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 I need to extend my rear axles

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PostSubject: I need to extend my rear axles   Wed Sep 21, 2011 11:55 pm

well the way I'm building my tractor I am putting 5 bolt hubs and wider tires on the back but I need it to be wider than just putting 5 bolt hubs on it and wider tires cuz I'm doing that and I still need it wider so i need to extend my rear axles somehow any ideas?? I have a 5 speed peerless tranny if that helps give you ideas idk. please help!! thank you
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PostSubject: Re: I need to extend my rear axles   Thu Sep 22, 2011 10:45 am

Well you could build some offset hubs, or you could do like me and swap out the short rear axle for a long one from a parts transmission, and then offset the whole thing in the frame to center the wheels. Only down side is that stock mower axles tend to snap under heavy abuse (like I did lol)
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PostSubject: Re: I need to extend my rear axles   Thu Sep 22, 2011 10:55 am

Ford Boi wrote:
Well you could build some offset hubs, or you could do like me and swap out the short rear axle for a long one from a parts transmission, and then offset the whole thing in the frame to center the wheels. Only down side is that stock mower axles tend to snap under heavy abuse (like I did lol)
yeah I thought about doing the last one you said and then bracing a spacer to the frame so it could still spin on the axle but would still hold it up and keep it supported so it didn't snap off
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PostSubject: Re: I need to extend my rear axles   Thu Sep 22, 2011 11:49 am

I got about 7 months out of mine before it broke.... This time I am making a brace for it. Because otherwise it works very good. Kinda looks funny with the transmission off to one side but then again a mower with huge tires on it kind looks funny anyway lol
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PostSubject: Re: I need to extend my rear axles   Thu Sep 22, 2011 12:23 pm

Ford Boi wrote:
I got about 7 months out of mine before it broke.... This time I am making a brace for it. Because otherwise it works very good. Kinda looks funny with the transmission off to one side but then again a mower with huge tires on it kind looks funny anyway lol
how much more width did you gain? i need to get to about 45 inches with mine
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PostSubject: Re: I need to extend my rear axles   Thu Sep 22, 2011 4:56 pm

I'm not sure exactly....Do you need 45" from axle tip to tip? I can measure mine when I run back in the shed.
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PostSubject: Re: I need to extend my rear axles   Thu Sep 22, 2011 5:51 pm

Ford Boi wrote:
I'm not sure exactly....Do you need 45" from axle tip to tip? I can measure mine when I run back in the shed.
I just need 45 inches from outsides of the tires
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PostSubject: Re: I need to extend my rear axles   Fri Sep 23, 2011 2:02 pm

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Set-4-1-5-ATV-Wheel-Spacers-5-4-5-5-Lug-Extenders-/180727538353?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2a143362b1
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PostSubject: Re: I need to extend my rear axles   Fri Sep 23, 2011 7:04 pm

I measured mine and I think it was 45" outside of tires. I forget exactly now. 32" from axle end to end. I just have ATV rims with mower hubs welded to plates inside, crude but works lol....
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PostSubject: Re: I need to extend my rear axles   Sat Sep 24, 2011 3:42 pm

Possibility is to get some 8" round steel pipe ( size of the rims mounted to the axle) - weld that to the end of the tractor rims, then weld the outer wheels back on, to reinforce the axle shafts for extended weight further out, use a piece of black pipe over the axle ( slides over and axle can still turn) with a bracket to the frame solid mounted - id add a zerk fitting to the pipe so can be greased from time to time.

Would be easier then expensive adapters and messing with the trans/axles.
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PostSubject: Re: I need to extend my rear axles   Sat Sep 24, 2011 11:35 pm

what do you guys think of this idea here???
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PostSubject: Re: I need to extend my rear axles   Sat Sep 24, 2011 11:41 pm

just remember tho. his rear end is a solid sears suberban (i believe) rear end. Those newer craftsmans arnt built as solid and his tractor has 1" axles as yours has 3//4' I bet if you put some sort of support you might be able to do it. good luck! cant wait to see what you come up with!

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PostSubject: Re: I need to extend my rear axles   Sun Sep 25, 2011 11:06 am

arild365 wrote:
just remember tho. his rear end is a solid sears suberban (i believe) rear end. Those newer craftsmans arnt built as solid and his tractor has 1" axles as yours has 3//4' I bet if you put some sort of support you might be able to do it. good luck! cant wait to see what you come up with!

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yeah I plan on making some type of support to the frame if I do this
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