Skybolt SK2003-50ADJ Platemount is fully
adjustable for all ranges of common #82 Southco, Cloc® or Camloc®
2000 and 4000 Series Cowling Fasteners. One fastener dash number
covers the entire cowling at the firewall. Designed to replace the
Cessna/Lord J7444 Series Platemount, the SK2003-50ADJ has the exact
flex features as the J7444-42 part. Skybolt designed 28 years of
expertise in this premium quality mount so that it mounts exactly as a
replacement part. And new for 2011, the SK2003-50ADJ can be
adjusted without removing the cowling for an exact fit. The Skybolt SKSP5
Adjustment Tool is inserted through the fastener grommet to
engage, unlock, and adjust the insert in .015 increments. It is so easy,
adjustment can be done blindfolded!
Its a good idea in theory. After the easy installation and adjustment procedure, that is where the good idea ends. They don't handle the heat of being forward of the firewall, and mash down the rubber, leaving metal contacting the cowl. The bases break more easily than the old Lord mounts. I wish 'spruce would market the Lord ones again.
The adjustable mounts are great as long as you understand how they work. They cannot be left in the unlock position and don't unscrew the insert. I too had some mounts fail, but Spruce replaced them with a newer version that are working perfect. No one ever replaced my Lord mounts that were breaking. Also, I spoke with Skybolt and they have some valuable information as to why these mounts break and how to fix the source problem.
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