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PostSubject: 97ish cub cadet    Mon Dec 05, 2016 1:26 pm

Not quiet sure how to start this off so bear with me.This is my 97ish cub cadet i picked up one day on CL for 90$, The guy said it dint run but i jumped the solenoid and it fired right up when i got home. Its got a shaft driven hydro gear behind a 13hp kohler.
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 A few things ive done already are.
Move the front axle forward about 6 inches
Made some pretty neat steering arms
Made a rear plate for shackles to hook to
Slapped some alright tires on it
Currently re-doing the dash and wiring.



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PostSubject: Re: 97ish cub cadet    Mon Dec 05, 2016 1:35 pm

That long arm looks like it would be a great brake handle. Good deal for $90.

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PostSubject: Re: 97ish cub cadet    Mon Dec 05, 2016 3:16 pm

Pretty good for $90. Something like that around here would cost upwards of £300. What's the Craftsman with the ATV tyres in the backround?
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PostSubject: Re: 97ish cub cadet    Mon Dec 05, 2016 5:36 pm

Cool! I'd be interested to see how that drive train would do for all-terrain use.

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PostSubject: Re: 97ish cub cadet    Mon Dec 05, 2016 5:48 pm

Hydro's burn out very quickly when sped up, so not very suitable for off-road. But if you enjoy running around at stock speed, it could work, who knows?
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PostSubject: Re: 97ish cub cadet    Mon Dec 05, 2016 6:06 pm

Cub hydros are pretty quick. If its not the belt driven driveshaft it should do great.

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PostSubject: Re: 97ish cub cadet    Mon Dec 05, 2016 6:15 pm

Looks a lot like the one @TheGreenHornet and I tore apart. The hydro is shaft driven from the flywheel correct? Some people build pullers with these things, they're the exception to the "hydros are weak" rule
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PostSubject: Re: 97ish cub cadet    Mon Dec 05, 2016 7:01 pm

the craftsman in the background has a hydrostat also. not sure what year or model but its a trooper, i drowned it a few weeks ago and put new oil and gas in it and it fired back up no problem...i check water levels now before i dive in...
And the transaxel is a sorta good but sorta bad deal. the long lever was for the pedal so you wouldent have to use youre foot, but people use it as a speed controll which its ment to be mashed. this wears out the clutch packs from what ive read  but a washer added to the disks fixes it like a shim. its not slipping too bad in the mud and water but when i have decent tires on going up hills i have to put it in 1st. ill be shimming it when i weld the spider gears which is a must for this thing.
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PostSubject: Re: 97ish cub cadet    Mon Dec 05, 2016 7:05 pm

and yes the drive shaft comes off the flywheel into a hydro pump clutch deal which goes to a geared transaxel from what i understand from reading.
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PostSubject: Re: 97ish cub cadet    Tue Dec 06, 2016 8:06 am

Looking at your profile pic, it doesn't look like you waited long to beat on it. How's it do?
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PostSubject: Re: 97ish cub cadet    Tue Dec 06, 2016 1:17 pm

A tough hydro! Finally my life is complete. LOL, hope you have fun with it. Wish there were more shaft driven lawn tractors out there.
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PostSubject: Re: 97ish cub cadet    Tue Dec 06, 2016 2:59 pm

its pretty decent its got its moments that it shines and moments when it sits like a turd. it needs more wheelspeed in the mud but does good on trails plowing over stuff. i need to replace a valve stem and i can test its lengthened wheelbase sometime today
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PostSubject: Re: 97ish cub cadet    Mon Dec 12, 2016 1:00 am

so today i found out i lied about it being a hydro... i thought sense it had the pedal and was called a hydrogear it was a hydro. Instead what i thought was the pump is actually 2 clutch packs (forward/reverse) which is why it has the pedal. ive taken the clutch housing apart to shim the clutch packs and wow its an interesting transaxel. hope i can go up hills again after this. all and all today was a good day. almost got my wheels turning again and got lucky and picked up a 18.5hp twin opposed cylinder for 10 bucks just needs a carb figured why not. if it runs i may start on a custom frame mower and slap this (i think) peerless 600 series with the 18.5hp.
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