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I would like to be able to chain up the front tires on my 2320 when clearing snow this winter, but I’m a little concerned about the clearance. When I look at the front tires there does not seem to be much clearance between the inner edge of the tires and the axel housings, spindles, etc. I don’t want chains tearing anything up in there.

It really does not look to me as if there would be room in there for chains, so I’m wondering what to do. I have heard of guys putting “spacers” on their wheels to move them out a bit. If I could move the wheels out about an inch on each side I’d have room to safely run chains.

But I don’t know if you can do this with front wheels, and I don’t know if it is really a good idea. I don’t want to mess with my front axels and ruin something.

Anybody got any thoughts on this?
 

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I read the post. Interesting. So it seems I can get spacers for the front wheels. I'll contact my JD dealership.

A question: When they talk about "putting your tires at their widest setting" - what's that about? Sorry to be so dumb!
 

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1972,

Oftentimes the wheel is offset (to the surface where the lug nuts are) and if you mount them one way, you will have a certain width but more or less if you reverse the wheel. :)
 

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Yikes! I just found out that I can indeed get spacer kits from JD for the front wheels on the 2320. Essentially it's a round steel plate, 1" thick and 6.25" in diameter, and has the bolt holes drilled through it. You also need 8 longer bolts and 8 lock washers (4 per side)

Price for this little gem is a total of $192 PER SIDE. For a flat plate of steel 6.25" in diameter and 1" thick.

Guess I'll be headed over to the local machine shop.
 

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Thanks Rodney. I appreciate that. Don't know what your prices are like down there, but up here I got quoted $148.00 for each spacer, $5.80 for each bolt, and $2.45 for each lock washer. I know yellow paint is expensive, but $150 sure seems like a lot of money for that spacer. I think I'll have the local machine shop take a look at making a couple for me. I would think a couple dollars worth of steel out of the scrap bin and half an hour on the lathe and it's a done deal. Not exactly like it's a high tech part!
 

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If your concern is traction on ice and hard packed snow, let the air out and put a length of bicycle or similar chain around the circumference of the tire and air it back up! You will be pleasantly surprised at minimal cost.
 
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