• Discount Club Donut Special (bulk Club order special in progress )

    With the Baby Beech product line, it is not if, but when to replace landing gear donuts. Recently AEC had a significant price increase for several of their products. Donuts are now listed on their website at $780 for a set retractable or $740 for a set fixed gear. Three sets are needed per airplane. Currently if you ordered these shock discs from anywhere else they would be astronomical in price. (If someone knows differently please correct me.)

    Current price of retracts $780 a set (need 2 plus one set of fixed for nose gear) plus shipping

    Current price of fixed $ 740 (need 3) plus shipping


    I am putting together a bulk order list. The donuts are all the newly manufactured ones. The splitting problem was with retract donuts. The donuts do not have a shelf life. So if a member wanted to purchase one or two sets instead of all three that would be okay. Can soften the financial burden when the total replacement is needed. I plan on getting this list and order done by December 31, 2016.

    We are getting a better price than above by ordering bulk. The above price and incentives are being discussed.

    I know many of you have purchased these in the past but for those that haven't yet maybe this will help.
    Comments 98 Comments
    1. vanhook's Avatar
      vanhook -
      Retracts need two sets of retract donuts for MLG and one set of fixed gear donuts for NLG.
    1. JOHNNYXRAY's Avatar
      JOHNNYXRAY -
      Sorry , Cloyd I just posted the original to make it a article. Jo -bolts only needed on fixed gear mains (2 a side ,sometimes three) retracts have different donuts for the mains only. Fixed gear works on mains ,NLG and NLG of retracts.
    1. Fbansandy's Avatar
      Fbansandy -
      Is this offer still available? if so, what is the timeframe for ordering, and the cost?

      I need two (2) sets for a Sundowner.

      Thanks
      Sandy
    1. Unclerap's Avatar
      Unclerap -
      Sandy:
      The bulk order has expired, however AECi offers discounts to BAC members. Contact Darcy at AECi, mention your membership.

      Rap
    1. paulwerbin's Avatar
      paulwerbin -
      I think you mean no shelf life limitation. Not no shelf life. But I am glad that you are working on a group purchase again. Mine are still in good shape after about 8 years of use, but I will buy a complete set for a retract and put them in storage until needed since they are fine when stored. I suspect that the price will gradually increase enough that it makes sense to take part in a BAC bulk purchase if you work out a BAC deal.
      Thanks JP
    1. JOHNNYXRAY's Avatar
      JOHNNYXRAY -
      We are looking for under $600 a set price point . We need members to step up . Currently a Sierra is @ $2300 for a complete replacement (3 sets) . This could save the BAC member over $500 .
    1. papa pilot's Avatar
      papa pilot -
      $600 per wheel ain't bad. I need to replace my MLG so you can count me in for 2 fixed gear sets.
    1. BobLewis's Avatar
      BobLewis -
      Perhaps if we do another group purchase we need a Barnstormers ad, join BAC and participate in the group purchase, save hundreds of dollars....or something like that
    1. rashby's Avatar
      rashby -
      I would also jump in on a purchase for my fixed main gear.
    1. Unclerap's Avatar
      Unclerap -
      For those of you considering only the MLG on your airplanes, unless your NLG donuts were replaced within the last 5 years, you should replace all 3 sets at the same time. A mouse with compressed MLG donuts will give the impression that the NLG is ok because the AC is sitting tail low. Use the stack pin measurement for all 3 gears. I know it's an additional $1k or so, but the old pay me now/more later adage applies.

      Rap
    1. gregoryfree's Avatar
      gregoryfree -
      Quote Originally Posted by vanhook View Post
      Retracts need two sets of retract donuts for MLG and one set of fixed gear donuts for NLG.
      have a super three that need all three.
    1. corcoran's Avatar
      corcoran -
      Could you please review how to determine if you/I/we need new donuts.
      I guess there is a certain measurement that can be made.
    1. AJCustom's Avatar
      AJCustom -
      On the fixed gear airplanes if the lower stack pin is no longer visible, the donuts need replaced. It slowly disappears into the gear leg over time as the rubber compresses.
    1. Unclerap's Avatar
      Unclerap -
      Quote Originally Posted by corcoran View Post
      Could you please review how to determine if you/I/we need new donuts.
      I guess there is a certain measurement that can be made.
      Here they are, just like Aaron says above.
    1. koenigm's Avatar
      koenigm -
      I would be interested in 3 sets for my Sundowner.
    1. KennyWick's Avatar
      KennyWick -
      I have 1 set on the shelf but would take 2 more sets for the main gear, C23.
    1. corcoran's Avatar
      corcoran -
      Quote Originally Posted by AJCustom View Post
      On the fixed gear airplanes if the lower stack pin is no longer visible, the donuts need replaced. It slowly disappears into the gear leg over time as the rubber compresses.
      Attachment 5278
      Attachment 5279

      I never looked this close before as landings are ALWAYS silky smooth.
    1. niechiro's Avatar
      niechiro -
      The stack pin has disappeared up into the nose gear housing so the donuts do need replacing.
    1. corcoran's Avatar
      corcoran -
      I was afraid you'd say that!
      How do I get put on the donut buy list?
    1. Unclerap's Avatar
      Unclerap -
      Tom:
      The reason your landing are silky smooth (and you should keep them that way, more later) is that the gear is hanging down 3-4 inches. This creates a "slack" point with the wheels touching down before there is full contact between the donut stack and your spar. A fake greaser because you are getting feedback that you have almost touched down, and then a few inches later you actually do.

      Because your donuts have compacted over time, they are rock hard, and now all bumps transmit directly to the mainspar. Not a good thing. Look at the top of your wings, at the 2 large phillips head screws. There might be wrinkles in the skin. That deformation is caused by collapsed donuts transmitting everything directly to the mainspar, un-cushioned by the donuts.

      Time for donuts.

      Rap
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