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bfrederick

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Tires
« on: June 12, 2017, 08:12:53 AM »
I'm flying a C182 and thinking about changing the tires. My current tires are good quality tubeless tires but they've been on the plane for quite a few years and I'm starting to think it's time to change them just for safety reasons.
I see many/most of the higher rated tires are tube-type tires and it also seems good tubeless tires are very expensive. Does it make sense to switch over to tube/tire set up? Any reason for or against?

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hotrod180

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Re: Tires
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2017, 08:43:14 AM »
Are they really tubeless?
I would be surprised if that was the case.
I have never run tires on any of my 4 airplanes without tubes,
don't think I know anyone else who does so either (at least with the typical C206 or smaller airplanes we fly).
(in this context, bushwheels don't count)
Rated for tubeless use is not the same as running tubeless.
« Last Edit: June 12, 2017, 08:45:12 AM by hotrod180 »

bfrederick

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Re: Tires
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2017, 10:07:59 AM »
to be honest, I don't know if they are really tubeless or not. I was making a last minute inspection to ensure the correct size and noticed the "tubeless" text on the tires.

I guess I can assume from your comments that going tube is the way to go. It makes more sense to me that tubes would be safer.
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Re: Tires
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2017, 10:41:58 AM »
Tires are one of those subjects where you get strong opinions - like oil, rich of peak/lean of peak, etc.  I'm not immune.  I always run Flight Custom III.  I find they wear the best and give good value for the money.

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Re: Tires
« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2017, 10:56:35 AM »
thanks, I was looking at the flight custom III and the II.
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Re: Tires
« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2017, 04:43:11 PM »
Condor are made by Michellin and offer good product for price point. IMO, The Michillen and Good Year tires are overkill for our little planes due to price.

If money is no object, then Flight Customs or Mich. Air are both good. I think the Condors are just as good for a lot less $$$$.
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Domenick

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Re: Tires
« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2017, 07:26:48 AM »
Look into Desser Monster retreads with leak resistant tubes. Monsters have a great reputation.
https://www.desser.com/pc_combined_results.asp?pc_id=EB0A535B9E394DF0A877A2B6473D0473
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Re: Tires
« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2017, 08:15:23 AM »
I have a set of Desser retreads on GY cores and they are wearing (actually NOT wearing) like iron.

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Re: Tires
« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2017, 01:18:36 AM »
Iv'e been less than happy with Desser retreads. I received two 4-ply retread tires having the same brand and size but in fact having slightly different diameters - a 1/4inch difference. This has caused me grief in my retract experimental. Also be aware that the 6-ply retreads are definitely BIG for their size rating, and take that into account if you've got a retract or wheel pants.