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Old 12-19-2009, 09:35 PM
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Narrows VA
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New Tail Wheel Steering Setup.

A new tail wheel steering setup


Here is my alternate method of tail wheel steering using silicone fuel tubing instead of springs.
I got tired of springs always breaking plus they are heavy.


The materials:




    • Silicone fuel tubing
    • #4 socket head screws
    • #4 Metal clevisí
    • Small cable ties
Hereís what I did to get rid of the springs and make an easy attachment.
  1. Take a piece of silicone fuel tubing, insert the socket head end of the #4 screw into the fuel tubing.
  2. Use a small cable tie to secure the tubing to the screw.
  3. Thread the clevis on.
  4. Cut the tubing to length and repeat for the other end.
This makes a nice replacement for springs and is easy to attach to the rudder and wheel hardware. You canít pull the fuel tubing off the screw, the tubing will break first.
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Old 12-19-2009, 09:37 PM
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Re: New Tail Wheel Steering Setup.

I've seen this method before in another thread. Looks like a great idea.
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Old 12-19-2009, 10:01 PM
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Re: New Tail Wheel Steering Setup.

I been using the same set for years with no problems. The only thing different that I do is use fishing swivels instead of the screw and clevis. I cut off the round loop, leaving only the snap link part and the barrel part in the middle. The barrel goes into the tubing with a zip tie to secure it.
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Old 12-19-2009, 11:25 PM
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Re: New Tail Wheel Steering Setup.

I have also seen this setup. I need to try it out. I have never been a fan of steerable tail wheels. But when you go to fields where it is pavement and it is windy it is a pain to taxi! Thanks for the pics.
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Old 12-31-2009, 10:43 PM
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Re: New Tail Wheel Steering Setup.

Nickb,

Do you have any pictures of your setup. Sounds kinda cool, but not being into fishing, i can't visualize the fishing parts in your setup.

Scott
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Old 12-31-2009, 10:46 PM
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Re: New Tail Wheel Steering Setup.

Thanks for the info. I think I'll try that.
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