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Author Topic: Replacement tail wheel  (Read 1118 times)

Offline daveprice

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Replacement tail wheel
« on: 05 December 2017, 15:10 »
I have just acquired an ASW15. I knew when I bought it that the tail wheel would need attention soon. After a few launches, the tyre of the tail wheel fractured into three pieces, and the metal wheel is distorted. Any good advice on finding suppliers of replacement wheels, please? I am based in the UK.

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Offline Andrew Logan

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Re: Replacement tail wheel
« Reply #1 on: 25 December 2017, 15:09 »
Hi

Does your glider have a split or solid tail wheel? If yours is solid then it may have got distorted by previous owners trying to sweat one a replacement tyre.

The 15 is rather tail heavy and the wheel is under a lot of strain. Best Buy a wheel from TOST and make sure you fit at least a 6 ply tyre (probably also from TOST)

Anything less than 6 ply will not last long

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Andrew Logan

Offline daveprice

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Re: Replacement tail wheel
« Reply #2 on: 05 January 2018, 20:40 »
Thanks, Andrew. I have discovered that the tail wheel modification on mine is not the standard design taking a TOST wheel. it will only take a small (75mm diameter) wheel. I have found a replacement - let's see how long it lasts!

 

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