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jesse
May 11th, 2013, 12:54 PM
My FlyBaby has a solid Maule tailwheel that is less than round. I'm sick of listening to it go "thump thump thump thump".

http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/lgpages/tailwheeltires2.php?clickkey=14349

I believe that to be the one I need. Problem is it is backordered until July. Any clue where I can find one of these that is round and isn't back-ordered? I don't care if its used...

John221us
May 11th, 2013, 01:42 PM
This salvage yard is by me and I can usually find what I need there. They will tell you over the phone, if they can help.

Faeth Aircraft Parts
5954 Bradshaw Road
Sacramento, CA 95829 USA

Kenny
Tel: 916-368-1832

alfadog
May 11th, 2013, 01:48 PM
My FlyBaby has a solid Maule tailwheel that is less than round. I'm sick of listening to it go "thump thump thump thump".

http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/lgpages/tailwheeltires2.php?clickkey=14349

I believe that to be the one I need. Problem is it is backordered until July. Any clue where I can find one of these that is round and isn't back-ordered? I don't care if its used...

Have you tried Univair?

CJones
May 11th, 2013, 01:50 PM
Can you get creative with an alternate solution - even if only temporary? Have you browsed the local farm supply store? We had rollers, wheels, casters, etc. for all different types of equipment on the farm. As long as the designed weight is close to the weight on your tailwheel, it should come close to feeling the need until you can get a 'real' tailwheel.

alfadog
May 11th, 2013, 01:52 PM
Univair lists it:

http://univairparts.com/shopping/product_info.php?products_id=28985
http://univairparts.com/shopping/product_info.php?products_id=30701

Sleepingsquirrel
May 11th, 2013, 01:53 PM
Put it on a lathe or arbor spin it up and true it up with a grinder or appropriate tool.

alfadog
May 11th, 2013, 02:08 PM
Wagaero also lists it. Which one do you need?

Dan Thomas
May 11th, 2013, 07:35 PM
Why pay certified prices for a clunky, shimmy-prone Maule for a homebuilt? Try a Matco: http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/lgpages/matcoT6.php

I made my own tailwheel by converting a non-castering homebuilder's wheel to a castering, using my own release mechanism inspired by Matco's. Works well.

Dan

N801BH
May 11th, 2013, 07:43 PM
Put it on a lathe or arbor spin it up and true it up with a grinder or appropriate tool.

Send it to me.... I will chuck it up in the lathe and make it round again... No Charge...;)

Maybe you know these guys..

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/N455JW


It seems they are in here all the time.. You could just give it to them, I can machine the wheel in 15 minutes and hand it back to them...:dunno:

Dave Krall CFII
May 11th, 2013, 07:47 PM
Carve it true by eye with your knife without even dismounting it. Sometimes I do that with our racing Razor wheels to avoid replacement a bit.

jason
May 11th, 2013, 10:58 PM
Send it to me.... I will chuck it up in the lathe and make it round again... No Charge...;)

Maybe you know these guys..

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/N455JW


It seems they are in here all the time.. You could just give it to them, I can machine the wheel in 15 minutes and hand it back to them...:dunno:

Funny. I don't know the pilots of that plane, but I know the owners pretty well. I forgot they even owned it until just now.

KeithASanford
May 11th, 2013, 11:43 PM
Ebay. (http://www.ebay.com/dsc/6000/i.html?LH_TitleDesc=1&_nkw=maule+aircraft+tail+wheel&_adv=1&_dmd=1&_dmpt=Motors_Aviation_Parts_Gear&_fsct=&_in_kw=1&_ipg=50&_oexkw=&_okw=&_sop=12&_udhi=&_udlo=&_vxp=mtr&_rdc=2) A couple of options to choose from.

alfadog
May 12th, 2013, 12:27 AM
Ebay. (http://www.ebay.com/dsc/6000/i.html?LH_TitleDesc=1&_nkw=maule+aircraft+tail+wheel&_adv=1&_dmd=1&_dmpt=Motors_Aviation_Parts_Gear&_fsct=&_in_kw=1&_ipg=50&_oexkw=&_okw=&_sop=12&_udhi=&_udlo=&_vxp=mtr&_rdc=2) A couple of options to choose from.

Actually, there are no options on eBay better than just buying new.

