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PostSubject: Craftsman LT10 build   Sat Apr 07, 2012 8:55 pm

My main trail/race mower. Started out as a 10hp Tecumseh, 600 peerless transaxle. Upgraded to a 18 opposed twin briggs, then started blowing transmissions. Now it has a 20hp v-twin, and modified 820 peerless transaxle.

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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman LT10 build   Sat Apr 07, 2012 9:04 pm

My main modfication was the transmission. Started out as a 6 speed peerless 820-16d. Orginial spider gears and axles removed. Hubs for spider gears bored to 1 in and keyed. Needle bearings removed from the axle housings and replaced with bronze bushings. Orings removed from other bearings. High speed gear set installed. Brake shaft cut off and bearing replaced with capped bearing to prevent oil leaks. Go kart axle installed. 10 in brake rotor and brake caliper installed. Vent and fill plugs, filled with 90wt gear oil.

another axle built, in empty housing.

Welded axle keyway and filed smooth for orings to prevent oil leakage.

Spare tranny

disk and caliper on tractor.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman LT10 build   Sat Apr 07, 2012 9:18 pm

Front axle is completely custom. 3/16 wall 2x3 channel, with welded ends. 10 degrees postive caster for handling, no toe or camber. Grade 8 3/4 bolts welded for spindles/pivots. Center pivot is 1 in bushing with bronze bushing, bolted to tractor with 3/4 grade 8 bolt. Also installed a rack and pinion steering.

Old axle donating its center to new axle.

basic idea of how spindles are made

installed on mower

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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman LT10 build   Sat Apr 07, 2012 9:25 pm

Some pics of the undercarriage. We use rods all the way across, above and below the belt, to keep it in place. Also x brace installed, and 1/2 welded to bottom of frame rails.




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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman LT10 build   Sat Apr 07, 2012 9:54 pm

sweer cant wait to see more
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman LT10 build   Sun Apr 08, 2012 10:53 am

What is the steering rack out of? Very solid looking tractor"nice job!
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman LT10 build   Sun Apr 08, 2012 11:36 am

Dked41 ---- i saw a guy with a monster mower use that same one. Its out of a golf cart i would believe because that what the other guys was out of
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman LT10 build   Sun Apr 08, 2012 4:18 pm

what you running for exhaust on that bad boy?
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman LT10 build   Sun Apr 08, 2012 7:37 pm

No idea what the rack and pinion is off of. I bought it at a surplus place for 30.00. They sold out of them shortly after.

Exhaust is 3/4 electrical conduit. Duals ran out the back. It's a little small, but engine is stock. Sounds really good, quiet at idle, loud as heck when you get on it.

It's geared for 45mph, and gets there in a big hurry. Lot of fun to run it through the gears. With the 6 speed, 1st is still really slow, like a granny gear. You could actually mow in that gear. Pulleys are 6 in front and rear. I'll have to get a pic of the high speed gears.

Let me know if you guys want a pic of something.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman LT10 build   Fri Apr 19, 2013 6:57 pm

my avatar pic is of my own old LT10 that ended up getting an 18hp opposed twin... built up almost the same way (but I kept my 3 speed peerless with some modifications)

Then someone stole it, and put it inside a storage yard where it rots away. Can't find the owner of the lot to get it back ( I have ways to positively ID the thing) or else I'd bring it back to life in a big way.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman LT10 build   Tue May 07, 2013 10:00 pm

Stretch preps for surgery on his transaxle.



The Silver Bullet hanging from the chain fall, sans trans.



The oil is a bit sparkly but not too bad.



Proof that a #40 chain will work perfectly fine on a #41 sprocket... *poke poke*



That shifter key is toast. The reverse gear sprocket somehow rode up on it.


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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman LT10 build   Tue May 28, 2013 10:40 pm

New Taillights on Stretch's "Silver Bullet!"




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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman LT10 build   Wed May 29, 2013 12:46 am

very well built Very Happy so how do the tail lights come on do they come on by a toggle switch or a pedal?
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman LT10 build   Wed May 29, 2013 8:52 am

Toggle switch... I have thought about doing brake lights on mine, but haven't gotten around to it.

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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman LT10 build   Wed May 29, 2013 6:14 pm

@TheRainbowBoxer wrote:
Toggle switch... I have thought about doing brake lights on mine, but haven't gotten around to it.
yea ive been thinking about it to and using a push start button on my brake pedal to turn the lights on but i figure i wont be going on any major road lol and if one of my buddys hit my rear there just gonna lift me off the ground Razz
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman LT10 build   Wed May 29, 2013 7:02 pm

I used the brake light switch from a motorcycle. Adjustable, and weatherproof.

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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman LT10 build   Wed May 29, 2013 8:19 pm

@Doc Sprocket wrote:
I used the brake light switch from a motorcycle. Adjustable, and weatherproof.
never thought of that
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman LT10 build   Thu May 30, 2013 4:31 pm

That looks awesome! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman LT10 build   Sun Dec 22, 2013 7:51 pm



Just looking at these- those U joints, i can only see two. Is there a third one? it looks like it would be really sharp turn for the second one, but then again i might be wrong.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman LT10 build   Sun Dec 22, 2013 11:00 pm

Only 2 ujoints, one at each end of the middle shaft. Somewhat of a sharp angle, but it's a low speed steering setup, not a driveline.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman LT10 build   Sun Dec 22, 2013 11:15 pm

@Stretch44875 wrote:
Only 2 ujoints, one at each end of the middle shaft.  Somewhat of a sharp angle, but it's a low speed steering setup, not a driveline.
Gotcha. Maybe its the camera angle of the second pic that makes it look more then it is. I was kinda thinking about using a golf kart steering box for mine, but thats only if the gears broke or something. Trying to help out greener179 too with his broken steering. Thanks
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman LT10 build   Mon Dec 23, 2013 11:45 am

I will defiantly model my next racing mower off this, my little simplicity i have now i wanted to be alot like this, but it just didn't work out and instead of having a locked transaxle like i wanted (so i could have gears) i had o have a 90 degree gear box and i wish i had revers because its pretty much pointless for doing anything other than going fast at this point  Sad 
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman LT10 build   Fri May 09, 2014 9:48 pm

Hey Stretch I know that you take pride in your exhaust but can you share a picture of it with us? I really like your exhaust sound. I ask because have another V-Twin that I am thinking about rebuilding for my Rally.  I was wondering about mimicking your sound.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman LT10 build   Fri May 09, 2014 10:33 pm

Nothing like TRB's... Mine's dead simple, just two straight pipes out the back, made out of 3/4 electrical conduit.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman LT10 build   Thu May 15, 2014 12:46 am

Yes yes yes... dead simple...

thanks to TheRainbowBoxer's fantastic conduit bending/routing skills......

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