Iola) pic hide this posting restore restore this posting. Summary: When wheel/tire conversions are needed or wanted, you need to consider the best options that will help accomplish your goals. Your equipment should be able to get this information and calculate if the desired tire combination will have an acceptable front lead. Nick Phillippi: National Product Manager. Ag practices around the world differ based on crops grown, soil conditions, moisture content and environmental conditions. 1) Tire size – Each standardized tire size has theoretical calculated dimensions called nominal values. Static weight distribution, power-to-weight ratio, tractor dimensions, provision for dual tires, etc., vary from manufacturer to manufacturer as reflected in Nebraska Tractor Test results. While general recommendations vary in the percentage values of proper lead (often 0% – 5%), many manufactures have a smaller tolerance band for specific tractor types, so this needs to be considered when changing tires. Conversions are expensive and they need to be done correctly to get the most benefit you can get. 3. The smaller front tires must travel faster to stay in the same ratio or time that the larger rear tires travel as they roll. Titan International, Inc. (Manufacturer of Titan and Goodyear Farm Tires) Tire/wheel conversions for traction reasons is not very common since these conversions would likely be to a narrower tire that will increase traction but also increases ground pressure along with compaction potential. The ratio between the number of revolutions in the front and rear axle is very important in a mechanical four-wheel drive (this is determined by gears in the gearbox). In other words, the front tires will turn more times as the tractors moves forward for every rear tire full revolution. These conversions can be via larger diameter, wider section width tires or both but will typically need rim changes also. On Mechanical Front Wheel Drive (MFWD or FWD) tractors, the rear and front tires must maintain a proper rolling circumference ratio. Each MFWD tractor must maintain a balance between “positive slippage” or front tires pulling, and “negative slippage” when the front tires are slower or lagging therefore resisting the push from the rear tires. If you are working with the Rolling Circumference Index group system, most MFWD tractors need to have fronts and rears that are 5 steps apart in the RCI, like a 50 Group in the rear and a 45 Group for the fronts. Titan offers an online lead/lag calculator to assist in the selection of tires. This will maximize the return which is why farmers are in the business of making money! You have an option to compare two additional tire sizes to the base tire. For getting the first pass options narrowed down, nothing beats the RCI Chart! For example, operating in low buildings or if a lower center of gravity is required (for use on steep inclines). A yellow crayon mark was placed on the top of the tires for easy revolution counting while driving. Dynamic measurement of the gear ratio 1. Radial tires generally provide better traction, less soil compaction, better comfort, and can be run at lower air pressures. If you can’t harvest your crops due to wet soils you probably need to convert your combines to a flotation setup. The maximum RCI that is permitted (including the front tires for pairing). In order to provide solutions that are flexible to an evolving global market, the equipment manufacturers or OEMs offer their machinery with tires of different diameters or widths for the same machine to adapt their equipment to the specific needs of that grower or crop. This could change some due to the type of implements used. Most North American MFWD tractors have a gear ratio of approximately 1.332. The target is 1-5% lead for the front axle. This ratio is important in the performance of the tractor. For one tractor, it was .741 The inverse of this is 135 (1.00 divided by .741 = 135) Some state the ratio this way and most are in the 125 to 150 category. In 4wd turn the rear tires one full revolution. Replacing front tires on 4WD 1920 I need to replace the front farm tread tires on my 1995 Ford 1920 that I purchased new. Equipment like sprayers (same size tires all around the equipment) or equipment with hydrostatic drive (like combines) are not affected by mandatory equivalent rolling circumference when changing tire sizes. In order to make life easier for producers looking to change tires to a different size, the Tire and Rim Association (TRA) created an index called Rolling Circumference Index (RCI) to assist in tire size selections. In the above example, we took off rears that had a rolling circumference of 240.7 inches and replaced them with tires with rolling circumferences of 256.6 inches, a difference of 6%. 1 is an RCI chart showing the different sizes and their perspective RCI’s. BKT’s line of VF tires (V-Flecto) are designed as a Narrow Rim Option (NRO) and will work on the narrower standard rims. Although many radial sizes match the bias sizes in a conversion, there are instances where they don’t. The reason for that is real simple. Norberto Herbener: OE Applications Engineer. The gear ratio on the typical MFWD ranges from 1.2 to 1.5; therefore, the proper setup should allow . This is defined as a “5 Step Tractor.” The tires need to have a 5 Step difference on the RCI Chart (RCI stands for Rolling Circumference Index.) For four-wheel drive tractors, dual tires increased the pull/weight ratio at a given slip level when compared to singles. We now take the rear tire size rolling circumference and divide it by the tractor gear ratio. Tire Rack has offered a tire shaving service that has been primarily used for preparing competition tires for racetrack use. For the front tires … Precision Inflation, LLC I need to keep my front/rear tire rolling circumference the same ratio to maintain the positive slippage on the 4wd tractor. Alliance Tire Americas, James Crouch, National Product Manager — Agriculture. All information is provided in this blog solely to provoke thought. This ratio will vary based on the downforce the implement exerts on the tractor’s rear axle. Combine conversions to a flotation setup is usually a drastic change to maximum flotation. https://www.titan-intl.com/en/resources/Lead-Lag-Calculator. Traction: If you have trouble pulling implements in high torque applications, grain carts or any other application with a reasonable amount of slip you may need to increase your traction. Use our lead/lag calculator to make sure you have the right tires for the job at the right ratio. Enter the values on the left and press Compute. When selecting tires for your MFWD tractors, you want to make sure to maintain the proper ratio of rolling circumference for your tractor. If the ratio between the front and rear tires change, it can cause damage to the driveline or reduce the wear life of the tire. This interaxle ratio will change depending the tractor model, type of transmission and the front axle configuration. David Graden: Operational Market Manager – Agriculture. As with any investment, it’s not just enough to say you will save money (or fuel or time) or reduce compaction. For example, a front RCI 38 and rear RCI 43 (43-38=5) should have the same ratio as a front RCI 43 and rear RCI 48 (48-43=5). Each OEM publishes their recommended Gear Ratio for each model MFWD or MFWA tractor they manufacture. If both tires on an axle is changed, there should be no problems. The problem is that none of these conditions hold true on a our tractors, so we have to use a different methods. 