All-Terrain Lawn Tractor Forum

Like riding lawn tractors through mud, woods, rocks, and snow? Then this is the place for you! Share your ideas, Post your projects and more!
 
1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Lend10PortalHomeFAQSearchMemberlistRegisterLog inDiscordCountdown Timer1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Rend10
Welcome to the All Terrain Lawn Tractor Forum!
2019 Build Off Underway!
2019 Top Tractor Challenge! Aug 17th and 18th! DETAILS HERE!

Share
 

 1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build

Go down 
AuthorMessage
Rejects Racing
Forum Newbie
Forum Newbie


Join date : 2017-07-23
Posts : 10
Forum Rep : 0
Location : Michigan

1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Empty
PostSubject: 1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build   1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Icon_minitimeFri Jan 12, 2018 4:28 pm

Great forum and looking forward to some advice and critics. My original goal was to use a 2000 Murray I picked up in a 2 mower deal but the Murray was to clean and nice to use as I was able to flip it for a really nice profit, so the LT4000 is what im starting with. So far I gutted the wiring and safety switches and completely rewired, swapped rear pulley to a 3", new belt, new battery, gas line etc..... The motor is 16hp briggs opposed twin, it ran ok but was kind of rough. Motor was leaking oil but wasn't sure from where, so I pulled the motor and found the sump gasket was bad and leaked on one side. Pulled the heads and one side was clean and the other had oil passing the rings. Ordered a new gasket set to replace all gaskets, new rings and a carb rebuild. Going with 22x11.00-8 ITP Mud Lites for the rear and still trying to figure out what to do up front. I would like to go 18x9.50-8, but not sure were to start with rims?!?!?!?! any recommendations or help would be great! Rest of mods will include custom bumpers with a winch, rear rack, lighting, straight pipe exhaust, front pulley, paint, etc......Looking forward to finishing this thing and hitting the trails!!! Would really appreciate any help, tips, pointers and what not to do. Thanks, Adam.....

1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Img_4813
1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Img_4810
1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Img_4812
1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Img_4811
1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Img_5013
1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Img_5010
1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Img_5014
1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Img_5011
1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Img_5012
1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Img_5111
1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Img_5112
1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Img_5110
Back to top Go down
AllisKidD21
Moderator
Moderator
AllisKidD21

Age : 20
Join date : 2016-07-10
Posts : 4585
Forum Rep : 205
Location : Ontario Canada

1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Empty
PostSubject: Re: 1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build   1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Icon_minitimeFri Jan 12, 2018 4:58 pm

Looks like a good tractor to start with, especially with that sweet opposed haha. Also if you need some 8" rims for the front look for a garden tractor. As long as it has 3/4" spindles it should work on you tractor.

_______________________________________________
"This'll either wake you up or put you to sleep forever!"- Red Green         "Just took a center punch *Wham!* Oh that's close enough." - TheBeal
       - MTD Off-Road Build     
       - Toro Rat Rod Tractor Build
       - Ford LT 110 Off-Road Build
       - Craftsman GT 6000 Off-Road Build
       - John Deere 110 Basic Off-Road Build
       - Allis B-110, 710 & 716 - Wheel Horse 655 - Case 444 - Bolens Versamatic
Back to top Go down
MightyRaze
Administrator
Administrator
MightyRaze

Age : 44
Join date : 2016-09-06
Posts : 5609
Forum Rep : 387
Location : Shawnee, OK

1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Empty
PostSubject: Re: 1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build   1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Icon_minitimeFri Jan 12, 2018 5:05 pm

Nice rig...

I'm betting 5/8 on those front spindles. But that is just a bearing swap, just be sure to gusset them for added support.

_______________________________________________
Patriot [2019 Build Off]
Kal-El [2018 3rd Place]
Sasquatch II [2017 Finalist]
Li'l Red Murray
Li'l Red 2.0

1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Admins10
Back to top Go down
http://mightyraze.com Online
Rejects Racing
Forum Newbie
Forum Newbie


Join date : 2017-07-23
Posts : 10
Forum Rep : 0
Location : Michigan

1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Empty
PostSubject: Re: 1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build   1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Icon_minitimeFri Jan 12, 2018 6:38 pm

Thanks guys, and yes it has 3/4" spindles.
Back to top Go down
AllisKidD21
Moderator
Moderator
AllisKidD21

Age : 20
Join date : 2016-07-10
Posts : 4585
Forum Rep : 205
Location : Ontario Canada

1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Empty
PostSubject: Re: 1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build   1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Icon_minitimeFri Jan 12, 2018 6:46 pm

Yeah I figured it would, only MTD lawn tractors have 5/8" spindles I believe.

