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Posted May 19, 2012 - 06:40 AM

My forklift is made out of an old Jeep chassis and it has 15 inch wheels with standard car tires on them.
The front wheels are the drive wheels with the steering wheels in the back.
If the grass is wet or the ground is muddy, these front tires will sometimes slip when I don't have a load on the forks.
So I have to slip it into 4-wheel just to move it around.
Also when I'm lifting something really heavy, these tires will flatten out some even with 50 pounds air pressure in them.

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This hasn't been enough of a problem to justify the $200 to $300 cost per tire for implement tires.
This weekend is the spring swapmeet at the local tractor show grounds and the guy right next to me set these 4-tires and wheels out for sale.

They are 15 inch with a load range-R rating.
I bought them for $150 for the set of 4.
Tomorrow I'll get them switched over to my Jeep rims and mount them up on the fork lift.

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Posted May 19, 2012 - 06:43 AM

That should solve the problem. Thats a fantastic deal. They look new!! I imagine they are at least 150 each to buy new.
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Posted May 19, 2012 - 06:47 AM

Heck of a deal, and it'll look good too. Most importantly they should do a great job for you.
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Posted May 19, 2012 - 07:00 AM

Ray, the tires look great, but I have a concern. The TIRES may be for heavy load application, but those jeep rims aren't. They were designed for a vehicle much lighter than that. You may be alright if everything is plumb/level/square, but at least consider it as a weak point. (same for the axels, bearings, etc... But they were originally overbuilt.)

Let's assume your old jeep to weigh in at 4000 lbs. That rig is substantial heavier empty. Now add your heaviest load, the fact that these rims may be transplants from a car, and factor in some age stress + uneven ground and you get to start a new thread with some very interesting pictures.

They may be perfectly fine, but look it over. Safety first & all that.
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Posted May 19, 2012 - 10:11 AM

Those tires look great Ray! I also have a concern though. Are the new tires that you bought heavier than you might expect? They may be foam filled to get that load rating. If they are, you might want to have them removed and installed by a professional as I hear that they are difficult at best to work with. Keep us posted.
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Posted May 19, 2012 - 10:25 AM

Awesome tires there Ray. Why not just built adapters??
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Posted May 19, 2012 - 02:40 PM

Ray, the tires look great, but I have a concern. The TIRES may be for heavy load application, but those jeep rims aren't. They were designed for a vehicle much lighter than that. You may be alright if everything is plumb/level/square, but at least consider it as a weak point. (same for the axels, bearings, etc... But they were originally overbuilt.)

Let's assume your old jeep to weigh in at 4000 lbs. That rig is substantial heavier empty. Now add your heaviest load, the fact that these rims may be transplants from a car, and factor in some age stress + uneven ground and you get to start a new thread with some very interesting pictures.

They may be perfectly fine, but look it over. Safety first & all that.

That was taken into consideration way back 30 years ago when I built this.
The axle under the lift boom is supported right out at the outer axle bearings ( Not at the spring perches ).
The axle shafs themselves are the aftermarket heavy duity replacement axles.

The old Jeep wheels are actually about .05 thicker that these wheels that these tires are currently mounted on.
I still can't lift any more than I could before.
All I'm doing is getting better traction and more stable support and making sure that the tires don't blow out because of the weight that I do lift ( I have already had 2-tires blow out over the years )


Those tires look great Ray! I also have a concern though. Are the new tires that you bought heavier than you might expect? They may be foam filled to get that load rating. If they are, you might want to have them removed and installed by a professional as I hear that they are difficult at best to work with. Keep us posted.

They are not foam filled, they have a tube in them.
Surprisingly, the air pressure is listed at only 35 pounds on these tires.
That's a lot less than what I'm currently holding in the tires that are on it.

However I may have to have them switched by a tire place anyway.
My tire changer is a hand operated unit and if the sidewalls are too stiff, I may not be able to change them.

Awesome tires there Ray. Why not just built adapters??


That would take a lot more time and money than just switching wheels.


Here is a photo of the wheels that they are on.
They sure don't look like anything special.
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Edited by jdcrawler, May 19, 2012 - 02:44 PM.

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Posted May 19, 2012 - 02:51 PM

Ray, Those look just like our Bobcat tires and they run 60 Psi. in them. You don't even want to try to break them down, my tire shop hates to see these come in his shop because they are so hard to change even with the right tire changers..
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Posted May 19, 2012 - 02:56 PM

Ray, Those look just like our Bobcat tires and they run 60 Psi. in them. You don't even want to try to break them down, my tire shop hates to see these come in his shop because they are so hard to change even with the right tire changers..

I just checked these and they were holding 55 to 60 pounds air pressure.
I think you are right on changing them.
I let the air all out and I still can't push in any on the sidewall.

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Posted May 19, 2012 - 03:03 PM

That is a heck of a deal on those tires. :thumbs: I just bought one for our Bobcat and it was $176.00 mounted. Watch out for the Sheriff's Dept., because you stole those. :bigrofl: :bigrofl:
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Posted May 19, 2012 - 03:24 PM

Ray, before you switch them is the bolt pattern the same or can it be redrilled between the existing pattern??
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Posted May 19, 2012 - 03:38 PM

Nice buy. Had to make you feel good about that deal. Hope all turns out good for you.
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Posted May 19, 2012 - 08:20 PM

Ray, the tires look great, but I have a concern. The TIRES may be for heavy load application, but those jeep rims aren't. They were designed for a vehicle much lighter than that. You may be alright if everything is plumb/level/square, but at least consider it as a weak point. (same for the axels, bearings, etc... But they were originally overbuilt.)

Let's assume your old jeep to weigh in at 4000 lbs. That rig is substantial heavier empty. Now add your heaviest load, the fact that these rims may be transplants from a car, and factor in some age stress + uneven ground and you get to start a new thread with some very interesting pictures.

They may be perfectly fine, but look it over. Safety first & all that.





Ray, you may, or may not know it, but Alan completed his fork lift operator safety course this week.




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Edited by IamSherwood, May 19, 2012 - 08:22 PM.

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Posted May 19, 2012 - 10:25 PM

Ray, before you switch them is the bolt pattern the same or can it be redrilled between the existing pattern??

The bolt pattern on the forklift is a lot larger than what these wheels are.
Also the center opening is about 2 inch larger diameter on the forklift.

All things considered, it is going to be best to just put these tires on my wheels.

Edited by jdcrawler, May 19, 2012 - 10:27 PM.


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Posted May 19, 2012 - 10:40 PM

You probably have a 5 on 5.5" bolt pattern with a 4 inch center hole, don't ya. You could get the split type military jeep rims so you can change them yourself LOL. Of course with that much stiffness and tread they will probably last you a couple lifetimes. Good luck getting them all switched over.
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