Stuff happens. Maybe you drilled your tailwheel on crooked. Maybe you’re starting from scratch for some other reason. Regardless, sometimes you just need to start with a new part.
The Screaming Eagle mounting socket is designed to replace Van’s type mounting sockets. Our engineered plastic bushing is more durable than bronze, requires no special maintenance, and does not include the accessory (and useless) grease zerk common in typical mounting sockets. However, please don’t powder coat it. Exposure to high heat shrinks it and it will be ruined.
With the variety of ways and dimensions that builders install these sockets, it is impossible for us to pre-drill holes and guarantee their fit. If you buy this product, you will have to drill or match drill holes to attach to the tail spring. Please do not buy this product if you are unwilling or unable to do that. See this document on creating a drill guide for matching existing bolt holes.
We also have a complete line of replacement parts that are interchangeable with Van’s type tailwheels.
Q: What are the angles of the various mounting sockets?
A: Standard mounting socket angle: RV mounting angle is approximately 21 degrees above the horizon
Sonex mounting socket angle: Sonex sockets are made with a 0.625″ stinger mounting diameter and is set at an angle that is approximately 33 degrees above the horizon.
Q: Do you have replacement bushings for my Van’s socket?
A: No, we do not carry the bronze bushings that Van’s uses, and our bushings will not fit to Van’s parts. You can likely find replacement bushings at an industrial supply