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In planning for winter already, I've been looking at wheel weights for the x540. For the old LX188, I had the plastic concrete version that worked pretty well, but the trapped moisture caused rust on the rims over time.

From what I can tell, they have iron and plastic versions that'll work with the x500 series, and I wonder if one or the other is better at avoiding this?
 

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I just filled mine with rim guard and put 2 link chains on it. Goes like a tank now but then I am a pretty big guy too so I add serious ballast too.:fing32:
 

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I tried those terra grips and suitcase weights they worked well but im gonna add one more weight.

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I have the 50lb plastic filled ones and they work ok... To do again I'd suck it up for the cast iron ones because the plastic ones are hard to handle sometimes (hard to grab because they're thick). Not sure which one is better to prevent the rust issue, I guess just keep the wheels clean and waxed (I do).
 

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I use the 50lb cast weights on my X500 and the plastic ones on my 345. I like them both. I removed the plastic weights from a 335 where the PO had them on for a number of years... I didn't notice any rust (trapped dead grass and plenty of dirt, yes) plus the price was right at $50 for the pair. Expect to pay a premium for the cast weights. :fing32:
 

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I have the cast, I also lined them with duct tape so they wouldn't be to abrasive on the rims. Yea I know a little over board.

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I use the 50lb cast weights on my X500 and the plastic ones on my 345. I like them both. I removed the plastic weights from a 335 where the PO had them on for a number of years... I didn't notice any rust (trapped dead grass and plenty of dirt, yes) plus the price was right at $50 for the pair. Expect to pay a premium for the cast weights. :fing32:
It that just a optical illusion? Is the 345 really larger looking then the X500?
 

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Illusion. They are about the same height, that's it.

X500
Weight (operating): 647 lbs [293 kg] (tractor only)
Wheelbase: 51.2 inches [130 cm]
Length: 79 inches [200 cm]
Width: 41 inches [104 cm]
Height: 43 inches [109 cm]
2WD turn radius: 1.83 feet [0.6 m]

345

Weight (shipping): 699 lbs [317 kg] (tractor only)
Wheelbase: 47.9 inches [121 cm]
Length:72.25 inches [183 cm]
Height: 43.6 inches [110 cm]
2WD turn radius: 2.1 feet [0.6 m]
 

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I got some yellow craft foam that came in sheets form Hobby Lobby that I cut out a little bigger than the cast weight and they acted like a cusion between the weight and wheel.
 

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Good for you, mrmagloo! I assume that you got the taillights installed by now. Pictures? I hope you like yours as well as I do mine.

Did you find a set of wheel weights yet? It took me a little while as I recall.

Thanks alot Snake! Yes, I actually got my order yesterday from Jeff!
 

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Yeah, I got them installed and they look great. Very professional job! No pics though, but I'm sure folks will see your linked photos above.

On the weights, I'm searching but no luck so far. I'm thinking if I can't find some decent used ones by fall, I'll first try without, then buy new ones if I have to.
 
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