View Full Version : Gas Spring dampeners for Rudder Pedals

05-26-2007, 11:01 AM

I would like to build a nice sturdy set of rudder pedals with "good feel".

I purchased some dampener springs, that when compressed have resistance then rebound all the way back. Setting two of these springs ( with my basic knowledge) in a manner that centers the rudder pedals is not easy, and in retrospect, I think I should have purchased springs that center to the middle, and can be both pulled and pushed and will then revert back to there center position. These would be very easy to set up the rudder pedal to also self center.

Does anybody know of a source to springs that have such movement?
OR can anybody suggest a design of rudders that uses regular springs, but has good feel?



05-26-2007, 04:15 PM
I do know of a guy that has built a great set with that kinde of dampers I just have to remember:roll:, he is part of this forum 2.......i'll get onto it.


05-26-2007, 04:18 PM
Found it!!!!!

This is how im going to TRY! and do my rudders.
Thanks to Juan Cordon ;)


05-26-2007, 09:30 PM
This pic shows my rudders which run in tracks and are centered by two basic expansion springs, I did have springs on both sides but it was too heavy so I removed one pair and they work great. The rudder "trolleys" have four small wheels which run in aluminium u channels bolted to the floor, the side plates go up through slots in the floor where the tilt pedals are fitted, there's loads of pics in my first album gallery. I used gas struts to centre my pitch movement.