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  1. I saw a video from the guy doing most of the test flying in it. Performance is pretty marginal. Climb rate is poor and so is cruise speed. Like c-150 rates or worse. I’d hate to see the specs with one engine out
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    Spruced up my wingtips!

    Wow that looks awesome
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    Typical M20C speeds (TAS)

    I don't know about the yokes, done by someone before me...
  4. No Merlyn yet, but I have the intercooler. I use those power settings but I do 125 deg rich of peak in cruise... That is usually around 1530 on TIT.
  5. Great post! I'm getting one installed hopefully soon. Just ordered it and waiting on the MSC to call back to schedule the install...
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    Need 12V+behind Avionics Master

    I think one of the changes from 231 to 252 is a change to the 28v system. Most 231s I see are 12v. My 84 is at least
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    M20K Interior

    Holy cow that’s nice. I like the textured fabric of the baggage area rear panel
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    Typical M20C speeds (TAS)

    Lol. I hope you’re enjoying the plane. She treated us well for 12 years.
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    Typical M20C speeds (TAS)

    Whoever got that thing painted before you got it, wow! They did a great job!!! Look, the tow bar even matches. Amazing attention to detail
  10. Just had a JPI 900 installed in a 63 C; pretty cool EXCEPT...The manifold pressure is jumping around +- 1 inch, pretty quickly. The gauge was rock solid before the install. I read on mooneyspace about a snuffer valve to fix it and called JPI about it. JPI said the sensor is super sensitive and they sent the snuffer free. Mechanic just installed it and now MAP is stuck at 27.5" and wont move... So now JPI says they're going to send another sensor, less sensitive, different manufacterer... Anyone else had this issue? JPI sending it for free but their first solution didn't work. Is maybe something else going on? Install error? Thoughts?
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    Do hubcaps offer any advantages?

    I don't have any mechanically inclined hangar elves...I'm stuck with dirty tires. I should get some better elves.
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    Do hubcaps offer any advantages?

    Could your elf provide a link for the hubcaps it found?
  13. Do you not have a primer? Why boost pump? Is it the same system?
  14. This seems to work for me: Cold throttle/mixture full forward prime 5 seconds throttle 1” starts pretty quick hot start throttle/mixture full forward prime 3 seconds or no primer if I just shut down within 5 minutes or so throttle half way in starts every time have been using the Hot start method above a lot in the last few days because trying to do fuel flow set up and it’s worked every time
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    231 cowl flaps

    One of mine likes to drop below 250 degrees too in cruise with flaps partially open. Do you have a reference source for it being ok to go below 250? It would certainly make me more comfortable...
  16. Hi all, Just recently, the cabin door has been a bit hard to close during part of its travel. All the way open to about three quarters open it travels freely. From 3/4 open to 1/4 open, its pretty stiff, then 1/4 open to closed it moves pretty freely again. I don't see anything obviously wrong with the door arm track (I don't know what it's called). I lubed it with LPS-1 and it looks clean. Any ideas?
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    Cabin door hard to close

    Sorry, should be “cabin” door...I’ll fix that
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    I was thinking that too, but maybe that is just a really big dude in front, causing an optical illusion...
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    AmSafe news

    Well, the news article is about a product in development. I'm really talking apples and oranges. The one they have certified and available is 6,000. Who knows when or if the developmental product will be available and what it will actually cost. I'm just reporting the price of their current product. I maybe should have been more clear.
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    AmSafe news

    I called Amsafe and for a 231, they estimated $6,300, not including install for pilot and copilot.
  21. Nope. There was Placerville Aviation, but he is mostly doing owner assist stuff and renting out hangar space. The only actual maintenance shop there is Hangtown now.
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    M20J Speed Improvement?

    Mine has an inter cooler so temps aren’t a problem, especially at 6000. In fact, in the winter (even in California) I have to keep the cowl flaps closed at 6,000 to keep the cylinder temps (#5 and 6 in the front) up in the green arc. The idea of temperature issues is really related to the GB engine. Most are LB engines now, which run much cooler, and many 231's have intercoolers, which improve temperatures even further. So that is a pretty old criticism of 231's, being hot running. Yes, I do cruise settings 28/25 at 6,000 and that gets close to 160, which is certainly prudent, as my cylinder temps are about 350 or less and TIT is well under 1500... So you can add that to your anecdotal data set.
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    M20J Speed Improvement?

    1 hour ago, Shadrach said: Here in the lowlands, cruising at anything under 6000' the two 231s I am familiar with run <150kts. Yeah I don't know how these rumors spread... My 231 around 6k at full gross is pushing 160 kts (Maybe 158), running lighter and I'm over 160.
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    M20K climb settings

    do you have intercooler or anything? 231 or 252?