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    I am just finishing up installing the titanium gear on the 185. Just working with the old and new gear legs the weight difference is amazing.
    Installation is a bit of a chore. But, realistically we all need to go through the cleaning and inspection of the gearboxes like this every once in a while.
    Tom, the owner of The Landing Gear Works returns my calls right off for my tech questions and loves to talk about them.
    I will update with a PIREP when I get some flight time on them.
    Lost 28 Lbs. with that mod

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    I thought it would be more than 28 pounds lost... I heard they do not bounce as much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Float Pilot View Post
    I thought it would be more than 28 pounds lost... I heard they do not bounce as much.
    My 1954 180 has the original gear and I don't seem to bounce much, unless I miss the flare by a bit and my bushwheels rebound.

    I'm a simple man, but the "bounce" indicates energy absorption through the flexing landing gear and not transmitting it directly to the gear boxes. Or is it a case of the flexing gear working the boxes where a rigid gear doesn't?

    My plane lands pillow soft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bearsnack View Post
    I am just finishing up installing the titanium gear on the 185. Just working with the old and new gear legs the weight difference is amazing.
    Installation is a bit of a chore. But, realistically we all need to go through the cleaning and inspection of the gearboxes like this every once in a while.
    Tom, the owner of The Landing Gear Works returns my calls right off for my tech questions and loves to talk about them.
    I will update with a PIREP when I get some flight time on them.
    Lost 28 Lbs. with that mod
    Did you do this because you had a bad gear leg or just wanted the lightweight and performance of the Ti gear?

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    My 1954 180 has the original gear and I don't seem to bounce much, unless I miss the flare by a bit and my bushwheels rebound.

    I'm a simple man, but the "bounce" indicates energy absorption through the flexing landing gear and not transmitting it directly to the gear boxes. Or is it a case of the flexing gear working the boxes where a rigid gear doesn't?

    My plane lands pillow soft
    Big potholes and rocks during roll-out or take-off run. Supposedly the Titanium gear is more " dead" in the reflex. I do not know personally since I have not flown a set 'yet' onto a rough surface.
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    I have flown it once, did 3 touch and goes and some taxing to check alignment.
    I don't have enought time to thoroughly comment on the p
    erformance. I may have detected less bounce, but I need to fly more to get the feel for them.
    I replaced my old steel legs because I fly skis and there was no history on the old gear legs. I started to worry about the cracks at axle attach bolt holes after 6 years of flying.
    I figured put the money towards a lighter, better product.

    I am hoping to do a couple more flights on the 8:50 tires then put skis on. It is all weather dependent .
    As soon as I have a feel for what they really are like I will post it on this thread.
    So far, still pretty darn happy with them.

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