Author Topic: Beaver Tailwheel Tire  (Read 368 times)

TreeTopFlyer

Beaver Tailwheel Tire
« on: August 27, 2017, 06:40:28 PM »
Hello all who are using Beaver Tailwheels-What tire are you using?  I know some are using this tire from Desser...pros & Cons?

https://www.desser.com/pc_combined_results.asp?pc_id=D3ECF29F85FC419CB23879D8A011A8B0&search_keyword=&opts=SHOP+BY+SIZE%2FPLY+RATING~opt1%3D550-4%7Copt2%3DTIRE%7Copt3%3D8%3B&faceted_search_terms=SHOP+BY+SIZE%2FPLY+RATING~ED015EA7B9BD4DCDAFCF7E43F6ABAE22

I'm just curious what my options are?  I do have a Beaver Tailwheel with a 500x4 6 ply round profile Goodyear mounted on it which I got for free which is nice for a change P/N 504c61-2 for tire

But I have read some posts about the round profile taxiing terribly..any thoughts or comments?

Doug Johnson 1

Re: Beaver Tailwheel Tire
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2017, 09:43:52 AM »
I have heard just the opposite, that the square profile beaver tire gives less than satisfactory taxiing characteristics but honestly don't know I only used used the original Goodyear tire which had a square profile.

earlier post http://flyhelio.com/smf/index.php?topic=509.msg2702#msg2702

As I said before I recommend you go to the area up at the top of the page you will see a search button. Do a search of this site for Tailwheel. See If you can find a satisfactory answer.

This subject has been discussed a lot.


RCarter

Re: Beaver Tailwheel Tire
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2017, 01:04:31 PM »
Let's be honest, it's a Helio, ground handling will always be less than satisfactory :D.  I have heard from some that the round tire reduces shimmy and the square tire exacerbates shimmy.  Others have told me it is the opposite.  I would be very interested in a back to back test of the round profile 500x4 and a square profile 12.5x4.5 channel tread.  On that 550x4 tire, what is the diameter?  I know the 500x4 tire gets close at the top of the fork and a 500x5 won't quite fit.  Will that 550x4 actually fit in a standard or wider JAARS fork?
 

TreeTopFlyer

Re: Beaver Tailwheel Tire
« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2017, 10:20:51 AM »
Doug,

The reason I asked because I did a search and it gets talked all around but I Did Not find the  beaver tires that folks are using except for the one on the Desser site for which I provided the link...I was looking for actual experiences with VARIOUS tires not he said/she said...

Rob,
I am going to call Desser to find actual diameter of that tire...the Goodyear 6 Ply 500x4 that I have is 12 1/2 inches tall & 4 3/4 inches wide and Does fit the standard fork...it does not come too close to the top...at least 1 1/2 inch clearance and about 1/8 inch clearance on the side which is why I bought the wider JAARS fork for a little more clearance - my thoughts wider can't hurt!

Also the Desser tire supposedly fits a standard fork because I have a copy of the 337 for 295SC which fit that tire to a standard fork

I would like to compare the round to the square and I might do that..at least for taxiing purposes.. I would enjoy hearing from someone who has actually tried it because I also hear people advocate for one or the other but so far no one has said they actually tried both..though I'm sure SOMEONE has done it....it will have to wait until Nov/Dec time frame I'm about to go on a trip

TreeTopFlyer

Re: Beaver Tailwheel Tire
« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2017, 04:26:23 PM »
The 550x4 twin contact tire from Desser is 13 inches tall, tread is 4 1/2 and 4 inch wheel diameter...just had em measure it!

TreeTopFlyer

Re: Beaver Tailwheel Tire
« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2017, 05:13:00 PM »
The 12.50 x4.5 is true to size..12.50 tall...4.5 wide...4.5 wheel diameter

Doug Schrage

Re: Beaver Tailwheel Tire
« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2017, 10:02:04 PM »
I have used several different tire combinations and presently use the Dresser, which I recommend. It tracks straight, and with more plies I haven't had a flat in several years.

TreeTopFlyer

Re: Beaver Tailwheel Tire
« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2017, 12:01:25 PM »
Thank you sir!   Anyone else?...would really like to hear from those with actual experiences with Beaver wheels and tires....

Kevin Dunn

Re: Beaver Tailwheel Tire
« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2017, 08:33:26 PM »
Doug Schrage,

Which tube do you use with that tire?

Kevin