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I talked to Joe at Lockwood this morning. He said 1 module tested good and the other bad. The bad one wouldn’t fire until about 1500 rpm. He agreed with you that it would keep it from starting. I ordered next day shipping so hopefully I’ll have it running for my time off at Thanksgiving!

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That's what I figured, you'll never get a high enough RPM from the starter alone to get any spark. Glad they had them in stock and they are on the way.

Any progress on the circuit breakers? This is not a pressing issue I understand.

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2 hours ago, Kevin said:

Not yet. My hangar is about 45 minutes from me. I didn’t make it this weekend. I’m planning to go later this week. I’m off after Wednesday. I’ll let you know what I find out. Thanks 

No worries at all, just curious as to what you find. Have a great Thanksgiving.

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Hey Shawn. Happy Thanksgiving. Mine just became a great one! I’m at the hangar. Just installed the new ignition module. That fixed it. This thing has never cranked like that since I’ve had it. It didn’t even get a full rotation on the prop and busted off on a cold start. Running great and cranking great. I’m gonna try to figure out what these 2 breakers control. One seems to be one of the G5s. Not sure about the other yet. I really appreciate all your help. Have a nice Thanksgiving.

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Happy Thanksgiving to you as well.

A healthy spark can make all the difference in the world when starting. You probably had one going bad for a while and didn't know it. You just wondered, why it this thing so hard to start? As you now know, it's not. I've always had mine start within the first rotation after I installed the new modules years ago.

A good battery is also key to a good start. I highly recommend the Odyssey PC680 when it's time for a replacement. A more expensive battery but it'll out last and out crank any battery on the market. 

Hopefully you'll get the breakers sorted out and labeled in case you ever need to use them.

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I think your right. It was getting harder to start for a while before it quit.  I read one of your other posts where you recommended the Odyssey so I went ahead and bought one. Looks like it’s about 3 lbs heavier than my cheap battery. I need to install it.

The old Trail-tek landing light I have crapped out too. They don’t make it anymore. Do you recommend any particular replacement?

 

 

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4 hours ago, Kevin said:

I think your right. It was getting harder to start for a while before it quit.  I read one of your other posts where you recommended the Odyssey so I went ahead and bought one. Looks like it’s about 3 lbs heavier than my cheap battery. I need to install it.

The old Trail-tek landing light I have crapped out too. They don’t make it anymore. Do you recommend any particular replacement?

The PC-680 is awesome and given that the SportCruiser has a slight aft CG the 3 extra pounds you’ll gain are beneficial. You’ll just have to cut back a few less pizza slices a month so you’ll make up the difference for than 1/2 gallon of fuel you’ll have to leave behind. :D

Im fortunate enough to have my landing/taxi light in the pilot wing so I don’t have the light in my cowling like the newer planes. My plane has a standard PAR36 LED lamp. There are many options for replacement and far more for you being experimental. Search the forum for “taxi light” or “landing light”. Just be sure to go with LED. The mounting location of your light is in my opinion the worst place for it. It’s crazy hot in that location and the vibration from the engine is sure to shorten the life span of anything you mount there.

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Thank you Richard. It’s looking like those lights are discontinued also. Where did that mount come from?

I agree Shawn. That’s not a good location. Mine already burned out once before, since I’ve had it. My light has 3 LED bulbs in it. It quit working so I popped the bad bulb off and put a solder shunt on it and got it working on 2 of them but it’s gone out again.

Where do you get those temp strips you have on your modules. I haven’t found any horizontal in that temp range

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12 hours ago, Kevin said:

Where do you get those temp strips you have on your modules. I haven’t found any horizontal in that temp range

You can order them here Kevin. Mine are temp range 3 and I have one on each ignition pack and one on my Silent-Hektik voltage regulator. All 3 components can be damaged by heat. 

https://www.thermometersite.com/thermax-6-level-mini-strips-irreversible-labels

There have been many owners with damaged taxi/landing lights because of the poor choice of location by the factory. It's really couldn't be in a more harsh environment.

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13 hours ago, Kevin said:

Thank you Richard. It’s looking like those lights are discontinued also. Where did that mount come from?

HI Kevin, I never ended up using the Kuntzelman light I have (I went with the Trail Tech LED light.)  If you're interested in the Kuntzelman LED, mine is still for sale.

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9 hours ago, Kevin said:

I’m interested. Does it need a mounting bracket or is it more like the trail tek?

It will need a mounting bracket, and it's not like the Trail Tech - it's more like Richard's light.  I think a call to Thrust Flight might be good to figure out cost and timing for a bracket (the light from Kuntzelman didn't come with the Czech Sport Aircraft bracket)

I've attached some photos I took before - the light is still in its original box (never mounted.)

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Hi Kevin,

I just sent you a private message.  In the interim, it may be good to take a look at Richard's photos to see how he modified the factory bracket to have it fit.  My lower cowling opening is also unusual as, much like Shawn's plane, mine did not come from the factory with the lower cowling taxi light, but it was added (riveted on as seen in the photo with my hand holding the light) sometime in 2008 when the plane was being shown at shows around FL.  I think the lower cowlings later in 2008 and onward may have more clearance for this light.

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