“[We] now have nearly 3” of travel. The kit features a neat pre-load feature so that, when the aircraft is in the air and the gear is resting on its bottom stop, the tension in the spring is removed. Think of it as being able to adjust how far off the bottom stop the gear has to travel before the spring engages.
Anyway, this has the effect of DRAMATICALLY lightening the rudder in flight because the spring is not pushing the gear leg down onto the bottom stops the entire time. The old joke among 701 pilots is that the rudder is “set it and forget it” – the bungee makes it so stiff. But not anymore! The rudder is now as light and responsive as the other controls. Great improvement!
My advice to anyone about to replace the bungee – order one of these kits. You won’t regret it.