My tires are worn down to the point of grooves only on the sides, so
I'm installing some new ones, along with new tubes.
Speaking of tubes, I've been using Matco's 6" pneumatic tailwheel (
https://www.dropbox.com/s/050biibs5ta80x4/IMG_8763.JPG?dl=0 ) for
several years now and love it over the old 4" solid wheel. I was having
problems initially with flat tires but I think I've solved the problem.
Matco seemed to think my problem was low air pressure, allowing the tire
to spin on the wheel and scuff the tube. They would not sell me a tube
independent of a tire / tube combination as they thought the tire was
destroyed when flat. I found that not to be the case and found a
supplier for tubes,
that is the exact tube matco sells. I now carry a spare tube in the
airplane but I think I've solved the problem of flats. When repairing
the last flat many months ( 1 year?) and many landings ago I installed
the tire on the rim and coated the rim bead and tire bead with a
generous amount of tire patch glue from a tire patch kit. This seems to
hold the tire from slipping on the rim when the tail comes down on
landing and I've not had a flat since. Your results may vary.......
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