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Mark Jones' Wheel Pants
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A TRIBUTE TO KEN RAND

I have finally installed the "John Backer" wheel pants on my KR-2S. However, I do still need to fair in the leg and cover the area over the brake which will probably add a couple of more mph. This morning at day break, I made the first test flight. As you can see, the main pants are not painted. I have been flying with just the nose wheel pant for a year. The nose wheel pant alone gave me an additional 6 MPH. The main pants added another 10 MPH to the overall picture. At wide open throttle at 3000', altimeter setting at 30.27, outside air temp at 9C, and indicating 154 MPH, gave me a true airspeed of 160 MPH. Why I did not add the wheel pants a lot sooner is beyond me. This is the fastest my KR has flown straight and level and I am loving it.



This is the very simple bracket I made. The material is .080 x 2" 6061-T6 aluminum. Bends were made to clear the caliper and brake lines. The two lug anchor nuts are 10-32 thread and held on the bracket with 3/32" rivets.


The following photos show the painted end results.