4WD front tires must be properly matched to the rear tires (0 percent-5 percent overrun) to prevent excessive front tire wear, unnecessary powertrain loads, and overall poor tractor performance. Although there can be benefits to switching to taller or wider tires, they are not always the best choice. For a tire size to be considered within a specific RCI, the calculated RCI of the tire must be between -0.2 to +0.2 of the RCI for that group. What is important when selecting different tire sizes is that the difference between the rear tire RCI and the front tire RCI is the same as the tires being replaced. And what if the 360 hp Mechanical Front Wheel Drive (MFWD) machine is the big horse on the farm? That's an interesting analysis of the relationship between the front and rear wheels. Even the data from the same tire manufacturer may vary for the same tire size, if multiple tire lines exist or if there are tires with different load indexes within the same tire line. They look cool and have the potential of being very functional, but they may also be robbing you of power/gas mileage. A plumb pencil line was marked through the center of the left front and rear rims. These size changes are often required when going from wider to narrower rows, or vice versa. Select tires appropriate to the tractor's top speed. This Index is created using the tire’s Rolling Circumference (RC). Harm-Hendrik Lange: Customer Solutions Engineer for Continental Commercial Specialty Tires (CST). There is not a tire combination that is a “one size fits all” situation and often different operations would require different sets of tires for the same equipment. This balance is the tractor gear ratio also known as, “the lead or lag ratio”. Toggle menu. This is the method I used. If the front tires cover less distance than the rear tires, they would create a braking effect with potential transmission damage. Lift the tractor off of the ground and mark both the front and the rear tires. We may need wider tires, not those wimpy 480 mm wide things! Again, before you invest in new tires and rims, be sure you are already at the correct and lowest air pressure and see if moving to VF tires or perhaps just a slightly wider or taller tire on the same rim can meet your needs. There are charts available that show the different sizes and their perspective RCI values. At Alliance Tire, we prefer to provide the actual number of inches in the rolling circumference so you can be extremely accurate about your choices. Growers, at times, will also consider changing tires by either selecting a bigger tire combination or width to improve their traction, flotation or pulling capability. Tire sizes can be changed on full time 4-wheel drive tractors. This is where you have to be careful. Most tire/wheel conversions are done to gain footprint or increase tire volume (actually, they’re both the same thing), lowering air pressure and thereby reducing compaction. Does anyone know of any restrictions on size, i.e., circumference? If you look in the Michelin data book, however, not all tires have a published RCI. NOTE: In order to choose proper tire combination, MFWD clutch ratio for your tractor … By entering the published rolling circumference of the front, rear or both and the gear ratio of the tractor it will tell you the target rolling circumferences of the tires that are needed to make the combination work. Typically, a farmer wants to produce the highest yield with the best quality at the least cost of production. Switching from bias tires to radial tires would be a smart move in the right circumstances. 4) Load and inflation pressure – the RC specified for each tire size and model in the Tire Manufacturer Databook is measured when the tire is set at nominal inflation pressure and under nominal load. Then determine if you’re doing all you can with what you have. You can match a group 49 with a group 44 or group 47 with a group 42 and they will work fine on the tractor. Inflate Your Tires to the Correct Tire Air Pressure Overinflation Crushes Traction Performance. Who really knows until after the fact so consider the most flotation you can justify. Modern Agriculture requires different kinds of tires (size, tread pattern, technology) for different applications and conditions in order to increase productivity, reduce compaction, increase flotation, reduce equipment damage and increase operator’s comfort. But what about 20” rows or bedded vegetable crops? Be careful—even standard R-1 tires of a particular size from two different manufacturers—or different designs from the same manufacturer—may vary slightly on RCI, so double check them all. Well, a 480/80R50 Michelin Agribib 2 has an RCI of 43, therefore it will match several front sizes that have an RCI of 43 (13.6R38, 420/85R34, 380/80R38, etc.) The tire circumference difference can theoretically be calculated by the RCIs or the RCI difference: For example, if the transmission ratio is 1.27 and the tire circumference ratio is 1.30, this would mean 2.36% lead for all tire combinations with 5 RCIs difference (1.30/1.27 = 1.0236) on this machine. Nevertheless, as the real exact rolling circumference values can vary from the theoretical RCI numbers, the most precise calculation is reached by using the real rolling circumference data from the tire’s datasheet instead of the RCIs. If you need assistance with this, all Michelin Ag reps are equipped with the tools and knowledge to walk you through this. The footprints are enlarged due to the sidewall deflection which will grow the footprints in length. Front: 9.5-20 (6PR), Rear 13.6-28 (6PR) U60. The chart below has popular 5 Step MFWD tractor RCI 48 480/80R50 rears and RCI 43 420/85R34 fronts, showing alternate wider and narrower rear and front sizes highlighted below. MAXAM publishes in our Ag catalog both the tires rolling circumference and the tire RCI value to assist growers in ensuring the tires chosen for their equipment can operate within their MFWD gear ratio limits or needs. You don’t need a rim change, there are normally no clearance issues, and you can lower ground pressure by up to 52%. The next higher RCI is always ~5.4% higher (+/- .2 % Tolerance), which means a factor of ~1.054.”, ALLIANCE, “If you are working with the Rolling Circumference Index group system, most MFWD tractors need to have fronts and rears that are 5 steps apart in the RCI, like a 50 Group in the rear and a 45 Group for the fronts.”, MAXAM, “If you have too much positive slip ratio (above 5%) you will have “excessive” work by the front tires pulling the rear tires equates to a loss of efficiency and higher fuel consumption. Jim Enyart: Technical Manager. Tyre size. Because of the increased air pressures and load carrying capacities of IF/VF tires, it would be wise to check the standard wheels being used. Either I didn't explain myself correctly or you didn't read what I wrote. Smaller tires on a steering axle would allow for sharper steering angles. I'm not 100% sure that your statement is correct. Failing to find anything in print for the YM1401D front to rear gear ratio, I decided to take Scotty's advice and just measure it. The rolling circumference is the distance in inches that a tire travels in one revolution. The “IF” and “VF” tires not only carry more weight than a conventional radial tire at the same air pressures, they have a larger footprint. Front Tire Size: 440/80R28 (Rolling Circumference = 167.95) Rear Tire Size: 540/80R38 (Rolling Circumference = 217.68) Tractor Gear Ratio: 1.329 . It is acceptable to increase or decrease the overall diameter on the rear tires, but the front tires will also need to be changed. One of my favorite up-fitment examples for a very popular tractor setup is switching out 480/80R50 and 380/80R38 sets to VF480/95R50 and VF380/95R38 sets. It is worth thinking about for … Factors that could lead to smaller tire diameters: – If the total height of the vehicle needs to be limited. The difference in those two groups is 5. More torque can be sent to the wheels in first gear than in fifth gear because first gear has a larger gear-ratio by which to multiply the torque. What the RCI difference is between the front and rear axle, as this should be kept constant. In addition to this “faster” front tire rotation (depending on the interaxle ratio), the front tires rotational speed needs to be 1 to 4% higher than the rears to assure the grip and to help with steering. The advent of powered front axle tractors or mechanical front wheel assist / drive (MFWD) tractors to provide more power (torque) to pull implements in the field requires a clear understanding of the RCI impact. The RCI is the rolling circumference or the distance a tire travels in one revolution. Each RCI group has a logical, even progression of RC where each RC is 5.4% larger than previous one. We recommend the check to confirm the lead and acceptable technical data for each tire change individually. These tractors have the same sizes of tires all the way around like a 4-wheel drive truck. Your email address will not be published. For instance if the front tires are not changed the