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Old 12-22-2017, 10:15 AM
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Default Fat tailwheel?

Amongst the various tailwheel options for the RV-8 is the Condor fork sold by to be used with a 200x50 (8" diameter) pneumatic tire on a Matco hub. I am thinking of switching over to this and would like to hear from anyone that has tried it, pro or con. Thanks,
Andy Elliott, CFI, RV-8, N303RV
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Old 12-22-2017, 11:32 AM
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Default Another place to get Puncture

I can see no advantage in this only it will be another place to get a puncture.

Just my 2 p worth

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Old 12-22-2017, 12:56 PM
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I'm guessing that you can see the runway better in a three point stance, taller tire. Probably smoother handling too. My solid rubber seems to turn into a piece of steel this time of year here in Minnesota, even with a mild temp of 20 degrees Fahrenheit, each little crack in the runway surface feels rough like pushing a pallet jack over a stone...
Robin Mckee
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Old 12-22-2017, 07:43 PM
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I like that analogy....."pushing a pallet jack over a stone"
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Old 12-23-2017, 09:14 AM
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I originally helped develop the Condor (was the test bed) and have used it for several years. Where I was based at the time (KRTS) the ramp cracks look like the Grand Canyon. The standard tailwheel rattled my teeth with every crack, not to mention shaking the airplane. Cracks were so big, one had to be careful to cross them at a right angle lest the wheel get caught and ripped off (well, a bit of hyperbole here but....). The Condor is much nicer on rough terrain (gravel fields) as well. Doesn't change (better) the visibility very much in reality. Downside is yes, there is a chance of puncture. Has not happened to me yet but the spare tube I carry is small and light. I originally tried using one of those foam-filled wheelchair wheels, but they ended up getting a flat spot if sitting for very long (in spite of the vendor claims that this would not happen). I would not go back to the standard wheel.

p.s. It may cost you 0.002 kt in speed since it's a bit larger.
Greg Arehart
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