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WFE WD45 front tires

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03-14-2011 10:56:41

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I am running the normal 600x 16" 3 rib tires, on my wd45, with a dual loader. I am having the front tires, cut into the soft ground, a lot more than I want, when hauling large net wrapped hay bales, out to the cows ( maybe 1000# bales) and then the loader weight adds more. It also makes it a bear to steer. I haven't removed a tire and measured the rim, but I figgure that it is only about 4" wide, so it probably would be a little narrow to change to truck tires. What do you guys do, to increase flotation? Is there a wider rim available? I don't want to get into rubbing the tie rods, with a wider setip! HELP!

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charles todd

03-15-2011 14:57:13

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 Re: WFE WD45 front tires in reply to Ralphwd45, 03-14-2011 10:56:41  
This is what I am planning to do on my Farmall 504 with loader. I'm thinking 11L-15 will be the same hight as the current 6.50-16 but resist sinking. They can supply the proper width rim with the proper backspacing to fit.


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M Nut

03-15-2011 10:24:35

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 Re: WFE WD45 front tires in reply to Ralphwd45, 03-14-2011 10:56:41  
Ever thought of carrying the bales on the back? We had a WD45 and we'd carry 1,000lb bales on the rear lift no problem.

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Kow Farmer

03-14-2011 18:15:36

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 Re: WFE WD45 front tires in reply to Ralphwd45, 03-14-2011 10:56:41  
I had a WD45 tractor with a loader and without power steering. It had 1/2 ton 5 bolt Chevy pickup rims with 235/15" tires on these rims. This seemed to work out well on my tractor. Steered much better with the wider tires, especially while hauling round bales on the loader. These Chevy rims didn't touch the tie rod ends, but they dont give you much room between the tire and rod end. They can pack full of mud much quicker with these wide tires too. I used this setup for many years. Hope this helps you out.
Kow Farmer

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03-14-2011 13:11:40

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 Re: WFE WD45 front tires in reply to Ralphwd45, 03-14-2011 10:56:41  
I had the same problem with my Ford 841 with the loader but steering was easy because of the power steering. What I did was put 7.50X16 truck tires on the rims which are 4 or so inches wide. Makes them work sort of like to old bike tires that where called balloon tires. Works well for me at least. I also have a lot of weight on the 3 point so that also helps off set the weight on the front tires. I keep a heavy duty back blade on and it has 6-85lbs suit case weights on the blade and then a 150lbs wheel weight on the center link part of it

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Bob Bancroft

03-14-2011 11:08:42

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 Re: WFE WD45 front tires in reply to Ralphwd45, 03-14-2011 10:56:41  
At most that rim is an odd ball 4.25". The biggest tire on it should be a 6.50x16. Not appreciably different than a 6.00x16. I have not found a wider OEM style rim. The only wider ones I have seen are automotive rims that fit. and I hate the looks of that. I have considered widening my OEM rims to 6"(making sure to widen them OUT), and installing 7.50x16. I have 16.9x28's on the rear w/three sets of weights, and it floats better than the front, with no weight!

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03-14-2011 20:36:04

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 Re: WFE WD45 front tires in reply to Bob Bancroft, 03-14-2011 11:08:42  
What you guys told me may not seem like rocket science, to you, but there was two gems in it that I needed. I have been using a tandem 3 pt disk on the back for weight, and the length of the total rig, was too long. I think I will change to either the back blade with weights. or the 3 pt back scoop, with weight. The chevy rims will be probably be where I will go, then I can save my original tires and wheels, for spring in the field. Truck tires don't turn as tight in plowed ground, when you are turning around at the fence , to start back on a new pass. Thanks a bunch guys!

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