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    Default repair the Warp Drive or switch to ??

    the model IV I purchased has a prop in need of repairs, Warp Drive quoted $390 US .. it's a 3 blade ground adjustable .. 80hp 912 .. would you go ahead with the repairs, or use that $ towards something superior?

    then there is the option of in flight adjustable - money can be an 'object' even without a partner to complain about the cost of toys! but the payback for the extra investment, comments please!

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    Default Re: repair the Warp Drive or switch to ??

    From comments I have heard and my own experience, I would recommend the 3-blade Whirlwind as a superior GA prop. Its definitely more expensive but is of the latest low noise, smooth and efficient design (plus it looks way cooler). IFA and CS props are of course another step up if you have the bucks.
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    Do you just need one replacement blade? I was just on their site this morning, and see the prices went up. (if my memory is right) I just picked up 2 66" RH blades from someone today. They are unused, but probably to short for your needs. JImChuk

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    Default Re: repair the Warp Drive or switch to ??

    If I had $300 and thought this would be enough to entice me to spend it towards a CS.... no brainer.

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    Default Re: repair the Warp Drive or switch to ??

    Right now the ground adjustable to beat is the Luga prop.
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    Default Re: repair the Warp Drive or switch to ??

    What is the age of your 80hp 912. Early 912 engines have a different prop flange than newer models. When Rotax introduced the 100hp ULS they changed the flange on all 912 engines. Most prop hubs are now for the newer bolt pattern. Warp and GSC still make hubs for the older engines. Whirlwind along with many others do not make hubs that fit the older bolt pattern.

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    Default Re: repair the Warp Drive or switch to ??

    great comments so far ........ it's the early version prop flange, didn't realize rotax had changed them ... guess that's going to make the decision easier ..

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    Default Re: repair the Warp Drive or switch to ??

    my hub and good blade is 70 inch, thanks for letting me know some were available

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    Default Re: repair the Warp Drive or switch to ??

    Consider the IVO IFA. Don (KitFox2009 from Vernon) has one in his Model V on an 80hp 912. I have one on my Model IV round nose with an 80hp 912. I am happy with mine and I am sure Don is happy with his. It is a great way to get the 100hp performance without going to a new motor and you may be able to find a used one for a reasonable price. Good performance at a reasonable price. Not the latest and greatest but a very good performer on a bit of a budget.
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    Default Re: repair the Warp Drive or switch to ??

    Norm, what diameter and how many blades are you running .. and did you have something else beforehand with some comparison numbers?

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