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PostSubject: Re: 1993 Craftsman LT4000 heavy mud build.   Mon May 21, 2018 8:55 pm

@Crazy_Carl wrote:
This tractor made for a great new avatar!

ditto, The craftsman is looking very nice. Love the stance.
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PostSubject: Re: 1993 Craftsman LT4000 heavy mud build.   Mon May 21, 2018 10:11 pm

How about a new forum header?....... hehe

Anybody got ideas for making a tranny vent for the 820?
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PostSubject: Re: 1993 Craftsman LT4000 heavy mud build.   Tue May 22, 2018 7:16 am

I'm pretty sure you pipe tap the fill plug hole for 1/4-18 NPT
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PostSubject: Re: 1993 Craftsman LT4000 heavy mud build.   Tue May 22, 2018 9:45 am

There is no true fill hole, only the neutral safety switch hole. It's already 1/8" NPT so you can screw whatever fitting into it you want, if you trim a bit off the bottom of them to clear the shift fan.
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PostSubject: Re: 1993 Craftsman LT4000 heavy mud build.   Tue May 22, 2018 10:27 am

I just got schooled, eh oh well. live and learn
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PostSubject: Re: 1993 Craftsman LT4000 heavy mud build.   Tue May 22, 2018 11:21 am

@RichieRichOverdrive wrote:
There is no true fill hole, only the neutral safety switch hole. It's already 1/8" NPT so you can screw whatever fitting into it you want, if you trim a bit off the bottom of them to clear the shift fan.

Even easier...

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I just got schooled, eh oh well. live and learn

Probably thinking MST?

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PostSubject: Re: 1993 Craftsman LT4000 heavy mud build.   Tue May 22, 2018 11:28 am

Well since I am in town I will see if I can get a screw in fitting.
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PostSubject: Re: 1993 Craftsman LT4000 heavy mud build.   Tue May 22, 2018 5:59 pm

Well didn't end up getting a fitting so made my own by using a tapered air fitting and heating it up and poking it in the middle of the plastic screw in cap and then doused in in water to seal it up . Then ran a line from it to on the side of the console with a pleated fuel filter under a loop that should act as a trap if I ever get any water near it. Had a spring line protector so put that on the part closest to the belt and moving parts .





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PostSubject: Re: 1993 Craftsman LT4000 heavy mud build.   Tue May 22, 2018 6:54 pm

Looks good. I like the spring idea.

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PostSubject: Re: 1993 Craftsman LT4000 heavy mud build.   Tue May 22, 2018 6:55 pm

Nice job, should work great!
I think it needs some taller, thinner front tires.
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PostSubject: Re: 1993 Craftsman LT4000 heavy mud build.   Tue May 22, 2018 7:39 pm

Thanks! Yeah these fronts have got to go, but I need to completely rebuild the front end to accommodate suspension. Really liking the mono link setup as it looks sturdier and less linkages and joints to mess with, plus more steering
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PostSubject: Re: 1993 Craftsman LT4000 heavy mud build.   Tue May 22, 2018 7:40 pm

Maybe just cut the Murray apart and use those parts.
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PostSubject: Re: 1993 Craftsman LT4000 heavy mud build.   Tue May 22, 2018 7:47 pm

Was thinking of doing that but I want a beefier setup than that. Will probs my use it's front on the muckraker.
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PostSubject: Re: 1993 Craftsman LT4000 heavy mud build.   Tue May 22, 2018 7:48 pm

A 1-link setup would be awesome on this rig! Be nice if you could find some nice some coils to use so you could have some good travel.

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PostSubject: Re: 1993 Craftsman LT4000 heavy mud build.   Tue May 22, 2018 8:01 pm

Yup. Will have to use smaller tires so I don't jack up the front end and whack off my hood whenever I flex it .
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PostSubject: Re: 1993 Craftsman LT4000 heavy mud build.   Tue May 22, 2018 9:28 pm

I like the filter under the dash.  Is the vent line taped to your shifter?  It's looks awfully close to the belt too but sometimes these pictures distort distance quite a bit.
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PostSubject: Re: 1993 Craftsman LT4000 heavy mud build.   Tue May 22, 2018 10:41 pm

The tube is loosely zip tied to the shifter, bit it has the protective cage that prevents rubbing through the rubber hose, and the belt is about an inch from the tube that is also covered in protective covering.

Drove it to mow at the neighbors tonight and looked down to see my left rear tire wobbling back and forth like a bobble head . Somehow my lugs were not tightened down and had been loosening up over the drives it has had. Borrowed a ratchet and tightened then back up and good as new. Headlights are quite a nice feature when driving back at night. Front tires are out of balance and have flat spots so it goes up and down when driving fast.
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PostSubject: Re: 1993 Craftsman LT4000 heavy mud build.   Sat May 26, 2018 8:09 pm

Brought back the Murray from the woods with this beast. Rows a trailer very well but does bog down a bit in 5th at idle lol. Swapped the front tires back to the skinny ones and it really improved the steering and hopefully improves how this thing handles in mud. Also made that stance more equal or better looking anyway.


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PostSubject: Re: 1993 Craftsman LT4000 heavy mud build.   Sat May 26, 2018 8:14 pm

Yeah it definitely looks nicer with those fronts on there. Are they a bit taller than the rear tires?

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PostSubject: Re: 1993 Craftsman LT4000 heavy mud build.   Sat May 26, 2018 8:15 pm

23's on front, 22's on rear.
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PostSubject: Re: 1993 Craftsman LT4000 heavy mud build.   Sat May 26, 2018 8:18 pm

Ah, I see. Thought it looked like it in the second picture, haha. Still pretty cool looking though!

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PostSubject: Re: 1993 Craftsman LT4000 heavy mud build.   Sat May 26, 2018 10:08 pm

The plan is to have larger tires on the back eventually . Maybe still itp mudlites but 25" instead of 22"
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PostSubject: Re: 1993 Craftsman LT4000 heavy mud build.   Mon Jun 04, 2018 9:05 pm

So I plan on getting some more aggressive tires to put on the new 12 inch rims I have for this mower. 25×8×12 is the size I think I am going to go with. Probably going to use itpud lite xls as they are cheap and have good lugs with that nice trademark tread pattern.
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PostSubject: Re: 1993 Craftsman LT4000 heavy mud build.   Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:00 am

Hehe. Man these are going to look killer on this thing. Also went mudding earlier and got pretty stuck once my tires dug down and bottomed out the tranny on the mud. Went in water up to the bottom slat on the grill, had a blast tho, and these new tires will really improve the performance of it I hope. Should get them in the mail next week and get them mounted up for a test drive.
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PostSubject: Re: 1993 Craftsman LT4000 heavy mud build.   Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:07 am

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PostSubject: Re: 1993 Craftsman LT4000 heavy mud build.   Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:17 am

Yup, can't wait to get them ! The mud lites on it right now are going on the gt3000 for better traction and a slightly pulley swap so I have another machine for a friend to drive or another one to pull out the other mower when it gets stuck (hopefully the executioners will prevent getting stuck again so easily. )
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