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The rule of thumb for ALL pulling tractors is to get the front end as low as possible for better weight distribution and leverage. By doing this, the rear of the tractor or hitch is "raised up," and when the weight of the sled starts to place pressure on the hitch, this will make it harder to raise the front end. Causing the rear tires to bite more.

Also, the front wheels (or tires) can be smaller because all they do is support the front weight of the tractor and steer. And the rear wheels (or tires) has to be bigger because they must support most of the weight and provide the traction.

Always try to purchase pulling tires in a MATCHED SETarial

The reason for this is because one tire could be slightly taller than the other (at the same air pressure), resulting in the tractor pulling to one side of the track at times. So get them from a reputable tire dealer who takes the time to mount and inflate them (at 10 p.s.i.), then writes the measurement of the circumference on each tire. The circumference of each tire can vary when not mounted and properly inflated. Because tires are stored stacked on one another or side by side on a rack, the circumference can't be accurately measured (when it isn't mounted and properly inflated).

Pulling tire sizes are determined by the overall height, maximum width (including the side wall bulge) and the inside diameter. For example, 26-12.00x12 size represents that the tire is 26" tall (when fully inflated), has an overall width of 12" (bulge of sidewalls) and mounts on a 12" diameter wheel.
 
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