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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lt2000 Project   Sun Apr 06, 2014 7:22 pm

DANG IT! ok so im driving around in the field enjoying the fact that i can go anywhere with a locked dif. I notice its getting late so i pull onto the paved road (alot smoother than a frozen field) and floored the new gas pedal i made yesterday. I need to clock the speed on this thing it is fast. but anyways i pull into the driveway....go to park it and notice only one wheel spun when i got onto the snowbank.... so at first i though "how the #$^% did this break already." then i thought "you idiot you just drove it back to the house in 6th the welds just spun off"....... so in other words i need to crack the case back open and lock it again...im going with the fozzy seeing my welder isnt strong enough for fearless's method
i need to get this thing working before mud season Shocked 
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lt2000 Project   Sun Apr 06, 2014 8:29 pm

Make sure when you crack it back open, that you get any pieces of weld out of the oil/grease... if one of those finds its way between the gears, it'll hatch the transaxle case for sure. Been there, done that.

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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lt2000 Project   Sun Apr 06, 2014 8:39 pm

yah i think that the weld stuck to one of the surfaces but popped off the other.... if that makes sense to anyone else.... im going to clean it all up, AGAIN. then see if it works this time.. i just got lucky that it didnt blow up and destroy everything. Im opening it up sooner than i would of hoped
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lt2000 Project   Mon Apr 07, 2014 7:38 pm

Opened up the case today... it was what i expected. the welds popped off the spindle but stuck to the spider gears. i grinded everything down and decided that i would go with the fozzy locker. It sounded fool proof. i think that ive ran out of luck this time around. im just curious, what is your opinion of the fozzy? is it a good method or is it not?
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lt2000 Project   Mon Apr 07, 2014 8:13 pm

Fozzy locker will make your case try to blow its self apart as the gears try to climb up the welded part of the gears, even more so if you have bigger/better tires. Your welder is set to low, or is to small to weld the gears properly, I would recommend you tack it like you did before then take it to an experienced welder to finish weld it. if you are dead set on doing it your self, then your going to have to preheat the part before you weld it, if you have a oxy/acetylene torch, use that and heat it up for a couple mins before you try to weld it, dont get it orange or anything like that just good and hot. if you dont have a torch sneek it into a oven and set it on 450 and leave it in there for a half hour or so then weld
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lt2000 Project   Mon Apr 07, 2014 8:23 pm

Creepycrawler wrote:
Fozzy locker will make your case try to blow its self apart as the gears try to climb up the welded part of the gears, even more so if you have bigger/better tires
....i realised that that may be a problem...i wanted to see how it would work. I dont have overly agressive tires. i did up grade to 22in knobbies. i kind of hope what you said wont happen
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lt2000 Project   Tue Apr 08, 2014 5:39 pm

theres a good chance it wont blow up your transaxel something else will brake before the fozzy locker
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lt2000 Project   Tue Apr 08, 2014 6:27 pm

tanis wrote:
theres a good chance it wont blow up your transaxel something else will brake before the fozzy locker
thats kinda what creepycrawler is getting at, i dont think its something to worry about with my setup. this is jsut a mild mod tractor t
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lt2000 Project   Thu Apr 10, 2014 4:53 pm

here's what half a can of black spray paint will get yah lol

to me its a big improvement in the looks department.. All i painted was the wheels, reflective tape in the headlights, and the bumper (sorry richie chrome wasnt working for me) but the next thing that is a must for me is the brakes...that will probably get done sunday seeing that i am busy for the next couple of days
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lt2000 Project   Thu Apr 10, 2014 5:04 pm

Sad why everyone hate the chrome..... lol
it looks good man
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lt2000 Project   Thu Apr 10, 2014 6:39 pm

