Rear Stick Hole Cover
I needed a Rear Stick
Hole Cover. I
didn’t like the idea of a big hole in the floor of the rear
cockpit. If anything fell in there, it would be hard to get
out, and might jam in the controls, leading to a very bad day.
cover shown on Mickey’s RV8 Site. It
was simple, did the job, and was easy to make. But I didn’t
see how he attached it. The back looks to be held with two
screws, but I wasn’t sure of the front.
I set out
to make my own.
poster board, and got
the shape and size I
wanted. Then it was
an easy matter to
cut the holes, bend and drill a piece of scrap aluminum. I made the left to right
bends first, then
bent the sides down afterwards. If
have a break, think all the bends through before you start. I made the sharp 90°
bent for the front
first. Since it is
the only really
critical bend, I wanted it to be precise.
The exact degree of the other bends isn’t
long as you get
the top to line up with the seatbelt anchors and the back to rest
smooth on the
don’t think you
actually need the
sides on the cover. The
seatbelt anchors would keep anything from
falling under the floor. I
having the edge of the rear stick hole cover showing on top of the
seatbelt anchors, so
the sides. Now the
edge of the cover is
against the floor and doesn’t show.
Two screws in the rear
and two in the
front hold the cover
in place. The rear
holes didn’t line up
nicely with any of the holes already in the floor, so I had to add two
platenuts to the floor. If
you made the
rear lip shorter, you could drill the holes to match the rivet holes
the forward F-830B stiffener to the F-830 floor.
Then just leave out the two rivets, and
install two platenuts.
I thought about stopping
the front of my rear stick hole cover on the top
of the F-837 control mount, but this would leave a hole through which
could still fall under the floor.
So I wrapped
the front around the F-837 control mount and used two screws to hold
front. These two
line up with holes that
would normally get a blind rivet to hold the F-829 skin to the F-814C
rib. I drilled the
holes a little bigger
and added two platenuts to the underside of the F-814C rib.
I know the big hole looks
funny, but it is big
enough to allow full motion of the stick, and the extra notch at the
enough metal to make it sturdy. If
are using the smaller metal eyeball vent, you will probably be able to
When I test fit it with
installed, the vent screw
heads prevented it from sitting flat.
I drilled the three holes to make space.
Now the heads of the screws fill the holes,
and when I
cover the plate
with leather, they will not show.
didn’t want the screws to go through the cover, because then I would
hard time attaching the two screws through the F-814J vent bracket. The other option was to
screws into the plastic eyeball vent.
chose not to do this because the plastic wasn’t thick enough.
I'm very pleased with my
rear stick hole cover. It looks great, and will keep loose
items from rolling under the floor.
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