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Old 01-04-2022, 06:29 PM
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Default Tire replacement, mains, RV-9A

I believe that the Goodyear FC III is the direction Iím going to go for my replacement mains (5-5.00 on Grove wheels). I believe 4 ply is the correct choice, AS pn 06-05100-3. Iíll probably go with the Michelin air stop tubes, Michelin PN 092-308-0 , AS pn 06-00019. Can someone confirm my choice, please?

At $350 per wheel end, I hope they are nice. I donít want to open up my wheel pants.
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Old 01-04-2022, 07:51 PM
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On my RV6A, the GOODYEAR FLIGHT SPECIAL II TIRE 5.00-5 6 PLY 505C61-8 work great. They are about $114.00 each. With an aircraft under 2500# gross, this is all you need for a very good tire......https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catal...clickkey=18584
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Old 01-05-2022, 06:46 AM
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On my RV6A, the GOODYEAR FLIGHT SPECIAL II TIRE 5.00-5 6 PLY 505C61-8 work great. They are about $114.00 each. With an aircraft under 2500# gross, this is all you need for a very good tire......https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catal...clickkey=18584
I agree with the above, the FCIII is overkill on the 9 and is a heavy tire.
I prefer the Michelin myself.
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I have about 80 hours on my 9A and the right outside of the tire is showing wear. They are the stock tires. I probably have about 150 landings in those hours. The lest tire is not nearly as worn. Any ideas why? I try to keep the pressure balanced.

I would like to keep the same wheel but have a larger tire. I am OK reworking the wheel pants if needed. Am I correct that the Dressler retreads are a bit bigger?

I would really like a larger wheel and tire for the front. There isnt much clearance to the fork so that may not be possible. I think the new nose wheel - motor mount may be the answer.
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Ok, I really donít want to open up my wheel pants. I have decent (thumb plus, call it at least 3/4Ē) clearance all around the tire. I got 220 hours and probably 250 landings, all concrete or blacktop, out of the stock mains. Honestly, I could get a bunch more, but I donít think they will get me to my next condition inspection. I feel like I would have gotten more if the project hadnít aged a while on the gear.

So with some negative reviews of the FS IIs due to out of balance, I guess I will try the Michelins Walt suggests, along with the miracle tubes.
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Old 01-05-2022, 07:06 PM
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My preference is Wilkerson retreads when I can get them. IF buying new, I typically like the Goodyear FS II 6-ply rated best. Wilkerson's price was better than Aircraft Spruce last time I purchased them. Condor is my 2nd choice.

Michelin Air Stop are the only tubes I will use.
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My preference is Wilkerson retreads when I can get them. IF buying new, I typically like the Goodyear FS II 6-ply rated best. Wilkerson's price was better than Aircraft Spruce last time I purchased them. Condor is my 2nd choice.

Michelin Air Stop are the only tubes I will use.
+1 Just tryin out the Wilkerson retreads now but the new GoodYear FSII have been holding up well about 120 hrs and 60-70 landings all hard surface, aren't even close to being flipped.
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Old 01-05-2022, 09:48 PM
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Ok, I really donít want to open up my wheel pants. I have decent (thumb plus, call it at least 3/4Ē) clearance all around the tire. I got 220 hours and probably 250 landings, all concrete or blacktop, out of the stock mains. Honestly, I could get a bunch more, but I donít think they will get me to my next condition inspection. I feel like I would have gotten more if the project hadnít aged a while on the gear.

So with some negative reviews of the FS IIs due to out of balance, I guess I will try the Michelins Walt suggests, along with the miracle tubes.
Not to sound like Mel, but I have used this tire for over 43 years with NO balance problem.

Just make sure you purchase a round profile.
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On my RV-7A, I got 501 landings out of the OEM Airhawk tires. I then tried Monster retreads, which were slightly larger diameter than the Airhawks, and only got 338 landings. Now using FSII with Michelin tubes which have 260 landings on them. I've flipped the FSII tires on their respective wheels once and swapped them side to side once. Wear has evened out and tread depth across each tire is 2/32. I'm very satisfied with the FSII airing them to 50 psi and won't even consider going back to the Monster retreads. All but about 1/2 dozen landings have been on pavement.

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Maybe at 140 or so landings Iím getting about what I should. I can rotate them to even out the tread wear.
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