Posted: 1/15/2011 14:07:03
I have a 1.3 Liter Suzuki engine that I'm thinking of building a re-drive for. This engine was removed from a "Metro" with 19K miles on it. I purchased every thing it takes to run it from the same car. On the test stand it starts instantly with vary little vibration. I found an already engineered re-drive in the Raven. anyone know about this re-drive or have experience with it. Thanks for any help
Posted: 1/16/2011 19:34:20
You may want to check out this forum on PSRU's.
If/when I use a redrive, it will be a 2 belt system, 10 rib multi V with tentioners. With my harley's the belt drives failed at start-up and shut off..... Always taking out the teeth. Unruly HP and shifting with a temp kill switch (blips off ign. to go clutchless) never gave a second thought, hit the start after a fillup and your SOL.
[must seperate the belts in case of failure, debries can destroy the remaining belt]
Posted: 1/22/2011 09:10:39
Collin, I have a Spacewalker 1 with a geo metro/raven redrive engine setup. I couldn't be happer. The airplane was built by Maxie and Hazel Hester of Sig Manufacturing (the model airplane company) in 1997. the engine runs very smoothly, is very easy to operate, and only uses 2 gallons per hour. If you replace the belt as per Ravens recomendations you won't have any problems with it. I highly recommend this setup. If you would like pictures Google Maxey Hester Spacewalker I. the airspeeds he quotes are a little optimistic, I found the airspeed indicator was about 15 mph to fast. But you can get an idea of what it looks like. I hope this helps. Harvey
Posted: 1/22/2011 13:03:08
You will do yourself a heap of good by using the Raven redrive. Raven has years of experience and can give you all the help you will ever need if you do run into problems in the conversion/installation of your engine. You have chosen an excellent engine as well. They are bullet proof and make good aircraft engines. Don't forget to purchase Raven's manual on converting the engine as well. It has a wealth of information. Good luck.
Gene (in Vahginia)
Posted: 2/14/2011 09:48:55
Air Trikes offers a nice gear redrive for this engine. They have a lot of time with it in PPCs. We are just starting to get experience with this set up in gyros but we are favorably impressed so far.
Posted: 2/15/2011 21:13:39
Thanks John, Does Air Trikes have a website? I did a search and got pages of websites far "air Trikes".