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ACRO E-mail Archive Thread: [Acro] Pitts S-1S wt and bal - thanks for all ...


Thread: [Acro] Pitts S-1S wt and bal - thanks for all ...

Message: [Acro] Pitts S-1S wt and bal - thanks for all the help!

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From: Klusmanp at

Date: Tue, 20 Aug 2002 04:30:32 UTC


  Thanks to all the guys and gals who helped me out on the wt. and bal on my 

I figured out a pretty easy way to get the mains up on scales (or blocks or 
whatever). First take the wheel fairings off to expose the end of the wheel 
axles that extend about 1.5 inch beyond the wheels. Lift one wheel at a time 
using a hydraulic floor jack, a long 2x4 (about 8 ft), and a fairly heavy 
buddy. Place the floor jack right next to the wheel (just outboard) with the 
handle of the jack pointing forward of the airplane, approx. parallel to 
engine thrustline, so you can easily pump the handle. Place the 2x4 under the 
wheel axle, over the lift point on the floor jack, and have your buddy lean 
on the other end. The 2x4 will be approx. parallel to the leading edge of the 
bottom wing. Your buddy will only need to lean on the free end of the 2x4 
with about 60 or 70 pounds or so to lift the tire off the floor with the 
mechanical advantage of the long end of the 2x4. You can easily control how 
high you lift the axle/tire with the floor jack.

CAUTION!! As you lift one wheel very high the bungees will start to pull the 
axle of the end of the 2x4! Best to lift in small (2") increments and 
reposition the 2x4 under the axle each time.

Thanks again,
Paul Klusman


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