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#1 glgrumpy ONLINE  

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Posted April 03, 2017 - 05:20 PM

Bought a 16 x 650 x 8 tire today. Carlisle.  One on other side is Carlisle, but a tread no longer made or something. Could pick two kinds from them, one was 2 ply other 4 ply. SO, being this is big tractor, went 4 ply.  I replaced one on tractor because it was a chinese brand and smaller OD than the Carlisle. SO, now get it home and IT also IS smaller, almost same size as what I replaced!  SO, now in future if this thing gets going might be buying a match I didn't want to do in first place. Then the rear I had was also a tread no longer made, and they were out of expensive one I wanted, so went with the cheaper one, just so I could get this thing to push around. Turf-track, Turf-Saver, whatever the names, have diff treads. Think I got the Saver one, have to look. The orig was splitting, they would not tube, think it was flat long time and wheel just setting down on the ground and squishing it a long time.  Anyway, getting to be harder to find tires, have to really look around, many different types now days I guess.


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Posted April 03, 2017 - 07:05 PM

I hate tire shopping. I also hate the look of most new read designs when trying to find tires for the old garden tractors that I'm restoring. Your right about the sizes, they are all screwy, and mostly smaller than what they should be. At least some vintage style tires are available, but not in all of the common sizes. The prices are high on them, too.
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Posted April 03, 2017 - 08:37 PM

I also hate the look of most new read designs when trying to find tires for the old garden tractors that I'm restoring.

 

I have the same concern about my Speedex.  It's got an 8-16 traditional chevron Firestone tire.  They are in very good shape but I have looked at replacements and can't find anything with the traditional look.  I suspect the new treads give better traction but they will never look right on the tractor.

 

I'm somewhat tempted to get some modern tires and save these for the future.  They'd probably just dry rot on me though.....


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Posted April 03, 2017 - 09:01 PM

The closest thing that you will find for your Speedex would be the Good Year Sure Grip tires from Miller tire. They have them in 7.50-16 which is very close in size to an 8-16. They are not cheap at 220.00 a pop, though. I did pick up a pair to use on my Mighty Mite tractor, since they look like tires from that era. I'll eventually mount them on the rims when I get back to that restoration. If you do decide to keep your Speedex tires off to the side, you should keep them aired up on rims. Seal them in a large plastic bag and keep them away from heat and sun. Armourall, dish soap, etc. Are not good for your tires and will cause dry rot. The rubber does not like heat, sun, or chemicals.I have found some nice NOS tires in great shape for some of my projects. They must have been stored in cool dark places to have lasted this long. Regarding new tires, I'm happy with the Carlisle Farm Specialist tires that I put on my Economy tractor. They are very heavy and dig in very well. If you are looking for a tough aggressive tire, these are the ones to get.
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