rear tires OD increases, this will put the tractor into a negative lead/lag meaning the rear tires will be pushing the fronts which could lead to the differential binding up and potentially locking up. Overall tractor weight . RCI 48 – 42 = 4 Step difference between front and rear tires. Always contact the tractor manufacturer to be sure. The purpose of this would be to increase flotation, reduce soil compaction, lower fuel consumption or improve productivity. If you have a “negative” slip result, the front tires will experience a braking effect that creates a loss of pulling power, more fuel consumption and reduced steering capability.”, PRECISION INFLATION, “It is important to remember that RCI is a great guide; however, sometimes a tire will have a rolling circumference between groups or have variation between manufacturers- that is why we recommend contacting your local tire dealer to ensure lead lag is correct based on ACTUAL Rolling Circumference.”, BKT, “Because of the increased air pressures and load carrying capacities of IF/VF tires, it would be wise to check the standard wheels being used. The rear tire is considered a group 48 RCI and the front is considered a group 43 RCI. The first thing to consider is the vehicle’s/tractor’s operators manual and what is written about tires and tire exchange. The large majority of tractors in the 100 to 400 hp range are set up to go between 30 inch-wide rows. There are options available to decrease your ground pressures and the best option for your operation should be investigated. Even if the MFWD is switched off on road normally, many tractors engage MFWD while braking, so high lead values may create high tension in the drive line. This is called front axle lag (we need to avoid this). They should both be turning at close to the same speed. From the manual, obtain the rolling circumference of the tire desired for the rear wheel. So, the tire always has to be de-mounted from the rim for a proper repair. Posted by James Tuschner | Mar 2, 2020 | Size Options, Uncategorized | 0 |, TRELLEBORG, “There is not a tire combination that is a “one size fits all” situation and often different operations would require different sets of tires for the same equipment.”, TITAN, “The tire industry has developed the RCI (Rolling Circumference Index) system based on the OD (Overall Diameter) of tires to assist manufacturers in the proper of selection of tire size combinations that will work.”, CONTINENTAL, “The Rolling Circumference Index (RCI) is a grouping of tires based on the rolling circumferences. Of course, more tire width and more section height normally mean more air volume = load capacity at the same inflation pressure. Michelin Ag If there is no limitation from that perspective (like row applications or plowing in a furrow), maximum permitted values are recommended for maximum performance on the field. If the lead is very low, a tractor tends to go straight even with turned steering wheels, like it does when diff lock is engaged. The tire industry has developed the RCI (Rolling Circumference Index) system based on the OD of tires to assist manufacturers in the proper of selection of tire size combinations that will work. This is the value referred to by some OEMs when they mention that the ratio between the front and rear axles is 5 steps. Using the above equation and the RCI data, as well as the OEM tractor gear ratio, any grower can quickly determine if their equipment will allow switching or evolving to larger tires without compromising their required gear ratio slip rate percentage. OEM engineers physically test each tire combination using the correct inflation pressure for the load before they release these tire combinations and offer them for sale. The front tire mark should be slightly past one revolution. Selecting the right tire/rim combination and using it to its best advantage can be a very powerful way to get the most performance and efficiency from your equipment. U70. Agricultural Machinery: Four-Wheel Drive Tractor Kubota. But, before you jump to expensive or complicated solutions, first determine if moving from a bias to radial, or from a standard radial to VF, or finding a tire with a larger overall diameter that can be mounted on the same rim can get you to the target goal. How much flotation do you need? Regardless of which RCI system you use, when you’ve picked out the options, it’s always good to get that second opinion from your equipment dealer or experienced farm tire technician. A plumb pencil line was marked through the center of the left front and rear rims. One method uses the “standard” format and the other is the “metric” format. There are several instances where it might make sense to change or convert tire sizes and wheels on tractors. 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Static weight distribution, power-to-weight ratio, tractor dimensions, provision for dual tires, etc., vary from manufacturer to manufacturer as reflected in Nebraska Tractor Test results. While general recommendations vary in the percentage values of proper lead (often 0% – 5%), many manufactures have a smaller tolerance band for specific tractor types, so this needs to be considered when changing tires. Conversions are expensive and they need to be done correctly to get the most benefit you can get. 3. The smaller front tires must travel faster to stay in the same ratio or time that the larger rear tires travel as they roll. Titan International, Inc. (Manufacturer of Titan and Goodyear Farm Tires) Tire/wheel conversions for traction reasons is not very common since these conversions would likely be to a narrower tire that will increase traction but also increases ground pressure along with compaction potential. The ratio between the number of revolutions in the front and rear axle is very important in a mechanical four-wheel drive (this is determined by gears in the gearbox). In other words, the front tires will turn more times as the tractors moves forward for every rear tire full revolution. These conversions can be via larger diameter, wider section width tires or both but will typically need rim changes also. On Mechanical Front Wheel Drive (MFWD or FWD) tractors, the rear and front tires must maintain a proper rolling circumference ratio. Each MFWD tractor must maintain a balance between “positive slippage” or front tires pulling, and “negative slippage” when the front tires are slower or lagging therefore resisting the push from the rear tires. If you are working with the Rolling Circumference Index group system, most MFWD tractors need to have fronts and rears that are 5 steps apart in the RCI, like a 50 Group in the rear and a 45 Group for the fronts. Titan offers an online lead/lag calculator to assist in the selection of tires. This will maximize the return which is why farmers are in the business of making money! You have an option to compare two additional tire sizes to the base tire. For getting the first pass options narrowed down, nothing beats the RCI Chart! For example, operating in low buildings or if a lower center of gravity is required (for use on steep inclines). A yellow crayon mark was placed on the top of the tires for easy revolution counting while driving. Dynamic measurement of the gear ratio 1. Radial tires generally provide better traction, less soil compaction, better comfort, and can be run at lower air pressures. If you can’t harvest your crops due to wet soils you probably need to convert your combines to a flotation setup. The maximum RCI that is permitted (including the front tires for pairing). In order to provide solutions that are flexible to an evolving global market, the equipment manufacturers or OEMs offer their machinery with tires of different diameters or widths for the same machine to adapt their equipment to the specific needs of that grower or crop. This could change some due to the type of implements used. Most North American MFWD tractors have a gear ratio of approximately 1.332. The target is 1-5% lead for the front axle. This ratio is important in the performance of the tractor. For one tractor, it was .741 The inverse of this is 135 (1.00 divided by .741 = 135) Some state the ratio this way and most are in the 125 to 150 category. In 4wd turn the rear tires one full revolution. Replacing front tires on 4WD 1920 I need to replace the front farm tread tires on my 1995 Ford 1920 that I purchased new. Equipment like sprayers (same size tires all around the equipment) or equipment with hydrostatic drive (like combines) are not affected by mandatory equivalent rolling circumference when changing tire sizes. In order to make life easier for producers looking to change tires to a different size, the Tire and Rim Association (TRA) created an index called Rolling Circumference Index (RCI) to assist in tire size selections. In the above example, we took off rears that had a rolling circumference of 240.7 inches and replaced them with tires with rolling circumferences of 256.6 inches, a difference of 6%. 