Sunday January 22nd, 2006|
Today I set out to get the brake plumbing installed. Many people opt for aftermarket (read: automotive) brake lines but I think I'm going to stick with the plans on this one. Here you see the bulkhead fitting in the right gear weldment and the aluminum tubing coming out and through the weldment.
Then the tubing runs down the center channel.
I installed the left brake line but screwed it up and made it a little too short. It looks ok here but a) it's too close to the fuel line for my comfort level and b) the center channel cover will not fit since the lines must exit a small cutout on the left side of the channel and I didn't even take this into account when setting up the left line.
Ok, here I've installed another line. You can see from this picture and the above one that the left and right lines are a lot closer to each other at the firewall. This is required to get both through the opening of the center channel cover.
Here's the left brake line running down into the opening.
Oh yeah....when I was looking at this picture I realized something I hadn't though about before. I'm probably going to need to remove these lines when I mate the wings for the final time because I'll need to be able to access the wing spar nuts that pass through the weldments. Oh well...as they say...I'll cross that bridge when I get to it.
Here you can see the brake lines running into the brackets. Please...no comments on the crappy paint on the firewall gusset. My tape pulled up and I got some overspray there. Whatever...that'll be covered anyway.
Ok, after the aluminum tubing comes the flexible brake lines. For whatever reason that isn't entirely obvious to me, Van's uses a very nice Aeroquip hose to the pilots brakes but then cheaper and lighter hoses in the remainder of the system. I do have one concern about the aeroquip hoses though...and that's that they're really long. I suppose you do not want to limit the ability to adjust the pedals forward by shortening the line, but the drawings appear to show the line being much shorter and tie wrapped just above the rudder bars. I don't know. For what it's worth, I've got my rudders bars mounted in the forward-most position -- giving the most legroom.