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    1026r tire question 18x8.5x10 r4

    So i managed to run over a groundhog hole while mowing. I now have a bubble in one of my front tires (which is practically new). I do alot of heavy lifting w/ FEL. I found a skidsteer tire for $65 that is an 8ply construction tire vs. the standard 4ply that comes with the tractor. BKT Skid Power HD Skid Steer Tire 18x8.50-10 (8 Ply) (TL) Is there any downside to using an 8ply tire? can i still run it with lower air pressure when mowing?

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    More plys = stiffer sidewalls. Generally speaking, you get a tire with more weight capacity but you also get all of the bumps transferring through to the equipment too. The sidewalls just don't flex as much to absorb any of the bumps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ccundiff12 View Post
    So i managed to run over a groundhog hole while mowing. I now have a bubble in one of my front tires (which is practically new). I do alot of heavy lifting w/ FEL. I found a skidsteer tire for $65 that is an 8ply construction tire vs. the standard 4ply that comes with the tractor. BKT Skid Power HD Skid Steer Tire 18x8.50-10 (8 Ply) (TL) Is there any downside to using an 8ply tire? can i still run it with lower air pressure when mowing?
    My guess is that if the outside diameter is the same when filled with air then it should work. I would also put more air in it since it seems that low air pressure has already cost you one tire.


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    Welcome to GTT ccundiff12.
    I would say if you can get an 8 ply to fit, get it.
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    I think I'd be tempted to install the 8 ply tire myself. The loader put incredible stresses on the front tires. Just remember, you're sacrificing any possible good ride quality from the front. Lower tire pressure may help, but you risk popping the bead off the rim.
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    I'd put the 8 ply on, take backhoe if you have one, dig that creature out and have a field day with him. Two problems solved at once and fun to boot!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dieselshadow View Post
    I think I'd be tempted to install the 8 ply tire myself. The loader put incredible stresses on the front tires. Just remember, you're sacrificing any possible good ride quality from the front. Lower tire pressure may help, but you risk popping the bead off the rim.
    I don't know if the ride can be any worse considering the 4 ply tires are running 4 psi above recommended pressure when using the loader
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    Quote Originally Posted by psrumors View Post
    I don't know if the ride can be any worse considering the 4 ply tires are running 4 psi above recommended pressure when using the loader
    I'm referencing when the tractor is being used for other than loader work. An 8 ply tire will be stiff. The front end will tend to bounce if you're mowing grass.
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    one comment to consider. if you only replace one when you have weight in the loader one will buldge more than the other listing the front axle. remember what happened to one our our fellow GTT when he rolled his tractor on grade.

    Consider buying a pair for the front if you go 8ply.

    Just food for thought
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    My brother put one 8ply on his 2720 one or two yrs ago then replaced the other one this spring. Said he couldn't tell any difference between the 8 and 4 ply because of the high air pressure. If I ever need t replace a tire , I guessing I'll buy the 8 ply , if no other reason , the cheaper price compared to the Carlisle tire.
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