1 is an RCI chart showing the different sizes and their perspective RCI’s. BKT’s line of VF tires (V-Flecto) are designed as a Narrow Rim Option (NRO) and will work on the narrower standard rims. Although many radial sizes match the bias sizes in a conversion, there are instances where they don’t. The reason for that is real simple. Norberto Herbener: OE Applications Engineer. The gear ratio on the typical MFWD ranges from 1.2 to 1.5; therefore, the proper setup should allow . This is defined as a “5 Step Tractor.” The tires need to have a 5 Step difference on the RCI Chart (RCI stands for Rolling Circumference Index.) For four-wheel drive tractors, dual tires increased the pull/weight ratio at a given slip level when compared to singles. We now take the rear tire size rolling circumference and divide it by the tractor gear ratio. Tire Rack has offered a tire shaving service that has been primarily used for preparing competition tires for racetrack use. For the front tires … Precision Inflation, LLC I need to keep my front/rear tire rolling circumference the same ratio to maintain the positive slippage on the 4wd tractor. Alliance Tire Americas, James Crouch, National Product Manager — Agriculture. All information is provided in this blog solely to provoke thought. This ratio will vary based on the downforce the implement exerts on the tractor’s rear axle. Combine conversions to a flotation setup is usually a drastic change to maximum flotation. https://www.titan-intl.com/en/resources/Lead-Lag-Calculator. Traction: If you have trouble pulling implements in high torque applications, grain carts or any other application with a reasonable amount of slip you may need to increase your traction. Use our lead/lag calculator to make sure you have the right tires for the job at the right ratio. Enter the values on the left and press Compute. When selecting tires for your MFWD tractors, you want to make sure to maintain the proper ratio of rolling circumference for your tractor. If the ratio between the front and rear tires change, it can cause damage to the driveline or reduce the wear life of the tire. This interaxle ratio will change depending the tractor model, type of transmission and the front axle configuration. David Graden: Operational Market Manager – Agriculture. As with any investment, it’s not just enough to say you will save money (or fuel or time) or reduce compaction. For example, a front RCI 38 and rear RCI 43 (43-38=5) should have the same ratio as a front RCI 43 and rear RCI 48 (48-43=5). Each OEM publishes their recommended Gear Ratio for each model MFWD or MFWA tractor they manufacture. If both tires on an axle is changed, there should be no problems. The problem is that none of these conditions hold true on a our tractors, so we have to use a different methods. 4WD front tires must be properly matched to the rear tires (0 percent-5 percent overrun) to prevent excessive front tire wear, unnecessary powertrain loads, and overall poor tractor performance. Although there can be benefits to switching to taller or wider tires, they are not always the best choice. For a tire size to be considered within a specific RCI, the calculated RCI of the tire must be between -0.2 to +0.2 of the RCI for that group. What is important when selecting different tire sizes is that the difference between the rear tire RCI and the front tire RCI is the same as the tires being replaced. And what if the 360 hp Mechanical Front Wheel Drive (MFWD) machine is the big horse on the farm? That's an interesting analysis of the relationship between the front and rear wheels. Even the data from the same tire manufacturer may vary for the same tire size, if multiple tire lines exist or if there are tires with different load indexes within the same tire line. They look cool and have the potential of being very functional, but they may also be robbing you of power/gas mileage. A plumb pencil line was marked through the center of the left front and rear rims. These size changes are often required when going from wider to narrower rows, or vice versa. Select tires appropriate to the tractor's top speed. This Index is created using the tire’s Rolling Circumference (RC). Harm-Hendrik Lange: Customer Solutions Engineer for Continental Commercial Specialty Tires (CST). There is not a tire combination that is a “one size fits all” situation and often different operations would require different sets of tires for the same equipment. This balance is the tractor gear ratio also known as, “the lead or lag ratio”. Toggle menu. This is the method I used. If the front tires cover less distance than the rear tires, they would create a braking effect with potential transmission damage. Lift the tractor off of the ground and mark both the front and the rear tires. We may need wider tires, not those wimpy 480 mm wide things! Again, before you invest in new tires and rims, be sure you are already at the correct and lowest air pressure and see if moving to VF tires or perhaps just a slightly wider or taller tire on the same rim can meet your needs. There are charts available that show the different sizes and their perspective RCI values. At Alliance Tire, we prefer to provide the actual number of inches in the rolling circumference so you can be extremely accurate about your choices. Growers, at times, will also consider changing tires by either selecting a bigger tire combination or width to improve their traction, flotation or pulling capability. Tire sizes can be changed on full time 4-wheel drive tractors. This is where you have to be careful. Most tire/wheel conversions are done to gain footprint or increase tire volume (actually, they’re both the same thing), lowering air pressure and thereby reducing compaction. Does anyone know of any restrictions on size, i.e., circumference? If you look in the Michelin data book, however, not all tires have a published RCI. NOTE: In order to choose proper tire combination, MFWD clutch ratio for your tractor … By entering the published rolling circumference of the front, rear or both and the gear ratio of the tractor it will tell you the target rolling circumferences of the tires that are needed to make the combination work. Typically, a farmer wants to produce the highest yield with the best quality at the least cost of production. Switching from bias tires to radial tires would be a smart move in the right circumstances. 4) Load and inflation pressure – the RC specified for each tire size and model in the Tire Manufacturer Databook is measured when the tire is set at nominal inflation pressure and under nominal load. Then determine if you’re doing all you can with what you have. You can match a group 49 with a group 44 or group 47 with a group 42 and they will work fine on the tractor. Inflate Your Tires to the Correct Tire Air Pressure Overinflation Crushes Traction Performance. Who really knows until after the fact so consider the most flotation you can justify. Modern Agriculture requires different kinds of tires (size, tread pattern, technology) for different applications and conditions in order to increase productivity, reduce compaction, increase flotation, reduce equipment damage and increase operator’s comfort. But what about 20” rows or bedded vegetable crops? Be careful—even standard R-1 tires of a particular size from two different manufacturers—or different designs from the same manufacturer—may vary slightly on RCI, so double check them all. Well, a 480/80R50 Michelin Agribib 2 has an RCI of 43, therefore it will match several front sizes that have an RCI of 43 (13.6R38, 420/85R34, 380/80R38, etc.) The tire circumference difference can theoretically be calculated by the RCIs or the RCI