Capt. Geoffrey Thorpe
May 12th, 2013, 08:22 AM
Can you get creative with an alternate solution - even if only temporary? Have you browsed the local farm supply store? We had rollers, wheels, casters, etc. for all different types of equipment on the farm. As long as the designed weight is close to the weight on your tailwheel, it should come close to feeling the need until you can get a 'real' tailwheel.

My Matco tailwheel uses an industrial caster wheel.

KeithASanford
May 12th, 2013, 08:53 AM
Actually, there are no options on eBay better than just buying new.

The OP mentioned being opened to used.

My FlyBaby has a solid Maule tailwheel that is less than round. I'm sick of listening to it go "thump thump thump thump".

http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/lgpages/tailwheeltires2.php?clickkey=14349

I believe that to be the one I need. Problem is it is backordered until July. Any clue where I can find one of these that is round and isn't back-ordered? I don't care if its used...

alfadog
May 12th, 2013, 09:47 AM
The OP mentioned being opened to used.

There are no used ones on eBay that are cheaper than buying new.

KeithASanford
May 12th, 2013, 10:04 AM
There are no used ones on eBay that are cheaper than buying new.

He said he didn't want to wait. I didn't read that he wanted it cheaper. Did he specify cheaper? :dunno: Besides, a couple of the options were "or best offer". It wouldn't hurt to lowball bid. I just gave him options.

alfadog
May 12th, 2013, 11:31 AM
He said he didn't want to wait. I didn't read that he wanted it cheaper. Did he specify cheaper? :dunno: Besides, a couple of the options were "or best offer". It wouldn't hurt to lowball bid. I just gave him options.

No prob. Just that I looked at eBay also and saw no options so I wondered what you saw that I didn't.

jesse
May 12th, 2013, 12:58 PM
Why pay certified prices for a clunky, shimmy-prone Maule for a homebuilt? Try a Matco: http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/lgpages/matcoT6.php

I made my own tailwheel by converting a non-castering homebuilder's wheel to a castering, using my own release mechanism inspired by Matco's. Works well.

Dan
Any clue if its a pretty direct swap going from the Maule to the Matco? That's a pretty tempting option. My Maule doesn't look...new by any means.

Capt. Geoffrey Thorpe
May 12th, 2013, 02:07 PM
Any clue if its a pretty direct swap going from the Maule to the Matco? That's a pretty tempting option. My Maule doesn't look...new by any means.

WHLT- 6
This wheel has been designed to release with light spring tension and can accomodate either a 1.25 or 1.50 wide spring (Use part number WHLTWB-1 adapter for 1.75 inch wide springs). When a 1.50 inch spring is used, a .25 inch spacer should be used between the base and the spring.


Matco provides installation drawings for each wheel on the web site.
http://www.matcomfg.com/TailWheelAssemblies-tp2-13.html

CRAZEDpilot
May 12th, 2013, 07:10 PM
Its' a direct swap for the Maule isn't it when using the spacer? The Matco is a great cost effective choice, and it is lighter if I recall? Spring tension release has always been reliable, and I've flown nearly all of the different Matco's now including the newer dual fork design which are an excellent product!

jesse
May 17th, 2013, 11:33 AM
FWIW I just ordered the 6" pneumatic Matco. The guy I talked to at Matco tried to steer me towards the 7" if I could because of potential rim-strike issues if you don't keep the 6" at the right pressure but I really don't want the tail to be any higher than it already is.

I really have no clue if it's a direct swap. What width spring does the Maule use?

This means I'll have a Maule tailwheel up for sale soon if anyone is interested. The tailwheel assembly itself seems to work well and I've had no problems. It doesn't shimmy and I have no issues making it go full swivel if I want. That said, the solid tire on it isn't exactly round and goes "thump thump thump" as you taxi.

bnt83
May 17th, 2013, 01:46 PM
FWIW I just ordered the 6" pneumatic Matco. The guy I talked to at Matco tried to steer me towards the 7" if I could because of potential rim-strike issues if you don't keep the 6" at the right pressure but I really don't want the tail to be any higher than it already is.

I really have no clue if it's a direct swap. What width spring does the Maule use?

This means I'll have a Maule tailwheel up for sale soon if anyone is interested. The tailwheel assembly itself seems to work well and I've had no problems. It doesn't shimmy and I have no issues making it go full swivel if I want. That said, the solid tire on it isn't exactly round and goes "thump thump thump" as you taxi.


Lathe and a belt sander to round that hog out.