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    Default steel track trouble

    I have a 2005 Johnn deere skid loader . Steel tracks keep binding up and throw off . Blowing tires. What to do?

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    Default Re: steel track trouble

    Where is it binding?
    If it is track binding on the frame, you need wheel spacers or wider spacers.
    Track is getting bound/kinked between the sections, then most likely you need all new pivot bolts and/or bushings. Some tracks use bolts with bushings others use a softer shoulder bolt without a bushing so the bolts wear faster than the track link.
    Track tension is important too. Over the tires steel stracks should between 3/4" - 1 1/2" slack (natural sag) when laying a straight edge across top of the front to rear tire. Too tight can casue the tire to blow off the bead if a rock or hard dirt clump gets between tire and track. Too loose and track can flop coming around the tire and catch on the frame, then cuase it to push a tire off the bead. Too loose can also allow it to detrack.
    Dennis

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    Default Re: steel track trouble

    Tracks are a pain in the butt in my opinion and rob a lot of hp. Tire drives are far superior in all but extremely wet/soft conditions.

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    Default Re: steel track trouble

    At work, we foam filled the tires to prevent the tracks popping the tire off the rim.

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    Default Re: steel track trouble

    Thanks . I think u have answed my problem.

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