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Ford Front Tire Size

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Dave In Chattaroy

08-19-2017 13:37:06




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Got a front flat today on my 5000. It currently has 10.00-16's but I'm considering going with a 6.5-16 on both for replacements (primarily for the cost savings). On Tractordata it says that the factory size was 6.00-16, so I think that a 6.5-16 should be adequate. I do have a FEL and do use it for round bale feeding.

Any thoughts or comments?

Dave




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Dave In Chattaroy

08-20-2017 08:43:21




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 Re: Ford Front Tire Size in reply to Dave In Chattaroy, 08-19-2017 13:37:06  
Great replies from everyone and I appreciate the different angles. I went ahead and ordered a direct replacement 10.00-16 4 Rib tire. It was $153 bucks delivered and I'll need a tube as well.

Where I live we get a lot of snow and with a bale on the front, the extra width really makes a difference.

Always great to be on this forum!

Dave



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Destroked 450

08-20-2017 08:21:02




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 Re: Ford Front Tire Size in reply to Dave In Chattaroy, 08-19-2017 13:37:06  
Normally if a 5000 came with 38" rears at would have 18" fronts, if it came with 30" rears it would have 16" fronts.

My MIL's 5600 has 15.5-38 rear and 7.50-18 fronts, my 5000 has 18.4-30 rears and 7.50-16 fronts, neither tractor has a FEL.

FYI 7.50-18 6 ply tires have a lower weight rating than 7.50-16 6 ply tires.

On 5000 series with FEL's for tractors with 30" rears I'd go with 11L-15's, with 38" rear's I'd go with 10.00-16's

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Leroy

08-20-2017 07:30:53




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 Re: Ford Front Tire Size in reply to Dave In Chattaroy, 08-19-2017 13:37:06  
Never saw a 16" wheel on front of a 5000. Mine and all I have seen were a 18" wheel with a 7:50x18 tire. I had 2 4000 and one had 7:50x16 when got it other had 6:00x16 and was too small for that tractor so changed using John Deere 30 Combine wheels that I had here and fit perfect and the 7:50 tires from the combine on those wheels, problem was the multi rib implement so got new 7:50 tractor tires. But if a 6:00 x 16" is way to small for a 4000 that is smaller than a 5000 it would be way too small and nose down instead of level like the 7:50x16 and 7:50x18 were on the 4000 and 5000 I had. These tractors all had 38" rear wheels. And the orignal 4000 with the 7:50x16 had a loader and for that nothing smaller would have worked. I would hunt up a combine parts yard and find one that had the 18" wheels and get those and find the 18" tire. Other than price you will be happier if you do. Those good 6:00X16 that was on the 4000 ended up on the 44 2N and perfect fit there.

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Ultradog MN

08-20-2017 06:57:54




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 Re: Ford Front Tire Size in reply to Dave In Chattaroy, 08-19-2017 13:37:06  
If price is important look for a pair of used tires off of a 3/4 or 1 ton pickup.
They would be heavy duty enough for your application and wouldn't change your height much from what you have now.
You might even find some free ones on craigslist that would last for tears.
I have been running free car tires on my tractor for years. And I run them tubeless to boot.



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sotxbill

08-20-2017 06:46:25




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 Re: Ford Front Tire Size in reply to Dave In Chattaroy, 08-19-2017 13:37:06  
7.50-16 were standard... the bigger rims and tires were available as was a larger bearing set for the larger tires and increased weights... Remember that you could bolt on a loader or 750 lbs of weights to the front. If you just want cheap.. put used 235/85-16 truck tires on the front. The tire shops have lots of the used 12 ply and 14 ply rated tires and they fit right on. Have high flotation, high load ratings, but dont turn the sharpest for planting.

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David G

08-19-2017 18:05:36




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 Re: Ford Front Tire Size in reply to Dave In Chattaroy, 08-19-2017 13:37:06  
I had 7.50 on my 6610 with loader, changed them out to flotation 11's, will never go back to narrow tires on loader tractor.



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Destroked 450

08-19-2017 15:45:21




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 Re: Ford Front Tire Size in reply to Dave In Chattaroy, 08-19-2017 13:37:06  
Normally you'll find 7.50-16 tires on the front of a 5000, some switch to the larger tires for loader operations.

My 6610 has 10.00-16's and I don't like them, they have the front of the tractor to high, when these need replaced I'd like it get a set of 15" rims and 11L-15 tires.

Their nearly was wide as 10.00-16 but 3" shorter with only 250 less weight rating.



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David G

08-20-2017 05:11:26




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 Re: Ford Front Tire Size in reply to Destroked 450, 08-19-2017 15:45:21  
Yes, mine are the 11L's



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fordfarmer

08-19-2017 15:21:57




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 Re: Ford Front Tire Size in reply to Dave In Chattaroy, 08-19-2017 13:37:06  
I've got 7.50x16 on my 4600, which is my loader tractor. I go through tires fairly often because of the weight they carry when I'm moving bales. Any any time it is at all soft, I wish it had bigger tires. The only reason I can see to go to a smaller tire is that the tire will be cheaper... but I'd bet in the long run, staying with the 10.00x16's will be cheaper since they won't need to be replaced as often. May actually be cheaper to stay with them anyway, as the skinnier tires will need skinnier rims, which are something like $70 each.

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RickB

08-19-2017 13:50:27




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 Re: Ford Front Tire Size in reply to Dave In Chattaroy, 08-19-2017 13:37:06  
You will regret the change. 6.50x16's won't have the load capacity needed to carry a round bale and the tractor and the loader. You won't save anything because you will buy those small tires and appropriate rims, then turn around and buy 10.00x16's to get the job done.



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