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Hello I recently had my front tires on my 1026R filled with foam was sick of getting flats and not to mention my tractor lives on my water access property so has to be floated there on a barge needless to say its not an easy task. My question is this has added considerable weight to the front tires am I potentially causing damage to my front end, I only filled the fronts wasn't having a problem with flats in the back. Is it ok just to run the fronts filled with foam and the back still with air? Thanks in advance Rick
 

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Shouldn’t hurt a thing. The axle doesn’t suspend that weight as they press right into the ground.

We did have another member who said their dealer told them liquid ballasted front wheels would void the warranty on a different tractor, but I have some serious doubts about that. More like an uninformed dealer/salesperson.

Your front tires even filled doesn’t have that much more weight. I wouldn’t lose sleep over it. :good2:
 

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Shouldn’t hurt a thing. The axle doesn’t suspend that weight as they press right into the ground.

We did have another member who said their dealer told them liquid ballasted front wheels would void the warranty on a different tractor, but I have some serious doubts about that. More like an uninformed dealer/salesperson.

Your front tires even filled doesn’t have that much more weight. I wouldn’t lose sleep over it. :good2:
I was told similar, more of an escape thing for JD if they really "wanted" a reason to get out of a warranty claim.
As far as the rest I agree, the tires are so small they don't actually add enough weight to have anything to worry about.
 

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Do you think the foam filled tires can handle the weight of the engine? Let us know.

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Man, they can handle way more weight than tires with air. :)

I foamed my 1025 and now have foamed all 4 on my 2038r. To me this is the best addition one can make. I live in Texas where everything is a thorn. I think I started a thread on it called “got thorns”. Dealer told me that ballast in the tires was not recommended by Deere. I didn’t care. NO MORE FLATS and no more checking air pressures.


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I had my front right tire to the Ag Dealer twice and finally, I filled it with LiquiTube and it has held the pressure perfectly, ever since. These small sidewall tires seem to have bead leak issues and the low profile tires don't like tubes, they pinch very easily. In fact, when I had it at the Ag Dealer first, I asked him to put a tube in it and they suggested I go without the tube as he said "we have nothing but problems with tubes in these small, low sidewall tires". He thought cleaning up the bead would solve the leak, but it didn't.

LiquiTube Tire Sealant - Home

I added a TPM system and it tracks the tire temp and pressure on all 4 and the front tire with the Liquitube doesn't show any sign of being different than the tires without it.

No question, it sealed the leak and that was the end of messing with it. I was surprised how much of a price difference there was for the product depending upon where it was purchased. I ordered it right from the manufacturer and had it in a couple of days.

Special Thanks to GTT Member TreeFarmer for suggesting this product as it has worked very well on the front tires on my 1025r and other things which I have used it on...............

One other word of advise, before you take your tractor or tractor tire and wheel to your JD Dealer with an issue, check to see if the dealer actually works on AG tires. Many do not and simply send the tires out to the local AG tire dealer. Save yourself some down time and possibly money as well.

Liquitube Product, very large price variations depending upon source.
 

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It’s pretty common to for forklifts to have foam filled tires. So if done right a foam filled tire should be able to handle weight if not more than air filled tire.
 

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There are two disadvantages to foam filling. First, is that the tire is basically turned into a solid. The foam is quite hard and won't give to allow the tire to work as designed to maximize traction and absorb shock when hitting something. Second is if you ever need to replace the tire for some reason, it is almost impossible to cut the tire and the solid foam off the rim.

I get the thorns issue. I think I would try the gel solutions first.
 

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There are two disadvantages to foam filling. First, is that the tire is basically turned into a solid. The foam is quite hard and won't give to allow the tire to work as designed to maximize traction and absorb shock when hitting something. Second is if you ever need to replace the tire for some reason, it is almost impossible to cut the tire and the solid foam off the rim.

I get the thorns issue. I think I would try the gel solutions first.
Man, I think you’re thinking of the first generation foam fills. The newer stuff gives a better ride and in some studies has out performed air.

Still a bit more difficult to remove. But a sawsall will have it off in no time. Shouldn’t need to remove it but once every 10-15 years if that.


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I can’t tell which of the forklifts at work have air or foam in the tires just by the ride. Sure can tell when the air tires get low on air or go flat. My employer foam fills most of the low speed equipment that they own. They rent a lot of equipment. Really don’t notice if that equipment has air or foam filled tire until until a tire goes flat.
 
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