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Hi,

Somehow a piece of jagged wire stuck through the sidewall of my right rear tire of my Fastrack. I have no idea how this could have happened as I don't have any trash or stuff in my lawn (so I thought) nor do I mow up close to anything with the right side (discharge) of my mower. Anyway, the sealant inside the tire seems to have worked so far (the tire is about 1/2 flat/full) however the hole is in the side wall (not tread) and I'm afraid I may have to buy a new tire.

My question is this: on the offchance that this can be repaired, are there any special precautions that I need to take into consideration where the factory sealant in the tire is concerned? Can I take the tire to a regular tire repair center or does the dealer have to look at it?

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Greg
 

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Your tire may be able to be patched and then have a tube put in if needed also.
You can have your dealer do this for you, or you may take it to any tire repair center that will work on lawn and garden/agriculture equipment tires.
The repair center will need to know that there is sealant in there, all you need to do is tell them.

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And when you need new tires, you may want to upgrade from the 18" diameter tires, to 20" tires with the rim same. I've done this to my "Timecutter" which is Toro's version of a fastrack, and the ride and tractability is greatly improved. The ride is smoother and gives a better cut.
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mowerconsultant,

When I take the tire to a repair shop is there a way to go about putting the sealant in the tire like it was done at the factory? Do I need special sealant or can I use the WalMart stuff? How much of it would I need to add? There must a fair amount of it in the factory tire as it automatically sealed off the leak at mid-level in the side wall. I want it as close to factory as practical.

I appreciate your help.

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Originally posted by jdnixboe
Mowerconsultant: What is your take on upgrading the Fastrak tires from 18" to 20"? I've considered doing that myself, but don't want to affect the level of the cut? Thanks
They done the exact same upgrade with their SWB's. All you need to do is lower the reat deck pins to make up the increase in tire width.......... Try it, maybe Hustler will follow "your" lead and start putting the SWB rear combo on their Fastracks. One thing is for sure, they'd reduce their need to carry two types of tires and rims, which is more money in their pocket. Furthermore, they'd have a jump on the rest of the "homeowner Z" competition...........
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I am a person that believes in using the mower as designed....
That being said, I understand your desire to have a larger tire for better ride quality and traction......
I am sure it can be done, and you will have to re-adjust your deck when it is all said and done...
As far as the affects it may or may not have on your mowers drive system....that is where you may or may not have issues, I will forward this post to our engineering team that designed the FasTrak, and see what they have to say about it....and I will post back any thoughts or opinions they have on this subject.

I hate to sound like I am dancing around your question...but I am not sure that changing the tire size will affect your machines handling characteristics and drive system.

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Originally posted by mowerconsultant
Pete,
Totally different machine and drive system...

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As I mentioned, the toro time cutter has the same IZT pump/motor combo as the fasttrack, in fact the fastrack's IZT's are a bit better, and I've already make the change on the toro and it's much better.
 
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