Tractor Wheelie Bars

Tractor Pulling Wheelie Bars                              Back to: Tractor Pulling

The pulling tractor should have wheelie bars, especially if the hitch height is higher than normal.  Wheelie
bars may not be required by the tractor pulling club or event, but still should be used for pure safety sake.  
What is alarming that some people do not realize, is that a pulling tractor with decent horsepower can
quickly flip over backwards during the pull, without warning.
Tractor Pulling Wheelie Bars
When choosing wheelie bars, it is important to choose
wheels of adequate size, so as to make good contact with
the ground and not sink in easily.  It is recommended that
wheelie pads be a minimum of 3” square and 1/8” thick,
or that wheels should be a minimum of 4” in diameter and
1” in width.  Most tractor pullers will opt for wheels on their
wheelie bars, as they allow for some roll and less
resistance.  

Many tractor pulling clubs will recommend that wheelie
bars be 5” from the ground maximum, with the wheels or
wheelie bard pads being at least 5” from the tractor’s rear
tire tread.  The wheelie bar should be constructed of solid
metal tubing of at least 1/8” wall thickness, reinforced, and
not spring loaded.  Bolting the wheelie bars to a bracket
will make them adjustable, instead of mounting them
directly to the tractor frame.

When installing wheelie bars on your tractor, it is a good
idea to have the pulling tires on (front and rear) and
elevate the front end to about 16” off of the ground.  Then,
by setting the wheelie bar pads or wheels on the ground, it
will be easy to mark the tractor frame for drilling holes to
mount the wheelie bar brackets to.  Lower the tractor, drill
the holes and bolt the wheelie bars on.
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