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#1 GrantC OFFLINE  

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Posted July 24, 2016 - 07:33 PM

Will the standard Bolens front wheels, which look to be the same on my 1220, G12, and H16, take tires as narrow as 4.8-8?

 

At the moment they all have 6.5-8, but both the G12 and H16 will need new tires once I get them running. (I've always liked the narrower front tires that the Simplicitys of the '60s wore.)

 

 



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Posted July 24, 2016 - 10:39 PM

Most tires are what they're designed for, please, see the manual section!

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Edited by stiemmy, July 24, 2016 - 10:43 PM.

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Posted July 25, 2016 - 07:00 AM

I think your rim is going to be to wide for those narrow tires.  Your talking about a wheel borrow tire on a GT.   Best to stay with what the machine was designed to have, unless you want to change rims and all to get some looks.


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Posted July 25, 2016 - 04:24 PM

I would suggest finding a suitable replacement rim if you want to narrow it up that much.



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Posted July 26, 2016 - 05:07 AM

How about a set of tri-rib tires?

 

They will give the appearance of being narrower than they are.


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Posted July 26, 2016 - 11:25 AM

How about a set of tri-rib tires?

 

They will give the appearance of being narrower than they are.

 

Not a bad idea.

I was a little unclear in my original query, because there is a functional reason I want those narrow knobby tires: their square shoulders have better resistance to side slippage. The wider, rounder ones are better for lawns but I don't care about that; I want them more resistant to slippage when turning on soft ground. The tri-rib would be a good solution — thanks for the suggestion!


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Posted July 30, 2016 - 10:15 AM

How about a set of tri-rib tires?

 

They will give the appearance of being narrower than they are.

 

YIKES! Boy, are those things expensive!

Anyone know if there are tri-ribs in 6.50-8 that don't cost $90 each??



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Posted July 30, 2016 - 12:42 PM

I think Firestone is the only ones making the tri rib in a 16x6.50-8. Look into going V61's. Sold by Miller tire. I have them on my 420 and want to put a set on all my machines. Love them. They have 5 deep ribs on a wider tire that give little to no slippage

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