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    Default Re: Tire ballast question

    <font color=blue>for working on hills, would it be better to fill rear tires to the center line of the rear axle or to the top of the rim?</font color=blue>

    If you are going to do a partial fill, then you do NOT want to use Calcium Chloride. It's corrosive, as I'm sure you know. If the rim is completely submerged (75% full), the corrosion is greatly slowed, since air cannot get to the metal rim. A partial fill regularly douses the rim in the corrosive solution, then exposes it to air; the result is serious corrosion in a fairly short time. This is why it is very important to take care of leaks quickly and refill a CaCl-filled tire.

    If you want to do a partial fill, look at something non-corrosive, like Rim Guard (it actually inhibits corrosion, and at 11#/gal, weighs about as much as CaCl). I have contact info for the manufacturer of Rim Guard if you want to dig up a dealer in your area.

    John Mc

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    Default Re: Tire ballast question

    John,

    Good feedback wrt fill level, as air and clcl2 create gas esp when mixed with steel rims. I used to change tractor tires never used anything but tubes - this was back in the days of farmalls and IH 786-986 - late 70s. I forgot most of this in 30 yrs - which I guess typical - probably will be clear as day in another 30 yrs.

    Carl

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    Default Re: Tire ballast question

    This page <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.tractorsmart.com/Farm_Tractor_Liquid_Tire_Ballast.htm>http://www.tractorsmart.com/Farm_Tractor_Liquid_Tire_Ballast.htm</A> lists the quantities of liquid required for different tyre sizes and also the weight of water for that quantity.

    might be usefull.

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    Default Re: Tire ballast question

    <font color=blue>...If you are going to do a partial fill, then you do NOT want to use Calcium Chloride. It's corrosive, as I'm sure you know. If the rim is completely submerged (75% full), the corrosion is greatly slowed, since air cannot get to the metal rim. A partial fill regularly douses the rim in the corrosive solution, then exposes it to air; the result is serious corrosion in a fairly short time...</font color=blue>

    Yes, yes, yes... (Sorry George, just saw your question and you already have the correct answer...[img]/w3tcompact/icons/wink.gif[/img]) {Sometimes, I feel like this is one of those quiz shows on tv... Uh oh... gave Muhammad another idea for the future TBN TV network... Tractor Quiz Time......[img]/w3tcompact/icons/laugh.gif[/img]

    Anyhow George, probably the most bang for the buck would be windshield washer fluid for sub-zero temp area's of the US... unless you absolutely need every extra ounce and pound of ballast... then you'd go with Calcium Chloride, Rimguard, or the Super Foam stuff at an added expense...


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