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    Rear wheel spacers

    trying to find a old thread about someone who installed rear wheel spacers on their jd 2520 mcut-who mowed with a 62D deck.

    wondering how wide of a spacer can i install till rear tire will hit the deck wheel?

    if i had R-3 tires-how wide of a spacer could i use then?

    got r-4s now--but they are getting old--might go back to the r-3's for new onesundecided for now.

    don't know if i will ever mow with the tractor or not, but if i decided to sell it-(tractor) i want to be able to tell new owner he could mow with the spacers on it-

    going for the bora aluminum ones at motor sports--putting my jd steel ones on the front too. i should of done this many yrs ago. why till now i have no answer.

    been looking now for several hrs of reading old threads--but no where can i find what size width anyone installed with a 62d deck.

    Pcabe had a wonderful write up about his rear spacers.......but he had a 72 inch deck.

    so anyone out there who installed rear spacers with a 62D deck -please let me know what width u used -thanks
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    Iím in the same situation. I have a 62D deck and wheel spacers up front and rear. Iíve just never drove the tractor over deck to see if it will work. I think I have 2Ē spacers installed on my 2520.
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    Homemade 3pt suitcase weight hitch
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    (4) 2" Motorsports Wheel Spacers
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    Quote Originally Posted by raco232 View Post
    Iím in the same situation. I have a 62D deck and wheel spacers up front and rear. Iíve just never drove the tractor over deck to see if it will work. I think I have 2Ē spacers installed on my 2520.
    jeepers-i never thought about that fact----so how do u get ur deck out from under ur tractor-if u can't drive over it then?

    man handled it out?

    i know yrs ago i had read a post or two about having front spacers on and how they was able to still drive over the deck ok.

    but where that post or thread is at now
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    2006 2520 mcut, 2004 x475, 1953 model 50, 1985 318-was my Dad's,
    king kutter tiller-60", frontier-stone rake, jd-4ft brush hog, frontier-6ft back-blade, frontier-forks, 48 inch forks,
    2-54inch jd snow plows, jd-5ft-pull brush hog,

    2018 835R gas model gator-"aka" the Cadillac i say!! 6ft jd snow plow-which already has a dtac out on it. i got just about everything on it i could at the time

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    Call Lenny at motorsporttech. He can tell you what fits and he guarantees them. If they donít fit he will swap you out. I was concerned if 2inch spacers would fit on my 2025R with the 60 inch deck. He assured me they would and if not he would take them back and send narrower ones. Itís great company to deal with and you always talk to the owner when you call.


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    Don't bother with putting the spacers on the front wheels. They may make the tractor ride a small percentage smoother since the wheel is farther from the center axle pivot point but it drastically increases the load on the front wheel bearings. Just think of how you use a crowbar to move a heavy rock. The farther you are from the pry point (the outside bearing) the more leverage you have, (the greater the load on the bearings).
    As far as stability, The rear wheels determine the stability up until the front axle pivots far enough to reach it's stop. That is another reason that rear ballast is so important. If still in doubt, take a toy tractor with a pivoting front axle and experiment with it. That will make it easier to understand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigJim55 View Post
    jeepers-i never thought about that fact----so how do u get ur deck out from under ur tractor-if u can't drive over it then?

    man handled it out?

    i know yrs ago i had read a post or two about having front spacers on and how they was able to still drive over the deck ok.

    but where that post or thread is at now

    Jim,

    i have yet yet to even try to install the deck yet. I bought the deck new last year, for a price I could not pass up on. Iíve never even drove the front wheels up to it yet. So, I donít know if it will fit or not. When the day comes to install the deck and if I need to remove the front wheel spacers, I will. But until then, Iím going to leave them on. Iíll go ahead and wear out my front end prematurely, as others keep saying. I donít believe it will, but time will tell. I have a ztr to mow with and when that thing quits, Iíll install the 62D deck and mow with it.

    Anyway, I love the looks of the wider stance of the font end with the spacers. In my opinion, 2Ē wider on each side is not going to make any difference on hurting the front end. Iím not going to argue/debate it at all. My tractor, my rules.

