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Rim width vs. tires rolling diameter

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    Posted: 29 Jan 2023 at 8:31am
Given a rear tractor tire, how does the diameter change when mounted on narrower or wider rims? I have situation with a friend and a Ford 2N, it has a loader.

It has 10" rims with 11.2-28 tire. The rims are rotted, so are tires.
He went and purchased new rims, however, they are 11" wide.
This would normally mean he needs 12.4-28 tires.
He did not get the tires yet. We wonder if he could use 11.2 tires on the
11" rims. Unless people tell us that is OK, he will get the 12.4 tires.
So two issues, seem like the 11.2 is cheaper than the 12.4 and the
12.4 will speed up his tractor. 1st gear on that thing is already too fast,
going to 12.4 will make it even faster.
I think putting 11.2 tire on 11" rim will reduce the diameter compared to same tire on 10" rim. Do I have that right?  Would it be ok in looks and performance?
He will use beet juice or pink anti freeze as ballast.
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One inch of rim width difference won't be noticeable. Three or four inches difference will change the tire diameter for sure.
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There's no 'magical formula' of tire width vs rims vs speed.......
The problem is that tires are different from brand to brand ,even though they may all  say 12.4x28 on them.
Guy needed a 'boat trailer ' tire. I had one 5.80x ??, 4 bolt NOT the same !! even has same air pressure and rim !! arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh.....

might try Miller tire ? for a chart ? or say a Ford tractor website

yeah, 2N is real fast in first gear....had one... and just HOW do you hit left brake and clutch at same time !!!
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Brian, I owned a farm tire dealership for 22 years. Go ahead and get the 11.2's. Be sure he gets new tubes for them. The wider rims will cause the old tubes to stretch differently, might cause a seam to split on the old tube.
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Wider rims will flatten out the tread and reduce the diameter, narrower rims will give the tread more crown and larger diameter. Wider rim and flatter tread will give better traction, as Dr. said an inch won't be noticeable.
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