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PostSubject: CraftsmanQuad19’s CraftsmanQuad [2018 Build-Off Entry]   Mon Feb 05, 2018 7:28 pm

Ok so most of you know my machine, the CraftsmanQuad or CQ for short. But it’s never done and it’s nowher near where I want it for haspin, so hopefully you guys let me in as under 50% completed

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Reinforce frame

Paint side panels, tunnel, and frame black

Paint fenders tan

Wiring harness

New front tires

Light bar

Battery

Auxiliary tank?

V-twin?

Bigger front pulley?









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PostSubject: Re: CraftsmanQuad19’s CraftsmanQuad [2018 Build-Off Entry]   Thu Feb 08, 2018 6:10 pm

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PostSubject: Re: CraftsmanQuad19’s CraftsmanQuad [2018 Build-Off Entry]   Fri Feb 09, 2018 4:24 am

Birthday is in May, I’ll be 18 by then, so I’ll be good right?
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PostSubject: Re: CraftsmanQuad19’s CraftsmanQuad [2018 Build-Off Entry]   Sat Feb 10, 2018 1:48 pm

Here is the link to the original pre-buildoff thread:

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PostSubject: Re: CraftsmanQuad19’s CraftsmanQuad [2018 Build-Off Entry]   Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:41 am

Good luck and best wishes, very happy to see your entry. cheers.
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PostSubject: Re: CraftsmanQuad19’s CraftsmanQuad [2018 Build-Off Entry]   Fri Mar 02, 2018 5:03 pm

Alrighty guys, not a big update here but an update none the less. Got a different idler setup on the rear, and the new belt put on. Took it for a drive tonight and everything was working fine.

Hope this setup is the one, it’s the 3rd or 4th try lol
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PostSubject: Re: CraftsmanQuad19’s CraftsmanQuad [2018 Build-Off Entry]   Fri Mar 02, 2018 5:07 pm

Nice CQ! It's always great to have a nicely functioning belt system. My least favorite part to figure out though, haha.

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PostSubject: Re: CraftsmanQuad19’s CraftsmanQuad [2018 Build-Off Entry]   Fri Mar 02, 2018 5:23 pm

It’s all trial and error. I’ll need to figure out something different on the simplicity when that belt lets go. I’m not doing that setup again
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PostSubject: Re: CraftsmanQuad19’s CraftsmanQuad [2018 Build-Off Entry]   Sun Mar 18, 2018 6:06 pm

Small update tonight. Got the transaxle vented for now. Gonna redo it later more permanent when I blow the whole thing apart and go through it from the ground up. Once it’s warm enough I’ll get the pressure washer out, take it down to bare frame, wash it, reinforce everything, paint it all, new bushings in the front axle and steering, transaxle vent to the air intake on the engine, and finally the wiring.

I’m sorry for the slow progress, just waiting on some good weather and some time to really get into it. Few hours here and there isn’t enough for me to justify tearing down my perfectly running rig, upgrades or not.
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PostSubject: Re: CraftsmanQuad19’s CraftsmanQuad [2018 Build-Off Entry]   Sun Mar 18, 2018 6:28 pm

No problem, a few of us have been waiting for better days to work! Good you have a todo list. Keeps ya focused!

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PostSubject: Re: CraftsmanQuad19’s CraftsmanQuad [2018 Build-Off Entry]   Tue Apr 03, 2018 3:38 pm

I have officially added front transaxle braces to the ‘to-do’ list. Won’t add much weight but will hopefully add a lot of strength. Also, this will be getting a new transaxle. The one in it now is out of a Murray and has the tall shifter. It also leaks a bit.

I’m going to take one of my spare MST 206s (out of a craftsman) and do fresh oil, thread in a transaxle vent, and swap it in. The MST in mine now will go in my friends MTD.

What do you guys recommend running for oil? I run 90wt gear oil in it now, but that stuff gets really thick when it’s cold. Have read about ATF, and have a couple quarts of that on hand so that would be preferable. People have told me it may be a little thin, but some Lucas oil transmission fluid additive would bring up the viscosity quite a bit.

And what else would you guys do while the transaxle is out for durability? As far as I know all the seals and bearings are good, and I don’t want to lock it.
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PostSubject: Re: CraftsmanQuad19’s CraftsmanQuad [2018 Build-Off Entry]   Tue Apr 03, 2018 3:59 pm

I would try 50 wt motor oil.  That's what what my hydro uses and it works good in the cold.
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PostSubject: Re: CraftsmanQuad19’s CraftsmanQuad [2018 Build-Off Entry]   Tue Apr 03, 2018 7:29 pm

I use Lucas Oil Transmission Fix, I love the stuff. Works wonders for a transaxle.
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PostSubject: Re: CraftsmanQuad19’s CraftsmanQuad [2018 Build-Off Entry]   Tue Apr 03, 2018 7:52 pm

Yeah I would think like 15w40 would be a happy medium. Although I run 80w90 gear oil in my transaxles and don't have any issues in the cold. My 600's don't have shift keys obviously, but still. Haha.

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PostSubject: Re: CraftsmanQuad19’s CraftsmanQuad [2018 Build-Off Entry]   Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:19 pm

Once that mst warms up it’s fine, but man oh man when it’s cold it’s a bugger haha. Plus my shift pattern is wrong so it’s hard to tell if it’s in neutral
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PostSubject: Re: CraftsmanQuad19’s CraftsmanQuad [2018 Build-Off Entry]   Wed Apr 04, 2018 4:52 am

Nice to see the CQ in the build off! I've never had any problems with my MST in the cold and I have 80w90 oil in it. As suggested maybe clean the case out and try a thinner oil. Wouldn't want it too thin though as it would leak out of the seals.
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