# Boxer Diesel Weight

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1. Aug 14, 2016

### CameronB

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I liked the idea until I googled Subaru diesel, they had crank issues in the early engines in stock cars! I am not ready to experiment with a poor base. I am a diesel guy 100%, but I can't get on board with the weight difference vs performance vs longevity.

2. Aug 19, 2016

### rv7charlie

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Some possibly updated info on the Sube diesel here:
Subaru diesel EE20 aircraft RV-7 - VAF Forums

One post indicates that there's an updated crank in the newer engines. Also, some indication of already-flying a/c.

Forgot to add, one post lists weights of various components, as weighed by the person who made the post.

Charlie

3. Aug 19, 2016

### rv6ejguy

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There are at least 2 of these flying but I have not seen any performance data, specifically fuel flow vs. TAS, empty weight etc. and of course nobody has any significant flight hours on them yet to see how they stand up.

People get all excited about aero diesels until all the facts come out about weight, cost, fuel burn, reliability and maintenance in the real world.

We saw the resident diesel diesel fan on VAF finally own up and tell the truth of his experiences on the WAM. Isn't all roses- mostly just thorns in his case.

4. Aug 20, 2016

### KAF

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Ross,

Do you have a link or something to the WAM guy's experiences, or was it offline?

Just curious as to what all he ran into with that engine because I was always kind of impressed with it.

