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Z200 Tailwheel gear Options

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youngman1
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Z200 Tailwheel gear Options

Post by youngman1 » 19 Oct 2016 14:06

Hi Guys

Just wondering what tailwheel set ups are available.

My aircraft used to have a leaf spring set up which looks heavy.

I've seen several aircraft with a rod type tail gear which looks much lighter and less draggy.

does anyone have any details on this setup? what sort of tube or rod is used and the geometry of the bend would be good.

Also what tailwheels do people recommend?

I've decided on beringer lightweight wheels up front but what size wheel is most frequently used?

Many thanks

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Re: Z200 Tailwheel gear Options

Post by Billyto » 23 Oct 2016 12:06

3.5 inch tailwheel from whicks.... nothing lighter than that out there. I have used std in my staudacher, and with some spacers retrofited to my Laser.

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Re: Z200 Tailwheel gear Options

Post by Billyto » 23 Oct 2016 12:07

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Re: Z200 Tailwheel gear Options

Post by youngman1 » 25 Oct 2016 16:18

Billyto wrote:3.5 inch tailwheel from whicks.... nothing lighter than that out there. I have used std in my staudacher, and with some spacers retrofited to my Laser.
Hi Billy. thanks for that!

Sorry but not familiar with whicks? is this a supplier in the US? How does the rod attach to the fuse? is it clamped or do you have a tube welded into the tailpost?

On another note, where did you get your canopy from? Devin York said they do not know if they will be able to supply bubbles anymore.

PS great looking aircraft! would love to see some build pictures if possible for ideas.

Thanks again

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Re: Z200 Tailwheel gear Options

Post by davevon » 17 Nov 2016 14:53

It might make a difference if you operate off of hard surface or grass.

My Laser went from hard surface to sandy grass. I felt the < 4" tailwheel on the Haigh would be more of a plow on our runway.
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I didn't like the locking tailwheel, I prefer a steerable tailwheel. I also wanted to reduce the weight as much as possible.
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The 6" tailwheel just looked too big so I switched to a 5" wheel. Looks great, better ground angle and does great on the grass runway.
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My main tires are the 500x5 Lamb tires. Standard 500x5 wheels and the tires are what is used on the nose wheel of a Van's RV. I thought they might be a problem in the sandy grass, but haven't been any problem at all. They are also lighter than the full-size 500x5 tire and can use lighter wheel pants.
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Here's how I converted a Christen Eagle tailwheel spring to a rod style. I made the titanium spring.
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Hope this helps.

Dave

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