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Can you upsize rims and tires?

i haven't thought this through much yet, but wondering if you can put bigger (or smaller) wheels on a snowblower. or, are they sized for the configuration of the blower?
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one example for me is my ariens has 13-5-6 wheels, and i have a set from another blower that is 16-6.5-8.
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I would think that if the bolt pattern, etc, is the same, you could swap them. They need to be able to mate with the axles, of course.

But if they're taller or shorter than the stock wheels, the bucket will sit at a different angle. I'd think you'd want to go bigger, if anything, not smaller. Bigger would tilt the bucket forward more, helping ensure it rides on the scraper bar, rather than risking rubbing on the back of the bucket.

Bigger or smaller would influence your overall drive speeds as well, of course.

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right, just like in a car increasing rim/tire dimensions affects the speedometer accuracy. in my example, i don't know if the width would be a factor. the added height would lift the machine up a little. maybe it would roll easier, maybe more traction, maybe balance better. looks like in my example the overall height would increase by 1.5 inches from the ground.

also in my case it is snap pin set up, not bolt on.
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All my older Ariens are the equivalent of 13x4-6 … i.e., when inflated, they sit roughly 13 inch high, 4 inch wide with a rim circumference of 6 inch …

I kept the X-Trac to that original rim same size on all my machines, as they all work and run great, as a factory set up machine would be.

Could one rig up different wheels to work, yes , of course. Might handle the gears different, and the as mentioned the bucket would sit slightly differently, but should work just the same.
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Hight isnt so much a issue but as I found out on my Sno-Tek the width of the tires may be a issue, Went from the stock tires to the 15" x-trak tires and they rubbed so went down to the narrower X-Trak 13"

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and the 13" wheels look a little wimpy compared to the 16" ones! i might see if it works. my ariens rims have a hole for the pin; these other rims have a slot for the pin, so they accommodate flexible fit on the shaft.
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i tried them, but they don't really work. they were off a large husqvarna. i will probably list them in the classifieds.
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