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Slipstream/Litestream Basetube Wheels

Wills Wing now offers a wheel kit designed for use with our faired aluminium basetube. The kit consists of a pair of UHMW wheels, mounting brackets, and required hardware. The brackets fit over the faired aluminium basetube and are secured in place using the bolts which attach the basetube to the corner brackets. The wheels mount on small axles at the ends of the brackets. These wheels offer minimal added drag and weight, preserving the advantages of the Slipstream or Litestream Control Bars. The brackets are the usual clear-anodized aluminium color. The illustration shows them as a yellowish/brass color for clarity.

Faired Aluminium Basetube Wheel Kit

Part # Part Description Category Retail
70M-1240 WHEEL RETRO KIT ALUM STRMLINE Wheels $147.00
Wheels for Gliders With Round Basetubes

Wills Wing offers three types of control bar wheels for gliders equipped with round basetubes – Hall 5 inch Hard Plastic Wheels, Finsterwalder 8 inch Pneumatic Wheels, and Finsterwalder 10 inch Pneumatic Wheels.

All of these wheels fit directly onto the basetube of the glider. (We no longer produce or offer the special wheel brackets and axles that provide for mounting these wheels outside of the control bar corner fittings.)

Hall Wheel

The Hall Wheel is a 5” diameter, 2” wide molded hard plastic wheel, and comes with a hub and mounting screws. The Hall wheels are best used as “safety” wheels to protect the pilot in the case of inadvertent contact of the basetube with the ground during an awkward landing. They are normally mounted semi-permanently to the basetube with the included self-clamping hubs, and then the basetube is simply removed at both ends from the basetube end brackets when packing up the glider. The Hall Wheels fit the standard 1 1/8 inch diameter round basetubes, and the hub on one of the two wheels will accommodate a VG rope (the wheel turns on the mounted hub, rather than on the basetube). The Hall Wheels are priced and sold in sets of 2.

Finsterwalder Wheels

The Finsterwalder wheels are pneumatic wheels of larger diameter. The 8” diameter Finster Wheel is 2 inches wide, and the 10” diameter Finster Wheel is 3 ¼ inches wide. Either wheel offers increased protection in a wheel landing situation, and the wider 10” diameter wheel is great for use in training situations, or for pilots who prefer to land on the wheels on a regular basis. The Finster wheels slide easily onto the basetube and rotate on the basetube. They are each available with either the standard 1 1/8 inch inside diameter bushing for the most common basetube size, or with a 1 ¼ inch inside diameter bushing which fits the Falcon Tandem basetube. The Finsterwalder Wheels are priced and sold as individual wheels – two are required.

Parts List – Wheel Kits and Parts

Part # Part Description Specification Category Retail
70M-1011 INNER TUBE FINSTER WHEEL 200 X 40MM EA Wheels $14.19
70M-1020 BUSHING WHEEL HUB 1.125 ID EA Wheels $4.50
70M-1021 BUSHING WHEEL HUB 1.250 ID EA Wheels $4.50
70M-1025 WHEEL 8" FINST W/BUSH 1.125 ID EA Wheels $51.00
70M-1026 WHEEL 8" FINST W/BUSH 1.250 ID EA Wheels $51.00
70M-1027 BUSHING WW-FINSTER W/ VG HOLE PAIR Wheels $30.00
70M-1028 WHEEL 10"FINST W/BUSH 1.125 ID EA Wheels $69.00
70M-1029 WHEEL 10"FINST W/BUSH 1.250 ID EA Wheels $69.00
70M-1030 WHEEL SET HALL PLASTIC 2" X 5" INCL HUB & SCREWS SET Wheels $37.50
70M-1240 WHEEL RETRO KIT ALUM STRMLINE EA Wheels $140.00
70M-1310 CASTERING WHEEL SET 1.125 BASE SET Wheels $1125.00
70M-1311 CASTERING WHEEL SET 1.250 BASE EA Wheels $1125.00
70M-1320 FALCON TANDEM TAILBOOM ASSY EA Wheels $487.50
Retail prices listed are Wills Wing's suggested retail prices not including packaging for shipment from the factory, freight costs to the destination, import and local taxes, and dealer preparation and delivery charges.

Last Modified: 17 September, 2007