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jhalcomb



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2019 6:46 pm    Post subject: How sturdy is Maule nose gear? Reply with quote

Looking to buy MT 7 but am concerned about durability of nose gear. I don't see any reports here of busted struts or bent firewalls like I do for the Cessna 182s. Any known issues? Does the MT7 235 land nose heavy with the bigger engine. Is there an option for a bigger nose wheel? Thanks!!
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 10, 2019 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stoutest nose gear that I know of bolted into the engine mount. As far as landing loads on it good policy is always hold nose wheel off as long as possible and land as slow as possible.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2019 5:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My Trigear and I have been to some very rough places, no problems other than stone damage to the fabric on the bottom of the plane.

Rough field landings are full flaps, hold the nose off as long as possible. I also touch down with a little power.

You can put a 7" nosegear tire but may have to invert the fork mounting bolts. I have not done this yet.

Also a piece or hose wrapped around the strut gives extra protection.

Always do runups with nosegear straight.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2019 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

if you look at the maule nose gear and compare it to the Piper tripacer nose gear you will see it is identical... as to where it attaches i have no clue but i suspect Maule was real careful in that area... as to the tripacers nose gear i once saw an old sales video of a tripacer taking off across a plowed field with no problem... don't think i would worry about the Maule nose gear....
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