    Im going to keep following for further updates on this.
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    200CX Loader, 49" bucket
    Imatch quick hitch
    King Kutter 60" tiller
    Howse 60" Box blade
    Howse 16" Single bottom plow
    Dirt Dog 5 Shank Chisel Plow (60")
    Homemade 3pt suitcase weight hitch
    Homemade 3pt 1 row disc hiller
    Homemade (6) shank toothbar
    (4) 2" Motorsports Wheel Spacers
    (7) 70lb suitcase weights
    Ken's bolt on hooks
    Titan 42" pallet forks

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    Jim,

    I measured my wheel spacers and and I do have the 2Ē spacers. The front tires will ride along the edge of the ramps of the deck and maybe a little on the lip of the ramp. As far as rear wheels hitting the wheels on the rear of the deck, it looks like it will work. It will be close, really too close to give a positive answer one way or another. Iíd say there is going to be about an inch of clearance between the tractors rear tire and the decks rear wheel/bracket. This is the best answer I can give you right now, without having to actually getting the deck out and actually driving over it. Iíd say if the deck doesnít sway around, it should work.
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    2012 JD2520 R4's.
    200CX Loader, 49" bucket
    Imatch quick hitch
    King Kutter 60" tiller
    Howse 60" Box blade
    Howse 16" Single bottom plow
    Dirt Dog 5 Shank Chisel Plow (60")
    Homemade 3pt suitcase weight hitch
    Homemade 3pt 1 row disc hiller
    Homemade (6) shank toothbar
    (4) 2" Motorsports Wheel Spacers
    (7) 70lb suitcase weights
    Ken's bolt on hooks
    Titan 42" pallet forks

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    Quote Originally Posted by raco232 View Post
    Jim,

    I measured my wheel spacers and and I do have the 2Ē spacers. The front tires will ride along the edge of the ramps of the deck and maybe a little on the lip of the ramp. As far as rear wheels hitting the wheels on the rear of the deck, it looks like it will work. It will be close, really too close to give a positive answer one way or another. Iíd say there is going to be about an inch of clearance between the tractors rear tire and the decks rear wheel/bracket. This is the best answer I can give you right now, without having to actually getting the deck out and actually driving over it. Iíd say if the deck doesnít sway around, it should work.
    ok -thanks a bunch and i see u have r-4s on too. so i should be good to go--again many thanks. tomorrow i will call lenny and place my order for the rear ones.
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    king kutter tiller-60", frontier-stone rake, jd-4ft brush hog, frontier-6ft back-blade, frontier-forks, 48 inch forks,
    2-54inch jd snow plows, jd-5ft-pull brush hog,

    2018 835R gas model gator-"aka" the Cadillac i say!! 6ft jd snow plow-which already has a dtac out on it. i got just about everything on it i could at the time

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    well i finally had the spacers installed on Saturday-well my oldest son did it--he done the heavy stuff-like torquing the lug nuts and stuff.

    yesterday was the first i had it outside and used it some. front wheels i so enjoy-looking at the extra room between the inside of rim to the axle hub. lots of room now. i only had them since 2015 laying in the basement. yeah i don't get too excited huh.

    we left the rear tires turned to the wider width. after riding it a bit--i thought it rode a whole lot more rougherwhy it would -puzzles me. kinda wish now i would of turned the tires back to the factory narrow way. going to wait on that till i try it out on my other aunt's steep hill i keep trimmed for her.

    anybody else add rear spacers think their tractor rode rougher afterwards?
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    2006 2520 mcut, 2004 x475, 1953 model 50, 1985 318-was my Dad's,
    king kutter tiller-60", frontier-stone rake, jd-4ft brush hog, frontier-6ft back-blade, frontier-forks, 48 inch forks,
    2-54inch jd snow plows, jd-5ft-pull brush hog,

    2018 835R gas model gator-"aka" the Cadillac i say!! 6ft jd snow plow-which already has a dtac out on it. i got just about everything on it i could at the time

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigJim55 View Post
    trying to find a old thread about someone who installed rear wheel spacers on their jd 2520 mcut-who mowed with a 62D deck.

    wondering how wide of a spacer can i install till rear tire will hit the deck wheel?

    if i had R-3 tires-how wide of a spacer could i use then?

    got r-4s now--but they are getting old--might go back to the r-3's for new onesundecided for now.
    Quote Originally Posted by BigJim55 View Post
    well i finally had the spacers installed on Saturday-well my oldest son did it--he done the heavy stuff-like torquing the lug nuts and stuff.

    we left the rear tires turned to the wider width. after riding it a bit--i thought it rode a whole lot more rougherwhy it would -puzzles me. kinda wish now i would of turned the tires back to the factory narrow way. going to wait on that till i try it out on my other aunt's steep hill i keep trimmed for her.
    Questions:
    1-Are you installing the spacers for added stability on hillsides, or to give a bit more clearance to the 3-point lift arms, or why?
    2-If you change your tires from R4's what wheels will you use? I looked for different tire styles, but the only ones I have found for the 17.5" diameter wheel are R4's
    3- How much width does it add when you "flip" the rear wheels from standard to wide? Mine are on the wide setting and have been since I got my tractor, I haven't measured to see how much offset is in the web of the wheel.
    4- Do you notice any change in how the tractor steers with the front spacers? Is there more scrub when turning in 4WD?
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