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PostSubject: Re: MTD off-road build (Mobile Terrain Dominator) "2"   Wed Jul 18, 2018 11:37 am

Skidplate looks good! Cant really trust that cast aluminium, haha
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PostSubject: Re: MTD off-road build (Mobile Terrain Dominator) "2"   Wed Jul 18, 2018 11:58 am

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I may steel your idea.

Sure thing! I mean I'm not the first one to do it, but still haha.

@muckmudd wrote:
That's better, you know I like my bumpers, haha.

Yep, haha. Been meaning to add one for a while.

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Nice skid plate!  Skid plates always remind me of diapers for some reason. LOL

Thanks! As far as that second thing goes though, I got nothing. Hahaha.

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Skidplate looks good! Cant really trust that cast aluminium, haha

Thank Rich! Yeah I'm lucky the casting is so heavy on these transaxles or I would've probably at least cracked it by now. lol!

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PostSubject: Re: MTD off-road build (Mobile Terrain Dominator) "2"   Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:43 pm

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@RichieRichOverdrive wrote:
Skidplate looks good! Cant really trust that cast aluminium, haha
Thank Rich! Yeah I'm lucky the casting is so heavy on these transaxles or I would've probably at least cracked it by now. lol!

I know the sears is cast aluminum, but I thought the one in MTD was cast iron? 

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PostSubject: Re: MTD off-road build (Mobile Terrain Dominator) "2"   Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:48 pm

The 2300 on my MTD is cast iron
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PostSubject: Re: MTD off-road build (Mobile Terrain Dominator) "2"   Wed Jul 18, 2018 1:02 pm

The one I swapped in is a 600 though. They have cast aluminum cases with cast axle sleeves.

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PostSubject: Re: MTD off-road build (Mobile Terrain Dominator) "2"   Wed Jul 18, 2018 1:30 pm

I was thinking the 600 was cast iron too like the 2300....

I stand corrected.

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PostSubject: Re: MTD off-road build (Mobile Terrain Dominator) "2"   Fri Jul 20, 2018 4:27 pm

Great job on the bumper and skidplate. 

Looks like it will make jacking it up easier.  The automotive jacks and stands I have are really too big to work under our tractors.
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PostSubject: Re: MTD off-road build (Mobile Terrain Dominator) "2"   Sat Jul 21, 2018 12:57 am

Thanks Carl! Yeah I usually just set the drawbar on a jack stand or something if I need the rear end lifted.

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PostSubject: Re: MTD off-road build (Mobile Terrain Dominator) "2"   Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:11 pm

Well the ol' MTD is still doing well and holding up great. I finally put put a new belt on 'er as the old one was pretty cracked and wore out:



I was also still noticing a hint of feedback to the steering wheel with the bigger bumps, even with the truck steering box setup. I figured it was due to the pitman arm being so long, (back when it had the 3-link setup I had to make it super long to let the drag link clear under the center link) so I decided to shorten it as much as possible now that I have the room.



Little hard to tell but it's pretty close in length to the original truck pitman arm was. Much better! I definitely noticed the improvement and I'm quite happy!





Never did get around to re painting it this summer, but ah well. I'll get to 'er someday. lol!  Let me know what ya think!

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PostSubject: Re: MTD off-road build (Mobile Terrain Dominator) "2"   Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:17 pm

Nice! So now it drives over bumps with one finger?
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PostSubject: Re: MTD off-road build (Mobile Terrain Dominator) "2"   Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:22 pm

Thanks Carl. Hahaha, not quite one finger, more like one hand.

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PostSubject: Re: MTD off-road build (Mobile Terrain Dominator) "2"   Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:38 pm

Nice. I only have the feedback problem on mutt when i hit the spindle arm on a rock or tree or something, lol
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PostSubject: Re: MTD off-road build (Mobile Terrain Dominator) "2"   Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:24 pm

That belt still has some life in it! LOL

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PostSubject: Re: MTD off-road build (Mobile Terrain Dominator) "2"   Mon Sep 17, 2018 11:05 pm

@RichieRichOverdrive wrote:
Nice. I only have the feedback problem on mutt when i hit the spindle arm on a rock or tree or something, lol

Thanks. Haha, yeah that'd definitely do it.

