it takes a fraction of the time to build as the ASII does. You can finish one of those WWI replicas in less than a year.
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Old 10-30-2012, 11:21 PM   #31
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That is super cool! Now I see where the screen name comes from. I actually saw quite a few EJ powered RVs at Oshkosh last time I was there, and have followed the various companies who have produced conversion kits for airplane use. And I have actually flown an RV6 as well as a pitts S2 and I have ridden in a family friends skybolt. I would love to build a subaru powered airplane one day, but I don't know that I would ever have the time or money. That looks like a lot of fun! How does the acrosport 2 compare to a pitts? Is the visibility better? Is it easier to fly?
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Old 10-31-2012, 07:39 AM   #32
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The Acrosport II is a close cousin to the Pitts, Curtis Pitts and Paul (the ASII designer and founder of the EAA) were good friends and Curtis provided allot of design input. The build manual and plans contain the phrase "of Pitts design" in several places. The major difference is that aerobatic edge was traded for a more docile aircraft. The gear is lower and wider so it ground handles like a Citabria, in fact it flies allot more like a Citabria or a Decathlon than a Pitts S2. It is still a very aerobatic aircraft for sure, but you get the luxury of a stall at 55, best climb at 80, and an approach speed of 65~80, room for the pilots and some baggage etc. I had originally wanted to go with a converted subaru but ended up choosing an IO360 roller tappet for practical reasons.
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Old 11-06-2012, 10:28 PM   #33
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Got the hitch finished today. The one I ordered from Amazon had a set of bolts that was an inch too long and a standard thread instead of the metric thread. I drilled out the welded in nut and picked up matching nuts for the included bolts and got the hitch installed easily. I was a bit worried about the comments that the wiring varied even between years, but the one Amazon listed plugged right up.

I drove the truck today down a tractor trail that runs parallel to the runway at a friend's airstrip. He needed a magneto for the engine on his cub so I drove one down to him. We had run that road at about 30~40 in his Raptor and I ran it both ways in the Baja at 60. I am talking deep ruts, mud holes, and jumps!
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Old 11-09-2012, 02:09 PM   #34
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Now we just need to see this thing actually go offroad!
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