Foam filling small tires

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by Mjh Excavating, Sep 1, 2008.

  1. Mjh Excavating

    Mjh Excavating LawnSite Member
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    Looking to fill the small tires on the front of my harley rake with foam. Any reccomendations besides "great stuff".
     
  2. seabee1

    seabee1 LawnSite Member
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    most larger ag tire shops can foam fill the tires for a permanent fix
     
  3. Mjh Excavating

    Mjh Excavating LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for the reply, I have a few places around that will do it. I was looking to do it myself. I have the rake apart doing some repair/maintenance work on it. The going rate seems to be about $65 a tire, thought I could do it myself cheaper.
     
  4. Dirt Digger2

    Dirt Digger2 LawnSite Silver Member
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    you could also Tire Slime them....i have heard that works very well too

    on our front backhoe tires we have a soft rubber type liner in them that seals up any small punctures in the tread area
     
  5. Mjh Excavating

    Mjh Excavating LawnSite Member
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    I thought about sliming them, but the major problem I have is not with punctures, I seem to have a constant problem with material getting in the bead, getting a slow leak and ultimately flat tires. You think slime would help ?
     
  6. Dirt Digger2

    Dirt Digger2 LawnSite Silver Member
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    put a thick coat of bead sealer on them between the rims and the bead and it should keep that from happening ...its very possible that dirt is getting in there in the first place because the tires are under inflated too
     
  7. mrsops

    mrsops LawnSite Silver Member
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    i have slimed all my air tires on my bobcats the stuff works very well. But its not the same as having them foam filled
     
  8. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
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    I think foam filling your tires would help with your problem, but I think there are easier methods. I'm not sure I would favor foam filled tires on a Harley rake, I would like those tires to have a little give to them while grading. I dunno, maybe I'm thinking about it too much, but if the tires are rock hard, even the smallest rock would tilt that rake over while rolling over it. I think a good bead sealer and proper inflation would keep material from breaking through the bead on your tires.
     
  9. Mjh Excavating

    Mjh Excavating LawnSite Member
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    Thanks guys for the replys, it is nice to get some different opinions on this matter. I've tried the bead sealer and for the most part the inflation is usually correct. It is not beyond me to kick out "very large" rocks with this unit (used to fullest potential :nono:) and tires have been knocked down because of this also. Just looking for a permanent , no downtime, fix.
     
  10. Dirt Digger2

    Dirt Digger2 LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
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    i dont know what size tires you run on those things (i have never used one) but what about one of those solid flap style tires like you would find on the back of a rotary mower?

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