One of the goals I have during this upgrade process is to make my Tailwind faster. I’ve read that fairing the gear legs has been shown to be worth an extra 10 knots and wheel pants can add 5 knots. I bought some ultralight wheel pants from a seller on ebay. There’s no indication that N11018 has ever had wheel pants which means no easy way to mount these things.
Solidworks to the rescue.
This is what I have to work with (pilot side).
This is the bracket I designed to utilize the existing brake mounting hardware.
They were CNC laser cut from 1/8″ chromoly. This is how they turned out. You can see they weren’t perfect. The pilot side needed a small clearance ground out and I used a vice and hammer to shape them, but there’s no way I could have made anything like this without Solidworks. I’ve still barely scratched the surface with that software, but so impressed with it.
I’ll post an update once the airplane is off the rotisserie and on the gear with the wheel pants installed. That’s probably not gonna happen any time soon so stay tuned…
UPDATE – July 1, 2017
Here are some better pix of the passenger side bracket installed.