Gear Drag

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Re: Gear Drag

Postby Tralika » Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:17 pm

I've attached a photo of Steve Henry's Yee Haw 6 from a post he made on the Wild West Aircraft thread last March. You can see he has covered the gear legs but it's hard to tell what material was used. It could be carbon fiber. The trailing edge is streamlined but not the leading edge. Streamlining the leading edge would not decrease drag much since most of the drag comes from the trailing edge. Something I hadn't noticed until today is the gear is only attached to the airframe by the front and rear attach points. The Highlander heavy duty gear has three attach points so this must be yet another mod that Steve is trying. I'm hoping he will be at the Copper State Flyin this weekend, I'd like to ask him about it. In a post from last January he mentions that Shock Monster has started making Highlander gear legs. That might be what is seen the the photo.
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Re: Gear Drag

Postby SheepdogRD » Fri Feb 08, 2019 4:57 pm

That's the Beringer gear Steve tried. Now he's running Shock Monster main gear.
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Re: Gear Drag

Postby BucF16 » Fri Feb 08, 2019 5:13 pm

TK's Shock Monster main landing gear give his Highlander the same 3 point sitting angle as the Beringer. That is critical for that early takeoff opportunity.

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Re: Gear Drag

Postby av8rps » Fri Feb 08, 2019 9:54 pm

Hmmm? I know little to nothing about the Shock Monster gear. Where do I go learn more? Can anyone here relate their experience with it vs the factory gear? How much taller is it?
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Re: Gear Drag

Postby BucF16 » Sat Feb 09, 2019 3:17 am

This is Tony’s web site:

https://store.tk1racing.com/Default.asp

I only see the shocks listed. You’ll have to call Tony or Steve about the gear legs.

There is a picture of Colton Brown’s Highlander sitting deside a Super STOL, on the tacked picture thread. His has Beringer gear. It sits at a noticeably higher angle.

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Re: Gear Drag

Postby danerazz » Sun Feb 10, 2019 7:52 pm

I thought those just used the highlander “extreme” gear legs and only replaced the bungee struts...
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Re: Gear Drag

Postby Tralika » Sun Feb 10, 2019 8:44 pm

The Shock Monster struts are made to bolt on to the Highlander factory Extreme gear. Apparently the company is making landing gear for the Highlander that has the same dimensions but built with heavier material. All I know about it is what Steve Henry wrote in his post last year.
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Re: Gear Drag

Postby SheepdogRD » Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:59 pm

Tony built adjustable jigs. You can decide variables such as leg angle, track width, and height, and Tony builds the legs, V-brace, and struts to your specification. One easy way to order is to tell him "just give me what Steve Henry uses". Or call Steve and he'll get it done for you.
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Re: Gear Drag

Postby taildrgfun » Sun Mar 03, 2019 3:32 pm

Yes I use Tony's products and I like them and believe in them enough that I'm a dealer for them. Please do call me if you are thinking about suspension, tailwheels or any performance enhancing mods for a Highlander. Of course I would be very happy to talk to anyone cosidering getting any Just Aircraft kit.
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