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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lt2000 Project   Fri Apr 25, 2014 4:45 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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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lt2000 Project   Fri Apr 25, 2014 5:51 pm

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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
Alright, I think a 206 can take it too, I forget if mst's have them stock but if not next you pull it apart I would replace the axle bushings with bearings.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lt2000 Project   Fri Apr 25, 2014 8:11 pm

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Sweet build! liking the way its going so far!
thanks its got alot of flaws so far that still need to be worked out
I would highly recommend doing a "doc locker" by far the best "locker" setup Ive seen. that fozzy locker is a time bomb. wrote:

the doc locker would be neat, ive heard mixed reviews on the fozzy as well. some say it works some say it doesnt. i honestly haven't locked a transaxle before and i gambled with the fozzy. like i said before i hope what you say doesnt happen but if it does im sure i'll hear it from yah lol
Alright, I think a 206 can take it too, I forget if mst's have them stock but if not next you pull it apart I would replace the axle bushings with bearings. wrote:

yah that would be a great idea. that would probably make things last a little bit longer.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lt2000 Project   Sat Apr 26, 2014 10:39 pm

i redid my exhaust and i welded it up better than i did the first time around. i actually made it quieter which is the opposite of what i was trying to do. i think that ill add a echo chamber or something after my atv muffler. sort of like a fart can
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lt2000 Project   Mon Apr 28, 2014 7:58 pm

can you get some more pics of your setup? I'm trying to get an idea on how to set mine up?
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lt2000 Project   Mon Apr 28, 2014 8:41 pm

no problem i'll try to get some tommorow. anything in particular that you would like to see?
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lt2000 Project   Mon Apr 28, 2014 8:47 pm

Well then a friend rivelry. Hmmmm i can see  this getting carried away. Haha.  Cant wait to see both your rigs rippin it up. Cant wait to start the rear but i usualy dont start projects till i have the stuff finish it.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lt2000 Project   Mon Apr 28, 2014 8:48 pm

pretty much where you mounted to to the frame and the axle. only diff with my AYP chassis is that I have the cast axle.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lt2000 Project   Mon Apr 28, 2014 8:50 pm

@CornShuck4CE wrote:
Well then a friend rivelry. Hmmmm i can see  this getting carried away. Haha.  Cant wait to see both your rigs rippin it up. Cant wait to start the rear but i usualy dont start projects till i have the stuff finish it.

I more so need it on the front since I do alot at 20MPH on dirt roads. they get rough and sometimes with 5psi in the front tires the bumps still hurt.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lt2000 Project   Mon Apr 28, 2014 8:59 pm

My mower runs 30mph and it does so good with this setup and steering im thinking of bumpin it up some more.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lt2000 Project   Mon Apr 28, 2014 9:02 pm

cornshuck: pssh ive got this rivalary under control....sorta
ariens: i have some changes to make to my design but it will probably give you the tips you need as she sits....also i had a cast iron axle but i was able to swap out  a stamped steel one that i had on my "parts" tractor. this set up would help alot with that dirt road of yours....it helps absorbs the bumps way better, also makes cornering less of a mess.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lt2000 Project   Mon Apr 28, 2014 9:27 pm

Smart to mock it up with stamped axel. I had a couple murray axels layen around just in case i didnt like something i did.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lt2000 Project   Mon Apr 28, 2014 9:42 pm

that is the lugury I don't got with the spare axles, and depening on how well this goes on my romper I'll do it to my racer I'm gonna do.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lt2000 Project   Mon Apr 28, 2014 9:43 pm

i have 1 spare set of everything due to that parts mower and i bet you might be able to get something to work with a cast iron front axle
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lt2000 Project   Mon Apr 28, 2014 10:20 pm

that is what I'm hoping. anyways.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lt2000 Project   Tue Apr 29, 2014 4:31 pm

ok ariens, heres some quick pictures of my set up

this is the brackets on the axle....all i did was take some angle iron from a shelving unit and cut it to length

