Sunday, September 21, 2014
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If you are new to the world of Quickies you may have heard that they are uncontrollable on the ground.  This is ancient history.  We have learned over the years since the plane was introduced that the main gear wheel alignment is extremely important.  When properly aligned (following the Gall Wheel Alignment documentation), the plane is very controllable on the ground, certainly no worse than a host of other taildraggers.
  
Landing Gear

November 13, 2009
Replaced worn out main gear tires with Lamb tires, same as I had previously.

January 9, 2007
I installed a new tailwheel from AS&S (Part Number 06-03600) a few weeks ago and am very pleased with it. The new wheel seems to have much more "stickiness" during roll out, is much softer so cushions the bumps slightly, and is much, much quieter. The extra stickiness has helped with cross-wind landings by preventing the tailwheel from skidding as easily as it did previously.

To install, I simply spread the stock fork a bit so the new wheel would fit.  I made a full width spacer from aluminum stock that fits into the wheel bearings and has a 3/16" center hole. The AN3 bolt then runs thru the entire assembly and holds it all together. 

The following are a couple of shots of the old, skinny, hard wheel versus the new soft wheel.

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January 1, 2007
Performed a Gall Wheel Alignment on my main gear. The alignment was off exactly how many others have described (axle sight line hitting the dirt under the fuselage). I relocated the axle hole on the outside of the wheelpant down about .5" on both sides. The result is a MUCH more stable roll on the ground.  After moving the axle holes, I had to remake the brake caliper mounting "pad". I did this with a flox bed.

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