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Old 02-03-2006, 09:53 PM
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My new TW arrived yesterday. Making airplane noises while dragging this thing around the house is just not the same as having an entire plane. It'll have to do until the paint shop finishes up...

I have a picture & a couple notes on my site:

http://bowenaero.com/mt/2006/04/tailwheel-upgrade.html
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Old 02-06-2006, 09:23 AM
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Gentleman,
This is the newest picture of the "bell" tail wheel. This actually happens to be Danny King's ready to ship and shows a good pic of what you will receive. The fork and post ready to slip in to your current bracket, a new axle bolt and nut as well as a top fiber lock nut.

They can be shipped, unpainted, painted gloss black, or primed only.

I have a list of 32 inquiries to date. 16 of which are flying and the rest are builers. We wanted to get the units to flyers first and builders second.

The cost has been determined to be $185 shipping included as long as it is not out of country...we may have to adjust for that. One of the first is going to Australia and we will need to look into that cost....what a community we have.

The unit as you see it is about 5 oz. heavier than Vans if you compare the two.

Estimated time for delivery will determine about where you are on the list, but Dad is making them about 6 at a time.
The first 6 of 32 are going out this week...the next 6 will be starting, etc...we will do all we can, the best we can, as quickly as time allows.

I will be contacting everyone who is on list in the next couple days to make sure I have it correct and everyone is still interested.
Thanks again for your interest and Dad and I are happy to be able to assist you all in a small way....


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Old 02-06-2006, 11:07 AM
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That's a nice looking unit. I already have the Aviation Products tailwheel so I won't be needing one, but I like what you and your father have done. Nice job!
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Old 02-07-2006, 06:39 AM
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Will the steering bracket from Van's fit? If so, I imagine that the one-sided bracket from the "Jantzi Link" will also fit. Since I have that kit I want to make sure!

If so, Put me on the list!
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Old 02-07-2006, 06:53 PM
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Default Tail wheel

Put me on the list too.
Does this use a longer axle bolt than the Van's unit?
I looks like it may be wider than Van's and I use a Cessna tow bar.
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Old 02-07-2006, 10:14 PM
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I love the look of that thing!!! Much better than what I've got. Has anybody got any first hand reports on changes in landing technique required with the slightly higher tail?
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Old 02-08-2006, 12:33 PM
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In this thread I notice about 2-3 different type of tailwheel "upgrades." I too am interested in slightly more ground clearance for my tailwheel (and the improved "over-the-nose" view would be a plus) but are all of these simple upgrades later on or is there anything that needs to be modified where the tailspring mount is riveted onto the tailcone bulkheads? Thanks.
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Old 02-08-2006, 01:43 PM
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Originally Posted by alpinelakespilot2000
...are all of these simple upgrades later on or is there anything that needs to be modified where the tailspring mount is riveted onto the tailcone bulkheads?
Build on. These are things you can swap out after you are flying.
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Old 02-08-2006, 02:20 PM
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Steve,


The Bell tailwheel will take you about 5 minutes to install. No drilling or anything. The Aviation Products tailwheel requires you to drill a hole in the end of the tailspring. It would probalby take 15 minutes to install. It looks like the difference in height is about an inch on either one.
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Old 02-08-2006, 04:01 PM
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Default Answers on "Bell" Tailwheel Fork

I'll try to answer a few of the last several post's questions.

Yes the Vans stearing arm will fit on it...I actually use the Jantzi Stearing Link and it fits just fine.

Yes, The Axle Bolt is longer as the fork is slightly wider. The new one measures 3 3/16th grip length....an AN6-36 to be exact. There are two spacers included to center the wheel. A nice feature is the improved clearance above and to the sides of the wheel itself so grass does not collect as much.

The landing profile will be slightly different but nothing that I have found worth mentioning, at least in my 8...a 4 may be different. Danny King is currently the only other who has flown with it and he may have some comments on this, if he has noticed anything.

You will sit higher and visibility is quite a bit better...amazing what a few inches will do....I'll leave that one alone, change subject.

Dad is on his second batch of 10 right now and the first 6 should be in the hands of many guys today or tomorrow, except for Australia....not sure how long that one will take to get there.

Thanks and any other questions, I'll be glad to answer.
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