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    Default What wheels and brakes are you guys using?

    Looking into getting my self some new wheels. My current 500-5 Cleveland are just to small.

    I have 1.25" axles which is nice but they can be changed.

    What do you run? Size? Brand? Tires?

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    Default Re: What wheels and brakes are you guys using?

    Loving my 6x6 Grove wheels and double puck brakes. I have two sets. One "standard" set for my Bushwheels and one "tubeless" set for my 21x800-6 Desser tires used in the winter with skis...
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    Default Re: What wheels and brakes are you guys using?

    I still have those 8" ATV wheels on my old gear. I just don't want to spend $200 on new axles to mount them to my grov gear.

    Why did you go with the grov gear over the matco 6x6 double brakes?

    Price point is nice on those.

    Also the matco I think are lighter.

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    Default Re: What wheels and brakes are you guys using?

    Quote Originally Posted by Av8r3400 View Post
    Loving my 6x6 Grove wheels and double puck brakes. I have two sets. One "standard" set for my Bushwheels and one "tubeless" set for my 21x800-6 Desser tires used in the winter with skis...
    You have sets of wheels? Rotors and all? Iíve thought about that.

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    Default Re: What wheels and brakes are you guys using?

    As long as I don't have to change out the brakes every time having set's of wheels would be great.

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    Default Re: What wheels and brakes are you guys using?

    Quote Originally Posted by GuppyWN View Post
    You have sets of wheels? Rotors and all? Iíve thought about that.

    Yes. Rather than dismounting tires twice a year, I just followed what I do with the winter tires on my car. I have a full set of wheels and rotors ready to swap out with tires already mounted. The unused ones get cleaned and the bearings repacked as soon as they come off so switch-back is quick and easy.

    As a side benefit at condition inspection I don't need to pull off wheels and brakes.
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    Default Re: What wheels and brakes are you guys using?

    I realize, once again I will sound like and old fashioned old timer, but I am using the original 1992 Matco wheels and brakes on my Model IV. For some reason "modernizing" has never been a consideration as the brakes have worked fine on both IVs totalling 1000 hours. Granted, they may not hold against a full power run up, but I have been able to raise the tailwheel at times on landing and from the mouth of Mark, my long time flying buddy, that can be a bad thing.
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    Default Re: What wheels and brakes are you guys using?

    My model 5 came with Cleveland wheels/brakes and master cylinders. I have two sets of tires/wheels/brake discs. One set has the Desser 22" tundra tires and the other has 600x6 tires. I do the same thing as Av8r3400 and swap out the wheel assembly as needed.
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