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Steve & Nancy Riffe
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Date:  12-18-2012
Number of Hours:  1.00
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Brief Description:  Infinity grip install-3

Started off by shortening the rear stick. The overall length is about ½” shorter than the front stick. I wanted more leverage in the front than someone in the rear. Also, the rear stick with grip attached may just touch the back of the front seat, so I may have to trim it a little shorter. I decided to order a new stick for the front. Although the grip seems solid as a rock, I just don’t like the slot I cut in the top being wider than called for in the instructions. I do intend to use a smaller exit hole for the wires on the new stick—has been lots of chatter on VAF lately about weakening the stick by drilling an exit hole for the wire. However, there are lots of RVs flying that have not had a problem with this. Van’s advises against drilling a hole, yet their demonstrator aircraft has a hole for the stick wires. The Infinity grip has a bundle of 17 wires inside a blue sheath. I removed most of the sheath and cut 5 ground wires just past the end of the remaining sheath. I soldered the wires together and to a single ground wire. With 4 fewer wires and no sheath, I can probably use a ¼” exit hole instead of 3/8”. After soldering the wires together, I used heat shrink tubing and finally wrapped them with self fusing silicon tape. This connection will reside inside the stick tube. I have read where others have made a common ground wire, but did it inside the grip itself.
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Shortened rear stick about 4

Shortened rear stick about 4"

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Stick wiring-with single ground wire

Stick wiring-with single ground wire

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