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Old 02-22-2017, 06:08 PM
EracerFL EracerFL is offline
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Default Nose gear spring strut alternative

I found a 260mm/10" Motorcycle ATV Scooter Shock Absorber on Amazon that
looks like it might work as a replacement spring nose strut. It is aluminum and includes a spring and a small shock absorber. $45.39
If if works you would have some adjustment of spring compression.
Eye to eye length: 260MM/10" vs Long-EZ 9.5"-10" Rod-ends adjustable.
Eye bolt diameter: both ends 10MM/0.3937"?
Spring thickness: 11MM/.43"
Spring width: 70MM/2.75" vs Long-EZ 1.5"/ 38.1 millimeter NG30 width
inside is 3"

The width of the spring is 2.5" and has a 980 lbs rating vs the Long-Ez shock strut heavy spring rating of 1094 lbs CP25 PG8.
Another downside might be that it weighs 3.5lbs vs 2.0lbs for the original. You would also have to add bushings to reduce the
end pivot bolts to 1/4". The holes in the end are now 3/8". Another possible problem would be adjust-ability of the length.
The spring can be adjusted but the ends are threaded on in a fixed position. There might be some minor adjustment, but not
much depending on how many threads are there. One might be able to drill and tap the ends and add rods-ends. There is
a good amount of aluminum in the ends.
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Old 02-22-2017, 07:56 PM
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Default Re: Nose gear spring strut alternative

While it might look like a good deal, it's not going to satisfy your needs in the long run.

I say that because everywhere you look, EZ drivers are using electric actuators with the spring built in. They are pricey but it's what you are going to wish you had once the plane is done.

Also, think about the resale value.
You wouldn't buy a car that didn't have power steering, would you?
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