Originally Posted by mkharrell
I bought this bad boy and I'm waiting for it to come in the mail. Can someone PLEASE when you have time, tell me the exact type of upgraded retracts to get and I'd like bigger tires like I've read about on the thread... 3.5".. Please, when you have time send me detailed instructions and sizes... for the struts as well...
3mm , 4mm, or 5mm struts,,, I have no idea,, new guy who is REALLY wanting to learn. And this big bird will be my first project...
Yea, I flew mine one day with stock retracts, they do suck pretty bad, but the retrofit to 514's was not a quick job, it took me some time. But most of the hassle was getting 4 inch wheels to fit without hitting anything, and retrofitting some spring loaded HK oleo legs, which require you to make custom strut pins from 5mm music wire.
The 514's are made for 5mm strut pins. You could do it a step at a time and put in the 514's and just bend a set of struts from music wire.
I posted some info on my 514 retrofit in posts #385
& 390. But as McNowhere suggested, you can find lots of info on other setups it you click SEARCH THIS THREAD on top right, and then put in 3 or 4 terms like "514 retract oleo strut" or "716 retract strut oleo". The other thread tool "show attachments" is really handy, but I can not figure out a way to go from looking at a picture listed, to the page in the thread that the picture is posted in.