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01-03-2021 03:58:42

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I need to get some wheelie bars so I can make a restart in pulling. I need some guidelines so I can be legal if I travel clubs. How far back, how high, etc. I do use this tractor occasionally on the farm so they are going to have to be easily removed or out of the way. If I go aluminum, how think of material do I need? Steel I think 1/4 will do, but I'm close on the 6500lb mark now and either me or the tractor has to watch their weight. Thanks in advance.

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01-05-2021 17:03:12

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 Re: Wheelie bars farmall 400 in reply to Mlkgsmer, 01-03-2021 03:58:42  
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JD man wis. I was cruising down the track pretty good one time at around 12 MPH pulling farm stock 9000. I was test puller and I could see that I was going to get to the grass no problem. I had asked the sled operator if the pan would drop at around 250ft. He answered "Oh we don't use that". Suddenly bang it was like I hit a wall and my chest slammed into the steering wheel. I waved that I was going back, and when we got there I got down and walked back to the sled and asked the operator about "we don't use that". His answer was Oh, we don't call it that. I agree that it is not so much fun when everyone is within three feet of each other.

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Jd man wis

01-14-2021 14:27:36

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 Re: Wheelie bars farmall 400 in reply to showcrop, 01-05-2021 17:03:12  
At one pull I seen a guy on a 460 IH going good down the track the pan drop the growzers and he was still going so the sled guy put the brakes on to stop him and almost killed the guy because the tractor stood up so fast it just about threward the guy off backwards. What ever happen to the track stop you. A guy gets the weight right the tires right and there might be a full pull.

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Jd man wis

01-05-2021 15:57:41

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 Re: Wheelie bars farmall 400 in reply to Mlkgsmer, 01-03-2021 03:58:42  
Alot of times a tractor will stand up like that close to the end of a pull is because them growners drop down and stops a tractor now. Iv seen more people just about hurt because of this. I think them things are bs. Use to be if you had your tractor weights right an tire right when the weight box was up to the end you could pull it out to the end. Now they want to stop every one to speed up the pull.

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01-06-2021 06:39:24

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 Re: Wheelie bars farmall 400 in reply to Jd man wis, 01-05-2021 15:57:41  
Not many sled operator wants to put weight in any more, just "DROP THE PAN" and we all stop in the same place( usually within several feet for the whole class, not fun or needed for slow tractors).

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Jd man wis

01-14-2021 10:04:37

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 Re: Wheelie bars farmall 400 in reply to 535353M, 01-06-2021 06:39:24  
In 4500 with a few wights I pull a unstyled John deere in 4th gear. So as I'm going down the track and then they drop them growzero and the the tractor stands up right now. Not fun. So if you can go fast down the track and then they drop them you beat the others by inches and that is what matters.

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01-05-2021 04:48:11

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 Re: Wheelie bars farmall 400 in reply to Mlkgsmer, 01-03-2021 03:58:42  
Wheelie bars are a good idea. I happened to be nearby when the leading puller in our part of the country stood his 560 just 5-10 degrees from straight up. There was a pic taken. It happened in a split second, his drawbar support bars that everyone thinks prevent a tractor from going high bent right up. His wheelie bars were retracted and he was unable to push in his clutch while slipping backwards in the seat.

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Flyin Farmall

01-04-2021 19:35:41

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 Re: Wheelie bars farmall 400 in reply to Mlkgsmer, 01-03-2021 03:58:42  
Aluminum will eventualy crack somewhere,1/4" is overkill.I make ALOT of wheelie bars for various tractors,mine are under 30# each,will easily pick up a 7500 tractor, send me an email or call if interested. thanx Willie nine 2 o 538-1945

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01-03-2021 08:22:41

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 Re: Wheelie bars farmall 400 in reply to Mlkgsmer, 01-03-2021 03:58:42  
Depends on what dimensional 1/4 inch you choose, pads need to extend behind largest diameter of tire, no more than 10 inches above the ground,(make them adjustable, so you can move them and remove them), if not made adjustable, getting up and down from most trailers is impossible if they are back far enough and low enough.The pads as per most rules listings need to be 25 square inches, 5 x 5, and heavy enough to be used to lift tractor in heaviest class, jacked up off the ground.And I believe most places ask to have minimum of 20 inches between bars.These rules are not to be cruel or stop people from pulling, just for safety, for self and others, I have witnessed several axle housings break, welded hubs fail, lightened wheels crumble and frames break. I stepped up on a club president's tractorat a pull, to greet him as I had not spoke with him for many yrs, He Exclaimed to get the *ell off His wheelie bars so that not to break them, WOW, good example.Some with only weight savings in mind no not have properly made bars.

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