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Who runs tubes with their V61's? When I ordered mine this week Miller said these tires needed tubes. Just curious as to how people are running them. They are 16/6.50-8 on stock 300 series rims.
 

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Who runs tubes with their V61's? When I ordered mine this week Miller said these tires needed tubes. Just curious as to how people are running them. They are 16/6.50-8 on stock 300 series rims.
I have them on my 400 and I have the bigger tires, 18/8.50-8. I started out without tubes but have since switched because both sides developed slow leaks. I can only surmise the leak was at the bead because since I have had the tubes installed, I have not had to add air.

I think my issues were related to the fact that the rims are not the best. I got my tubes from Tractor Supply so compare prices. I really think it depends on how good of shape your rims are. :fing32:
 

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The simple reason is that the 16's won't set the bead at all. I tried twice and both times the 16's went flat just sitting there. I argued with my JD dealer who said they don't need tubes to install tubes and they wouldn't do it for fear of tearing the tubes, so I had Theo mount them for me.
 

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Condition of the rim is going to be a factor as well. Make sure the lip is in good shape with no deformities/dents etc. I got my V61's from Miller tire and they did not push tubes on me since I had the 18's. I had some bad luck, even though my turfs held air just fine. You have to remember it's a metric tire and the rims are standard so...it's not a perfect fit sometimes.
 

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I'm sorry, I should have clarified. Miller has always recommended the tube for the 16x6.50-8 V-61 based on it being a bit narrow for our stock 300 series rims. The 18x8.50-8 can be shoehorned onto a 300 series rim, without a tube, but the wider 420/430/445 rims handles them without a tube as well.
 

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OK, thanks for the good info guys. I was a little surprised that he said I needed tubes, but I knew what kind of reputation he has here and over at WFM as well so I figured he wasn't just jerking me around.

Probably going to let the tire shop mount these. I tried to do my Tru Power's on the rear, but I couldn't even get the bead broke on the old tires. Any tricks for that? I don't mind hard work if it saves me money....
 

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Well,
I attempted my first tire work today. Had a heck of a time getting the bead broke. Managed to tear the beads on both tires. Good thing they're junk anyway. Finally got them off, bent my rims a little bit, fixed that. Gonna have to sand blast them and re-paint them. It was a ton of work and not near as easy as Roy Rector made it look!

I need to figure out a way to hold the rim while doing this. Anyone have any good ideas?
 
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