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Old 05-08-2023, 02:32 PM
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Default Tail Wheel Tilt

There is enough wear on my tail wheel now to see it is not square to the plane. I can see the tilt in the pivot tube with a square. Is this a problem?
How would you correct it?
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Old 05-08-2023, 02:52 PM
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I canít see the tilt youíre talking about, but maybe thatís because the pic is not zoomed out enough. Is the out of square on the vertical part (not straight up and down), or on the steering arms (not square with the vertical tube. If itís the vertical tube that is tilted, thereís only one way to fix that - install a new stinger, and re-drill it square, which is not easy because drilling the forward hole for the fuselage bolt is difficult to get done with the tail spring weldment thatís already there. That bolt needs to be a very tight fit. If it doesnít pull too much to the left or right while taxiing slowly with only idle power, I wouldnít worry about it, unless the visual tilt is much more obvious than what I see in your picture.
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Old 05-08-2023, 02:59 PM
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In retrospect it wasnít the best picture but if you look at the tire wear it wearing more on the right side.
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Old 05-08-2023, 03:51 PM
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I put a lot of time into aligning and drilling mine. And it is off by more than yours looks to be off.

I've never noticed it impacting ground handling.
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Old 05-08-2023, 04:11 PM
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Flip it around, repeat until worn out, replace ... is what it is
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Old 05-08-2023, 04:23 PM
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To be honest; Most are off by at least that much. As has been said before, when wear becomes a cosmetic issue, turn it around.
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Old 05-08-2023, 04:33 PM
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Flip it around, repeat until worn out, replace ... is what it is
That has been my RV-6 operating procedure for 24 years......some hills aren't worth dying on......
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Old 05-08-2023, 04:35 PM
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I think mine is a little off too after looking at it. Seems to function fine though. If tire wear becomes an issue, as others have said, I’ll turn it around. I have to rotate my main gear tires once in a while too.
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Old 05-08-2023, 04:44 PM
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Thanks everyone. Glad Iím not going to deal with match drilling something like that!
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......some hills aren't worth dying on......
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