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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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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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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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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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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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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/?adpos=1o3&cc=us&creative=291919960300&device=c&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIkcKq-dnG4QIVR1SGCh2ilg1lEAQYAyABEgKKU_D_BwE&key=EFX-Moto-MTC-Tire&matchtype=&mrkgadid=3309284566&mrkgcl=500&network=g&product_id=EFX0002-X001-Y006&pssource=true&rkg_id=0&segment=badger


https://www.discounttiredirect.com/buy-tires/kanati-mongrel-atv/p/29121?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=pla&kpid=29121&cid=14c8176a-8903-4a92-9aba-76f036825d37&utm_medium=cpc&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIkcKq-dnG4QIVR1SGCh2ilg1lEAQYAiABEgILivD_BwE

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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