Installing Liquid Ballast in Tires

Liquid Ballast Installation

GEMPLER'S carries three different adapters for installing liquid ballast in tires: the Air/Liquid Adapter Kit, the Quick Fill Tractor Tire Attachment, and the Hydro Inflation Core Ejection Tool. This guide will show you how to use each type of tool to install liquid ballast.

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Installing Liquid Ballast in Tires
  • Air/Liquid Adapter
  • Quick Fill Attachment
  • Core Injection Tool
  • Differences
Using the Air Liquid Adapter Kit
Air/Liquid Adapter Kit

The Air/Liquid Adapter Kit permits fast filling of tires with fluid for ballast. Button valve on side releases air displaced by fluid. Connects 3/4" standard garden hose to air/liquid tractor stem "TR 218A/220A" and comes with 2 extra bushings to accomodate "TR 13" and "TR 15" stems.

Parts included in the kit.

Step 1

Support tire and wheel assembly off ground and rotate assembly
to position valve core on top.

Step 2

If the tire valve has a core housing like those found on tractor
tires, remove the valve core to deflate the tire and then remove
the core housing. Otherwise, for tires that do not have valve
core housing, click here.

Step 3

Install water hose on the large end of the Air/Liquid Adapter.
Make sure hose is tightly connected.

Step 4

Leave the rim nut on the stem and attach the Air/Liquid Adapter
to the valve stem base.

Step 5

Turn on water supply. As water is filling the tire, additional air pressure will develop. The added air pressure needs to be released so that water will continue to flow. To release pressure, turn off water supply and slowly push the pressure release button on the adapter. This will release both water and air at first. After a short time, water will stop being released and only air will continue to be released. When there is no more air pressure, release button and turn on water supply again. Repeat this process until the water level reaches the valve or until the tire is 75% filled with liquid. Then turn off water supply, press button to release any remaining air pressure, remove the Air/Liquid Adapter, and reinstall the core and/or core housing. Finally, add air to tire until air pressure is at the factory recommended level.

Special instructions for tires without valve core housing:

For tires without valve core housing, remove valve core and deflate tire.

 

Install small adapter on valve stem threads. Then install the Air/Liquid Adapter as shown in the picture to the left. Then install water hose on the large end of the Air/Liquid Adapter. Make sure hose is tightly connected. Proceed to step 5 above.

Using the Quick Fill Tractor Tire Attachment
Quick Fill Tractor Tire Attachment

The Quick Fill Tractor Tire Attachment is an all-brass, no-rust unit used to fill tractor tires with water or calcium/water ballast. Design lets air escape automatically so you don't have to stop and vent while filling. Connects standard 3/4" hose to air/liquid tractor stem "TR 218A/220A" only.

Step 1

The Quick Fill Tractor Tire Attachment only works on stems
with a core housing. To begin using the attachment, support
the tire and wheel assembly, rotate the tire so that the valve is
at the top. Remove the valve core to deflate the tire and then
remove the core housing.

NOTE: AQF1 Attachment will not work on small stems (as shown)

Step 2

Install the Quick Fill Tractor Tire Attachment on the valve stem,
turning the attachment tight against the rim nut.

Step 3

Install the water hose. Turn on the water supply. The Quick Fill
Tractor Tire Attachment is designed to release pressure as the
water flows into the tire. This process takes longer than the
Air/Liquid Adapter Kit.

Using the Hydro-inflation Core Ejection Tool
Quick Fill Tractor Tire Attachment

The Hydro Inflation Core Ejection Tool is used with the Air-powered Diaphragm Pump. The Hydro Inflation Core Ejection Tool will remove and install the core housing while mounted on the valve stem base. The tool has additional adapters to be used with small stems, tractor stems, and large bore stems.

The Hydro Inflation Core Ejection Tool is an all-brass tool that permits fast filling of tires with liquid ballast solutions. Includes bushings to fit tube and tubeless versions of standard, large, and super-large-bore air/liquid valves with removable core housings.

Step 1

The Hydro Inflation Core Ejection Tool apparatus will thread
over the base of the air/liquid TR218/220A type valve stems.

Step 2

The union can be installed while connected to the rest of the
Hydro Inflation Core Ejection Tool, or it can be installed separately.

Step 3

To remove the core housing, gently push on the end of the hand
wheel and turn counterclockwise. This will remove the core
housing from the base of the stem.

Step 4

After several revolutions, pull back on the hand wheel.
This will pull the core housing from the base to the back of the
ejection tool, making the tire ready for filling or removal of liquid.

What happens inside?

The sleeve is split to slide over the core housing.

 

Pushing on the hand wheel forces the sleeve over the housing.

 

These two drawings illustrate the idea of "valve level." With the tire positioned so that the valve is at the top of the rim, the tire is approximately 75% filled with liquid when the liquid reaches "valve level."

Using Adapters

When the tire has a TR-13 or TR-15 stem, install the small bore core removal plug in the end of the core ejector. This will allow you to remove and reinstall just the valve core. You will also need to use the adapter for the standard valve.

 

This picture shows the adapter and the valve core.

Difference Between Air/Liquid Adapter Kit and Quick Fill Tractor Tire Attachment
Air/Liquid Adapter Kit and Quick Fill Tractor Tire Attachment

This picture illustrates the difference between the Air/Liquid Adapter Kit and the Quick Fill Tractor Tire Attachment. The Air/Liquid Adapter Kit (left) has a 3/8-inch opening, whereas the Quick Fill Tractor Tire Attachment (right) has a smaller 1/4-inch opening.