View Full Version : Stainless or steel tail brace wires?

12-01-2005, 10:17 AM
I have a choice of using stainless or regular steel brace wires. Other than not having to paint the stainless wires, what are the advantages or disadvantages of either system? Appreciate any and all opinions.

12-01-2005, 10:44 AM
My steel tail braces were painted, but they got plenty of nicks and therefore rust spots. My concern was that I'd miss a rusty area, and that brace would eventually fail. Which, it seems to me, might make my already erratic flying somewhat more erratic. So I switched to SS and sleep easier. :)

Yard Dart
12-01-2005, 11:49 AM
SS is the way to go.

Steve Pierce
12-01-2005, 01:19 PM
On my rebuild I am going SS. Will sell my steel ones.

12-01-2005, 02:13 PM
While on the subject, who has the best price on a set of stainless tail brace wires and all fittings?


12-01-2005, 02:35 PM
Only slightly off-topic, pay attention to fixed vertical fin deflection before and after changing out tail wires. This can affect rudder trim.

Also, on preflight, look carefully at the folded fittings: I've found a few badly cracked on the bend. Look with the attitude that you WILL find something wrong, and be grateful when you don't.

Then pluck the brace wires for fairly even tuning. I like ~low G, but D above G is OK.....

Thanks. Cubscout

12-01-2005, 03:07 PM
Perhaps you could post a sound bite of octave that D would be in as I'm not too familiar with tuning wires. No. but seriously thanks for all the input and I will go with the SS wires.

Ron B.
12-01-2005, 07:24 PM
Oh Man!
I knew that my color deficiency would hamper building a Super Cub , but now my tone deficiency will create havoc also! I'm glad I'm all out of deficiencies and I can get on with finishing my project.

12-01-2005, 07:25 PM
Do the supercubs have the square/angled washer under the bolt head and nut on the folded fittings like the J series cubs? Cub guro Clyde Smith suggests never fly a J series cub without them.

Yard Dart
12-01-2005, 08:00 PM
Folded fitting SS is the way to go.