In it to win it
- Sep 13, 2007
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Sorry for the delayed response Taboma! If you note the front assembly towards the pedals you will notice a gap between the air valve and the plate. The Pedal will operate in normal operation with the traditional spring tension until the air valve is engaged. After that the system engages. If we were to use 100 lbs of air pressure for a round number and the piston was 1 square inch, then it would reduce the tension on the rod by 100 lbs. I believe the cylinders are larger then that (1.5 OD with probably 1.250 ID? Just guessing from the pics) So we have to calculate the piston area which would be A=Pi *R(2) Area = 3.14 x .625 x .625.. It all adds up to about 122-123 pds at a 100 PSI assuming the cylinder diameters.OK, I found the article, read it and truly enjoyed it. Great job of explaining it Dave :thumbsup
Been over 37 years since I've pedaled my Hondo up and down the strip, to this day, the most fun I've ever had on the water :yikes
The force is strong to own another one, even over the strong objections of my aging back
I realize it's a bit late to be asking questions, but I am curious.
Do these air assist systems still provide a degree of pedal feedback ? (I felt the feedback helped me sense how the boat was setting up, heavy on the transom, light, etc.)
Is there still sufficient spring tension to allow your foot to rest or have a little pressure on the pedal ? Again partially for the feedback and partially to allow the plate to essentially follow what the bottom is doing.
Do you know if anybody experimented with a simple hydraulic master / slave set up, similar to a hydraulic clutch ? I'd think somebody must have tried it, but I've never read about it.
Again thanks, I enjoy these tech articles, when you posted this in the lounge it must have gotten blown out by the show and tell posts