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John Deere 3010 D rear tires

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09-09-2019 15:56:54

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I have a John Deere 3010 diesel with 6:50 x16 Firestone front tires and Good Year 18.4x38 rears. The tractor stands nice and level. I need to replace the rear tires with new tires. The 18.4x38 just seem too big on the rears. What would be a correct size for this tractor and still have the tractor remain level? Thanks in advance for all your help. Thanks again.


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09-10-2019 16:46:57

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 Re: John Deere 3010 D rear tires in reply to ILB, 09-09-2019 15:56:54  
I measured rear rim width and it is 16 inches. Should I go with 15.5 or 16.9?

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09-10-2019 08:00:39

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 Re: John Deere 3010 D rear tires in reply to ILB, 09-09-2019 15:56:54  
Hey ILB, A compromise would be a 16.9-38. Have a set on a 2520. Really makes it pull well and stand up nice. Had 15.5-38 originally. The only problem with 16.9-38's is there kinda pricey compared with the 15.5. Good Luck!

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09-10-2019 03:38:26

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 Re: John Deere 3010 D rear tires in reply to ILB, 09-09-2019 15:56:54  
1 agree with other replies. 15.5X38 was the largest rear tire offered on 3010 from the factory. As other posters stated you need to measure rear rim width.

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09-09-2019 17:40:01

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 Re: John Deere 3010 D rear tires in reply to ILB, 09-09-2019 15:56:54  
I recommend putting on 15.5x38s. I have 2 2510s. One has 15.5x38s on the back and 7.5L 15s on the front and it sits perfectly level. The other has 13.6x38s on the back and 6.50 16s on the front. It sits level but the tires are undersized on the back. I bought it that way. I keep telling myself I want to pull those 13.6s off and put on a new set of 15.5s. I haven't been able to justify buying a new set of tires when the ones on it don't show any signs of wear.

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09-10-2019 10:55:00

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 Re: John Deere 3010 D rear tires in reply to Kansas4010, 09-09-2019 17:40:01  
On your 2510, a 15.5x38 and a 13.6x38 will or at least should be the same height, depends on brand and rim width, and the wear your particular set of tires have. But going from 13.6x38 to 15.5x38 won't change a thing, and you should actually change from the 11 or 12 inch wide double bevel rims you have to 14 inch double bevel rims with the 15.5's.

As to the original post, if you like the way your 3010 sits with 18.4x38's, put new 18.4x38's on. Just because a rear tractor tire is narrower and lighter doesn't mean it will be cheaper. The volume of tires made of that size makes a BIG difference. I priced 15.5x38's for my Farmall M. They were rather reasonably priced, cheaper than the 13.6x38's like I had on the tractor, and Much cheaper than the 14.9x38's that would have fit on the rims already on the tractor. But $1000 for tires and another $750 for rims too much money for me.

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09-10-2019 13:36:15

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 Re: John Deere 3010 D rear tires in reply to DR. EVIL, 09-10-2019 10:55:00  
The person who owned the tractor before me put the cheapest tires they could find on it. My guess is it originally had 15.5s on it. The rims on it stick out quite a ways past the sidewall of the tires. That's what I meant when I said they were undersized. I like the way 15.5s look better on them anyway.

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09-09-2019 16:33:50

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 Re: John Deere 3010 D rear tires in reply to ILB, 09-09-2019 15:56:54  
When new your tractor would have most likely had 15.5x38's sometimes you see 13.6x38's. The first 3010's had 36 inch back tires like the 530's. You need to measure the width of your back rims. When it was changed to 18's they might have changed rims. Some people did not and just stuck the wider tires on the narrow rims which makes them scrunched up and sort of run on a point. 16.9x38's are also another option. Tom

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