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Old 10-06-2012, 08:49 AM
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Wider tires on front of eXmark Lazer?

I have the LAS28KA524 Lazer Z which has a 52" deck and the slimmer tires on the front. I'd like to switch to the wider tires they put on the 72" deck mowers. Has anyone switch to the wider front wheel/tires on a model like this that has the slimmer tires from the factory? Is the caster going to be too narrow to fit the wider wheel in there? There's about 6 1/4" of clearance. Would I have to buy the wider casters too? I think I would have to, but I'm curious if anyone has done this. The entire assembly (caster, wheel/tire, axle bolt, etc) is about $140 per, if I have to buy the whole thing. I don't absolutely need to do this, but I would like to (helps make less tracks/sinks less when the ground is wet from spring rain).

This is what the old one looks like now. Both the 52" and 60" deck models have this slimmer wheel. This is on the previous generation Lazer, not the current/new models.
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Old 10-06-2012, 08:58 AM
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I would go with the entire spindle/caster assembly if the spindle size is the same.... may cost more, but less headache overall.
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Old 10-06-2012, 11:08 AM
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I pretty sure you have to change the spindle or forks whatever you call them . I think the biggest available is the 13x6.50x6 tires.. You can find everything you need wright on Ebay and save yourself some money vs going to the dealer..
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Old 10-06-2012, 01:26 PM
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You can put a taller tire on it too. That will decrease the weight on any one spot and provide a slightly better ride. My Dixie has 15-6.00X6 tires on it. You can also see if weight can be moved rearward. I moved and removed a significant amount of weight from my Dixie and it has a very nice balance, front to rear and side to side now.

Take a look at where parts are mounted and what steel parts can be replaced with aluminum. I removed the stainless steel floor pan and replaced it with a piece of 1/8" aluminum diamond plate and knocked about 60 pounds off of the front of my Dixie.
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Old 10-06-2012, 04:09 PM
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Take a look at where parts are mounted and what steel parts can be replaced with aluminum. I removed the stainless steel floor pan and replaced it with a piece of 1/8" aluminum diamond plate and knocked about 60 pounds off of the front of my Dixie.
You're talking pieces off and going for light weight and we are adding weight and ballast like crazy trying to keep ours on the ground.

We have one dedicated "slope" ztr that has fluid filled rears with Carlisle All Trails and about 150lbs of weight added to the front.

Just goes to show...
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Old 10-06-2012, 06:07 PM
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You're talking pieces off and going for light weight and we are adding weight and ballast like crazy trying to keep ours on the ground.

We have one dedicated "slope" ztr that has fluid filled rears with Carlisle All Trails and about 150lbs of weight added to the front.

Just goes to show...
Yeah, she is a wee bit nimbler now.

I don't remember the exact numbers now but it's like 175 each on the fronts and 325 each on the rears. The balance is nearly perfect.
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Old 10-07-2012, 07:29 AM
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Thanks everyone...
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Old 10-07-2012, 07:55 AM
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Yeah, she is a wee bit nimbler now.

I don't remember the exact numbers now but it's like 175 each on the fronts and 325 each on the rears. The balance is nearly perfect.
I take it that's without you on it?
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Old 10-07-2012, 01:47 PM
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I take it that's without you on it?
Yea, I add another 150.
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Old 10-07-2012, 04:08 PM
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Thanks everyone...
You know after looking around this weekend and telling you to check EBay out, I'd get where you were going to buy from... 140 per side for everything looks good..
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