Part# 06-01615
MFR Model# WHLT-6


MATCO mfg produces an superior six inch tail wheel for use with tail dragger aircraft which require a light weight tail wheel--the T-6.

The T-6 tail wheel has a six inch solid rubber tire and an overall length of 10.00 inches. Maximum width of this tail wheel with fully splayed arms is 9.29 inches and overall height is 9.71 inches. This composite tail wheel weighs 4.75 pounds.

The T-6 tail wheel has a .625 precision sealed ball bearing which is rigorously tested and designed to resist bearing fatigue providing a long bearing life. The arms and wings of the tail wheel fork assembly are composed of 4130 which is heat treated to a Rockwell 38-43 to ensure strength and are irridited to prevent corrosion. The tail wheel base and forks are cast and then black anodized to prevent corrosion as well.

The T-6 tail wheel incorporates a geometric release mechanism that allows the wheel to caster after reaching a steered angle of 40 degrees (earlier release available with optional steering arms WHLT-03A). This allows the tail wheel assembly to be steerable and full swiveling and provides easy installation with variant spring tension. This wheel has been designed to release with light spring tension and can accomodate either a 1.25 or 1.50 wide spring (Use part number WHLTWB-1 adapter for 1.75 inch wide springs). When a 1.50 inch spring is used, a .25 inch spacer should be used between the base and the spring. The assembly should be mounted on the flat spring so that the pivoting axle is as close to vertical as possible when the plane is loaded.

All assembly bushings are made of oil impregnated brass so only routine lubrication is needed during the life of the tail wheel. The ball bearings in the wheel assembly are sealed and do not require lubrication either. In addition, the vertical axle has been redesigned to .625 for added strength and durability.

The six inch composite wheel is made using fiberglass reinforced nylon and has an operating load of 450 pounds.

Assembly Drawing

Installation Drawing

How the Geometric Release Works
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Performs as expected.

James D Verified Purchase


July 20, 2022

Replaced the 1.5 with this 3 tailwheel on our BushCaddy R80. First impression out of the box, ..its beefy and certainly should provide better floatation. Like it!

Wilhelm T
January 7, 2021

Product was everything I expected. Mattie at the front desk was very knowledgeable. Shes a keeper and has a great personality

Bob D
November 3, 2020

Well finished, works fine and fits like OEM in my Thatcher CX4.

Ricardo V
May 23, 2018

Well finished tailwheel assembly. Works fine. Fit nicely in my Thatcher CX4

Ricardo V
May 23, 2018

I like the idea of a phonematic wheel for my tailwheel. I wanted one as small as I could get. A/S filled that order. The detent is a little stiff but I am sure it will work out just fine. The next item I want is a spare tube or two for this wheel.

Tom M
September 15, 2019

I have a Longez and bought this tire to go on a Grove 4 front leg tire. The tire comes with a saw tooth pattern which could potentially pick up small stones from the runway and flick them back into the propeller. The tire is tough, well made (in China) and would suit a tail wheel application but I wreally wanted a slick or a straight groove tire that will fit up into my Longez nosewheel bay. Can anyone assist???

Paul S
September 22, 2017

The McCreary replacement tube (p/n 06-08101) received was a Firestone Made in China. The valve stem on this tube is supposed to be bent 90 degrees. All of the three tubes I got had stems bent about 45 degrees and do not fit a tailwheel hub. Customer service did credit my account but I must find another source for this tube and so does Aircraft Spruce.

July 27, 2017


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Q: What tool is recommended for changing a tire on tailwheel part number 06-00831?

The wheel is a two piece wheel and does not require any special tool for mounting the tire. You would split the rim in two pieces by disassembling the "insert" into the tire. The wheel tie bolts are AN-3 bolts so 3/8" hex heads.

Q: Is the Matco WHLT-6P 6" Pneumatic Tailwheel (part # 06-00831) full swivel?

This wheel incorporates a geometric release mechanism that allows the wheel to caster after reaching a |steered angle of 40 degrees. This allows the tail wheel assembly to be steerable and full swiveling and provides easy installation with variant spring tension.

Q: Will replacement tire part # 06-00004 fit on part # 06-00831 assembly?

Yes, the solid tire and wheel assembly can replace the pneumatic tire and wheel assembly.

Q: Will replacement tire part # 06-08000 and Tube 06-08101 fit on part # 06-01361 assembly?

Per the assembly drawing provided under the overview description, it uses a 2.80/2.50-4 tire, so the 06-08000 tire and 06-08101 tube would fit this unit.

Q: If i buy 06-00004, is it going to be the solid rubber?

Yes, it is solid rubber.

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