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 01-08-2007, 17:42 Post: 138582
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In 130 hrs. I have had several flats and my front tires leak all the time. Even put a tube in one and still went bad. My back tires are ok but the fronts are 4 ply. Do you think it's too wimply with an fel with a 7510? Also, where can I buy good tires? The Kubota dealer wants 234 dollars each for a 6 ply bar tire.






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 01-08-2007, 22:20 Post: 138602
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I don't know exactly what you've been doing it or where but it has proven not to be good for your tires. I'd wonder if on the fronts if you've been keeping enough air in them to keep the bead seated but with the one with a tube going flat are you working on a bed of nails? It sems like the harder R-4's might be good for you as the only thing the ag tires might give you is thicker rubber which just slows the flats down abit. The ag tires have taller bars that might help the tire from hitting all the debris but for the most part offer little more protection then the turf tires as far as thickness.






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 01-08-2007, 23:40 Post: 138603
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If you have a specific reason for staying with turfs, you have to realize that 4-plies are unsuitable for FEL work. Too much flex in the sidewalls. The R4 recommendation is a good one. But if turfs are your only alternative, match the tire rating to the payload. Depending upon how much you typically lift/carry, you need no less than 6 ply - maybe even 8 or 10

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 01-09-2007, 08:48 Post: 138609
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After not being able to get a matching foursome set of tires for a large farm tractor years ago I found the outer dimensions of the desired tires and found some that were the same but a different tread depth. What an eye opener! IT took about one hour of operation for the first u-joint on the drive shaft to have the grease running out of it. I don't try to mix and match tires treads at all anymore.






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 01-09-2007, 15:27 Post: 138618
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 Are Turf Tires Prone to Flats

I have turfs and haven't had any problems. My fronts are extra wide giving more support for a FEL. The brand of tire is "Galaxy" which is quite popular.

All of the tractor manufacturers put too small of a tire on the fronts when it comes to "Turfs" except how mine is equipped.

If you can go with a wider front tire but keep the diameter the same it will help lots.

Have you thought about loading the fronts, that will give extra support to the sidewalls.






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 01-10-2007, 09:20 Post: 138635
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Filling front tires is not the best for wear on steering components although the Kubota's are about the easiest steering. You might want to look at foam filling the fronts which still will give you additional weight but no flats at all from foriegn objects.






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 01-10-2007, 22:51 Post: 138650
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I've had my front ags foam filled for almost 3 yrs. now and no problems with the steering on the L3130GST 4X4 w/723 loader. best thing I ever did. rears too. expensive but no flats and lotsa weight. I don't abuse the tractor.






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 01-11-2007, 08:04 Post: 138655
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Art, maybe I missed something but can you clarify why liquid filling wears the steering components? (was this specific to the post or in general?). Foam filling (urethane?) weighs even more than chloride or water so that would be even worse, wouldn't it?






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 01-11-2007, 08:24 Post: 138658
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Art, may I add to EW's question? How does filled tires compared to weights on the front end for wear?

It is easy to find the suggestios to remove weights when not needed, but with clamps to keep them from getting bumped off, sort of a pain. Also pain to the back.

As to water filled, for some reason I have been told by local dealership DO NOT FILL FRONT TIRES. He went on to say...I don't remember why. But he was sure you did not, period. Yes Kubota dealer.






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Hate to interrupt, but this is starting to stray from the OP topic here; a loader-related 4ply turf tire issue. Besides, front weights have to come off before most loaders are mounted.

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