_______________________________________________
"This'll either wake you up or put you to sleep forever!"- Red Green         "Just took a center punch *Wham!* Oh that's close enough." - TheBeal
       - MTD Off-Road Build     
       - Toro Rat Rod Tractor Build
       - Ford LT 110 Off-Road Build
       - Craftsman GT 6000 Off-Road Build
       - John Deere 110 Basic Off-Road Build
       - Allis B-110, 710 & 716 - Wheel Horse 655 - Case 444 - Bolens Versamatic
Back to top Go down
CraftsmanQuad19
Grand Master
Grand Master
CraftsmanQuad19

Age : 19
Join date : 2016-04-12
Posts : 1986
Forum Rep : 96
Location : Indiana

1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Empty
PostSubject: Re: 1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build   1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Icon_minitimeFri Jan 12, 2018 7:13 pm

Looks like a clean base to start with, good find! See if you can find some garden tractor front wheels that come off something with 5/8 spindles. I have a craftsman and my fronts came off a Sabre (made by JD)

What pulley ratios you going with?


Edit: if your spindles are 3/4, I guess go with those lol. Find a GT somewhere with 3/4 spindles and they’ll slide right on. Most LT tractors have 5/8 though...
Back to top Go down
Rejects Racing
Forum Newbie
Forum Newbie


Join date : 2017-07-23
Posts : 10
Forum Rep : 0
Location : Michigan

1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Empty
PostSubject: Re: 1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build   1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Icon_minitimeFri Jan 12, 2018 7:50 pm

The stock front pulley was a 3.5" and I swapped to a 3" rear. Hit about 20mph and almost rolled the machine because of the steering issues! fixed the steering problem today. 20mph is plenty for this rig, going to mostly trail ride and some mud bogging. Whats a good ratio in youre opinion?
Back to top Go down
CraftsmanQuad19
Grand Master
Grand Master
CraftsmanQuad19

Age : 19
Join date : 2016-04-12
Posts : 1986
Forum Rep : 96
Location : Indiana

1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Empty
PostSubject: Re: 1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build   1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Icon_minitimeFri Jan 12, 2018 7:59 pm

That will work, but the belt will slip once it gets wet. 5 to 4 or 4.5 to 4 is better since the contact between the belt and pulley is more. I run a 4 inch rear with a little bit of slip
Back to top Go down
AllisKidD21
Moderator
Moderator
AllisKidD21

Age : 20
Join date : 2016-07-10
Posts : 4585
Forum Rep : 205
Location : Ontario Canada

1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Empty
PostSubject: Re: 1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build   1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Icon_minitimeFri Jan 12, 2018 8:02 pm

I would have to agree that a 3" pulley on the engine and trans might slip a bit when under heavy load.

_______________________________________________
"This'll either wake you up or put you to sleep forever!"- Red Green         "Just took a center punch *Wham!* Oh that's close enough." - TheBeal
       - MTD Off-Road Build     
       - Toro Rat Rod Tractor Build
       - Ford LT 110 Off-Road Build
       - Craftsman GT 6000 Off-Road Build
       - John Deere 110 Basic Off-Road Build
       - Allis B-110, 710 & 716 - Wheel Horse 655 - Case 444 - Bolens Versamatic
Back to top Go down
RichieRichOverdrive
Seasoned Veteran
Seasoned Veteran
RichieRichOverdrive

Age : 16
Join date : 2016-10-29
Posts : 2522
Forum Rep : 84
Location : Lewisburg, KY

1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Empty
PostSubject: Re: 1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build   1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Icon_minitimeFri Jan 12, 2018 8:05 pm

Only MTDs have 5/8" spindles CQ. Every other standard LT has 3/4" or 7/8" spindles. Have no idea who would have told you otherwise.

Good start bud! Love these Craftsman frames, I have basically the same one in my Mutt build. The front tire size you mentioned should do nice, although I'd like a 6.50 or a 7 wide rather than a 9.50. I ran 18x6.50-8s for a long time on Mutt, they did pretty nice. Keep an eye on the front axle, it's usually the first thing to go on these things, especially under an opposed with bigger tires. Steering isn't great either but yours looks to be in good shape. Of course, this is all coming from the guy who can break literally anything haha. Can't wait to see what you come up with on this!

