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Larger Diameter Tires on Deluxe 24"

I'm looking for larger diameter tires for my deluxe 24" for two reasons:
1. With a larger tire I gain a little faster speed since reverse is all but useless to me and I don't use anything below 3 forward, won't help much but it'll be something.
2. It should change the angle of the handlebars and raise them up a bit since I'm too tall or my arms to too short and it's killing my back using this thing.

Stock is 16" diameter by 4.8 inches on a 8" rim.
By my calculations a 18" should fit the bill just find but my googlefu is coming up short.
The only tire i've found is a 18x6.50-8 but I'm unsure how a 6.5" tire will look/fit on a 4.8 rim.

Anyone else wandered into this territory?
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You would only gain at the most one inch of height … not worth it in my opinion.

If you are too tall for the machine, I would extend the handle bars.
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I havenít seen anyone looking for larger than stock for the Deluxe on up.
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I've never swapped wheels, and I realize this would only help with point #1. But you can adjust the transmission to increase your reverse speed, at the expense of slowing down the forward ones slightly. But if you aren't often using forward 6, then maybe that's an acceptable compromise.

I don't know if it's an issue to put a wider 6.5" tire on a rim that was using a 4.8" wide tire. Maybe all the rims are the same width, so this is expected. I don't know, sorry. Make sure the width and height increase it wouldn't interfere with the machine, at least.

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Taller tires will wear out the friction drive disc faster from more strain on it due to the taller tires and more strain on the drive-train.
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You would only gain at the most one inch of height Ö not worth it in my opinion.

If you are too tall for the machine, I would extend the handle bars.
Actually it gains about 2 inches. Remember, the pivot point is the wheels, raising the fulcrum 1" with the other end fixed (blade), multiplies the handle height.
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Taller tires will wear out the friction drive disc faster from more strain on it due to the taller tires and more strain on the drive-train.
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@kilo,

A tire that is 16 inches high, and a tire that is 18 inches high, is going to have the same center point, thus giving it one inch rise on the top and bottom, i.e. one inch difference rise off the ground. I understand the fulcrum aspect, but I think still you would be better to raise the handle bars. JMHO
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What would raising the handlebars do to change the ground speed ? I agree on the adjustment to slow down the forward speed which will increase the reverse speed. Save you money on the tires and buy some beer.
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Taller tires will wear out the friction drive disc faster from more strain on it due to the taller tires and more strain on the drive-train.

This is completely untrue
it will give the blower a higher top speed
it will make 1st gear speed lower
the taller tire will hive slighty better traction
you could adjust linkage to get same result that wouldn't hurt the disk or tranny either
its a snowblower not the spacee shuttle


Ive slowed down my st824 doing this and many blowers same drive disk no tranny issues
how offer does someone use top gear even so still plenty fast
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