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 Post subject: Loose akas
PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2020 9:38 am 
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I bought a used TI, and I've noticed that my akas seem to have quite a bit of movement in them compared to videos I watch online. My amas tend to follow the waves, and when I unfold the akas, the amas droop more than it seems like they should. The akas and crossbars seem fine, so I'm guessing the issue is in the connection point between the two. Is this something I can tighten up? Should I tighten it up?


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 Post subject: Re: Loose akas
PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2020 11:38 am 
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Sounds pretty normal actually. Especially when folded aft.

Check the arm connections in the castings. Loose rivets? They can be glued and re riveted.

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 Post subject: Re: Loose akas
PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2020 3:30 pm 
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The rivets are tight and the the piece that fits into the crossbar is securely attached to the aka itself. Likewise, the crossbar is tight. However, when I plug the aka into the crossbar, I can rotate the aka in the socket between 10-20 degrees. Is this normal? At the far end of the aka, this translates to an up and down motion of about 6-8 inches I think. Is that normal? Thanks


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 Post subject: Re: Loose akas
PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2020 3:40 pm 
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It sounds normal. The aka are designed to twist within the crossbar.
The original AI knuckle was just a solid pin which would elongate the aka connection holes over time. The TI and later AI’s had the newer design which has flexibility built in to prevent that.


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 Post subject: Re: Loose akas
PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2020 4:37 pm 
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Okay. That's good to know. I just need to convince myself why I don't see so much movement in videos on YouTube. E.g. the Trailex video. When he folds out the amas, nothing seems to move or drop. They just slide out. Maybe it's just an illusion that I'm overthinking.


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