It turns out I'm not the only one who feels that way. Paul from ControlApproach created a beautiful set of pedals for the RV-10 but they are above my budget range for this airplane. However, he also created a retrofit kit that utilizes the Van's rudder pedal bars! This is still pretty expensive but I pulled the trigger anyway and boy am I happy with that decision. The pedals are a work of art and very high quality. Take a look at the pictures and I think you will agree.
|I started with some 1/8" stainless steel bar stock and had a local welding shop tig weld a piece of 1" diameter round stock to the end. I did have to cut/grind out a nice contour for the round stock to fit into.
|Here is the idea. the cable attach bar will be bolted to the rudder bar and oriented so that it is in the same location as the tab on the rudder pedal bars.
|After drilling a hole in the round stock portion I lined it up on the rudder bars so I could drill a similar hole for the AN3 bolt that will hold this together. The bolt goes all the way through the bar.
|This is just a picture of me tapping the 6-32 hole in the side of the bushing.
|Here you can see the bushing inside the rudder bar. I slightly offset it so you could see it.
|Hard to see but in this picture you see me sliding the bushing inside the rudder bars.
|This is a picture of a few of the parts of the Control Approach retrofit kit. Look at the quality of these parts!
|In this picture you can see the welded tab that is a little offset and does not allow the clamping blocks to sit properly. I ended up milling down the left side and adding a washer to the right side to get it to fit properly.
|Assembled and aft side picture. Note that I used some washers as spacers. Thats not going to stay that way.
|Fwd side picture.
|Back side view but the pedal on the right is still using the washers as shims and is not yet in the correct position.
|And here they are sitting in position.