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Hubcaps?

Post by jprhode » Mon Jun 25, 2018 11:27 pm

Hi

A friend has a DA42-VI which has smooth ‘hubcaps’ on the mains, the theory being less drag with the gear up. The service center says they are available for the 62. Anyone have a before and after experience with these? Any noticeable difference (speed, fuel etc)?

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Re: Hubcaps?

Post by rdrobson » Tue Jun 26, 2018 12:26 am

No before and after. They came with mine, I assume they are standard equipment.

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Re: Hubcaps?

Post by jprhode » Tue Jun 26, 2018 12:38 am

Probably so, but they weren't as of S/N 010. Just trying to figure out if I want some. Do they interfere with checking/filling the tires?
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Re: Hubcaps?

Post by rdrobson » Tue Jun 26, 2018 4:25 pm

I can't answer your question about interfering with tire checks/fill, I have a great FBO who takes very good care of my aircraft. (And my car, last time I left town I came back to find that they had detailed it!)

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Re: Hubcaps?

Post by ultraturtle » Tue Jun 26, 2018 7:18 pm

jprhode wrote:...Do they interfere with checking/filling the tires?
If they are like the DA42-VI caps they are a very minor pain in the ass. You'll need a stubby Phillips screwdriver to remove 2 screws, and loosen the third in order to check pressure and fill.
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Re: Hubcaps?

Post by CFIDave » Sat Jun 30, 2018 4:57 pm

The hubcaps on my DA42-VI were aluminum, whereas the hubcaps on my DA62 look like they're made of carbon fiber. They are all exactly the same shape with the same aerodynamics.

In either case you'll need a flat-head screwdriver to remove 3 screws and remove the hubcaps in order to add air to the tire valve stems. Either find a very short stubby screwdriver, or be prepared to move the plane forwards/backwards a few feet so you can get to all the screws with the gear door being in the way.
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