Tires Tires, sort of... and wheel spacers

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varmint

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Snow plow... and wheel spacers???

When we replaced our big, heavy L3130 with a more petite L3400, we also got rid of the L3130's filled R-4 tires and got nice fat turf tires with the L3400. The better not to squash the lawn with, my dear, and having had turfs before, I preferred how they work in snow. In order to get traction to use the loader, and more importantly, if it ever snows again, the SSQA snow plow, I built a ballast box which probably adds 600 lbs. on to the 3-point. The previous owner used it in mostly for finish mowing, with a 6' rear deck, so he didn't need any additional weight.

Now, to the point: I am considering adding some Kubota wheel spacers in the rear- 1.75" each side. My thoughts are that the wider track will help offset the tendency for the 78" HLA plow to push the front of the tractor around- a little more stability. I know the plow should be a 72", but it was perfect for the old L3130, and since I already had it... Does anyone have any experience with what I want to do? The rear axle seems pretty heavy duty, so I am not so worried about spreading the wheels and damaging the rear end. Of course, hill side stability will be improved, and the extra width shouldn't cause any other issues I can fore see.
 
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thirdroc17

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Along a slightly different thought, all that weight on the 3-point unloaded the front wheels, so they are less able to steer the tractor. Adding some weight on the front might help too.
 
  
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Sort of forgot about posting this... I was able to get a deal I couldn't refuse on the spacers, and since the same guy had some ladder style chains for my sized rear turfs, also cheap, it was a no-brainer. But, ever try to find some decent M16- 1.5 metric nuts? Wound up buying them from a Kubota dealer. Ugh. He also had what I thought (hoped might be a better word) was a crossover relief valve... turned out to be a pilot operated load check valve. Hoping to find someone who can use it via eBay, since I don't think I will ever need it.

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