Back to top Go down
CraftsmanQuad19
Grand Master
Grand Master
CraftsmanQuad19

Age : 19
Join date : 2016-04-12
Posts : 1986
Forum Rep : 96
Location : Indiana

1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Empty
PostSubject: Re: 1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build   1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Icon_minitimeFri Jan 12, 2018 8:09 pm

I agree with rich. The front axles on those will break from normal mowing duty. Reinforce the frame around where the axle mounts and maybe find a cast iron front axle to swap in. Maybe pull the axle, front wheels, and steering all from a GT. Possibly a hydro with a bad trans. Could get it cheap and have tons of good parts
Back to top Go down
Rejects Racing
Forum Newbie
Forum Newbie


Join date : 2017-07-23
Posts : 10
Forum Rep : 0
Location : Michigan

1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Empty
PostSubject: Re: 1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build   1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Icon_minitimeFri Jan 12, 2018 8:41 pm

Awesome! Keep the input coming. Appreciate the great advice.
Back to top Go down
muckmudd
Master
Master
muckmudd

Age : 16
Join date : 2017-07-11
Posts : 823
Forum Rep : 24
Location : In the shop

1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Empty
PostSubject: Re: 1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build   1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Icon_minitimeFri Jan 12, 2018 8:58 pm

Clean mower, looks very similar to my lt4000 but mine doesn't have the oppy. Those carbs are a pain to work with.
Back to top Go down
RichieRichOverdrive
Seasoned Veteran
Seasoned Veteran
RichieRichOverdrive

Age : 16
Join date : 2016-10-29
Posts : 2522
Forum Rep : 84
Location : Lewisburg, KY

1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Empty
PostSubject: Re: 1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build   1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Icon_minitimeFri Jan 12, 2018 9:44 pm

Actually he has the 3 screw variant of the opposed twin carb, much more tolerable than a 4 screw. I have one 4 screw, thing runs like crap, but at least it runs.
Back to top Go down
muckmudd
Master
Master
muckmudd

Age : 16
Join date : 2017-07-11
Posts : 823
Forum Rep : 24
Location : In the shop

1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Empty
PostSubject: Re: 1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build   1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Icon_minitimeSat Jan 13, 2018 1:39 am

3 adjusting screws? And why are they any different then the 4 screw?
Back to top Go down
CraftsmanQuad19
Grand Master
Grand Master
CraftsmanQuad19

Age : 19
Join date : 2016-04-12
Posts : 1986
Forum Rep : 96
Location : Indiana

1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Empty
PostSubject: Re: 1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build   1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Icon_minitimeSat Jan 13, 2018 9:15 am

The 4 screw is a newer EPA mandated carb that is non adjustable. Once it runs like crap there is very little you can do to fix it
Back to top Go down
AllisKidD21
Moderator
Moderator
AllisKidD21

Age : 20
Join date : 2016-07-10
Posts : 4585
Forum Rep : 205
Location : Ontario Canada

1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Empty
PostSubject: Re: 1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build   1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Icon_minitimeSat Jan 13, 2018 9:21 am

The screws are on the fuel pump cover muck, if it's a 4 screw carb they're are 4 screws holding it on, and 3 screws if it's a 3 screw carb. Like CQ said the 3 screw is the older and more adjustable one, which makes it easier to work with.

_______________________________________________
"This'll either wake you up or put you to sleep forever!"- Red Green         "Just took a center punch *Wham!* Oh that's close enough." - TheBeal
       - MTD Off-Road Build     
       - Toro Rat Rod Tractor Build
       - Ford LT 110 Off-Road Build
       - Craftsman GT 6000 Off-Road Build
       - John Deere 110 Basic Off-Road Build
       - Allis B-110, 710 & 716 - Wheel Horse 655 - Case 444 - Bolens Versamatic
Back to top Go down
muckmudd
Master
Master
muckmudd

Age : 16
Join date : 2017-07-11
Posts : 823
Forum Rep : 24
Location : In the shop

1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Empty
PostSubject: Re: 1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build   1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Icon_minitimeSat Jan 13, 2018 1:02 pm

Ok I get it now. What year did they start making the 4 screw ones?

Back to top Go down
biggasmowers
Grand Master
Grand Master
biggasmowers

Age : 19
Join date : 2016-12-30
Posts : 1943
Forum Rep : 69
Location : Kansas

1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Empty
PostSubject: Re: 1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build   1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Icon_minitimeSat Jan 13, 2018 4:24 pm

Idk when they were changed, but they can be cleaned and can work better after a cleaning.

