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#1 Misterbear OFFLINE  

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Posted January 03, 2012 - 05:37 PM

Hi Guys,
I bought chains for my tractor yesterday and put one on. Man-what a difference! Almost like 4 wheel drive! However I have a concern about the clearance between the inside of wheel chain and the steering arm. There is less than a half inch clearance. Has anyone used chains on this same tractor? I just don't want to mess anything up. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks, MR B:confuse:IMG_5962.jpg [/ATTACH]

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Posted January 03, 2012 - 05:58 PM

That would make me very nervous as well. Is it possible to swap the tires from side to side on the AWS. If that is the case and you have them in the narrow position now, then you could gain some space by swapping them. The only thing I can suggest is to make sure you have them on tight and use strong tensioners to keep any slack out of them. A set of wheel spacers would give you piece of mind as well if you are able to use them on the AWS without causing clearance issues. You might want to contact a JD dealer to see what advice they can give you.
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Posted January 03, 2012 - 07:22 PM

Thanks for the suggestions! The spacers would be a good possibility.

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Posted January 03, 2012 - 09:29 PM

Yes, that looks too close for comfort. But from what I've reaserched, and experienced, you shouldn't have chains on front and back.
(I'm assuming you have them on the back.) Haveing chains on all 4 corners is really hard on the drive train. Something has to slip/give.

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Posted January 04, 2012 - 11:51 AM

I also have a all wheel steer 455 and was wondering about the chains too. I remembering reading someone had problems keeping them on because of the rear wheels steering .

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Posted January 04, 2012 - 04:22 PM

I'm thinking that they may not be recommended for the AWS version of that tractor but I don't have the manual to check. If Don or anyone else has an operators manual for the 455 AWS could you have a look and see if there is any mention of using chains.

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Posted January 04, 2012 - 04:49 PM

As Brian suggested flipping the wheels or spacers are in order.

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Posted January 04, 2012 - 06:10 PM

Spacers for the rear rims, available at JD, are part # BM22725. I believe the cost is around $140 for a kit.
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Posted January 04, 2012 - 07:28 PM

Cat, thank you very much! I looked on Ebay and nothing there, looks like I'll need to get from dealer. Thanks again!!

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Posted January 04, 2012 - 07:53 PM

If you run it with those on before you get the spacers, make sure you have good tension on the chains. Letting the air out of the tire, then tightening the chains and putting the air back in will help. Also, have enough tension on the outside of the wheel that if something let's go, the chain will work out, not in.
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Posted January 04, 2012 - 07:56 PM

Cat, thank you very much! I looked on Ebay and nothing there, looks like I'll need to get from dealer. Thanks again!!


Before you buy any spacers please check to make sure you will have adequate clearance with the wheels moved out. It may be an issue if you have the deck on or even with fender clearance, so do a visual check to make sure you have plenty of room on the outside. If the wheels can be changed to give you more clearance then that would be the easiest and cheapest way to go.
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Posted January 04, 2012 - 09:01 PM

As JDBrian mentioned, fender clearance can be an issue if you are not running the stock tire size. 23x10.5x12.

Also, if you have the 54" deck, your left tire will rub against the left anti-scalp wheel bracket on a hard right turn. This can solved by flipping the bracket around to the outside. I am unaware if there is an issue with the 48 or 60 deck.

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Posted January 07, 2012 - 04:33 PM

I'm making some progress, went to my local JD dealer and they had to order the spacers. It will take a week. I have the tractor all set and waiting for the install. I added some pictures, on one you can see where the inside of chain was hitting the rear steering arm. For the chain tensioners I'm using a combination of turnbuckels and black bungie cord. Don't have any snow forecasted for the next week so I should be all set for the next snow plowing session!:sleep:
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Posted January 14, 2012 - 01:16 AM

Okay, got the new spacers installed, added a few pictures, it adds an inch to the clearance between steering arm and chains. Now I've got 9 inches of snow to clean up, getting that west michigan lake effect!

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Posted January 14, 2012 - 08:28 AM

I know you are fixed up now but don't those wheels have a pin or something that does not allow them to be reversed?




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