Thanks

5. Aug 20, 2016

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Search on VAF "Continental Diesel" maybe can find it. The basics was he had a loss of cranking compression and the engine went back to the UK for overhaul, stuck rings and scored pistons, then he admitted some cam bolt issues and finally you must now replace the pre-chambers every 50 hours at $750 per set. Not very practical. WAM's website lists some of the SBs. He kept all this secret for years saying everything was great. 6. Sep 19, 2017 ### Ron Gandy ### Ron Gandy #### Member Joined: Jun 29, 2016 Messages: 12 Likes Received: 2 Location: United Kingdom (England) Gentlemen, We at CKT Aero Engines Ltd in the United Kingdom have been developing the 2ltr Euro 6 ee20 engine over the last 4 years, and if you would like to visit our website www.cktairoengines.com you can read all about it and see a short video of the testing. We have extensively developed the core engine for aircraft use together with a new gearbox and MT hydraulic 3 blade propeller and FADEC controller. This engine is presently available for experimental but is in the process of certification. 4 of these engine have been delivered to Bent wing Aviation in Casper WY USA (Our first USA Distributor) for installation in SuperCubs, the first of which will be flying in the next 4 weeks. To answer your question on weight, the basic engine is a comparable weight to the Lycoming 360, but remember this is a water cooled engine the needs radiators etc. Ron Gandy Director/General Manager CKT Aero Engines Ltd BoKu likes this. 7. Sep 19, 2017 ### Grelly ### Grelly #### Well-Known Member Joined: Aug 27, 2010 Messages: 251 Likes Received: 33 Location: Surrey, UK 8. Sep 19, 2017 ### tspear ### tspear #### Well-Known Member Joined: Feb 13, 2014 Messages: 777 Likes Received: 173 Location: Oneida Ron, Looks interesting. What about pushers? I am thinking of the Velocity V-Twin. Also, what are the prices? Tim 9. Sep 19, 2017 ### rv7charlie ### rv7charlie #### Well-Known Member Joined: Nov 17, 2014 Messages: 448 Likes Received: 176 Location: Jackson Hi Ron, It looks really nice in the pics. How about some more details? Weight, dry, with all accessories to run except oil & water coolers? (Mount the turbo, intercooler, controller, fuel plumbing, etc & hang it on a scale.) Who's controller? Stock Sube, or custom box (if custom, who's?). Electrical power requirements to keep engine running? Is electrical power integrated, or supplied by a typical automotive alternator? What injection style, older relatively low pressure, or new extreme pressure common rail? Integral mechanical pump? External supply pump(s) required? Who's reduction? Ratio? Spur or planetary? Off-the-shelf sourced gears, or custom? Decoupling (damping) method? Engine RPM & MAP at full rated power? How does that compare to the stock rating in the car? And... how much will it pain one's pocketbook? Thanks, Charlie tspear likes this. 10. Sep 19, 2017 ### cheapracer ### cheapracer #### Well-Known Member Joined: Sep 8, 2013 Messages: 5,491 Likes Received: 3,848 Location: Australian No, you didn't answer the question. It's a **** simple question but absolutely critical in importance to anyone contemplating the fitting of one to their aircraft, and only requiring you to type 3 numbers before a Kg or Lbs symbol. "the basic engine is a comparable weight to the Lycoming 360" Bollocks. That's British for Bullshot. A 0-360 is 290lbs/130kgs (wow, how easy it was to type 3 numbers). A stock crate diesel Sub is 175kgs/380lbs. You may have removed the cat converter, a smaller alternator, air con and power steer pumps and maybe down to say 150kgs/330lbs, hell lets be generous and give you 140kgs/310lbs, but then you have added turbo, intercooler, associated plumbing, not to mention a PSRU*, and then the water radiator and plumbing. As far as I'm concerned innuendo that you are near a Lycoming 0-360 weight is utter bollocks, mis-representation, and I wouldn't go near an engine supplier who can't list every single bit of their products weight to the last clamp, i.e. critical information. And Members of this forum know well I am pro-auto conversion. *A PSRU on a diesel? Defeats one of the diesels ideal characteristics of the possibility of direct drive. Monty, BoKu, BJC and 1 other person like this. 11. Sep 19, 2017 ### rv7charlie ### rv7charlie #### Well-Known Member Joined: Nov 17, 2014 Messages: 448 Likes Received: 176 Location: Jackson The weight (and HP claims) are obviously critical. PSRU or not is a non-issue for me, as long as *it works*, and its weight included in the engine weight. Reality is that if you want HP & light weight, the engine has to turn faster. And contrary to conventional a/c thinking, there's a fairly low crossover point where the weight of a PSRU-equipped faster turning engine is lighter, *and has lower component loads*, than a direct drive engine. Now, claiming that the engine is OK with making roughly 50% more than the power chart I have for the auto-rated power for takeoff, and max continuous is roughly 33% higher than the auto-rating.....Has Subaru upgraded, or enlarged, or...? Ron, where are you? Crickets.....? 12. Sep 19, 2017 ### Mad MAC ### Mad MAC #### Well-Known Member Joined: Dec 9, 2004 Messages: 452 Likes Received: 192 Location: Hamilton New Zealand there is a bit of write up in the LAA's mag, slightly different designation, must be at least a couple flying as this has been around for two year. I wish everyone would come up with more original naming schemes for their diesel engines they all seem to be TD something. http://www.cktengineering.com/files/The-CKT-240-TSD-Diesel.pdf 13. Sep 20, 2017 ### johnnyd ### johnnyd #### Well-Known Member Joined: Jun 21, 2010 Messages: 223 Likes Received: 46 Location: Palm Bay, Florida As far as the crank breakage issue , Kitplanes magazine had an article about cryogenic treatment of engine components. One of the items was an aerobatic crankshaft failure that was eliminated by cryogenic freezing. They can even do complete engines. It seems like a pretty amazing process. It's even good for aluminum & electronics. 14. Sep 20, 2017 ### TFF ### TFF #### Well-Known Member Joined: Apr 28, 2010 Messages: 11,727 Likes Received: 3,321 Location: Memphis, TN I know someone who has been doing it to vacuum tubes for 20 years. Hot Rod Magazine was talking about it on the 80's. 15. Sep 20, 2017 ### Monty ### Monty #### Well-Known Member Joined: Jul 15, 2010 Messages: 1,283 Likes Received: 478 Location: Fayetteville, AR / USA I hear it cures baldness, impotence and bad attitudes! 16. Sep 20, 2017 ### cheapracer ### cheapracer #### Well-Known Member Joined: Sep 8, 2013 Messages: 5,491 Likes Received: 3,848 Location: Australian Thanks "TD" Mac. So the engine is 35/80lbs heavier than an 0-360, still do not know the exact weight because we do not know which model 0-360, I used an average 0-360 weight above so somewhere either side of 165kgs/365lbs for the Sub. What a croc having to guess an engine's weight for an aircraft. 17. Sep 20, 2017 ### mcrae0104 ### mcrae0104 #### Armchair Mafia ConspiratorHBA Supporter Joined: Oct 27, 2009 Messages: 3,018 Likes Received: 2,014 Location: BDU, BJC People were using vacuum tubes in 1997?! 18. Sep 20, 2017 ### Ron Gandy ### Ron Gandy #### Member Joined: Jun 29, 2016 Messages: 12 Likes Received: 2 Location: United Kingdom (England) Hi Tim Thank you for your post, we are not a large company 5 people in all and at present we have 2 projects on the go, certification of the existing engine and a direct drive engine which will reduce the weight of the existing engine quite considerably.(this will be an economy fixed prop version) We would like very much to test out a pusher and it is on our to-do list. The existing engine is a full firewall to propeller unit completely wired through to the cockpit, and a FADEC controller. All that is required is fuel lines from the tank and power to the starter. the Price is$75,000 complete with a MT 3 blade hydraulic propeller however we are trying to find an American based propeller manufacturer to replace this for America based sales.
Ron

19. Sep 20, 2017

### Ron Gandy

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Cut the claptrap and go onto the website where you will find the wet weight of our firewall inclusive engine and propeller, my comment on weight was in response to the question of comparisons of 360 to the Subaru base unit which we receive direct from Subaru without any of the bolt on parts. at that stage both engine are about the same weight. If you are having problems reading and understanding this post please ask your carer to read it to you.
Ron

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