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post #1 of 8 Old 01-13-2019, 01:15 PM Thread Starter
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wheel & tire question for 825I

I've got a 2015 gator I use on the farm and have 12" steel wheels and 27" Essex surefoot tires that are wore out, cracking and need replaced. I want to put a 14" or 15" steel wheel and get a steel belted truck tire like a MAXXIS MT-764 BUCKSHOT II 27/8.50R-14L or MAXXIS MT-762 BIGHORN LT27/8.50R-14 or if I find 15'' wheels 215/75r15 bfg mud terrain or HANKOOK DYNAPRO MT (RT03)LT215/75R-15. I've seen where people have talked about this but not read anyone that has used something like this. I see where some trailer wheels, old Mopar or jeep & ford ranger wheels would work too. Any thoughts?
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wheel & tire question for 825I

There are numerous posts on using steel wheels on the 825i.

It will be important to find a wheel with the correct center hub diameter and wheel bolt seating face.

Perhaps @CaptSeabee can help? I believe he has a set of steel trailer wheels he is using on his 855d.

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Deere makes a 14” steel wheel for the 825.
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If you look at my post for the 855D turbo review, there's a picture of highway radials on 15 inch rims. I'm running 205-75-15s on 15x5 5-4.5 Allied Mod Trailer Wheels. The bolt pattern is exact and the center hole is perhaps a mm or so larger but holds the dust cover well. Les Schwab can measure them up and match them in their catalog if yours is different. They only came in white with purple pinstripes. I didn't want my camo 855D looking like the Idaho Pimpmobile, so I painted them black. You'll get a firmer ride due to the 30 psi pressure, but better roll and fuel economy. Acceleration is faster as well. I was getting some toe-in wear on my stock tires so an alignment was done. When I gave Les Schwab the numbers JD provided and they entered them into their computer alignment machine, it said "Geo Metro". Easy to remember now. The setup is pretty close to maximum diameter while not dinging the front fenders. You need some clearance for spring depression while turning. I've never rubbed this set. 215 width should work fine. Just make sure the front end is up when mounted to verify clearances. When you do the job, make sure your display is reset for the appropriate diameter so the speedometer gives the right numbers. If you need the procedure, it's in the service manual or you can PM me later for it.

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Thanks as always @CaptSeabee

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thanks, I'll check it out
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I read your post. If I went with UTV tires, I was thinking about the GBC KANATI MONGREL (10PLY) DOT 27X9-12 AND 27X11-12 ATV TIRES. Do they seem like a tire that would hold up good on the farm? I don't want the light weight balloon type utv tires like most are. Curious if they would be as tough as the steel belted mud grip DOT tires I mentioned that are 6 ply.
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The Mongrels work great on my 855D. They're a bit less noisy than stock. I just use them during the winter though unless going on an offroad trip.
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