Rotax 185 Maintenance

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Postby ronsky1 » Thu Dec 23, 2004 1:05 pm

Does Reg,s Air Cooled Engines in Surrey , B.C. still exist and how to contact??
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Postby lazairiii » Thu Dec 23, 2004 2:26 pm

No, unfortunatley Reg passed away a few years ago.

What are you looking for?

Where are you and what series are you flying?
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Postby ronsky1 » Thu Dec 23, 2004 4:44 pm

I am in Lake Charles La.. I have a Series Two I purchased in kit form and built in 1983 or close. I would like to know a good place to send the 185's to have electronic ignitions put on them. I saw an ad recently in an ultralight paper that said they would do this on any Rotax for $225.00 each. I can not find the ad again. It was in Arz. I had sold this plane to a Police Officer 7 years ago and just bought it back. He left it in a barn for all those years and I am fixing to recover it and go flying.
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Postby ronsky1 » Thu Dec 23, 2004 5:15 pm

Just read my on reply. It is a series 3 , not two.
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Postby Chappy » Thu Dec 23, 2004 11:39 pm

That would be Steve at Airscrew Performance:


(One of his ads)
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We have engines, and lots of them. We have new, used, rebuilt engines, We have redrives and exhausts in stock.

We offer C.D.I. conversions for all Rotax engines for $275. Rotax crankshaft rebuild center, genuine Rotax parts.

Airscrew Performance
(623) 842-3902

E-Mail: gassitt@aol.com
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I'm not sure he's done the little 185; let us know if he has/will modify them. I had a friend years ago that had a 477 that Steve modified. He used snow mobile components. It performed very well.

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Postby rayjb60 » Mon Dec 27, 2004 2:59 pm

You can get the do it yourself conversion kit from Wildfire for 299.50

Tell them its for your Mark-3 pump, as they will not sell it to you for other purposes, especially not aircraft.

The conversion comes with a new flywheel, stator/pickup coils(under flywheel) a spark coil/CDI unit and spark plug lead/cap.

Its everything you need, and designed exclusively for the Rotax 185.

It also has a spark advance curve built in which will cause the engine to develop a bit more power and be smooth from Idle to full power.

Apparently it runs a little rough for the first 15 seconds after a start and then runs smooth. (perhaps the electronics need to initialize)
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Postby lazairiii » Mon Dec 27, 2004 5:55 pm

Ray,

If these CDI units come with a new flywheel, have you checked them out to see if the starter cup will still mount on the back of it, and stay in alignment with the pulley?
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Postby rayjb60 » Tue Dec 28, 2004 3:18 pm

I haven't got one yet, but I am fairly certain that it does fit since the Mark-3 also uses a similar if not identical pull start assembly.

I may have to do a little shimming if not.

I suspect that its the same flywheel with different magnet locations.

I'll confirm this once I get some units in.

Im committed one way or another in any case.
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Postby lazairiii » Tue Dec 28, 2004 4:38 pm

Ok, give a report as you get going...
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