Change Landing Gear on 1956 Ces 182 for stronger 1957 model gear

Change Landing Gear on 1956 Ces 182 for stronger 1957 model gear

The 1957 model Ces 182 has gross weight of 2650, vs the 2550 for previous 1956 model. Appears only structural difference is the landing gear that are 1/16 inch thicker and place aircraft 4 inches closer to ground. Has anyone exchanged these gear from later 57 model or so to the 56 model and been able to increase the gross weight on the 1956 model by that 100 lbs?

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Re: Change Landing Gear on 1956 Ces 182 for stronger 1957 model gear

Even if the landing gear swap were possible, it would take a STC or field approval to do this, as well as a DER to appove the change, before the paperwork got sent to the FAA

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Re: Change Landing Gear on 1956 Ces 182 for stronger 1957 model gear

Thanks for your input Tom. The mod is possible has been done extensively on many 1956 Cessna 182 models across America. Field approvals have been issued on these routinely, including on my own aircraft and many of my friends who own the same model. Some extra input I just received from Cessna engineering concurs with the premise that one result of the thicker 1957 gear is an ability to support a higher max gross weight...if the rest of the airframe is also designed for that. On that subject, another senior Cessna engineer told us verbally that he recalled that the only difference between the 1956 and nine months later, the 1957 airframe max gross weight calculations was that the engineers were asked to "sharpen their pencils" and make sure they had reached the absolute maximum allowed max gross weight on the basic Cessna 182 airframe at that time. With shaper pencils, they calculated that indeed, the basic core 1957 airframe, the same as the 1956, was actually able to safely carry 100 lbs more...or a max of 2650 lbs. Sadly, we don't have that in writing...but perhaps it could be substantiated further with some research at Cessna. I continue to collect data on the idea with the intention of seeking a field approval for the extra 100lbs.

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