Would i have to change rims if i chose these wider tires?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by GreenGiant94, Jan 28, 2012.

  1. GreenGiant94

    GreenGiant94 LawnSite Senior Member
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    My mower needs new tires. I have 16x6.50-8 on there at the moment. I was wondering if the rim would take a 16x7.50 tire? I dont really want to change the rims but i think it would be great if i could get the wider ones to fit. I figure it would give me better traction and less rutting. thanks
     
  2. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
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    They will fit without a problem. Just make sure the tire isn't going to rub anything once you have it mounted and bolted to the mower. You might have to run less air pressure as well but they will mount up fine on the wheels.
     
  3. ffemt1271

    ffemt1271 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    i was researching about bigger ATV tires, and the rule of thumb on those type of tires is that you can go 1" witer and 1" taller without getting bigger rims.
     
  4. GreenGiant94

    GreenGiant94 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Great!!! thanks for the help guys! Do you think I could tackle changing them since there pretty small? Have you guys ever changed them yourself? Thanks
     
  5. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
    from pa
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    As long as you have the right tools, you shouldn't have any problems changing them. A little soapy water goes a long way.
     
  6. GreenGiant94

    GreenGiant94 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Ok. Any special tools needed? Have a very good selection just not one of them big tire machines that pops the tire on and off the rim.
     
  7. Johnagain

    Johnagain LawnSite Senior Member
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    2 bigger screwdrivers and a 5lb hammer to break the bead.
     
  8. hackitdown

    hackitdown LawnSite Silver Member
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    I replaced 7" tires with 10" tires on a Gravely 34Z. They did fit on the old rims. So it is worth a try.

    I use tire irons and soapy water to swap out tires. Get ready for a battle.
     
  9. GreenGiant94

    GreenGiant94 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Ok great. Thanks guys! Im looking forward to seeing how it works.
     

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