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Mounting a loaded tire-one man job
Steps in mounting a loaded tire single handedly:
1. Lift and level the tractor on two jack stands using a floor jack with the rear end just high enough to be able to remove the tire in question. Have a place nearby to roll the tire after removing it being careful not to let it get more than a few degrees off from the vertical. It is very awkward and heavy to roll away but can be done alone if careful.
2. Ready to remount---special tool needed---A steel tube, 3.5” long, ¾” O.D. and 5/8” I.D. This was a stock dimension at HD. The ¾”O.D fits through the rim hole and the 5/8” I.D. slides over a lug bolt.
3. Rotate the brake drum by hand so that a lug is at the 12 o’clock position. Place the sleeve over that lug. You now have a bigger and easier target to snag the topmost rim hole as described in the next steps.
4. Place several sheets of heavy cardboard on the floor directly beneath the drum, layering them in in a pyramid fashion so that the maximum height of the cardboard pile is approached gradually to about an inch or so of thickness at the top, under the sleeve. The tire is now a little more than an inch too high for perfect alignment with the sleeve. BTW, pushing the tire up the cardboard sheets and wiggling it towards the drum is much easier than it sounds as slope is gentle and the cardboard sheets slide on each other.
5. Now using the floor jack, raise the rear end enough to be able to rotate and push the tire (which is clocked at say 11:30 to the drum) onto the sleeve. The tire will then be leaning in at the top. Raise the floor jack one pump at a time. The tire will want to kick out more at the bottom as you lift so brace yourself and push it further onto the sleeve at every chance.
6. As you lift the tire, gravity will also pull the remaining rim holes from 11:30 to the noon position to help align with the drum. Push the bottom of the tire in (which is now suspended on the sleeve above the cardboard) with your foot to snag and then hand tighten onto the first lug bolt that protrudes through the rim. Finally, remove the sleeve last after the other 7 nuts are screwed on. The sleeve then slides out (with some persuasion) after the first seven lug nuts are hand tightened.
7. Finally, lower the tractor and tighten the lug nuts to spec.
8. Sorry, no pix as I was too occupied in steps 5 and 6. This procedure worked for both rear tires on my 8N so it would probably work for others as well.