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PostSubject: Re: MTD trail build   Fri Jun 22, 2018 2:31 pm

Can you get a picture of the bottom part with the tabs to go into the frame and what not? I don't have the seat for mine, I'd like to know what they look like so i can make one.
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PostSubject: Re: MTD trail build   Fri Jun 22, 2018 2:34 pm

As soon as I get home, out spending the day alone with the wife, she needed a break from the kids & granddaughter, lol
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PostSubject: Re: MTD trail build   Sat Jun 23, 2018 11:52 am









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PostSubject: Re: MTD trail build   Sat Jun 23, 2018 11:59 am

Thanks. Looks a bit different than i thought it would. I might not copy that design, actually
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PostSubject: Re: MTD trail build   Sat Jun 23, 2018 12:21 pm

It really isn't that bad, quite comfortable

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PostSubject: Re: MTD trail build   Sat Jun 23, 2018 4:19 pm

I don't doubt that. But it'd be kind of hard to copy that design, especially since i dont have any spring steel lol.
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PostSubject: Re: MTD trail build   Sat Jun 23, 2018 4:22 pm

What about short leaf springs?
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PostSubject: Re: MTD trail build   Sat Jun 23, 2018 4:28 pm

I don't have any lol.
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PostSubject: Re: MTD trail build   Sun Jun 24, 2018 2:01 pm

Was gonna work on the alternator upgrade mock-up for the winch, lights and whatnot since I can't do any welding do to the weather. Then I found this

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PostSubject: Re: MTD trail build   Sun Jun 24, 2018 2:03 pm

Soaked it down with penetrating oil, hopefully won't have any issues getting it off
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PostSubject: Re: MTD trail build   Sun Jun 24, 2018 2:17 pm

Yours looks a bit better off than mine did.


I ended up hammering a smaller size socket on it and getting it off with an impact wrench. Didnt come off too hard, i didn't even use oil.
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PostSubject: Re: MTD trail build   Sun Jun 24, 2018 2:43 pm

Yup, I would say it looks to be in better shape than yours did, hopefully it'll come off just as easily.
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PostSubject: Re: MTD trail build   Sun Jun 24, 2018 8:50 pm

I hope you have a 1/2 impact and let it soak for a week.
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PostSubject: Re: MTD trail build   Mon Jun 25, 2018 12:01 am

Definite impact otherwise you have a fight on your hands.  I had one like Rich as well, I was able to get it off dry also with an impact.  I was shocked.

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PostSubject: Re: MTD trail build   Mon Jun 25, 2018 12:25 am

The crankshafts are hardened so they don't corrode so badly, the nut really just rusts i think. Also maybe the fine thread helps keep water out. Anyways, I doubt it will be too much trouble.
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PostSubject: Re: MTD trail build   Tue Jun 26, 2018 9:34 am

What material do y'all recommend for reinforcing this area


don't know if y'all can see the welds in the pics but the frame rails have been repaired at some point, I was thinking 1x3x1/8-3/16 or 2x2x1/8-3/16 tubing, gonna have to rebuild the entire front suspension as well as it appears that the axle may also be bent
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PostSubject: Re: MTD trail build   Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:57 am

Yeah I would think some tube/box steel crossmembers up by the front area would stiffen things up a bit.

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PostSubject: Re: MTD trail build   Tue Jun 26, 2018 11:07 am

Would the 1x3x1/8 hold up for the axle or should I use 1x3x3/16. Was thinking that the 3/16 walled tubing may be a bit of an overkill, not to mention a bit on the heavy side
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PostSubject: Re: MTD trail build   Tue Jun 26, 2018 11:13 am

3/16" might seems like overkill, but really a front axle on a tractor takes a ton of stress in off-road situations. I wouldn't think 3/16" would be too bad, It'd be nice to know that'll you'll basically never break it, haha.

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PostSubject: Re: MTD trail build   Tue Jun 26, 2018 11:14 am

I'd use 3/16". I think i used 1/8" for my front axle on mutt and it still flexes a bit if I'm against something really solid lol.
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PostSubject: Re: MTD trail build   Tue Jun 26, 2018 11:20 am

Can only get tubing in 20 to 24 foot lengths around here so gonna have to use it for everything. So guess I'll be building an all terrain mower tank, lol
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PostSubject: Re: MTD trail build   Tue Jun 26, 2018 11:34 am

Nothing wrong with extra weight on the front end. Sometimes i wish Mutt had extra weight on the front, she's a wheelie machine lol
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PostSubject: Re: MTD trail build   Tue Jun 26, 2018 8:39 pm

If you have to buy that much I'd get 1/8 wall.  1x3 tube has quite a bit of cross section there and it will be very strong.  You could order a shorter chunk of 3/16 wall on on line from speedy metals or online metals and buy the other stuff locally.
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PostSubject: Re: MTD trail build   Tue Jun 26, 2018 9:20 pm

OK thank-you, what tubing would you suggest for the exhaust?
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PostSubject: Re: MTD trail build   Wed Jun 27, 2018 4:07 pm

Just took the old girl for her first test run, must say that it went pretty good considering the shape it was in when I got her. No noises from the transaxle, brake locks up solid with very little effort, steerings a little loose but at least she steers both directions now. She loves to pop wheelies when taking off but she's slow as molasses, I would say probably 10mph in hi gear.
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PostSubject: Re: MTD trail build   Wed Jun 27, 2018 6:23 pm

I hope mine gets at least 15 lol. Won't keep up with mutt but will at least keep up with one of the big tractors lol
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