Purchasing the correct Front End parts
Wheel rim installation
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*Purchasing the correct Front End parts
Tips for buying the correct Front End Part - the first time
Is the front end an OEM? If the tractor was manufactured in the 70's or earlier, there is a good chance that the whole front end, or at least, parts of the front end is non-OEM. If there is any doubt, provide any markings or casting numbers where you buy your parts. Sometimes no numbers can be provided. In these cases, you'll need the measurements of the part to be replaced in order to assure the correct part purchase.
Note: (All our front-end parts have dimensions provided in the catalog and on the website). If all of the above fail to solve the issue, don't despair! Take your search one more step. Look in our A&I Agricultural Supply catalog and look in the Schwartz or Speeco section. It is important to remember that just because the tractor is of a certain make, it doesn't guarantee that all or part of the front end is OEM. Previous owners could have installed a heavier same brand front-end or another manufacture's front-end and repainted it. Identify why the part broke. For example, worn out tie rod ends, spindle bushings, top or center steering arms, pivot pins or bushings may create slack that will multiply out at the wheel ends causing sometimes even a good part to fail. Overloading the front end is a major cause of failure. Are you, for example, moving round bales? Then you should look for a Heavy-Duty part to avoid future breakdowns. Lastly, when you are looking for a spindle also look at possibly replacing the wheel bearing kit, spindle leg bushings, steering arms, tie rod ends, wheel hubs and studs. You’ll be thankful in the end.
*Wheel rim installation
Basic tips for rim mounting installation
Order the correct width rim for the tire size you’re mounting. This reduces tire wear and traction problems. Use rims with welded lugs (in lieu of spot welds). This makes for a stronger rim. Lugs should be aligned correctly with the rim edge. This ensures that the tire runs true and doesn’t wobble. Clean center disc mounting surfaces before mounting. Dirt and rough surfaces can cause “runout” and wobble. The proper procedure for mounting the rim to the disk is: 1. Lay the rim and the mounted tire on a flat surface such as shop floor. 2. Install the disc to the rim while checking clearances from top to bottom and side to side before tightening bolts.
*From A&I Tech Tips