Engine Arrived

Today I picked up my Rotax 914UL2 from Torrance TAF. The engine only weighs around 100lbs. so it wasn’t too bad getting it on and off the truck. It was good to have some help though, so thank you to those that helped: (The loading crew) Vince L, Matt L, and the guy wanting to buy a Sling 2, (the unloading crew) David K, my wife, and my daughter.

After figuring out what came with the engine I have some things I need to figure out. I didn’t buy the full firewall forward kit from TAF so I now need to make or buy a few parts. I thought that maybe I would get a some plumbing and a nicer mount for the fuel pumps, also I’ll need an exhaust pipe and a few brackets for mounting the ambient pressure sensor and TCU (which I knew I would need). Also I need to get the oil and water coolers which I knew didn’t come with the engine.

So at this point I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed. There is now a ton of stuff that needs to get done and figured out. But its good to have some things to work on again.

Here’s a few photos of the unpacking.

Well at least they threw in some oil 🙂

Contents of the “loose parts box” (Losteilekarton): round-neck nut set M8, regulator for internal generator, 2 pin connector w/ pins, wire with connector attached, starter solenoid, and a banjo bolt for the oil canister overflow

I need to figure out what the connector and the wire with connector is for.

Fuel pumps box: 2 Pierburg fuel pumps, 2 Edel clamps, 4 small hose clamps and some mounting screws.

I was hoping that there would be some plumbing tubes, etc and a nicer mounting option, but I guess that’s why TAF supplies those in their kit. I found that the 912 has a nice mounting box and plumbing w/ check valves, etc but I can’t seem to find where to buy just those items. I can buy the box from California Power Systems, but it seems like you have to purchase the whole pump assembly to get the mount and plumbing parts and that’s around $1300. I can always get the TAF one, but I wanted to try to use -6AN connections through out so I can use stainless steel braided hoses and nit have to replace them every 5 years (as per Rotax). So I will try to cobble together some fittings and see what I can come up with.

The oil tank and most importantly Rotes stickers…. YAY!!!!!!!!

I also purchased the external alternator. This thing is pretty tiny. The alternator came with all the parts to mount and attach it to the engine so once the engine is mounted I’ll get this on the engine.

The TCU and servo come in a box with some wire and cabling attached to the engine. The  cable to the servo is surprisingly short. I wanted to mount it on the cabin side of the firewall, but that might be difficult. I have to wait to get the engine installed anyways because I don’t want to disconnect the cable now. The wire fro the TCU to ambient pressure sensor is also very short… only around 1 foot long so it really needs to be mounted close to the TCU.

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