Well it’s finally happened. I’ve had to make my first repair on my Nirvana Cruise Carbon Trike. After flying on Monday I loaded up my trike into my trusty walk-on garden trailer and carted everything home. I rolled my trike into the garage and buttoned everything up. Thought all was well. The next day I was walking past my trailer when I noticed a small silver object wedged between the floor boards. When I looked closer it was one of the locking pins that fasten the motor frame on body of the trike!
When I picked the pin up and examined it I found that the ball bearings that allow the pin to lock in place had fallen out. I’m currently looking for a replacement pin but in the mean time I don’t want to be grounded! Since the ball bearings only serve to secure the pin in place and don’t bear any loads, the pin does that, I just needed to find a way to secure the pin once it has been inserted. I still have some safety wire left over from my airplane build projects so I used that to hold the pin in place. I can fly until I locate a replacement pin. Pins, actually. I’m going to order a new set to keep on hand.
4 thoughts on “First Cruise Carbon Trike Repair”
There is nothing worse than walking past an aircraft and finding a pin or bolt on the floor! Glad you found where it went easily and solved it easily. Keep flying!
Thanks Tony! Soon as the weather gets better I’ll be back in the air.
If you still need them, a good source for pins:
Awesome Bill, thanks!