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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-17-2006, 03:16 PM Thread Starter
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I\'ve got an idea!

Between just reading the post regarding whether of not someone needed fender flares...and working today, I came up with an idea.

I know some people dont like to run flares because they get ripped off, etc. On our light aircraft, we use 1/4 turn CAMLOK or DZUS fasteners. These make it possible to remove an entire cowling with over 20 screws in a minute or less. Since they hold cowlings and other large skin compontents on at high speeds...I'd be willing to bet they could also hold on a flare for some abuse!

This way you could be legal to and from the trail, and have your flares off for the ride in 2 or 3 minutes.

What do you guys think?
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 03-17-2006, 03:25 PM
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Re: I\'ve got an idea!

It would work... I've used these to fasten my Hard Top to the tub prior to making my own fixture. They work slick... so IMHO the Dzus concept works great.

I've seen the 1/4 turn Camlocks at Boeing but never used 'em on a project. They're slick'n snot.

The only question I have is expense...
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Re: I\'ve got an idea!


That was a concern of mine as well. I honestly have no idea what they cost, as I dont fix the airplane...I just fly it and break it! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 03-17-2006, 06:05 PM
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Re: I\'ve got an idea!

If you take into account the cost of replacement flares, it could actually be a cost effective solution....

In other words....GREAT IDEA....

Shouldn't be too hard....the only problem will be at the ends where the screw is close to the metal...you need a certain amount of room to mount the camlock base..and if you have trimmed your fenders...you may not have enough meat....one solution would be to make a back plate the shape of the flare that holds the camlock base...your fender would then be sandwhiched in between....in fact, you could make a kit that would end up being bolt in....something that even Andy could do.....
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