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 09-04-2000, 09:27 Post: 19458
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i have been trying different tire and rim combinations partially out of curiousity partially due to boredom. the 970 jd really is a desent tractor that requires little work. i installed a pair of 19.5L x 24 Firestone Turf and Fields on titan 15 x 24 rims on the rear. these replaced the 13.6 x 24 R1's that were a bit agressive for my mowing chores (4 + acres of lawn). this combined with a pair of 10.5 x 31 x15 LT BF Goodrich all terrain TA on 15 x 7 JD rims on front work well (no turf damage, good steering, good floatation, excellent load capacity) but with the following limitations: the BFG tires pick up little stones and will not release them and for loader work in muck the BFG's are not agressive enough at slow speed (i am sure that above 40 mph they will clean themselves but the become slicks at tractor speeds). while looking for a source of front rims ( i wanted to try a set of 9.5 x 16 Firestone Turf and Fields) i came to realize that the JD 970 uses a metric bolt pattern ( 6 holes on a 150 mm bolt circle with a 90 mm center hole). while this may be common on japanese tractors it is not a common size for impliment rims. i purchased a pair of 16 by 8 rims with a 6 on 6 inch BC and a 4.62 center. i welded in an adapter ring to reduce the center to 90 mm and offset drilled the bolt holes to 5/8 inch for a 151 mm(close enough)bolt circle. just for the heck of it i remounted my 8 x 16 Firestone R1 bars on these rims and did a bit of loader work. i was impressed for 2 reasons, the offset was such that it widened the stance a bit and with the wider rim (jd uses a 5 in rim) the traction and floatation were improved. i am looking forward to winter in order to try the 19.5L T & F with the 8 x 16 R1 combo in snow. i don't mind changing front wheels as this is easy but the rears are a different story. i thought i would pass this info on just incase someone else wants to improve traction handling. less offset and wider rims help the front.ken






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 02-09-2001, 14:05 Post: 24061
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ken, wondering how your front tires have worked out so far. I have
gone into the archives here to find info on the same topic. my 1993 970
came with 13.6-24 rears and 7-16 fronts. the fronts are worn and dry rotting
and i was thinking it was time to investigate alternatives. I'd like the same good traction but more flotation. Have you found any more tire/rim
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 02-09-2001, 15:49 Post: 24063
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i am satisfied with the present combo. also firestone makes a 8 x 16 turf and field for the front. watch the front to rear ratio though, this tire is 14.3 static loaded so the rears would have to change also. the rear turf and fields that i have on mine do work in snow. lots of flotation, good traction and only slightly less able to go through deep drifts. i am pleased. good luck
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 02-10-2001, 02:18 Post: 24074
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Hi, I too have a jd970 with 7X16 field tires in the front and would like to go with a wider tire on the same rim. Of course I would also need to keep the front to back tire ratio in line while making the change to the wider track.
Bottom line is, what front field tire, if any, would give a wider tread while holding to the exact or close circumfence of the OEM 7X16????

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 11-26-2001, 16:41 Post: 33445
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Ken, do you or anybody else out there know if the front wheels from a JD 990 tractor will bolt on to a 970 MFWD front axle? The OEM wheel size on the JD990 is 8x16 in front and 14.9X24 in the rear. I understand that this tractor is made by Yanmar for JD in Japan. So I am wondering if these are Japanese sized wheels and if they will bolt on to the older 70 series tractors. The pics of the 990 on the JD factory site show a lot of offset to the outside with the OEM 990 front wheels.

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 11-27-2001, 09:40 Post: 33462
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Keoke, the 990 has the same engine as the old 1070, the standard r-1
on the 1070 was 8-16, 14.9-28 or 24 and that tire size was optional
on my 970. Your 970 front axle has a "1070" cast into it and I'll bet
the 990 front axle does also. The wheels that come with 8-16 R-1s
are stamped differently than the wheels that come with 7-16 R-1s BUT,
they still interchange.

call around looking for take-offs or trade-ins from people that
wanted r-4's on their tractors.






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 11-27-2001, 10:25 Post: 33463
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Steve, thanks for the info. If I read you right, the 1070 came stock with 8X16 wheels in front and these are the same wheels that are used on the 990 as well. Are the same 8x16 wheels used for all tire types on both of these tractors? Assuming all of the above is correct, then what I need to do is find a set of front wheels from a 1070 or a 990 tractor to put on my 970.
I am running the OEM 13.6X24 wheels with the stock Firestone Ag tires in the rear.
Do you know of an AG or R4 tire size and brand that will fit on the 8X16 wheels while still keeping the front to back gear ratios in line?
The stock 7x16 tires are fine for traction but to narrow for soft ground, this is especially true with a full bucket.
I have added a 4/1 bucket and a Bradco hoe to my 970 and just love the tractor. The onlly negative for me on the 970 is the width of the front tires.

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 11-27-2001, 11:50 Post: 33465
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To achieve the floatation that we are looking for a wider rim is
required. There are wide aggressive tires that come close enough in
diameter but are recommended for 8 inch wide rims in 16, 16.5 or 15 inch dia
wheels.

Just for Ss and Gs take off one of your front tires and bolt
to the other side so steel is against steel. dont torque down bolts
as their might not be enough engaging threads, just snug them.
This is something I have been meaning to try myself. Tell me what you think.

Cruise the websites for firestone, goodyear, michelin, titan, trelleborg.

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 11-27-2001, 15:02 Post: 33472
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Steve, Gooyear makes a DT810, 240/70R16 tire that very close to the Firestone OEM 7X16 in overall dia.
The OEM dia. is 29.3" and the 240 Goodyear dia. is 29.2". The width of the 240 tire is 10.2" compared to the OEM's 7". Goodyear also makes a 260 sizel that has dia. of 9.6" and an overall dia. of 30.5". Problem is these tires list for about $400 each. Need to check other brands of the same sizes for price.
As for the rims, the answer seems to be 1070 of 990 rims used or new. Also, there may be an after market manufacture of a rim this size.

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 11-27-2001, 15:06 Post: 33473
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Steve, forgot to ask you if you know the gear ratio difference between front and rear axles???

later,
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