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That belt still has some life in it!  LOL

Well I suppose it is still in one piece. lol! I put it in the shed with the other belts, probably work good in a pinch.

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PostSubject: Re: MTD off-road build (Mobile Terrain Dominator) "2"   Mon Nov 19, 2018 12:16 am

Well the ol' MTD has been sitting dormant for about two months now. It all of a sudden decided to quit starting on me. It would crank and crank and crank and do nothing but dump fuel vapours out of the exhausts. I tried going through and adjusting the carb, checking for spark, trying different spark plugs, different coils, different carburetor, checking flywheel key, feeling for compression, and I got the same results. I was starting to wonder if I had a valve issue when i thought I should check to see if the oil was a little over full. It was, but only by 3/8" about the full line, didn't see like enough to cause issues.

Regardless, I drained some:



Finally got it to fire up, but only run on the lower cylinder. Okay.... progress I suppose, haha. Checked the uper plug and it was dry. Put in a known good one and BAM! She fires up and runs fantastic!! I don't really understand what I did, but hell I'll take it. Hahaha.



Drove it around a bunch, then shut it off and started a bunch of times to be sure. I let it wait for like 10 or 15 minutes one time before I tried again and it still started up and ran. Still not really sure what was up, but y'know, whatever. lol!

Gonna have to see how it acts next time to be sure, but for now she drove back in the shed for the first time in many weeks!



I'm definitely quite happy, i was beginnng to think she was gonna miss out on snow romps this year! lol! Hopefully I've got 'er cured!

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PostSubject: Re: MTD off-road build (Mobile Terrain Dominator) "2"   Mon Nov 19, 2018 8:21 am

I hope so!  I have had the same thing with lil red.  Run fine then it will get harder to start.  Change plugs and it is fine.  Or...  can't get it to start, lots of spark but no bang.  I'll short one side out with a screwdriver and boom it will start up?  Not sure why.  But this just happens to Red.

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PostSubject: Re: MTD off-road build (Mobile Terrain Dominator) "2"   Mon Nov 19, 2018 10:00 pm

Yeah, doesn't really make sense to me, but we'll see how things go I guess, haha.

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PostSubject: Re: MTD off-road build (Mobile Terrain Dominator) "2"   Mon Nov 19, 2018 10:38 pm

if i figure a rime or reason, you will be the first I tell.  

Question... what type/brand plug you running in it?
I'll review mine too.

I hear people have good luck with champion J 19LM.

Edit:  I am running J19LM in both mine.  Not sure about the Squatch.  It's packed up.  Kal runs like a top and they are True Champion plugs.  Red who is wishy washy at times are Briggs/Champion plugs.  I was planning on cleaning the coil contacts and flywheel.  Maybe a new coil in the spring if nothing works, but from my research they either work or not.

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PostSubject: Re: MTD off-road build (Mobile Terrain Dominator) "2"   Tue Nov 20, 2018 8:08 pm

Hmmm I use the RJ19LM a lot.  Ol' Red and my snowblower use it.  The "R" stands for resistor that helps deal with interference from a radio.  I wonder if something like that is causing your guy's spark plugs to do some wacky unexplainable things?
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PostSubject: Re: MTD off-road build (Mobile Terrain Dominator) "2"   Tue Nov 20, 2018 8:19 pm

The plugs I usually have in it are Champion RJ19LM's. The oneplug I put in to get it to run on both cylinders however, was a Champion H10C. That's an older style plug that you usually see in old Kohler K Series or what have you, with the slightly longer reach and long ribbed body.

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PostSubject: Re: MTD off-road build (Mobile Terrain Dominator) "2"   Tue Nov 27, 2018 8:49 pm

Weeeeeell as I sort of expected the issue is still most certainly not cured with this engine. It's acting the same way no matter what plugs, coil, or carb I try, so I'm wondering if there is a valve issue of some sort.

Gonna borrow a leak-down tester from a friend sometime here soon and see what the test shows. Hopefully I can finally pinpoint the problem.

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PostSubject: Re: MTD off-road build (Mobile Terrain Dominator) "2"   Tue Nov 27, 2018 9:00 pm

Leak down showed no issue for me.  I may look into what Carl said about the resistor.

Edit: Mine are R's scratch

Hope you figure your issue out. I'll see if mine is the same. LOL I'll do the same.

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