AIRSTREAKS. . . . Are They Worth It?

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Re: AIRSTREAKS. . . . Are They Worth It?

Postby stede52 » Fri May 25, 2012 8:52 pm

Gil,
The setup is nice, however, it looks like there is a possiblity to accidently engage the parking brake with that extended handle. Because the brake is used only periodically, unless you are flying with Steve H :) , you don't really need to have it readly accessible as long as you can get to the lever. I had just recently talked to a pilot who had accidently engage his parking brake before landing and it was not pretty, but he did come out ok. Just a thought :)
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Re: AIRSTREAKS. . . . Are They Worth It?

Postby Gil T » Fri May 25, 2012 10:54 pm

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The old setup needed the handle if you had your shoulder harness on in order to reach it. The new setup can be reached without a extension handle. That was one of the reasons to change the location.

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Re: AIRSTREAKS. . . . Are They Worth It?

Postby SheepdogRD » Fri May 25, 2012 11:05 pm

Gil T wrote:The old setup needed the handle if you had your shoulder harness on in order to reach it. The new setup can be reached without a extension handle. That was one of the reasons to change the location.

I've considered mounting my park brake control directly in front of the left stick, but I think it will still be a stretch to reach it. That's caused me to consider seat belts with inertia reels. Has anyone installed them in a Highlander?
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Re: AIRSTREAKS. . . . Are They Worth It?

Postby john2 » Fri May 25, 2012 11:31 pm

My answer to the original question of this thread is: no, there probably not worth it for the majority of flying I will do but the cool factor is off the chart in my book and I will have to have them. I do plan on going mountain flying when I get mine done and there are plenty of rough sandbars here in south Mississippi to land on where they will help.

I've considered mounting my park brake control directly in front of the left stick, but I think it will still be a stretch to reach it. That's caused me to consider seat belts with inertia reels. Has anyone installed them in a Highlander?


I too am interested in the inertia reels. Seems like I have seen them in the Rans airplanes.

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Re: AIRSTREAKS. . . . Are They Worth It?

Postby KevinC » Sat May 26, 2012 8:48 pm

Ok, now I know the answer:

Hell yes!!! :D :D :D

Amazing. These are going to be fun!

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Re: AIRSTREAKS. . . . Are They Worth It?

Postby helmetfire » Sat May 26, 2012 9:33 pm

I like 'em Kevin!!! 29's on std gear, IMO the std gear looks way better than the extreme gear...if they were only the same length as the extreme gear, that would be the best combo.
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Re: AIRSTREAKS. . . . Are They Worth It?

Postby SheepdogRD » Sat May 26, 2012 10:24 pm

Wow, those are phat, especially when you compare them to your old tires in your avatar.

Another area where size does matter . . .
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Re: AIRSTREAKS. . . . Are They Worth It?

Postby Johnny C! » Sun May 27, 2012 10:17 pm

Kevin,
Those look good!

Let's see. How do I get those on my trike?

Be safe!

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Re: AIRSTREAKS. . . . Are They Worth It?

Postby bluemax » Sun May 27, 2012 10:48 pm

Okay. . . I've made my mind up. My conclusion is that NO. . . they are not worth it. But that doesn't mean that I don't want them anymore, or that I'm not going to get them. I'm in a position to afford the hefty pricetag. . . at the moment. . . so I'm going for it.

I can't wait to find out what the shipping costs??? And I might be able to trade my 8" Matco wheels for the stock 6" wheels that fit the 29" Airstreaks.

Hey. . . I look at it this way. . . I saved a bunch of $$$$ by going with a Viking HF-110 engine, so I feel better about splurging on super-expensive tires.
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Re: AIRSTREAKS. . . . Are They Worth It?

Postby john2 » Mon May 28, 2012 5:00 am

bluemax wrote:Okay. . . I've made my mind up. My conclusion is that NO. . . they are not worth it. But that doesn't mean that I don't want them anymore, or that I'm not going to get them. I'm in a position to afford the hefty pricetag. . . at the moment. . . so I'm going for it.

I can't wait to find out what the shipping costs??? And I might be able to trade my 8" Matco wheels for the stock 6" wheels that fit the 29" Airstreaks.

Hey. . . I look at it this way. . . I saved a bunch of $$$$ by going with a Viking HF-110 engine, so I feel better about splurging on super-expensive tires.



Mark,

I just got a quote on shipping to south Ms. and it was less than I thought it would be. I was quoted 125.00 by ABW company for shipping.

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Re: AIRSTREAKS. . . . Are They Worth It?

Postby Gary H » Wed May 30, 2012 5:05 pm

Not just yes, but hell yes they are worth it! !
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Re: AIRSTREAKS. . . . Are They Worth It?

Postby bluemax » Thu May 31, 2012 8:21 pm

Okay. . . . it's a done deal. I just ordered my 29" Airstreaks. Now I wanna see if I can swap my 8" Matco wheels for 6".... either through J.A. or Matco direct.
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Re: AIRSTREAKS. . . . Are They Worth It?

Postby stede52 » Thu May 31, 2012 8:38 pm

You're going to lov'em :D
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Re: AIRSTREAKS. . . . Are They Worth It?

Postby bluemax » Thu Jun 07, 2012 8:13 pm

Well, FedEx showed up today with my new Airstreaks! Woo-hoo ! And I knew that he had my tires, because they weren't in a box. I guess ABW must feel that with the places their tires go, they can survive a ride on the dirty floor of a FedEx truck. The driver had me sign for them, and he couldn't understand why the sender would require a signature? "...Probably because they're $2800..." He couldn't believe it. The "wow" factor is definitely off the charts.
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Re: AIRSTREAKS. . . . Are They Worth It?

Postby helmetfire » Fri Jun 08, 2012 9:44 am

Don't forget to post some pics!! :D
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