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flotation tires vs regular tires for Clark 665
« on: October 23, 2018, 11:15:12 AM »
Considering newer tires for my 665 wondering if there are any stability issues with non flotation type tires, any input would be helpful.
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Re: flotation tires vs regular tires for Clark 665
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2018, 11:48:29 AM »
What size tires are you referring to as flotation? I have 23.1s on my Clark 664 and wouldn't go any smaller I know a lot of guys have skinnier but I love the stability

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Re: flotation tires vs regular tires for Clark 665
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2018, 11:56:11 AM »
I also have 23.1x26ís on my 666, I wouldnít want narrower for sure. You see a lot of 18.4x34ís on timber jacks- those machines seem built for them. Iíve seen some Clarkís with the tall tires too but I donít think Iíd like it.
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Re: flotation tires vs regular tires for Clark 665
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2018, 06:16:13 PM »
With my 666D Grapple and 28L26's I feel very stable wouldn't want anything smaller than 23.1 on that machine. 

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Re: flotation tires vs regular tires for Clark 665
« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2018, 06:37:31 PM »
I really like the 23.1 size tire it seems to work pretty well on both my 540 and 240. Although I wouldnít really call a 23.1 a floation the 664 i ran with 18.4x34s did seem to cut in more. Iím assuming yours has the really wide tires like are used in the south?
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Re: flotation tires vs regular tires for Clark 665
« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2018, 01:33:48 PM »
So I checked and the ones I have on now are 24.5-32
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Re: flotation tires vs regular tires for Clark 665
« Reply #6 on: October 24, 2018, 09:56:06 PM »
I would not want to run anything narrower on a machine that size unless you are operating on very flat and very dry ground.

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Re: flotation tires vs regular tires for Clark 665
« Reply #7 on: October 26, 2018, 08:58:07 PM »
Thank you for all the help guys, really appreciate your input. :) 

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Re: flotation tires vs regular tires for Clark 665
« Reply #8 on: October 27, 2018, 08:43:38 AM »
I run the 18.4 x 34's on a 666. She's stable enough, cuts in a bit more when its wet but gets a better grip when its dry too. I'd probably think about changing it if i ran a grapple but no complaints as a line skidder.
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