Thank you sir. I hoped it was a bit easier but I had my suspicions that it would be a cut and weld/fab affair. I applaud your efforts to convert it.Hi Guys,
Here is the original post from 2015, but the pictures are gone due to Tiny Post going away. I will dig up the build pictures and post later when i get some time. I think i probably have most of them on an SD card or two.
I recently completed a set of 4-lug front hubs for the GT3235. The standard ball bearing set up is not bad but as the bearings are not sealed they leak grease and are a mess if you just want to do a quick wheel swap. I planned on building them before I knew I was going to get the Kwik Way FEL...www.mytractorforum.com
The one thing I see that I forgot to mention was the wheel source. I got them on eBay (my go to place for buying & selling), but will have to do some research as to who the supplier was. More to come later.
That's awesome> Thanks for sharing it.OK, here are the pictures, pretty much self-explanatory. I apologize for some of them being fuzzy, but for some I only had reduced pixel size versions and they don't blow back up very well. This mod has worked great for all these years and I really like being able to unbolt the front wheels. In addition to the larger tires shown below (described in the original post), I have the stock size 7.50’s mounted in my avatar picture (5.625 wide 4-lug with negative offset). Both came from JED Wholesale Tires via eBay. There are lots of different ways to do the 4/5-lug conversion – hopefully this gives you some more ideas.
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Keep in mind that the measurements below are on my XT3 and I have not measured my 3240's spindles.Steve, I've been looking at hubs also. I haven't ordered any yet, but have been thinking about what we have for spindles on the 3000's. Since this is GT stuff we are never going to heat the bearings like highway speed would, so I'm considering possibly forgetting about the rubber seal on the back, milling the rear of the hub off and just using the welded-on stop against the rear bearing. As long as we keep fresh grease in the hub, dirt and grit will always be forced out. That should give us enough length on the spindle to get hub all the way on and preload with shims.
I don't know about the XT3s, but on the 3000s you also need to keep tire clearance in mind. I think (not sure) Pfreiburger's mod moves the wheel out further than your mods would and even the way he did it he had to make other mods to get tire clearance.
On level ground, if you turn the steering wheel lock to lock it probably looks like you have a good bit of clearance with OEM wheels/tires, but if you try it at full jounce you will see that there is not much.
I know this because I have considered installing larger tires on the OEM wheels and discovered that there is very little room to allow for upsizing. Fortunately for me, I checked clearance at full jounce before buying new tires.
The hub places the wheel .6" outward from stock and most of the 7" wide golf cart wheels are 2/5 spacing so another .5" outward from stock totalling 1.1" outward from stock when using 7" wide golf cart wheels.Joelk, you are right about the clearance. I put larger tires on my 3205 and at full lock left the tire hits the power steering fitting. But not a big deal, I just don't do that. After bolt on hubs are installed we can always space the wheels further out with spacers if need be.
Are those 18x8.5 tires on the 3240 in the photo? They don't look 2" taller than XT3 tires.The hub places the wheel .6" outward from stock and most of the 7" wide golf cart wheels are 2/5 spacing so another .5" outward from stock totalling 1.1" outward from stock when using 7" wide golf cart wheels.
I put 18x8.5-8 golf cart tires on my stock 3240 5.5" wide wheels and put stop bolts on the axle to limit rubbing.
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Yep. But the XT3 has 18x6.5-8s on it. I changed them awhile back.Are those 18x8.5 tires on the 3240 in the photo? They don't look 2" taller than XT3 tires.