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    I have a 76 F19. Wondering if it is worth changing to 8.00-4 tires from the stock ones?

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    Re: 8.00-4 tires

    Hello and welcome to the Forum. I'm wondering what tires or rims you may have now? Most were and are equipped with 6" rims. You mention 8.00-4 which was typical for early Pipers for example. What would be your intended flying spots and use on tires?

    Gary
    N36007 1941 BF12-65 STC'd as BC12D-4-85

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    • #3
      Re: 8.00-4 tires

      Although I’ve had nothing to compare to, I’ve been running 800x6 tires since I’ve purchased my f19 last year. I’ve made many landings in (dry) rough hayfields and haven’t had many issues or complaints. As far as the soft stuff goes it gets pretty exiting. This week I’m putting the skis on to hit some lakes and hopefully catch some fish. Then Come spring I’m thinking of upgrading to the 850 aero classic tundra tires in hopes of getting a little more floatation and cushion.

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        Re: 8.00-4 tires

        Originally posted by 1piece@atime View Post
        Although I’ve had nothing to compare to, I’ve been running 800x6 tires since I’ve purchased my f19 last year. I’ve made many landings in (dry) rough hayfields and haven’t had many issues or complaints. As far as the soft stuff goes it gets pretty exiting. This week I’m putting the skis on to hit some lakes and hopefully catch some fish. Then Come spring I’m thinking of upgrading to the 850 aero classic tundra tires in hopes of getting a little more floatation and cushion.
        You'll like the Dessers, at least I did when I upgraded. Of course, my 8.00's where hard as rock. The sharp edges going from grass onto concrete disappeared.
        Dave

        F22 Experimental Build
        46 BC12-D
        N95078

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        • #5
          Re: 8.00-4 tires

          That’s what I’m hoping for. I was hoping Santa would get me my Alaskan bushwheels for Christmas but I guess he couldn’t justify the expense or practicality of them. Here in vt there isn’t much tundra or gravel bars and I don’t plan on landing in any plowed fields. My 800s have seen better days and it’s time for new rubber, as far as the 850s it looks like they weigh close to the same and should only cost a couple hundred more.

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          • #6
            Re: 8.00-4 tires

            The Desser 8.50's would be a good choice. On a Taylorcraft I've had 8.00x6 and 8.50x6 (1974-5 different plane than now), Goodyear 26" blimp tires (too stiff for a light plane) and now 26" Airstreaks. The Airstreaks are nice floaters but raise the nose more than the 8'50's and do not like pavement and turning on same as they wear quickly versus use off airport.

            Gary
            N36007 1941 BF12-65 STC'd as BC12D-4-85

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            • #7
              Re: 8.00-4 tires

              I actually lost 8 or 9 lbs when switching to the Dessers. The 8.00s I had where heavy, like 15 or 16 lbs each.
              Dave

              F22 Experimental Build
              46 BC12-D
              N95078

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                Re: 8.00-4 tires

                Originally posted by TorqueWrench74 View Post
                I have a 76 F19. Wondering if it is worth changing to 8.00-4 tires from the stock ones?
                800-4 does not fit, they only fit the cub wheels. You need a 8.00-6 or 8.50-6, the desser is the best option for a light soft tire. Tim
                N29787
                '41 BC12-65

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