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post #1 of 14 Old 04-05-2019, 09:39 AM Thread Starter
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Tire/wheel dilema

Hi all. I have a 1995 White gt2055. Im needing to change rear 27/9.50/15 turf tires to bar lug type. Problem is no manufacturers make one that I can find. I would like to drop down to a 12 inch rim so I can run something like a 26/12.50x12 Carlisle etc. Are bolt patterns/hub mounts universal that I can just switch wheels or am I just stuck with the turf tires.
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Re: Tire/wheel dilema

most 15" wheels have 4 bolt pattern.... most 12" wheels are 5 bolt, so you would have to find some 5 bolt hubs that fit your axles.

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Thanks for the fast reply. Would 15in truck tires work?
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you could find truck tires that will fit but unless you fill them and add chains they wont really improve your traction much. Switching to 12" wheels would give you alot more options for tires.

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Re: Tire/wheel dilema

I actually found some Carlisle 6 ply skid steer tires that are an inch narrower but otherwise the same. Im going to fill them with beet juice, add a 3pt weight rack and get a set of tire chains for plowing snow. Where would I find the hubs I would need to change over to 12 in rims just so I had some more options if this doesn't work.

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Re: Tire/wheel dilema

if your gonna fill tires plus add weights and chains.... you dont need tires... you can do all that with the turfs and the end result is the same. Thats also all very costly.

Ive read that wheel horse hubs will fit... and Im sure there is other options aswell. With 12" wheels you have the option of buying used ATV tires which dont really need alot of weight or chains.

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Re: Tire/wheel dilema

I have skid steer tires with chains and weights on one of my tractors used for tilling. They are stiff and do not work well for snow plowing. The tread is too broad to get traction.
As Lance stated, my turf tires with chains and weights work well for most needs like snow plowing and pulling a trailer.
We don't have many options with the stock rims on a 990. 15" truck snow tires do work ok.

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Re: Tire/wheel dilema

back when some of these old 960/990s were built there wasnt much option for tires for either size rim but these days the tires that available for the 12" rims is unlimited thanks to all the quads and side/by/side vehicles, and tire companies put alot of R&D into tires for those off road toys.

Last couple pairs of atv tires I just picked up are even radials... 205/60R on the MTD and 270/60R on the Columbia....
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Yeah I need to find the hubs to convert to 12in. I was concerned the tires would be too stiff. Those ATV tires would work GREAT for where I live and what I plan to do with my tractor.
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Thanks for the info on the skid steer tires. Saved me a good chunk of change.
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Measure across your lugnut studs. Center to center of the stud. If it measures 4" many wheels will fit like these. I have 2 Cub Cadets and they have 4/4 (4 lug, 4" bolt pattern) wheels so many 4 lug Cub wheels will fit as well. Make sure the center hole--hub bore is 2.8" or smaller on your wheels.

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Re: Tire/wheel dilema

inside of one lug to the outside of the other is faster

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Re: Tire/wheel dilema

Or find a set of 4 to 5 adapters.

Example -
https://www.enjukuracing.com/product...yABEgLxaPD_BwE

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Re: Tire/wheel dilema

They do make 15" ATV tires--but the two I found close to the size you need are almost $200 each !..and they are 6 or 8 ply rating,which will likely be too stiff to provide the good traction the softer ,smaller 2 ply ones would..

https://www.motosport.com/product/?a...segment=badger


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Skid Steer tires aren't much good on a garden tractor for traction,they are rock hard and slippery rubber,too many plies for a light weight tractor..

I would try to find some 15" car studded snow tires like "Blizzac" tread,ones with a 4 ply rating would be better than anything higher...I ran some 13" studded snow tires (radials) with fluid ballast on a Sears Suburban ,I used 13" 5 lug trailer rims that had the right 4.5" bolt circle,I had to use a hole saw to enlarge the center hole in the rim to fit over the hub pilot though..the tractor plowed very well with them filled with ballast..


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