difference: For example, if the transmission ratio is 1.27 and the tire circumference ratio is 1.30, this would mean 2.36% lead for all tire combinations with 5 RCIs difference (1.30/1.27 = 1.0236) on this machine. Nevertheless, as the real exact rolling circumference values can vary from the theoretical RCI numbers, the most precise calculation is reached by using the real rolling circumference data from the tire’s datasheet instead of the RCIs. If you need assistance with this, all Michelin Ag reps are equipped with the tools and knowledge to walk you through this. The footprints are enlarged due to the sidewall deflection which will grow the footprints in length. Front: 9.5-20 (6PR), Rear 13.6-28 (6PR) U60. The chart below has popular 5 Step MFWD tractor RCI 48 480/80R50 rears and RCI 43 420/85R34 fronts, showing alternate wider and narrower rear and front sizes highlighted below. MAXAM publishes in our Ag catalog both the tires rolling circumference and the tire RCI value to assist growers in ensuring the tires chosen for their equipment can operate within their MFWD gear ratio limits or needs. You don’t need a rim change, there are normally no clearance issues, and you can lower ground pressure by up to 52%. The next higher RCI is always ~5.4% higher (+/- .2 % Tolerance), which means a factor of ~1.054.”, ALLIANCE, “If you are working with the Rolling Circumference Index group system, most MFWD tractors need to have fronts and rears that are 5 steps apart in the RCI, like a 50 Group in the rear and a 45 Group for the fronts.”, MAXAM, “If you have too much positive slip ratio (above 5%) you will have “excessive” work by the front tires pulling the rear tires equates to a loss of efficiency and higher fuel consumption. Jim Enyart: Technical Manager. Tyre size. Because of the increased air pressures and load carrying capacities of IF/VF tires, it would be wise to check the standard wheels being used. Either I didn't explain myself correctly or you didn't read what I wrote. Smaller tires on a steering axle would allow for sharper steering angles. I'm not 100% sure that your statement is correct. Failing to find anything in print for the YM1401D front to rear gear ratio, I decided to take Scotty's advice and just measure it. The rolling circumference is the distance in inches that a tire travels in one revolution. The “IF” and “VF” tires not only carry more weight than a conventional radial tire at the same air pressures, they have a larger footprint. Front Tire Size: 440/80R28 (Rolling Circumference = 167.95) Rear Tire Size: 540/80R38 (Rolling Circumference = 217.68) Tractor Gear Ratio: 1.329 . It is acceptable to increase or decrease the overall diameter on the rear tires, but the front tires will also need to be changed. One of my favorite up-fitment examples for a very popular tractor setup is switching out 480/80R50 and 380/80R38 sets to VF480/95R50 and VF380/95R38 sets. It is worth thinking about for … Factors that could lead to smaller tire diameters: – If the total height of the vehicle needs to be limited. The difference in those two groups is 5. More torque can be sent to the wheels in first gear than in fifth gear because first gear has a larger gear-ratio by which to multiply the torque. What the RCI difference is between the front and rear axle, as this should be kept constant. In addition to this “faster” front tire rotation (depending on the interaxle ratio), the front tires rotational speed needs to be 1 to 4% higher than the rears to assure the grip and to help with steering. The advent of powered front axle tractors or mechanical front wheel assist / drive (MFWD) tractors to provide more power (torque) to pull implements in the field requires a clear understanding of the RCI impact. The RCI is the rolling circumference or the distance a tire travels in one revolution. Each RCI group has a logical, even progression of RC where each RC is 5.4% larger than previous one. We recommend the check to confirm the lead and acceptable technical data for each tire change individually. These tractors have the same sizes of tires all the way around like a 4-wheel drive truck. Your email address will not be published. For instance if the front tires are not changed the rear tires OD increases, this will put the tractor into a negative lead/lag meaning the rear tires will be pushing the fronts which could lead to the differential binding up and potentially locking up. Overall tractor weight . RCI 48 – 42 = 4 Step difference between front and rear tires. Always contact the tractor manufacturer to be sure. The purpose of this would be to increase flotation, reduce soil compaction, lower fuel consumption or improve productivity. If you have a “negative” slip result, the front tires will experience a braking effect that creates a loss of pulling power, more fuel consumption and reduced steering capability.”, PRECISION INFLATION, “It is important to remember that RCI is a great guide; however, sometimes a tire will have a rolling circumference between groups or have variation between manufacturers- that is why we recommend contacting your local tire dealer to ensure lead lag is correct based on ACTUAL Rolling Circumference.”, BKT, “Because of the increased air pressures and load carrying capacities of IF/VF tires, it would be wise to check the standard wheels being used. The rear tire is considered a group 48 RCI and the front is considered a group 43 RCI. The first thing to consider is the vehicle’s/tractor’s operators manual and what is written about tires and tire exchange. The large majority of tractors in the 100 to 400 hp range are set up to go between 30 inch-wide rows. There are options available to decrease your ground pressures and the best option for your operation should be investigated. Even if the MFWD is switched off on road normally, many tractors engage MFWD while braking, so high lead values may create high tension in the drive line. This is called front axle lag (we need to avoid this). They should both be turning at close to the same speed. From the manual, obtain the rolling circumference of the tire desired for the rear wheel. So, the tire always has to be de-mounted from the rim for a proper repair. Posted by James Tuschner | Mar 2, 2020 | Size Options, Uncategorized | 0 |, TRELLEBORG, “There is not a tire combination that is a “one size fits all” situation and often different operations would require different sets of tires for the same equipment.”, TITAN, “The tire industry has developed the RCI (Rolling Circumference Index) system based on the OD (Overall Diameter) of tires to assist manufacturers in the proper of selection of tire size combinations that will work.”, CONTINENTAL, “The Rolling Circumference Index (RCI) is a grouping of tires based on the rolling circumferences. Of course, more tire width and more section height normally mean more air volume = load capacity at the same inflation pressure. Michelin Ag If there is no limitation from that perspective (like row applications or plowing in a furrow), maximum permitted values are recommended for maximum performance on the field. If the lead is very low, a tractor tends to go straight even with turned steering wheels, like it does when diff lock is engaged. The tire industry has developed the RCI (Rolling Circumference Index) system based on the OD of tires to assist manufacturers in the proper of selection of tire size combinations that will work. This is the value referred to by some OEMs when they mention that the ratio between the front and rear axles is 5 steps. Using the above equation and the RCI data, as well as the OEM tractor gear ratio, any grower can quickly determine if their equipment will allow switching or evolving to larger tires without compromising their required gear ratio slip rate percentage. OEM engineers physically test each tire combination using the correct inflation pressure for the load before they release these tire combinations and offer them for sale. The front tire mark should be slightly past one revolution. Selecting the right tire/rim combination and using it to its best advantage can be a very powerful way to get the most performance and efficiency from your equipment. U70. Agricultural Machinery: Four-Wheel Drive Tractor Kubota. But, before you jump to expensive or complicated solutions, first determine if moving from a bias to radial, or from a standard radial to VF, or finding a tire with a larger overall diameter that can be mounted on the same rim can get you to the target goal. How much flotation do you need? Regardless of which RCI system you use, when you’ve picked out the options, it’s always good to get that second opinion from your equipment dealer or experienced farm tire technician. A plumb pencil line was marked through the center of the left front and rear rims. One method uses the “standard” format and the other is the “metric” format. There are several instances where it might make sense to change or convert tire sizes and wheels on tractors. 