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PostSubject: Best way to extend spindles?   Wed Jan 05, 2011 4:44 pm

Hey ive looked around found a few ideas, but whats the best n easyest thing to do? weld a bolt with no head onto the spindle?
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PostSubject: Re: Best way to extend spindles?   Wed Jan 05, 2011 5:45 pm

Thats what i did- if the bolt is a 3/4" size- its the same diameter as the spindle , i used a slightly smaller bolt - welded the head on the end of the spindle and cleaned it up - can be ground down flush - as long as the end threads are still useable to lock the wheel on.
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PostSubject: Re: Best way to extend spindles?   Wed Jan 05, 2011 6:00 pm

I just did this with 3/4" bolts on mine and can add something. It's hard to weld them perfectly straight, I noticed this when I went to slide the rims on. They went, but the first time was a little hard, after that I greased them and they spin freely like they were on bearings. Had I thought ahead, I would have liked to have drilled both the original spindle and the 3/4" bolt down the middle, and cross, and installed a zerk fitting on the end of the newly extended spindle. That way I could easily grease the wheels without removing them. If I had a really long 1/8" bolt I could still do it. Or maybe a 90 degree zerk on the backside of the rims.
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PostSubject: Re: Best way to extend spindles?   Thu Jan 06, 2011 7:43 am

I used roller bering hubs on my murray- i know that gave it a few extra MPH - heck i just barely gave it a push thru the backyard once and thing rolled nice n smooth all on its own.

Since most are for offroading, you dont really need front berings, but for fast running - its a definite- even greased at high speeds- itll tear right into the rims and either make the wheel fall off, or cut off the spindle eventually.
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PostSubject: Re: Best way to extend spindles?   Thu Jan 06, 2011 4:04 pm

ok thanks i got some 3/4 bolts at home. im gunna go to my buddys house to go weld it upp and possibly make a front bumper outta 1x1 boxed steel guna have to figure out a nice design any ideas?
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PostSubject: Re: Best way to extend spindles?   Thu Jan 06, 2011 9:45 pm

for my bumper i welded about a foot of 3 inch angle iron to the frame of my tractor and then weldecd a piece of 2x4 tubing on the end thats 2 inches skinnier then the front tires so it wouldnt get caught on anything. i just used a bunch of scrap metal and ended up with a pretty decent bumper
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PostSubject: Re: Best way to extend spindles?   Thu Jan 06, 2011 10:53 pm

got any pics of the bumper you made?
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PostSubject: Re: Best way to extend spindles?   Fri Jan 07, 2011 7:09 am

the pictures arent the best but ill poast what i have



its hard to see but it is skinnier then the tires
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PostSubject: Re: Best way to extend spindles?   Fri Jan 07, 2011 7:44 pm

ya. thats the thing i dont have a hood.. well i doo. but its broken it wont stay on.. (my aunt ran into a tree broke the one side that mounts) so when they gave me it. i was like ehh took it off, its just easyer to have it off. but itll look dumb with a big bumper with no hood.. bc itll be out way to far bc i got 20 inch wheels on front. and 20inch wheels on the back and it has been streched back sooo.. idk. ill figureout somthing possibly put the hood back onn. i dont relle need a back bumper mostly just a front to save the engine from trees (no breakes yet) haha
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PostSubject: Re: Best way to extend spindles?   Fri Jan 07, 2011 8:06 pm

mine doesnt have brakes and no intentions of ever hooking them up lol i just press the clutch in advance so i dont need them, and if i need to stop fast i put it in first and kill the motor
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PostSubject: Re: Best way to extend spindles?   Fri Jan 07, 2011 10:12 pm

ya i just thought id keep myself "safe" on here. by sayen im gunna get breakes:P haha ya i aint putten any on Razz easyer, less to work on:P less to break haha
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PostSubject: Re: Best way to extend spindles?   Mon Jan 10, 2011 1:01 pm

I quote from Fearlessfront in the 'Rules and regulations thread" : " Brakes SHOULD be upgraded if the tractor's speed is over twice stock (you want to be able to stop on a hill!)" and " Obviously, anything in the project builds section would be exempt of these rules and guidelines as they are still "works in progress". Unless they have a blatant disreguard for the rules or do not intend to follow them.
If someone does violate the rules, Chunk or I will lock, or possably delete the thread! "

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PostSubject: Re: Best way to extend spindles?   Mon Jan 10, 2011 3:18 pm

sorry, calm down, if i need breaks i just turn the motor off with the clutch engaged. ( new switch i wired to the dash) so it stops in a half second. i have no parts for breaks atm, so i cant put any on yet
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PostSubject: Re: Best way to extend spindles?   Mon Jan 10, 2011 6:51 pm

@dangeroustoys56 wrote:
I quote from Fearlessfront in the 'Rules and regulations thread" : " Brakes SHOULD be upgraded if the tractor's speed is over twice stock (you want to be able to stop on a hill!)" and " Obviously, anything in the project builds section would be exempt of these rules and guidelines as they are still "works in progress". Unless they have a blatant disreguard for the rules or do not intend to follow them.
If someone does violate the rules, Chunk or I will lock, or possably delete the thread! "


I see your point.
Maybe they were just kidding. i'd like to have brakes on my mowers too but i don't cause it costs to much, probably why they don't have em either.

What kinda brakes do you have on your MTD mild mod?
The mowers i have without brakes don't go very fast anyways.

But yeah, we all should do our best to have a brake setup!
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PostSubject: Re: Best way to extend spindles?   Mon Jan 10, 2011 8:32 pm

id like to have a parking brake so it can idle on a hill but i dont know how to set them up because stock on a peerless 6 speed is just junk but i do know the new tractor im building this spring will have front bakes, because im using an atv front end truith is i just wanna do brake stands lol
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PostSubject: Re: Best way to extend spindles?   Tue Jan 11, 2011 3:22 pm

I have stock brakes that still work ( for the moment) on my MTD , because its actually still 90% stock and slow - im adding either a drum brake or larger disc brake when i do my next wave of speed mods( trans swap and twin cylender) - the wizard will have brakes, the wheelhorse will definitely have em - i might hit the junkyard for that one - see if i can find a pair of discs/calipers/master cylender.

Any of my future fast tractors will have an aftermarket set of brakes - my offroader will have stock brakes , because that isnt fast. My builds here on out are going to built as safe as possible - im getting too old to afford to be reckless .

I learned my lesson on my first two mod builds- fast or slow , they need brakes.

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PostSubject: Re: Best way to extend spindles?   Tue Jan 11, 2011 6:20 pm

and im still young enough i can get a few bumps n bruses. my machine does go faster then stock but i dont care, if i get hurt its my fault, not theres. also i have no hardware for brakes for my mower, and cant afford any, so i jus go out n have fun
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