Assuming you can use a saw, drill and sand paper and are happy making your own parts... the $250 yoke bushings can be made for FREE from scrap CORIAN. Yes, the same stuff that your countertop is made from. Go to a countertop factory. Look in the dumster. You will cry at the stuff they throw out. Simple wood tools are all you need for Corian. It is 100% acrylic. It makes a good TRIM WHEEL too!

I have no clue about flamability but I know the hot pans on my wife's countertop don't set it on fire and I think it doesn't melt until it reaches 475 degrees F.

You will love a Corian dumster for the stuff that's in there for free. If you can't find any, contact me. You can also choose from some nice colors.

Tom Corcoran

-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Gooderum <mark@jump.tc>
To: Rick <rick@denverflash.com>; mike@rellihan.com;
Sent: Tue, 11 Apr 2006 16:12:37 -0500
Subject: RE: [BAC-Mail] Yoke Shaft Bushings

Nylon is degraded by UV so in theory an opaque coating might help, but
that damage is probably mostly done and I suspect plain old age is more
of a factor. The basic problem is 40 year old Nylon is just not a
material at it's peak...plus the 3/16" or so of bushing outside the gust
lock hole is not much to resist the force of the wind on several square
feet of stabilator.
--
Mark


> -----Original Message-----
> Sent: Tuesday, April 11, 2006 4:10 PM
> To: mike@rellihan.com; bac-mail@beechaeroclub.org;
> Subject: RE: [BAC-Mail] Yoke Shaft Bushings
>
> Is there any treatment or lubricant we can use on these to
> help preservation?
> -Rick
>
> In the meantime, try to protect the ones you have.