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I've read this post before but after reading again i think i'm going to fill the tires on my commando 8 snow plow horse i already have the old cast inside wheel weights but i think it could use sum more it still runs out of traction pretty easily it has the 6-12 tires on it plus its about time to winterize the fifth wheel camper any way so i will be buying sum RV antifreeze   

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I got this somewhere on the internet. But I'm not sure if the weight is: beet juice, calcium chloride, or RV Antifreeze. These numbers are for some of the more common sizes for GT tractors.

             SIZE                 GALLONS                WEIGHT in POUNDS

  • 16x6.50-8               2.0                            21.4
  • 18x7.00-8               3.0                            32.1 
  • 18x8.50-8               3.4                            36.4 
  • 18x9.50-8               4.0                            42.8
  • 23x8.50-12             5.5                            58.9
  • 23x10.50-12           6.8                            72.8
  • 6-12                        3.6                            38.5

Other sizes will be + or - these numbers.

I just looked up a gallon of RV antifreeze, weight showed as 8.9 pounds. I remember water is close to that, and jet fuel (kerosene/diesel) is about 8.6 if I remember correctly. It has been 30 years or so though.  :)

Brings up the old question: which is heavier, a pound of feathers - or a pound of lead? :ychain:

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Those weights would be for Beet Juice ( RimGuard, via their site).
That's for 100% full; they recommend only a 85% fill, leaving some air space.
Beet Juice is the most weight/gallon of all the safe affordable liquids for inside tires,
it's only $2–4 per gallon, plus the cost of pumping it into the tire or tube ($5–10/tire).

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That's the exact valve I have used for filling my tires. Works great and is not expensive.

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Same as the Napa valve I got.

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For future reference, fill the tires to about 75-85% full. Leave some air to compress and soften the ride. To do this easily, fill with fluid (through valve stem with tubes or just break the bead on one side of the wheel and pour directly in without) then mount the tire and get the valve stem to the 12 o'clock position to let the excess drain. Your tires will be about 75% full. Also, remember to only check air pressure with the stem at 12 o'clock after the tires are loaded unless you want your pressure gauges full of fluid. 

And old post, but:
To the OP with the Power King. I've got a Farmall Cub and the 150lb wheel weights are a bear to handle. On the Cub forums there are instructions for making an easy handling tool. Cut a 2x6 or 2x8 to be about 5' high, then line up and drill a 1/2" hole to correspond with one of the wheel weight mounting holes when at 12 o'clock. Insert length of 1/2" rod. To install weight lay it down on the board on the rod and lift the board up, then walk it right to the wheel and push in. Insert two carriage bolts and you're done. Removal in reverse. Also remember to line up the weight cutout with your valve stem, makes life easier. I forgot when mounting the first, remembered on the second.

http://www.farmallcub.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?f=143&t=29875

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Beet Juice seems the best option by far at nearly 11 lbs./gallon and eco-friendly for the same price as w/w fluid or RV antifreeze - not to mention it doesn't freeze until negative 35 degrees.  Added nearly 70 lbs. to each of my 23x10.5x12's. :eusa-think:

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