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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 4:42 pm    Post subject: Re: tractor pulling tires 15.5 or 16.9. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

No single brand or tread pattern tire will dominate on every tractor on every track. There is experimenting and trial and error involved to see what works. Having said that: there was a big push locally for SAT a few years ago. Now almost NO ONE runs them. Also: SAT II HAS fewer lugs than same size SAT.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:43 am    Post subject: Re: tractor pulling tires 15.5 or 16.9. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Last year I dominated the 7500lb class this year we have a surprise contender a woman on a Farmall Super M. All the boys that know these tractors say she should not be doing as good as she is. If it continues they are going ask her to drive onto the scales like they did me a few times last season. Honestly like you the whole process backing up to the sled when the green flag lifts hit the clutch gently feed the throttle and follow your line. My wife loves it I wish I could have her sitting beside me just one time.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 3:36 am    Post subject: Re: tractor pulling tires 15.5 or 16.9. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

My opinion:
Soft track = skinnier tires such as 13.6-38 will prevail over wider tires.
Hard track = big fat tires win 9/10 times.
On soft tracks in lighter classes my Super M gets outpulled by little H's on 11.2's. Talk about annoying.
On the same soft track, when I start putting the weight on and my 15.5's grab its a different game. Soft tracks are common around here.

The above is just one of many variables though.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:48 am    Post subject: Re: tractor pulling tires 15.5 or 16.9. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

No one stays on top very long,other contenders come and go,when in the front of the pack,we have a TARGET on our back. Why does she need to be cheating to win??????????????????
 
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 2:06 pm    Post subject: Re: tractor pulling tires 15.5 or 16.9. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Have you tried moving some weight to the front to hold it down? I have moved enough weight forward so that at the end of pull the front end may see 2 to 4 inches of air.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 2:46 pm    Post subject: Re: tractor pulling tires 15.5 or 16.9. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Don't think I've ever been to a pull where everyone didn't cross the scales after every hook. If you don't check weight what do you check??
 
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 15, 2017 6:36 am    Post subject: Re: tractor pulling tires 15.5 or 16.9. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The scale issue only happens when a someone enters a weight class and starts winning all the time then they are asked to weigh their tractors otherwise it is the honor system. We will have to wait and see what happens next season in the meantime I have plenty of time to explore the tire sizes. Honestly the competition makes pulling fun I'm anxious to see that Farmall back in action and yes I'll be aiming for that bulls eye. Looks like I will be focusing on the 16.9's so far the Firestone F/R seems to be the best choice for the tracks we run on. Now to find a good deal on them.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 15, 2017 8:07 am    Post subject: Re: tractor pulling tires 15.5 or 16.9. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

At our pulls the scales are set up 2 hours before pull so you can get tractor weight set and know what you have to add or take away. You have to go to the scales and weigh when you finish your pull and if you don't your DQed.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:53 am    Post subject: Re: tractor pulling tires 15.5 or 16.9. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

We have scales at most of the tracks plus the club has a mobile scale. I like to weigh just to be sure and I'm always changing things trying to dail in the tractor. Agree it would eliminate any concerns of people playing outside the rules but that is not my decision to make. All we can do if someone starts winning big is suggest the tractor be weighed. No matter how the pules go it is a pure pleasure to participate win or lose. After all the expense of the tractor, trailer and truck to haul it not to mention fuel,wear and tear the reward is a small trophy or ribbon.I do it because of farming back ground, hanging with all the other pullers and how good it feels when pulling up to the sled.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 23, 2017 6:48 am    Post subject: Re: tractor pulling tires 15.5 or 16.9. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I took the plunge and purchased a pair of 16.9 Firestone F/R with 16" rims. These tires should not hurt gearing too bad and the extra width adds up to a little more bite once I get the tire pressure dialed in. Weight placement is always fun staying on top of. Ive set the tractor up now so I can run in two different classes 7000 & 7500 lb.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 6:28 am    Post subject: Re: tractor pulling tires 15.5 or 16.9. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

CVPost-mdross wrote:
(quoted from post at 12:48:42 12/23/17) I took the plunge and purchased a pair of 16.9 Firestone F/R with 16" rims. These tires should not hurt gearing too bad and the extra width adds up to a little more bite once I get the tire pressure dialed in. Weight placement is always fun staying on top of. Ive set the tractor up now so I can run in two different classes 7000 & 7500 lb.


I have a set of Michelin BibAgri (from overseas) in 16.9-38 on 16" rims. I can't wait to try them over the 45 degree 14.9 Firestones on it now!
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 6:39 am    Post subject: Re: tractor pulling tires 15.5 or 16.9. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

massey1080 wrote:
(quoted from post at 12:28:29 01/08/1Cool
CVPost-mdross wrote:
(quoted from post at 12:48:42 12/23/17) I took the plunge and purchased a pair of 16.9 Firestone F/R with 16" rims. These tires should not hurt gearing too bad and the extra width adds up to a little more bite once I get the tire pressure dialed in. Weight placement is always fun staying on top of. Ive set the tractor up now so I can run in two different classes 7000 & 7500 lb.


I have a set of Michelin BIBAGRIP (from overseas) in 16.9-38 on 16" rims. I can't wait to try them over the 45 degree 14.9 Firestones on it now!

 
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 3:06 pm    Post subject: Re: tractor pulling tires 15.5 or 16.9. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Depending on the rules of your pull you may not be allowed that size tire. The pull I work only allows one size up and on that it could be either 15.5 or 14.9 as orignal size was 13.6. And no widened rims.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 3:44 am    Post subject: Re: tractor pulling tires 15.5 or 16.9. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

We can run up to 18.4 tires in our club. Several tractors are running with 16.9's now.
 
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