I like this mower style, it is the exact model of my LT4000 that i am working on, Could you post some close ups of the center console and where the hood makes contact? i got mine without a console and basically started from scratch on it and would like a more in depth look at how it was put together than google has. I would recommend going with a 1 to 1 ratio of at least 5 inch pulleys, anything less and you will have lots of slippage once you get into mud or up hill driving . Good luck and welcome to the forum !
Back to top Go down
CraftsmanQuad19
Grand Master
Grand Master
CraftsmanQuad19

Age : 19
Join date : 2016-04-12
Posts : 1986
Forum Rep : 96
Location : Indiana

1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Empty
PostSubject: Re: 1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build   1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Icon_minitimeSat Jan 13, 2018 4:36 pm

A 4 inch rear pulley will do fine with the right set up. Also make sure you stay FAR AWAY from any cast aluminum or zinc pulleys. Go with steel or cast iron. Also, a double pulley clutch will help belt slip issues as well
Back to top Go down
Rejects Racing
Forum Newbie
Forum Newbie


Join date : 2017-07-23
Posts : 10
Forum Rep : 0
Location : Michigan

1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Empty
PostSubject: Re: 1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build   1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Icon_minitimeSat Jan 13, 2018 6:36 pm

@biggasmowers wrote:
Idk when they were changed, but they can be cleaned and can work better after a cleaning.

I like this mower style, it is the exact model of my LT4000 that i am working on, Could you post some close ups of the center console and where the hood makes contact? i got mine without a console and basically started from scratch on it and would like a more in depth look at how it was put together than google has. I would recommend going with a 1 to 1 ratio of at least 5 inch pulleys, anything less and you will have lots of slippage once you get into mud or up hill driving .  Good luck and welcome to the forum !

Hope this helps, let me know if you need any more.

1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Img_5114
1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Img_5115
1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Img_5116
1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Img_5117
1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Img_5118
1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Img_5119
1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Img_5114
1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Img_5115
1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Img_5116
1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Img_5117
1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Img_5118
1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Img_5119
Back to top Go down
Rejects Racing
Forum Newbie
Forum Newbie


Join date : 2017-07-23
Posts : 10
Forum Rep : 0
Location : Michigan

1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Empty
PostSubject: Re: 1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build   1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Icon_minitimeSat Jan 13, 2018 6:39 pm

@CraftsmanQuad19 wrote:
A 4 inch rear pulley will do fine with the right set up. Also make sure you stay FAR AWAY from any cast aluminum or zinc pulleys. Go with steel or cast iron. Also, a double pulley clutch will help belt slip issues as well

Last thing I want to deal with is belt slip issues, so when I get to that point, ill be asking for help! thank you sir!
Back to top Go down
biggasmowers
Grand Master
Grand Master
biggasmowers

Age : 19
Join date : 2016-12-30
Posts : 1943
Forum Rep : 69
Location : Kansas

1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Empty
PostSubject: Re: 1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build   1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Icon_minitimeSun Jan 14, 2018 5:01 pm

Thanks! wow i got a lot of fab to do on mine, yours has a newer dash than mine it looks like but the rest is the same .
Back to top Go down
Rejects Racing
Forum Newbie
Forum Newbie


Join date : 2017-07-23
Posts : 10
Forum Rep : 0
Location : Michigan

1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Empty
PostSubject: Re: 1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build   1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Icon_minitimeSun Jan 14, 2018 6:20 pm

Might be picking up another lt4000. Won't need the dash if you are interested.
Back to top Go down
biggasmowers
Grand Master
Grand Master
biggasmowers

Age : 19
Join date : 2016-12-30
Posts : 1943
Forum Rep : 69
Location : Kansas

1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Empty
PostSubject: Re: 1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build   1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Icon_minitimeSun Jan 14, 2018 7:08 pm

I am just going to build my own , should be stronger than stock Cool
Back to top Go down
Sponsored content




1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Empty
PostSubject: Re: 1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build   1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build Icon_minitime

Back to top Go down
 
1995 Craftsman LT4000 Off-Road/Mud Build
Back to top 
Page 1 of 1
 Similar topics
-
» tire swap on TORQUE (ford/craftsman)
» Craftsman Off road
» Craftsman Off Road/ High Speed Tractor Build
» Craftsman GT16 build
» Pinkie's off road build

Permissions in this forum:You cannot reply to topics in this forum
All-Terrain Lawn Tractor Forum :: Tractor Project Builds :: Off Road & Rally Tractors-
Jump to: