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    I need a better tailwheel tire

    I have changed about three or four tubes in the past year due to flat tailwheels caused largely from crap in the grass at thestrip that I choose to operate off of. I am running the standard tailwheel tire and tube. Short of changing airports, which really isn't an option, is there a better tailwheel tube/tire combo that will keep me fm getting flats?

    It is a little humiliating for me to admit this, but I think I have more problems with the tailwheel than the 172 drivers that use the same area.

    I'd appreciate any creative suggestions...

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    Re: I need a better tailwheel tire

    Quote Originally Posted by slowmover
    I have changed about three or four tubes in the past year due to flat tailwheels caused largely from crap in the grass at thestrip that I choose to operate off of. I am running the standard tailwheel tire and tube. Short of changing airports, which really isn't an option, is there a better tailwheel tube/tire combo that will keep me fm getting flats?

    It is a little humiliating for me to admit this, but I think I have more problems with the tailwheel than the 172 drivers that use the same area.

    I'd appreciate any creative suggestions...
    Try some fix-a-flat. I've used it on Bushwheels and other tires for thorns and other small stuff. Works pretty well.

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    theres a tube sealant you can add to the tube before puncture. I think its called Slime. Remove the valve and squeeze it into the tube. It will seal holes as they occur.

    Scott

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    In my experience the three most common causes of tail wheel flats are:

    Low tire pressure.
    Camber out of alignment.
    Wheel damage, causing tube pinching or chafing.

    Good luck.

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    Yes, but my problem is that I keep running over small sticks or thorns that puncture the tube.

    I flew 600 hours in three years in Alaska and never had a flat.

    I have had four in 100 hours in Texas.

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    You can change your tailwheel for a hardrubber maule, that`s what i use on my J4 and never had a flat tire!!

    Frenchy

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    Baby bushwheel, I have used them for three years and never looked back. I average between 250 to 300 landings per week and the scott tailwheel tubes would blow out far to often. I used to take an old tube cut off the valve stem, slit it around the center and make a sleeve, place it inside the tire,then install your new tube inside. That would help with the chafing, Make sure you have the correct tire pressure. Hope that helps...

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    "SLIME" it. Good stuff. Available at auto parts stores.

    JK

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    I had a similar problem on the Dec - finally got a second wheel/tire assembly, and lashed it, along with a 3/4" wrench and a fresh cotter key, under the back seat. End of problem!

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