Thanks, and yah chrome is good...but black is better  Smile 
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lt2000 Project   Mon Apr 14, 2014 6:55 pm

ok i did some work on my craftsman today, i took alot of pictures in the process of what i was doing so here goes it:

i did some work in the woods and man trailers act like anchors

i noticed that my frame was really tweaked the other day so i hammered the frame back into the proper shape

i had already lifted my tractor in the front, but the way i had lifted it was all wrong. so i redid it to see the old lift scroll up or go back a few pages. the way i lifted it this time was just simply drilling a hole through each mounting plate

its not heigher in the front, just a bad picture

a basis to see how high up the tractor sits now
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lt2000 Project   Tue Apr 15, 2014 7:49 pm


e clips are a pain lol. i think im gonna thread the spindles and double nut the wheels on, seems stronger to me
also im thinking about the paint on the thing

thinking a blue like this......not entirely dead set on it, whats your guy's thoughts
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lt2000 Project   Tue Apr 15, 2014 7:57 pm

jamcco wrote:
e clips are a pain lol. i think im gonna thread the spindles and double nut the wheels on, seems stronger to me
Thread the shaft, and just use a nylock nut.

99.9% certain the nylock of that size will just plain stay put. But if it doesn't, drill it and pin it.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lt2000 Project   Tue Apr 15, 2014 8:26 pm

yah i was thinking nylon nuts, dont know why i didnt type it. but i bet castle nuts would be bullet proof too
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lt2000 Project   Tue Apr 15, 2014 8:43 pm

Its doing the douggy.... or something. Welding a bolt on the end and two jam nuts will do you good.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lt2000 Project   Tue Apr 15, 2014 8:48 pm

yah it was pretty interesting, i was in 6th then it just stopped i guess it felt it was done for the day lol, yah red that would definetly work as well, ill check things out tm and see what i want to do.
current list of stuff that i just thought up that i need to do:

  • paint (either blue or silver)
    steering stops
    brakes
    rock sliders (1.5 in pipe on the sides)
    rear bumper
    chassis braces
    front bushing

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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lt2000 Project   Thu Apr 24, 2014 9:17 pm

so last week i discovered that the front end of my mower just kept falling apart so i figured it needed something more than the not so great stock setup....i had plans that i had came up with a month ago but just didnt have the motivation to. i saw CornShuck4CE's setup and noticed that i had all the parts necissary to build this

a sketch i did a while back

the mockup of this design

the tierods off of 2 chinese atvs became my links

front view of the set up minus the pan hard bar

the side view of the links

the final product. i had to push the front axle up about an inch and a half. i also gained about 1-2 inches of combined lift. i have yet to go off road with this set up and i can guarantee that something will go wrong but everything currently seems solid.......for now
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lt2000 Project   Thu Apr 24, 2014 9:20 pm

oh yah going to add that i know the user Tanis so we constantly try to out do each other with the mods.....hence why he is also doing a 4 link on his mtd..... our tractors are always competing to be the best
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lt2000 Project   Fri Apr 25, 2014 9:26 am

It's looking nice, and how did you end up locking it? You never said.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lt2000 Project   Fri Apr 25, 2014 10:06 am

oh i ended up going with the fozzy locker. i figured the mst 206 could take it i went for a quick drive with the 4 link and i need to do some adjustments but other than that it drives way smoother
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lt2000 Project   Fri Apr 25, 2014 10:10 am

Very clean man, I like it.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lt2000 Project   Fri Apr 25, 2014 10:17 am

redlinemotorsportts wrote:
Very clean man, I like it.
thanks, this thing needs some brakes now Shocked  i keep putting that off for what ever reason
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lt2000 Project   Fri Apr 25, 2014 10:40 am

Haha I keep putting off things for when I swap my axle.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lt2000 Project   Fri Apr 25, 2014 2:16 pm

Sweet build! liking the way its going so far!
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lt2000 Project   Fri Apr 25, 2014 3:45 pm

Cool man, I like the 4 link. like others have said very clean. I would highly recommend doing a "doc locker" by far the best "locker" setup Ive seen. that fozzy locker is a time bomb.
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