Originally Posted by hydro_pyro
The stock nose gear is decent, it just needs a bit of improvement. As I detailed earlier in this thread, it needs a reinforcing sleeve or bushing glued into the exterior of the fuselage to support it and shorten the levering forces on the inner pivot point; it needs a strong "helper" coil spring installed in the "shock" to stiffen it a bit; and it needs the top of the rod shortened to keep it from puncturing the Lipo pack when the suspension is fully compressed.
Thanks for your reply. I would suggest putting a wheel collar on the gear wire above the steering arm before installing it on the airplane nose wheel bushing, rather than shortening the rod. This will keep the rod from contacting the lipo battery, and maintain the proper gear height. The rod is junk metal. I fly off of grass, and it bends regardless of the reinforcing you suggest.