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Tractor Ford / 1920. The Rolling Circumference Index (RCI) is a grouping of tires based on the rolling circumferences. It is necessary to be very careful when changing sizes on these tractors. Model. They put a patch in there. What isn’t it doing or what do you want it to do better? Be careful: “close” may not be close enough, and it will be an expensive lesson. You might need to replace worn tires that don’t have enough lug depth left to give you the traction required or you may need to change your tire set-up. On the other hand, if a tractor operates part time or is on road often, lower lead values may be considered. Ag tires are designed by size or footprint to fulfill following specific functions: As the Ag industry has evolved from animal driven to 2WD tractors to mechanical front wheel assist tractors (MFWD / MFWA), tires have also evolved in design, materials, functionality and performance. The Kubota L2500 is equipped with a 1.4 L three-cylinder diesel engine and sliding gear transmission with 8 forward and 2 reverse gears. As a rule, the “ideal” tractor gear ratio between the front axle and the rear axle (IAR or Inter-Axle Ration) ranges from 1.2 to 1.5. Tire Combination Guidelines, Up To 40 km/h (25 mph) The size ratio of front wheels to rear wheels must produce a 1 % to 6 % on tractors with PowrQuad and PowrQuad PLUS transmissions. Dave Paulk: Manager Field Technical Services. Michelin does not publish RCI for all tires because some tires may fall within a grey area, meaning depending on the load and inflation pressure, these tires will fall within one of two RCI numbers. Although most tire manufacturers list rolling circumference for "larger" tires, few smaller rear turfs, and no smaller sized front turfs have a rolling circumference listed in any literature I have seen, (Firestone farm tire data book). The first selected/entered tire size in the Tire Size Calculator is the base tire for a comparision to the other tires. On a final note, when moving to a larger OD tire on a  tractor although the lead/lag is correct, it is important to verify that the tires will clear all the fenders, frames, fuel tanks and toolboxes to ensure the new tire will fit into that particular envelope on the machine. Alliance Tire Americas Is there another way that might be less costly for those small windows of need, like leasing another unit for short periods? This chart is based on a drive gear of 1:1 at 65 MPH using a manual transmission. If you know your gear ratio and tire size you can get a fairly close idea here. If the tractor is mainly used for field work, lead percentage may be chosen on the upper tolerance of the permitted tolerance band, as little higher lead values allow sharper field end turning with engaged MFWD compared to lower lead values. favorite this post Jan 6 Case International 685 Tractor $24,500 (wau > Iola) pic hide this posting restore restore this posting. Summary: When wheel/tire conversions are needed or wanted, you need to consider the best options that will help accomplish your goals. Your equipment should be able to get this information and calculate if the desired tire combination will have an acceptable front lead. Nick Phillippi: National Product Manager. Ag practices around the world differ based on crops grown, soil conditions, moisture content and environmental conditions. 1) Tire size – Each standardized tire size has theoretical calculated dimensions called nominal values. Static weight distribution, power-to-weight ratio, tractor dimensions, provision for dual tires, etc., vary from manufacturer to manufacturer as reflected in Nebraska Tractor Test results. While general recommendations vary in the percentage values of proper lead (often 0% – 5%), many manufactures have a smaller tolerance band for specific tractor types, so this needs to be considered when changing tires. Conversions are expensive and they need to be done correctly to get the most benefit you can get. 3. The smaller front tires must travel faster to stay in the same ratio or time that the larger rear tires travel as they roll. Titan International, Inc. (Manufacturer of Titan and Goodyear Farm Tires) Tire/wheel conversions for traction reasons is not very common since these conversions would likely be to a narrower tire that will increase traction but also increases ground pressure along with compaction potential. The ratio between the number of revolutions in the front and rear axle is very important in a mechanical four-wheel drive (this is determined by gears in the gearbox). In other words, the front tires will turn more times as the tractors moves forward for every rear tire full revolution. These conversions can be via larger diameter, wider section width tires or both but will typically need rim changes also. On Mechanical Front Wheel Drive (MFWD or FWD) tractors, the rear and front tires must maintain a proper rolling circumference ratio. Each MFWD tractor must maintain a balance between “positive slippage” or front tires pulling, and “negative slippage” when the front tires are slower or lagging therefore resisting the push from the rear tires. If you are working with the Rolling Circumference Index group system, most MFWD tractors need to have fronts and rears that are 5 steps apart in the RCI, like a 50 Group in the rear and a 45 Group for the fronts. Titan offers an online lead/lag calculator to assist in the selection of tires. This will maximize the return which is why farmers are in the business of making money! You have an option to compare two additional tire sizes to the base tire. For getting the first pass options narrowed down, nothing beats the RCI Chart! For example, operating in low buildings or if a lower center of gravity is required (for use on steep inclines). A yellow crayon mark was placed on the top of the tires for easy revolution counting while driving. Dynamic measurement of the gear ratio 1. Radial tires generally provide better traction, less soil compaction, better comfort, and can be run at lower air pressures. If you can’t harvest your crops due to wet soils you probably need to convert your combines to a flotation setup. The maximum RCI that is permitted (including the front tires for pairing). In order to provide solutions that are flexible to an evolving global market, the equipment manufacturers or OEMs offer their machinery with tires of different diameters or widths for the same machine to adapt their equipment to the specific needs of that grower or crop. This could change some due to the type of implements used. Most North American MFWD tractors have a gear ratio of approximately 1.332. The target is 1-5% lead for the front axle. This ratio is important in the performance of the tractor. For one tractor, it was .741 The inverse of this is 135 (1.00 divided by .741 = 135) Some state the ratio this way and most are in the 125 to 150 category. In 4wd turn the rear tires one full revolution. Replacing front tires on 4WD 1920 I need to replace the front farm tread tires on my 1995 Ford 1920 that I purchased new. Equipment like sprayers (same size tires all around the equipment) or equipment with hydrostatic drive (like combines) are not affected by mandatory equivalent rolling circumference when changing tire sizes. In order to make life easier for producers looking to change tires to a different size, the Tire and Rim Association (TRA) created an index called Rolling Circumference Index (RCI) to assist in tire size selections. In the above example, we took off rears that had a rolling circumference of 240.7 inches and replaced them with tires with rolling circumferences of 256.6 inches, a difference of 6%. 1 is an RCI chart showing the different sizes and their perspective RCI’s. BKT’s line of VF tires (V-Flecto) are designed as a Narrow Rim Option (NRO) and will work on the narrower standard rims. Although many radial sizes match the bias sizes in a conversion, there are instances where they don’t. The reason for that is real simple. Norberto Herbener: OE Applications Engineer. The gear ratio on the typical MFWD ranges from 1.2 to 1.5; therefore, the proper setup should allow . This is defined as a “5 Step Tractor.” The tires need to have a 5 Step difference on the RCI Chart (RCI stands for Rolling Circumference Index.) For four-wheel drive tractors, dual tires increased the pull/weight ratio at a given slip level when compared to singles. We now take the rear tire size rolling circumference and divide it by the tractor gear ratio. Tire Rack has offered a tire shaving service that has been primarily used for preparing competition tires for racetrack use. For the front tires … Precision Inflation, LLC I need to keep my front/rear tire rolling circumference the same ratio to maintain the positive slippage on the 4wd tractor. Alliance Tire Americas, James Crouch, National Product Manager — Agriculture. All information is provided in this blog solely to provoke thought. This ratio will vary based on the downforce the implement exerts on the tractor’s rear axle. Combine conversions to a flotation setup is usually a drastic change to maximum flotation. https://www.titan-intl.com/en/resources/Lead-Lag-Calculator. Traction: If you have trouble pulling implements in high torque applications, grain carts or any other application with a reasonable amount of slip you may need to increase your traction. Use our lead/lag calculator to make sure you have the right tires for the job at the right ratio. Enter the values on the left and press Compute. When selecting tires for your MFWD tractors, you want to make sure to maintain the proper ratio of rolling circumference for your tractor. If the ratio between the front and rear tires change, it can cause damage to the driveline or reduce the wear life of the tire. This interaxle ratio will change depending the tractor model, type of transmission and the front axle configuration. David Graden: Operational Market Manager – Agriculture. As with any investment, it’s not just enough to say you will save money (or fuel or time) or reduce compaction. For example, a front RCI 38 and rear RCI 43 (43-38=5) should have the same ratio as a front RCI 43 and rear RCI 48 (48-43=5). Each OEM publishes their recommended Gear Ratio for each model MFWD or MFWA tractor they manufacture. If both tires on an axle is changed, there should be no problems. The problem is that none of these conditions hold true on a our tractors, so we have to use a different methods. 4WD front tires must be properly matched to the rear tires (0 percent-5 percent overrun) to prevent excessive front tire wear, unnecessary powertrain loads, and overall poor tractor performance. Although there can be benefits to switching to taller or wider tires, they are not always the best choice. For a tire size to be considered within a specific RCI, the calculated RCI of the tire must be between -0.2 to +0.2 of the RCI for that group. What is important when selecting different tire sizes is that the difference between the rear tire RCI and the front tire RCI is the same as the tires being replaced. And what if the 360 hp Mechanical Front Wheel Drive (MFWD) machine is the big horse on the farm? That's an interesting analysis of the relationship between the front and rear wheels. Even the data from the same tire manufacturer may vary for the same tire size, if multiple tire lines exist or if there are tires with different load indexes within the same tire line. They look cool and have the potential of being very functional, but they may also be robbing you of power/gas mileage. A plumb pencil line was marked through the center of the left front and rear rims. These size changes are often required when going from wider to narrower rows, or vice versa. Select tires appropriate to the tractor's top speed. This Index is created using the tire’s Rolling Circumference (RC). Harm-Hendrik Lange: Customer Solutions Engineer for Continental Commercial Specialty Tires (CST). There is not a tire combination that is a “one size fits all” situation and often different operations would require different sets of tires for the same equipment. This balance is the tractor gear ratio also known as, “the lead or lag ratio”. Toggle menu. This is the method I used. If the front tires cover less distance than the rear tires, they would create a braking effect with potential transmission damage. Lift the tractor off of the ground and mark both the front and the rear tires. We may need wider tires, not those wimpy 480 mm wide things! Again, before you invest in new tires and rims, be sure you are already at the correct and lowest air pressure and see if moving to VF tires or perhaps just a slightly wider or taller tire on the same rim can meet your needs. There are charts available that show the different sizes and their perspective RCI values. At Alliance Tire, we prefer to provide the actual number of inches in the rolling circumference so you can be extremely accurate about your choices. Growers, at times, will also consider changing tires by either selecting a bigger tire combination or width to improve their traction, flotation or pulling capability. Tire sizes can be changed on full time 4-wheel drive tractors. This is where you have to be careful. Most tire/wheel conversions are done to gain footprint or increase tire volume (actually, they’re both the same thing), lowering air pressure and thereby reducing compaction. Does anyone know of any restrictions on size, i.e., circumference? If you look in the Michelin data book, however, not all tires have a published RCI. NOTE: In order to choose proper tire combination, MFWD clutch ratio for your tractor … By entering the published rolling circumference of the front, rear or both and the gear ratio of the tractor it will tell you the target rolling circumferences of the tires that are needed to make the combination work. Typically, a farmer wants to produce the highest yield with the best quality at the least cost of production. Switching from bias tires to radial tires would be a smart move in the right circumstances. 4) Load and inflation pressure – the RC specified for each tire size and model in the Tire Manufacturer Databook is measured when the tire is set at nominal inflation pressure and under nominal load. Then determine if you’re doing all you can with what you have. You can match a group 49 with a group 44 or group 47 with a group 42 and they will work fine on the tractor. Inflate Your Tires to the Correct Tire Air Pressure Overinflation Crushes Traction Performance. Who really knows until after the fact so consider the most flotation you can justify. Modern Agriculture requires different kinds of tires (size, tread pattern, technology) for different applications and conditions in order to increase productivity, reduce compaction, increase flotation, reduce equipment damage and increase operator’s comfort. But what about 20” rows or bedded vegetable crops? Be careful—even standard R-1 tires of a particular size from two different manufacturers—or different designs from the same manufacturer—may vary slightly on RCI, so double check them all. Well, a 480/80R50 Michelin Agribib 2 has an RCI of 43, therefore it will match several front sizes that have an RCI of 43 (13.6R38, 420/85R34, 380/80R38, etc.) The tire circumference difference can theoretically be calculated by the RCIs or the RCI difference: For example, if the transmission ratio is 1.27 and the tire circumference ratio is 1.30, this would mean 2.36% lead for all tire combinations with 5 RCIs difference (1.30/1.27 = 1.0236) on this machine. Nevertheless, as the real exact rolling circumference values can vary from the theoretical RCI numbers, the most precise calculation is reached by using the real rolling circumference data from the tire’s datasheet instead of the RCIs. If you need assistance with this, all Michelin Ag reps are equipped with the tools and knowledge to walk you through this. The footprints are enlarged due to the sidewall deflection which will grow the footprints in length. Front: 9.5-20 (6PR), Rear 13.6-28 (6PR) U60. The chart below has popular 5 Step MFWD tractor RCI 48 480/80R50 rears and RCI 43 420/85R34 fronts, showing alternate wider and narrower rear and front sizes highlighted below. MAXAM publishes in our Ag catalog both the tires rolling circumference and the tire RCI value to assist growers in ensuring the tires chosen for their equipment can operate within their MFWD gear ratio limits or needs. You don’t need a rim change, there are normally no clearance issues, and you can lower ground pressure by up to 52%. The next higher RCI is always ~5.4% higher (+/- .2 % Tolerance), which means a factor of ~1.054.”, ALLIANCE, “If you are working with the Rolling Circumference Index group system, most MFWD tractors need to have fronts and rears that are 5 steps apart in the RCI, like a 50 Group in the rear and a 45 Group for the fronts.”, MAXAM, “If you have too much positive slip ratio (above 5%) you will have “excessive” work by the front tires pulling the rear tires equates to a loss of efficiency and higher fuel consumption. Jim Enyart: Technical Manager. Tyre size. Because of the increased air pressures and load carrying capacities of IF/VF tires, it would be wise to check the standard wheels being used. Either I didn't explain myself correctly or you didn't read what I wrote. Smaller tires on a steering axle would allow for sharper steering angles. I'm not 100% sure that your statement is correct. Failing to find anything in print for the YM1401D front to rear gear ratio, I decided to take Scotty's advice and just measure it. The rolling circumference is the distance in inches that a tire travels in one revolution. The “IF” and “VF” tires not only carry more weight than a conventional radial tire at the same air pressures, they have a larger footprint. Front Tire Size: 440/80R28 (Rolling Circumference = 167.95) Rear Tire Size: 540/80R38 (Rolling Circumference = 217.68) Tractor Gear Ratio: 1.329 . It is acceptable to increase or decrease the overall diameter on the rear tires, but the front tires will also need to be changed. One of my favorite up-fitment examples for a very popular tractor setup is switching out 480/80R50 and 380/80R38 sets to VF480/95R50 and VF380/95R38 sets. It is worth thinking about for … Factors that could lead to smaller tire diameters: – If the total height of the vehicle needs to be limited. The difference in those two groups is 5. More torque can be sent to the wheels in first gear than in fifth gear because first gear has a larger gear-ratio by which to multiply the torque. What the RCI difference is between the front and rear axle, as this should be kept constant. In addition to this “faster” front tire rotation (depending on the interaxle ratio), the front tires rotational speed needs to be 1 to 4% higher than the rears to assure the grip and to help with steering. The advent of powered front axle tractors or mechanical front wheel assist / drive (MFWD) tractors to provide more power (torque) to pull implements in the field requires a clear understanding of the RCI impact. The RCI is the rolling circumference or the distance a tire travels in one revolution. Each RCI group has a logical, even progression of RC where each RC is 5.4% larger than previous one. We recommend the check to confirm the lead and acceptable technical data for each tire change individually. These tractors have the same sizes of tires all the way around like a 4-wheel drive truck. Your email address will not be published. For instance if the front tires are not changed the rear tires OD increases, this will put the tractor into a negative lead/lag meaning the rear tires will be pushing the fronts which could lead to the differential binding up and potentially locking up. Overall tractor weight . RCI 48 – 42 = 4 Step difference between front and rear tires. Always contact the tractor manufacturer to be sure. The purpose of this would be to increase flotation, reduce soil compaction, lower fuel consumption or improve productivity. If you have a “negative” slip result, the front tires will experience a braking effect that creates a loss of pulling power, more fuel consumption and reduced steering capability.”, PRECISION INFLATION, “It is important to remember that RCI is a great guide; however, sometimes a tire will have a rolling circumference between groups or have variation between manufacturers- that is why we recommend contacting your local tire dealer to ensure lead lag is correct based on ACTUAL Rolling Circumference.”, BKT, “Because of the increased air pressures and load carrying capacities of IF/VF tires, it would be wise to check the standard wheels being used. The rear tire is considered a group 48 RCI and the front is considered a group 43 RCI. The first thing to consider is the vehicle’s/tractor’s operators manual and what is written about tires and tire exchange. The large majority of tractors in the 100 to 400 hp range are set up to go between 30 inch-wide rows. There are options available to decrease your ground pressures and the best option for your operation should be investigated. Even if the MFWD is switched off on road normally, many tractors engage MFWD while braking, so high lead values may create high tension in the drive line. This is called front axle lag (we need to avoid this). They should both be turning at close to the same speed. From the manual, obtain the rolling circumference of the tire desired for the rear wheel. So, the tire always has to be de-mounted from the rim for a proper repair. Posted by James Tuschner | Mar 2, 2020 | Size Options, Uncategorized | 0 |, TRELLEBORG, “There is not a tire combination that is a “one size fits all” situation and often different operations would require different sets of tires for the same equipment.”, TITAN, “The tire industry has developed the RCI (Rolling Circumference Index) system based on the OD (Overall Diameter) of tires to assist manufacturers in the proper of selection of tire size combinations that will work.”, CONTINENTAL, “The Rolling Circumference Index (RCI) is a grouping of tires based on the rolling circumferences. Of course, more tire width and more section height normally mean more air volume = load capacity at the same inflation pressure. Michelin Ag If there is no limitation from that perspective (like row applications or plowing in a furrow), maximum permitted values are recommended for maximum performance on the field. If the lead is very low, a tractor tends to go straight even with turned steering wheels, like it does when diff lock is engaged. The tire industry has developed the RCI (Rolling Circumference Index) system based on the OD of tires to assist manufacturers in the proper of selection of tire size combinations that will work. This is the value referred to by some OEMs when they mention that the ratio between the front and rear axles is 5 steps. Using the above equation and the RCI data, as well as the OEM tractor gear ratio, any grower can quickly determine if their equipment will allow switching or evolving to larger tires without compromising their required gear ratio slip rate percentage. OEM engineers physically test each tire combination using the correct inflation pressure for the load before they release these tire combinations and offer them for sale. The front tire mark should be slightly past one revolution. Selecting the right tire/rim combination and using it to its best advantage can be a very powerful way to get the most performance and efficiency from your equipment. U70. Agricultural Machinery: Four-Wheel Drive Tractor Kubota. But, before you jump to expensive or complicated solutions, first determine if moving from a bias to radial, or from a standard radial to VF, or finding a tire with a larger overall diameter that can be mounted on the same rim can get you to the target goal. How much flotation do you need? Regardless of which RCI system you use, when you’ve picked out the options, it’s always good to get that second opinion from your equipment dealer or experienced farm tire technician. A plumb pencil line was marked through the center of the left front and rear rims. One method uses the “standard” format and the other is the “metric” format. There are several instances where it might make sense to change or convert tire sizes and wheels on tractors. 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