John Vance Posted May 20, 2016 Report Share Posted May 20, 2016 During the last tire change on my CTLS, I used a ladder to prop one wing up to elevate the wheel needing work. It worked, but I'm not able to do that without help. I have Matco wheels & brakes, and there is a hole somewhat larger than 1/2" diameter on the inboard side of the landing gear leg, extending into the axle. An earlier post from someone else (sorry, I've forgotten who) described an elegant welded tool that would swing down to support the landing gear leg simply by lifting a wing. I don't have welding equipment but liked the idea, so I stole the basic idea and made a similar tool from a piece of 2 x 6, a 4" x 1/2" diameter bolt, a nut, and a couple of fender washers. I have 4 x 6 tires, and cut the bottom of the board 7 1/4" from the center of the bolt. You can make this thing with a drill and a saw, and it works much like the (much nicer) welded version - insert the end of the bolt into the hole in the gear leg, and lift the wing high enough to let it swing into place. Here's a photo - the blue stuff on the bolt is just painter's tape, to protect whatever might need protecting inside the hole. John Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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