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    Default Aeronca Sedan standard gear weight?

    Does anyone have any idea what the standard landing gear legs, small tires and standard size tail wheel assembly might weigh for an Aeronca Sedan? Just trying to spitball some numbers to see if float installation would be worthwhile.
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    I don't have any small tires for my Sedan and got rid of the stock tailwheel assy. (replaced with a Piper Pawnee tail spring) but I do have a couple of Sedan gear legs lying around here that I could weigh if that would be of any help.
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    It might. I am trying to figure if it comes out to more than 100 pounds.
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    Gear legs come out to right around 21 lbs each according to my bathroom scale. That's with a brake line attached, but no wheel or brake assembly. One of the legs had a fabric fairing on it but the weight difference between the two legs was negligible.
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    Hmmm..

    So 42 for the legs.
    The tail assembly weighs around 12 pounds.
    So there is 54 pounds. The wheels, brakes, tires, could be anywhere from 30 to 50 depending on what he had on there.

    So with a 1195lbs empty on wheels, take away 85 pounds for gear gives 1,110 pounds,,
    Then add 265 pounds form EDO 2000s , tales you to 1375 pounds empty on floats.
    The legal gross for a Sedan on floats is 2,100 lbs, so a 725 pound legal useful load. So full fuel and 509 pounds...
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    Seems like if you want a legal load of any size on floats, you are either looking at a minimum at a really light 180 or a light 185. Maybe there is some other aircraft that is escaping my notice, but that is my impression anyway. Possibly a Maule, but I think they run short on load when you put them on floats.
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    Yeah I am probably stuck with a 180. The nice thing about SEDANs is they take-off pretty darn fast on the water. Plus they are HUGE inside and very comfy. Plus simple to fly and maintain. Just kinda slow......Like a giant T-craft.

    On wheels a Sedan has a 830 + pound useful load.
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    I know they will out perform my 170 on floats........
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    Oh yeah... A 180 horse Sedan kicks butt.
    They will do a lot more than their legal useful load would suggest.
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