The first step in the pant installation is a laborious cut and fit exercise to make the cut-outs large enough for the tires, and creating an opening for the gear leg. Unfortunately the factory marked my pants for the gear cut-out on the front half, and I cut them before I realized that the fronts should not need to be cut (the leg should be entirely encased in the rear half of the pant). Next the pant brackets were bent to match the pants, and drilled to allow the axle bolts to pass through while the bracket is level. I made a paper template to figure out where to drill the holes. Next the two halves were mated together with nutplates spaced every 3″. Next we’ll be installing a spacer on the outboard side of the pant, in the end of the axle. This is a bit dicey, as I can’t drill this with it on the plane, you can’t get a drill in there, and with the new Cleveland brakes, you can’t get the wheel off without removing some of the brake bolts. The spacer is held to the axle with the cotter pin that restrains the axle nut, and is threaded for a screw that pass through the pant to hold it in place. Also, a NACA duct will be created to vent the brake.
Posted By: Brett FerrellSaturday December 2nd, 2006 at 6:18 PM