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[August 29, 2015]


My shipment from Van's came with 4 new silicon exhaust valve gaskets. They are relatively cheap - less than $5 each.


I was fearful of overtightening these again. I did some research and the recommended torque value for silicon gaskets from ECI's Service Instruction 03-3 is 20-25 inch-lbs for each screw. Using my torque screwdriver, I quickly found this was way too much. 8 inch-lbs seemed to be more reasonable. It compressed the silicon gasket, while causing the screws to not want to back out. I think if I was to do this all over again, I would use some blue locktite on these screws to further prevent them from backing out.


Ever since I switched from a Plane Power alternator to the Van's alternator, I have been worried about an over-voltage issue. While at Oshkosh, I was able to talk the B&C guys into free shipping on their Over-Voltage Protection Module. It was a snap to install - less than an hour total.


I went on a quick test flight to make sure the airplane was running soundly. I wanted to investigate some construction which was going on at a nearby mansion - the CEO of Under Armour's mansion to be correct - Sagamore Farms. From the ground it looks like a large mound of dirt, and from the air a big pit in the ground. I'm still perplexed - further investigation is needed.

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