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Thread: Aileron Fairleads

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    Default Aileron Fairleads

    Went to change out the aileron balance cable that runs through the cabin of my PA-22. Simple 5-foot run of cable, right? But, I didn't notice the fairleads on the left and right side of the cabin, not easily accessible from either side. Can't decide whether to go in from the inside (take apart headliner), outside (cut through side fabric), or cut through the roof.

    Anyone go through this? Is this one of those "gotta tear it all apart so might as well do all the cables"? Maybe do the sunroof mod while I'm at it ;-).

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    Default Re: Aileron Fairleads

    Make the cable on the airplane? Cut one nicropress off and pull the cable through the fair leads size to length and swedge the other end.

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    Default Re: Aileron Fairleads

    Huh, hadn't thought of that. Wouldn't I lose too much cable and end up with an overextended turnbuckle?

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    Default Re: Aileron Fairleads

    I think you misunderstood what Steve said. Cut the cable to a length that once the second thimble and incompressible is installed, it will be the same length as original. The cable lengths are on one of the drawings on the CD.


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    Default Re: Aileron Fairleads

    Yeah, guess I forgot to mention I’m using a premade cable. Just gonna go in with the knife!

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    Default Re: Aileron Fairleads

    You should be able to reach the fairleads after removing the wing fairings and/or unzipping the headliner. You my need to cut away some fabric on the outside of the cabin to reach the fairleads. Once you remove the fairleads you'll be able to slip the premade cable through. This is the hard way. If you have access to a nicropress, making the cable as Steve says is easier.
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    I think I will have to go the DIY route. Haven’t made a cable since A&P school but staring at these fair leads through a 1-inch hole is giving me a headache. Might as well make all the cables while I’m at it.

    Chris

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