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mounting/installing new garden tractor tires

So a few months ago I purchased some new AG tires for my JD 330 garden tractor . They are 6 ply rated 23 x 10:50 x 12 and I have a spare set of wheels that I painted at the same time so the paint is cured . Temps are cool here in GA. in the 30's/40's . I have never mounted tires before but I have read online and watched a few video's . I have purchased two tire irons .

Today I went down to the basement to look at the tires , tried to flex the sidewalls and they are stiff due to the cold . Should I plow forward and attempt to mount them ? Wait for warmer weather ? Open up wallet and pay tire installer ? Help please
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Old 12-26-2017, 11:31 AM
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I'd go to a local tire shop. Today's tire changing equipment is so good that only in an emergency would I attempt a do it yourself.
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Old 12-26-2017, 11:47 AM
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Open the wallet. If they have stiff sidewalls it will be very difficult. Racing slicks nearly fall on with a bit if lube but I doubt tractor tires will be the same.
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I hate lawn and garden tires, . You will most likely be able to get the tires off on on the rims without too much trouble, but getting the bead to seat is a total pain after that .
You can use the ether method , if you are brave enough. I don't really like to do them , but I always suffer through my own because Im stubborn and hate to pay people to do stuff. Good luck
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have you considered tubes while remounting the tires, makes the bead easier to set
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Lawn tractor tires and ATV tires are a bear to take off and put on. I have tire bars and a tire machine (they don't fit well in my machine) and I'll still bring them to a tire store to have them replaced.
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Little bit of finagling but you use a rope wrapped around the tire lengthwise and with some kind of rod (I use a large screwdriver) tighten the rope like a tourniquet until it accepts air. Then air her up and the bead will set with a nice pop.
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Drop em' off at the local tire place. It's not that expensive, and will save time and frustration. Also- you won't mess up your paint job in the process.

Edit- You don't need a crowbar in the face. It's just not worth it. As residents of the "greatest nation in the world", we don't need to put up with that nonsense. Life is too short!

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After I got my last set on the wheels, I used a tie down strap around the tire & cinched it up until I got an air seal. Not bad but probably easier to just take them to have them mounted.
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They are the worst. I'd rather mount a set of 20" rubber band drift tires than fool with that.
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Last summer I went looking for a front tire for my Kubota. It's a bit bigger than a lawn tractor tire, but not much. Only one place in the county would mount one. The cost of a new wheel with the tire already mounted was less than the cost of buying a tire and having it mounted. Crazy!
I put two cans of Green Slime in the tire and it's been holding air for months.
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Thanks guys it's going to be in the 30's/40's for the next week so I'll take them to local tire shop . Going to get that done today so I can put them on the tractor . The mental picture of a tire iron dividing my face in two was enough for me to open wallet
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I've used the ratchet strap around the tire to set the bead. worked well.

then I found out the tire shop up the street will take care of the entire process for like $10.
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take them to a local tire shop. Worth the money not to wrestle with them.
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Just got the call from the shop they are done.......total price 30.00 even so 15.00 a tire.........probably saved me a trip to the ER .
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Well here they is....... WDT brand 23 x 10:50 x 12 and 6 ply rated . Tire dude said they went on just fine no issues . These are going on my John Deere model 330 garden tractor which is a sweet little 16 hp 3 cylinder diesel . The new retirement house has some steep areas to mow and I was getting tire slippage with regular garden tractor tires.......... these are not going to slip Right now they are inflated to 22 psi to seat the beads but I'll probably drop them down to 10 .

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Pretty sure I could mount those in my tire machine, If I can , it would be lickety split. This smaller ones are the rear mothers . The tires are super flimsy, and they are always misshaped from shipping, which makes them a real joy to bead up . Plus, holding the rim is a challenge while you are trying to lever the tire off and on .
Good call on your part. Best case scenario, you would have been wrestling with these for a few hours to save $30.00
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Those are a little larger than I thought - good call to have them mounted for you by a shop.....
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