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Thread: Beware the T3 tailwheel shock

  1. #81

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    I experienced two failures of an early version of the T-3 suspension on my Carbon Cub EX. The tailwheel is the Airframes Alaska baby bush wheel which looks like a Scott 3200 clone. The first failure was the shock spring shaft. Airframes Alaska sent me a stronger spring assembly. The second failure occurred in Jul 2019 at the swing arm strap. I installed the upgraded kit which has a one-piece swing arm. It has performed satisfactorily since with 1000 landings on dirt and lots of operations on clump grass.
    I have been in experimental aviation for a long time and understand that many early innovations experience deficiencies. I value the capability of the T-3 suspension to noticeably reduce shock loading to the airframe and will continue operations with it. Also, my wife has chronic back pain appreciates the comfort the suspension affords.

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    Looks like that scenario could damage the rudder.

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    The saga is over. I rebuilt the wing, replaced the aileron and put the Pawnee spring back on and rebuilt the tail wheel.
    Flies straight and taxis straight.

    I can't thank enough for the technical and moral support. I owe SJ and Laura big time for letting me crash at their place while putting it back together and Dave P for letting Astrid hang out with his 170 in Bentonville.

    Oh, and the next time one of you have a failure like this, please post so others can avoid the same fate. Maybe we need a service bulletin type thread like medical matters. Be safe out there.

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