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Alternate tailwheel spring source?

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wil780

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Rob at Raven Aircraft told me he has heard of an additional supplier of tailwheel rod springs but doesn't know the name.

Rob is temporarily out of that business as he's moved and hasn't found the right shop so his big lathe is in storage. ACI won't respond to me. Steen told me they source their rod springs from ACI and they can't get ahold of ACI either.

I'm facing about $1000 for a single piece of 17-4 PH, machining and polishing, then heat treating a single piece. Someone who is doing this routinely likely could produce a custom spring for half that. Anyone know of the mystery manufacturer?
 

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