this is the shock tower, some bed frame acts as the uprights and shock mount and the shelving acts as a support

my panhard bar is one of the deck height linkages that i straightened out and welded a bolt onto. one end goes into a mount i made and the bolt goes right through the axle

this is the mount where the panhard pins into

i then mounted the other half of the 4 links directly to the frame. i am doing some frame reinforcements soon
i also bolted the shocks to the axle
this setup works, but is going to get alot more work to make it more reliable i think that if you made your coil and 4 link mounts as one whole unit, you could then simply be able to U bolt the mounts to the axle....i say this because i have never welded cast iron before and ive heard that it isnt the easiest to weld
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lt2000 Project   Tue Apr 29, 2014 8:49 pm

thanks, I'll update more on this on my B,O thread.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lt2000 Project   Tue Apr 29, 2014 8:59 pm

ok looking forward to seeing your take on the 4 link Very Happy 
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lt2000 Project   Tue Apr 29, 2014 9:39 pm

I am too, I just need to get stuff readygonna start getting the 2"x2" angle iron ready and cut tomarrow.
then I'm gonna start getting my stray seat springs and other stiff springs ready since I have no coil-over springs.
I might be getting car hood shocks for the shocks themselves later.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lt2000 Project   Tue Apr 29, 2014 9:46 pm

i dont see why that wouldnt work, i had 2 chinese atv's that have some issues so i stole the shocks off one for my uses and i then sold the other set to tanis. you can find them on ebay for $30 or less for a pair.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Used-Roketa-RTF-110-Front-Shocks-Pair-Stock-Mini-ATV-Quad-/310455766793?pt=Motors_ATV_Parts_Accessories&hash=item48489b0f09&vxp=mtr
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a brand new set of 3 for 40 bucks
http://www.ebay.com/itm/GIO-MINI-HUMMER-BEAST-ATV-QUAD-110CC-COMPLETE-SHOCK-SET-/231199674977?pt=Motors_ATV_Parts_Accessories&hash=item35d4931261&vxp=mtr
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lt2000 Project   Tue Apr 29, 2014 10:05 pm

Well I'll be making it so I can put real springs on it eventually but not till I get more cash, allready spent close to a hinderd bucks on a phone and plan. because I got in trouble for not telling my mom I was gonna stay after school to work on a Math test.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lt2000 Project   Tue Apr 29, 2014 10:15 pm

money sucks  Mad  its always getting in the way of projects. the seat springs should work, set them up like coils
you could possibly make this with seat springs
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lt2000 Project   Sat May 03, 2014 9:26 pm

That is basicly what I'm doing. I need to lookinto how to hook them up more now that I have the spots ready for my stuff.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lt2000 Project   Sat May 03, 2014 10:19 pm

Dont know about yal but im about 170 pounds and i just about bottom my springs out. If you added the weight of the rear of the mower they might stay bottomed out. You need stronger springs. Especially when hitting rough terrain.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lt2000 Project   Sat May 03, 2014 10:40 pm

to accomadate the cast iron axle......once again i have no idea how it welds. but this is a quick sketch i made that would allow you to bolt your axle to the system......i dont know if this sketch makes sense to anyone else and if i made a mistake anywhere just point it out, like i said its just an idea this could also be a guide to make a complete bolt together suspension

and yah i was just thinking that myself if you dont have mini quad shocks you might want to possibly invest in it or if you want to do a springed suspension you might want to find some heavier springs....
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Lt2000 Project   Sat May 03, 2014 11:20 pm

Ok I got today some 2x2 angle iron cut and "Bolted" to the axle, I used a #5 carrage bolt to mount to the axle since there is a hole in the axle for eye bolts or something to mount to the front end for the pivot??? I think that will work fine till I can get enough steel for a homemade front axle. and on the springs, I got two diff, sizes and stiffness springs, I was thinking I coulld double them up. I will have more info on this tomarrow as I am gonna be updating my project anyways.
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