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I developed a leak in the sidewall of one of my airstreaks. Any body have any known fixes. It isn't just a slow seep. It whistles out pretty fast.
02-14-2003, 05:13 PM
I've not run into anything to repair side walls that works, normally when the side walls go or get holed its time to replace. :morning:
02-15-2003, 06:16 PM
Just pumped a bunch of tire sealer in it, that a friend said worked for his and it is holding so now I'll have to see if it will continue to hold that way.
Yea dig I did stimulate the economy, a whole ten bucks worth!!!
02-15-2003, 10:55 PM
Damn a tootin I doo. I buy the highest quality Duct tape, baling wire and grade 8 farmers bolts money can buy. :lol:
02-16-2003, 06:18 PM
Naw-- I doubt I'd let you work on one of my planes.
02-16-2003, 08:32 PM
Actually diggy I haven't been in the customer maintenance business for about 10 years until just recently and damn little now. Maybe you should have looked at the name of the last person to annual it, cause nobody around here has for quite a few years. I think he was getting somebody out of Texas or California to annual it for him. I suppose every airplane you've ever worked on is still in pristine condition huh. I wouldn't own a set of airstreaks or bushwheels if you had to throw them away every time they developed a leak. Haven't put this one back on yet, still testing it to see if it is gonna hold, but it sure would be great to be rich like you.
02-17-2003, 10:29 AM
All this war talk and ranting has cost everyone their sence of humor!
I got up this A.M.
Had food to eat.
Had CUB to work on.
Nobody shootin at me.
No tiger cages.
And I had a good cup of coffee!
Life is good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
02-17-2003, 01:12 PM
I agree with you Tim. Got up this morning, ate breakfast, fixed a Cub and went and flew. Doesn't get any better than this.
PS. What is the big deal about the tire sealer anyway? Just curious, hell I might learn something.
02-17-2003, 07:23 PM
I used the tire sealer in my Explorer (Ford) a few days ago, worked great to get me home, about 75 miles. I think I'll throw a can of it in the cub, just in case. So I too, would like to know the negative side of it is.
02-18-2003, 02:45 AM
Well it is recommended by the manufacturer at Bushwheel for small or field repairs...and well, he would know. :wink:
02-18-2003, 11:56 AM
02-18-2003, 03:32 PM
I'll look at my Bushwheel instructions, but I'm sure they discuss how to cut and patch the tire and use a tube. Not that taking a utility knife to $3500.00 tires is what you really want to do, but it can be done. I used that latex fix-a-flat in a three wheeler tire about 6 years ago. It's still holding air, and it's at about the same pressure and speeds your Streaks are using.
02-18-2003, 03:35 PM
Duct tape...ringworm...baling wire...hell, if the battery was a Die Hard, it had ALL the Alaska mods!
02-18-2003, 03:40 PM
03-10-2003, 11:57 PM
As for Tundra tire repairs?
I carry a can of flat fix, a tire patch kit, plugs and tool,a roll of duct tape, a valve core/remover, Co2 fill cartridges, as well as a 12 volt pump if planning to change pressure a lot for differing conditions,. I have ran over nails, glass, cut on shale, punctured from a willow and even had a black bear put 12 holes in a 26" tire (permenantly unrepairable)
The Current bushwheels can be returned to Bushwheels for permanent repairs (done in the mold) They are great fellows, infact they just sent to WA state a spare tire to be used while one of our 31's is being repaired aproximately 7 day turn around (It doesn't get much better then that!)
As for quality of repairs to the cubs, I have found that the "harder a person has to work for their money" the better they treat what they purchase with it!! That being said, lets all strive to do quality maintenance, fly safe and always be willing to help others do what they may not be qualified to do for themselves.
Life is good, and as for me I give the Glory to the one that provides "all" good and perfect gifts, (my cub is one of those gifts)
03-11-2003, 04:01 PM
Just a thought for the guys using that fix a flat stuff. This would not apply to tires that are closed like a bushwheel, but in a tubeless truck or atv tire where the fix a flat stuff is exposed to the steel rim, you may not want to leave it in there for a long time. I had to dis-assemble a atv tire the other day that had that stuff in there and couldn't get the tire off the rim. Ended up cutting it off to find that stuff inside and that the rim was very heavily corroded. I don't know how long it was in there, but probably years. As for putting it in a bushwheel, how do you ever get it out? Seems like a last resort, just-to-get-home sort of thing.
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