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Tailwheel clip broke
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Thanks, ordered several. I have not found the other style either but will continue the search. I know there is a better way.
 
Thanks,
I have ordered several in order to have them on hand. Maybe just replace those $2.50 items each annual. Like replacing your smoke detector batteries at the beginning of each year, which of course I never do.
 
Those links should be checked at each annual or more often depending on
hours operated. The links wear both where they contact the cable end
and the steering arm. Put some slack on the cable and move it around to
where you can see the contact surface. If you see a wear grove time to
order a replacement. Better yet put two of them in your on board tool box.
On 7/30/2017 7:44 PM, pnb987pb (pnb987pb@me.com) wrote:
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> Airframes Alaska sells a replacement:
> http://www.airframesalaska.com/U2133A-000-p/u2133a-000.htm
> In the past they’ve also sold a french link with a cotter pin that I prefer. I can’t find it on their website but it’s worth a call. I really like mine.
> Paul Brown
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> On Jul 30, 2017, at 14:21 , Harper Goodwin (ghgoodwin2@gmail.com) <mailer@mail2.clubexpress.com> wrote:
> When I started flying Skywagons one of the things that was pointed out to me during preflight was the importance of the cable attachment to the tailwheel. Each preflight I carefully look at that. The attachment on my 180 didn't look that great to me, just a wire clip, but on close inspection it seemed substantial enough. After looking at others I saw that there was a better clasp available so that was on my list for the annual in Sept.
> A buddy and I flew around to a few local grass strips yesterday, landed back at my home airport and refueled. As I swung my tail around to position it in front of my hanger there was a very uncomfortable pop and the right rudder went slack. The wire clasp had broken and the cable was no longer attached. Talk about lucky, of all the times I have slammed that right rudder in to counteract previously improper inputs....... and it breaks as I am making a smooth right hand turn........right in front of my hanger!!!!!! I must be living right.
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> Now I can't remember what types of clasps I have seen used. Where can one be found and what do you all use? Mine (1954) is just a cable attached to the clip, no spring. Is that how they are normally set up. And no, I do not have a locking tailwheel. Another discussion maybe later.
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> Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
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Airframes Alaska sells a replacement:


In the past they’ve also sold a french link with a cotter pin that I prefer.  I can’t find it on their website but it’s worth a call.  I really like mine.

Paul Brown


On Jul 30, 2017, at 14:21 , Harper Goodwin (ghgoodwin2@gmail.com) <mailer@mail2.clubexpress.com> wrote:

When I started flying Skywagons one of the things that was pointed out to me during preflight was the importance of the cable attachment to the tailwheel. Each preflight I carefully look at that. The attachment on my 180 didn't look that great to me, just a wire clip, but on close inspection it seemed substantial enough. After looking at others I saw that there was a better clasp available so that was on my list for the annual in Sept.

A buddy and I flew around to a few local grass strips yesterday, landed back at my home airport and refueled. As I swung my tail around to position it in front of my hanger there was a very uncomfortable pop and the right rudder went slack. The wire clasp had broken and the cable was no longer attached. Talk about lucky, of all the times I have slammed that right rudder in to counteract previously improper inputs....... and it breaks as I am making a smooth right hand turn........right in front of my hanger!!!!!! I must be living right.

Now I can't remember what types of clasps I have seen used. Where can one be found and what do you all use? Mine (1954) is just a cable attached to the clip, no spring. Is that how they are normally set up. And no, I do not have a locking tailwheel. Another discussion maybe later.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

 
When I started flying Skywagons one of the things that was pointed out to me during preflight was the importance of the cable attachment to the tailwheel. Each preflight I carefully look at that. The attachment on my 180 didn't look that great to me, just a wire clip, but on close inspection it seemed substantial enough. After looking at others I saw that there was a better clasp available so that was on my list for the annual in Sept.

A buddy and I flew around to a few local grass strips yesterday, landed back at my home airport and refueled. As I swung my tail around to position it in front of my hanger there was a very uncomfortable pop and the right rudder went slack. The wire clasp had broken and the cable was no longer attached. Talk about lucky, of all the times I have slammed that right rudder in to counteract previously improper inputs....... and it breaks as I am making a smooth right hand turn........right in front of my hanger!!!!!! I must be living right.

Now I can't remember what types of clasps I have seen used. Where can one be found and what do you all use? Mine (1954) is just a cable attached to the clip, no spring. Is that how they are normally set up. And no, I do not have a locking tailwheel. Another discussion maybe later.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
 
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