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  • Re: Carb Float Bowl Breather/Overflow

    by » 5 months ago


    Hi Roger,

     

    I have tried all of your suggestions and more, with the exception of polishing the new float valve seats (fitted to essentially new carburettors). This I will do - please advise technique/materials.

    In the meantime:

    You may not be aware of the Sonex/Rotax 912 engine mounting adapter system - its basically two parallel rails securing the bottom (crankcase) of the engine ie minimal upper movement damping/restriction. This allows for more upper engine (carburettors) movement than I would like and I have been experimenting with ways to reduce it - latest, yet to fly, changing the Sonex supplied Hutchinson/ Barry Controls Mounts 22001-13's for slightly stiffer -14's - I wonder if this lateral "whipping" movement, particularity at shut down may be causing the carbys to "spill" fuel through the breathers?

     

     

     

     

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  • Re: Carb Float Bowl Breather/Overflow

    by » 5 months ago


    Hi Sean,

    Here's my email. Send me yours and I'll send you a how to polish the needle seat info.

    ssadiver1@yahoo.com


    Roger Lee
    LSRM-A & Rotax Instructor & Rotax IRC
    Tucson, AZ Ryan Airfield (KRYN)
    520-349-7056 Cell


    Thank you said by: Sean Griffin

  • Re: Carb Float Bowl Breather/Overflow

    by » 5 months ago


    Thanks Roger - email on its way to you as I write.

    No comment on the Sonex engine mount adapter allowing lateral engine movement and its potential/or not to cause fuel to be ejected out of the float bowl breather/vent?


  • Re: Carb Float Bowl Breather/Overflow

    by » 5 months ago


    Sean....lots of comments on the mount from me.  We however have only speculation as it requires some testing for the signature for the movement in the mounts and how well it damps the vibrations.  

    First, your mount is not dynafocal, it lacks any design to absorb the movements in the direction of tension and compression.  The Barrey mount ideally should be used in a push-pull configuration to best absorb the frequencies.  This design is not really good at working in shear.  This type of Barry mount comes in different hardness, generally a soft, med, hard range to select from.  This would be my first preference to work with given anything else requires redesign and that gets to be a lot of work with limited return.  

    I can only give you an example that we worked with many years ago.  The original Kitfox model 3, where they really started to use the 4 stroke engines a lot, had a lot of issues with the vent tube ejecting fuel especially at high idle and even up to about 4000 RPM.  (see the SL on vibration ranges that are the most difficult) They also had issues with spreading of the manifolds to clear their special mount that  exacerbated the problem. Switching to a harder mount solved most of the problems.  Eventually the solution was a complete mount redesign as seen in the model 4 and 5 and up.  

    When Kitfox changed from the 80 HP to the 100 HP then had problems again.  In that case the quick solution was to clamp the mount harder, in effect moving the resonance absorption to another area not so sensitive.  inside the Berry mount there is a sleeve, we would remove it and cut them down as I recall by ⅛ or a bit more.  This got us past the vibration areas that would toss fuel, again it was a factor of trying to damp the movement in that critical area.  As you have noted when the carb balance is good the problem is not as bad.  This does not mean it is gone so I am aware you are doing all the normal things, try working with what you have too see if you can shift that vibration away from exciting the floats, float arm (not armature, lol).  What Roger suggests is working with your needle seats to be positive they are sealing as well as they can.  If you think back you recall how Rotax historically has 3 different versions of the needle itself, in that they had silver, black and not gold pins on the needles.  The changes in the spring internally were part of that damping of the resonant signature that can attack the parts as you have noted.  Making sure you have good sealing is important but do not chace it forever, work with your mounts to see if you can shift it. 

    Cheers


    Thank you said by: Sean Griffin, RotaxOwner Admin

  • Re: Carb Float Bowl Breather/Overflow

    by » 5 months ago


    Sean, sorry was to attach this.  You can download all the mount specs online from Barry.  I dont know exactly what you have but they appear to be Barry 2200 series.  They have a very extensive book that makes for a good read.  I am going to guess you might be able to match a better hardness and solve your problem.

    Cheers

    One page for reference.

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    Thank you said by: Sean Griffin

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