Re: Long-EZ bent main gear

Phil Kriley

Well, if neither side had a heat shield, then isn’t it likely the resin has been “cooked out” on the other side as well, and is an accident waiting to happen?
Phil Kriley

On Feb 7, 2021, at 12:01 AM, Charles McDougal <pc12charlie@...> wrote:

What happens here is the gear leg is unprotected from radiant heat from the brake disk. Over time the heat cooks the resin out of the glass and eventually you get this.  I did hear of a repair on a  Velocity (I think). If I remember correctly, they put the leg in a splint/jig, then injected resin back in until saturated.  Seems like it should work.  Ask Bill Oertel or some other super experienced EZ tech. 

On Feb 6, 2021, at 10:33 PM, Keith Spreuer <kspreuer@...> wrote:

Never heard of a straightening method. Maybe someone else knows. I've repaired two that were worse. I'd cut off at the bend. Grind to a 12:1 taper. Like a chisel point. Build back up with E glass uni web to original size. You can adjust the toe in at this point. Then the plans torsional wrap. Remount the axle WITH a heat shield. Done.

On Sat, Feb 6, 2021, 9:10 PM Ed Hanley <ezeflyer@...> wrote:
A local Reno/Stead tenant bent the right main gear of his Long-EZ on landing. While braking he felt the right gear "go mushy" and pulled off the runway and stopped. The gear was smoking, and was bent out at 45°. The plane was equipped with wheel pants, but no heat shield between brake disc and gear. Photos attached.

I know this has happened to a few other EZ's. What repairs have worked for a melted and bent gear? What repair would you recommend to this EZ owner?

I'm posting this on behalf of "GI Joe" Magdaleno, who know a number of folks in this group but hasn't joined yet.

Ed Hanley

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