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rear wheel weight

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01-09-2014 11:56:44

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Has anyone used anything other than calcium or plain water for weight in the rear wheels. I was thinking of using a mixture of antifreeze and water. Has anyone done this? I am concerned that antifreeze may damage the tube.

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01-11-2014 20:58:53

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 Re: rear wheel weight in reply to ed12, 01-09-2014 11:56:44  
I used -20 anti freeze if you go to the local dollar store it will cost a lot less than antifreeze 1.50 to 2.00 $ compared to 4

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Joe Scribner

01-10-2014 05:28:01

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 Re: rear wheel weight in reply to ed12, 01-09-2014 11:56:44  
I just recently loaded the rear tires on my TE-A20 with windshield washer fluid. It's good to -40C which is also -40F. If it gets colder than that I'll be staying in ! I've also heard some folks are using Rv antifreeze. Either one will work well. It's not quite as heavy as the calcium chloride but it's close enough. I put 30 gallons in each rear tire and at 8.2lbs/gal that's 246lbs per tire. With my duo-grip chains and the washer fluid I'm getting very good traction. Now I just have to go get my new front wheel weights and I'm in business.

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01-10-2014 09:01:44

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 Re: rear wheel weight in reply to Joe Scribner, 01-10-2014 05:28:01  
Thanks for the response guys, you have given me the direction I was searching for.

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01-09-2014 19:10:27

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 Re: rear wheel weight in reply to ed12, 01-09-2014 11:56:44  
Beet juice not recommended by some tire makers.

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Richard L

01-09-2014 16:59:27

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 Re: rear wheel weight in reply to ed12, 01-09-2014 11:56:44  
You do not want to use just water in them as it can freeze and damage the tubes and tires or all the weight would be in one spot and I would think it could give that tractor a ride you would not like. I am sure it has been mentioned in the archives about using water and antifreeze also Beet juice also windshield fluid. If you use the windshield fluid check to see what degree it is mixed to.

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Jason S.

01-09-2014 16:58:37

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 Re: rear wheel weight in reply to ed12, 01-09-2014 11:56:44  
When I had new tires mounted on my TO-20 back in the summer they used RV antifreeze to fill my tires. The old tire in the back that blew out had antifreeze in it and the rim was perfect. That tire blew just because they were in bad shape and badly dry rotted. It had nothing to do with the antifreeze.

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Richard L

01-09-2014 16:51:01

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 Re: rear wheel weight in reply to ed12, 01-09-2014 11:56:44  
Ed, I don't think you would have to worry about the antifreeze damaging the rubber tube. It runs through the rubber radiator hoses without hurting them too much.

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Boss Hog

01-09-2014 14:52:32

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 Re: rear wheel weight in reply to ed12, 01-09-2014 11:56:44  
Tire shops have something new now that's much better than the old calcium chloride. Can't recall the name of it offhand.

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01-09-2014 15:10:14

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 Re: rear wheel weight in reply to Boss Hog, 01-09-2014 14:52:32  
I believe what you are referring to is Rim Guard, which is the beet juice. folks are also using windshield washer fluid.

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