Deluxe Tailwheel Tire

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(24 customer reviews)

If you’re looking for a reliable, lightweight, and good-looking alternative to the standard Van’s tailwheel tire, look no further! We have now upgraded the design of our Deluxe Tire for added stability and durability. It’s the same tire that has been proven on hundreds of RVs and other homebuilt aircraft, now with stouter bearings.

Our Deluxe Tailwheel Tire is nine ounces lighter and much more durable than the standard Van’s tire. It is fitted with precision sealed “no-mess, no-maintenance” bearings that will not throw grease like many others do. Bearings are easily replaced in the rare event that they do wear out.

The Deluxe Tailwheel Tire fits a 3/8″ axle (RV, Rocket, Doug Bell, Screaming Eagle and other tailwheel systems), as well as 1/2″ axle (the bearings are 1/2″ bore and we include a removable bushing to step it down to 3/8″). Long-wearing yet soft, solid rubber tire gives good service life. You can expect this tire to last considerably longer than the stock Van’s tire.


  • Tire diameter 6″
  • Tire width 2″
  • Hub width approximately 2.25″
  • Washers may be added to wider axles to fill empty space as needed
  • Weight of tire/hub is 33 ounces.
  • Replaceable, sealed bearings (please contact us for information about replacement bearings)

24 reviews for Deluxe Tailwheel Tire

  1. Alan D.

    I have about 8 hrs on the tailwheel since installation a few weeks ago. It is quieter, smoother and seems slighty softer than the previous stock unit. I am very happy with it and will get another when the need arises.

  2. Stephen V.

    Appears to be a quality made wheel. I only have 5 landings on it so far.

  3. Antoine S.

    perfectly finished, lighter than the original, softer, quieter, offer two finitions with or without hub cap (aluminum or black).
    i will buy a new one if needed or advise it!

  4. Joseph P.

    Prompt shipment. Thanks!!

  5. Neil C.

    Great product

  6. Ricky B.

    Excellent and lightweight! Outstanding customer service!! Very fast shipping!! I give them a 10. Great company.

  7. Mark s.

    There’s no question that theDeluxe Tailwheel is worth the cost. Sealed bearings and great wear resistance make it a “MUST HAVE.”

  8. Jerry E.

    Great product.

  9. Scott S.

    Excellent tire, 100 times nicer than the original Van’s tire!

  10. Mike B.

    Less noise on siped runways, smooth when crossing cracks. No longer feel, hear loud bang when crossing over cracks in pavement. Great price! Highly recommended.

  11. Mark S.

    This tailwheel is so much better than the stock TW in the Van’s RV-7 kit. My TW bearing failed on the side opposite of the grease fitting. I do not think it was adequately grease when it was provided in the kit. It eventually failed, leaving my plane stranded at a distant airport. This TW has sealed bearings, as it should be. I also replaced the TW chains with the Flyboy control link and the Doug Bell TW fork, which is much more rugged. I really think the stock hardware supplied in the kit is cheap, and wish I had never even put it on in the first place, this hardware is so much better. Considering in the importance of good TW control and operation, the upgrade is well worth the cost.

  12. Jonathan G.

    It makes my taxing more smooth. Less notice of all the bumps on the taxi ways. It does lift your tail an inch or two for better cockpit visibility. And I have more confidence going into grass strips knowing the tail wheel fork won’t dig into the ground.

  13. George P.

    Looks good, no issues!

  14. Adrian W.

    Excellent product excellent service sent over seas:-) 10/10:-)

  15. Joao C.

    Very good quality product together with the retrofit tw fork. Great update mods

  16. Jerry W.

    Beautiful wheel especially with the chrome hub. Very easy to install and nice smooth bearings.

  17. David P.

    Love this new tailwheel. OE RV wheel was loud and I could feel every bump and crack. This Deluxe TW is so much quieter and smoother. Very happy with it.

  18. Cole H.

    The tail wheel is about 1/2 to 3/4 of and inch taller and a little wider than the one I removed. Seems to ride better and is smoother over the transitions in the concrete.

  19. Todd M.

    No issues. Shipment arrived promptly

  20. Neil C.

    Great product and great service.

  21. Darren K.

    Love this tire with my new Doug Bell Tailwheel Fork on my RV7. Their customer support is outstanding. Don’t hesitate to buy anything from them

  22. Keir

    Much lighter and far smoother bearings than the stock Van’s tailwheel.

  23. Cary Peeples (verified owner)

    Just did a couple take offs landing on this new tail wheel and what a difference, should have put this on sooner.

  24. Marty Hill (verified owner)

    I’ve got an experimental Pitts with a Maule tailwheel and just swapped the stock tire for this one. Saves a pound, rides quieter and smoother and, unlike a Maule wheel, it’s reversible so if it starts to cone you can flip it around. Only one initial test taxi and one flight with it so far but seems to be a good improvement.

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