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PostSubject: Heres My craftsman rider 14.5hp i/c gold ohv   Sat Nov 26, 2011 6:21 pm

Hello i'm new here, i'm from Indiana, iv been mudding mowers for a couple years now, heres my craftsman rider 14.5hp i/c gold ohv, 6 speed tranny, i haven't done any mods to it, want to pulley swap and make it faster, and im going to be doing the bicycle break handle as a gas pedal soon. and theres pics of something i just discoverd today.. broke tranny mounts..














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PostSubject: Re: Heres My craftsman rider 14.5hp i/c gold ohv   Sun Nov 27, 2011 7:05 am

You can weld and reinforce those front bars - they keep the front of the trans from flipping up tward the top of the chassis.

Ive said it before - its not possible to make a stock tractor faster w/o proper mods , unless you enjoy expensive trips to the ER or possible morgue.

This is speaking from 2 prior builds that failed miserably - yeah i built 2 tractors, nearly bone stock and pushed them past 20mph - the first ( craftsman) broke its trans while taking off ( i did nothing to prep it- no brakes, no trans prep ) - luck was on my side that it didnt happen at full speed. Second one( murray) was way faster, but was way too unstable to push past 30mph ( was capable of higher speeds) - in the couple years it was together i nearly crashed it a dozen times, flipped it more then once - i had enough and took it apart- wasnt worth killing myself over going faster.

My 3rd one was a total improvement ( MTD) - i bolted the seat to the chassis, raised the front axle to the top of the chassis ( bolted solid) lower profile tires in back and had way better brakes - it handled tons better then the original two ever had. I couldnt get any faster speed from it, so im redoing that one, in its final setup itll have larger tires, lower stance ( 4" ride height), twin cylender, 1" straight axle - not sure wether ill use a peerless 700 or a RAGB, custom built spindles , direct steering and disc brakes.

When i put the hammer down - itll handle like i want, stop when i need to and generally be a whole lot safer then anything prior.

My goal is to use a stock twin cylender motor, using the governer to push it to near 50mph , which should possible , considering its the same motor from my murray.
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PostSubject: Re: Heres My craftsman rider 14.5hp i/c gold ohv   Sun Nov 27, 2011 12:42 pm

Welcome to the forum! and ^ pretty much covered what i was gonna say. but he has more exp Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Heres My craftsman rider 14.5hp i/c gold ohv   Sun Nov 27, 2011 12:43 pm

btw danger. a guy on youtube did a 2.5in pulley in the back and a 9 in the front and they clocked him at 55. i think it was a 20hp
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PostSubject: Re: Heres My craftsman rider 14.5hp i/c gold ohv   Mon Nov 28, 2011 1:41 am

Usually you dont want to go smaller then 3" on the back- the belt wont have enough 'wrap' around it - itll work breifly , but just eat up belts because it slips too much.

Alot has to do with other factors also - tire size, gear ratios - my murray had a briggs opposed twin 18.5HP , 6" motor pulley , 3" trans pulley, 6 speed shift on the fly trans and ran 4 8" wheels - i was hitting around 30mph in 3rd gear. If i had it set up better , i wouldve seen just how fast it wouldve gone.

Originally with stock tires, same pulleys and the stock 14.5HP OHV motor - it wouldnt go past 15-20mph in 6th - motor just didnt have the powerband, the twin has power to spare .

Id like to change the motor pulley size to at least 7-8" and see what that nets.

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PostSubject: Re: Heres My craftsman rider 14.5hp i/c gold ohv   Mon Nov 28, 2011 12:43 pm

Thanks guys! and thankyou for that info! i dont plan to act crazy on it at all, just want some more speed, so i plan to just leave the front pulley alone which i think is a 6"? im not positive and make the back a 4" but i need to figure out what size belt is needed, right now i got the motor off and all electrical, doing toggle switch for kill & to turn on the carb solenoid, & push button start of course, i need to get that welded back up soon as well, i also would like to try to mount the battery under the gas tank inside the steering column area beind the motor - not sure if it will work tho, but i got the engine off at the moment so i can tighten up all bolts and make the steering stronger because it tends to slip somehow, i think its be cause the steering colume is missing a bolt which allows it to move when i turn to much. but once again thank you
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PostSubject: Re: Heres My craftsman rider 14.5hp i/c gold ohv   Wed Nov 30, 2011 12:22 am

Say on my Dynamark I have a stock pulley in the front and a 3-1'2 on the back. Now if I went with a bigger pulley in the front would that give me more torque? The tractor wont go up a hill in hi 1st gear// lol
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PostSubject: Re: Heres My craftsman rider 14.5hp i/c gold ohv   Wed Nov 30, 2011 12:30 am

Oh and if you are going to swap out the front pulley how do you go about doing so? My drive pulley is attached to the mower deck pulley. Do I cut and weld?
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PostSubject: Re: Heres My craftsman rider 14.5hp i/c gold ohv   Sun Dec 04, 2011 10:34 pm

Got 4" on back, and i think its a 4" on front as well, 90" belt, shes fasttt i love it!, got my gas pedal, and a custom exhaust stack! woohoo!! Oh,and i am now a new owner of a welder! finally!! love having one, next is side bars for protection and then hope to lock the rear end soon, need to look at more vids tho so i dont screw up. Tell me what you all think




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PostSubject: Re: Heres My craftsman rider 14.5hp i/c gold ohv   Mon Dec 05, 2011 1:11 am

DUDE that exhaust is so cool looking. Do the fumes bug you?
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PostSubject: Re: Heres My craftsman rider 14.5hp i/c gold ohv   Mon Dec 05, 2011 10:22 am

So far no they do not, and thank you, it is pretty cool huh? and now i can go thru deep water with out the exhaust hittin water and killin the engine woohoo
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PostSubject: Re: Heres My craftsman rider 14.5hp i/c gold ohv   Mon Dec 05, 2011 9:35 pm

fenders on front now, and bumper, paint job over summer i hope




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PostSubject: Re: Heres My craftsman rider 14.5hp i/c gold ohv   Tue Dec 06, 2011 2:10 am

Youll want to add a snorkel for your carb also - water will just pour right in and kill the motor - you might also want to use dielectric lube on the electrical connections or seal them - eventually water will get in and youll have electrical issues.
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PostSubject: Re: Heres My craftsman rider 14.5hp i/c gold ohv   Tue Dec 06, 2011 2:31 am

she wont be that deep, but thankyou for the information, the exhaust was gonna go straight out the side but decided that would look cooler, i just go thru water that is maybe just hardly as deep as my front wheels, the exhaust used to sit in the front and was super low so thats why i re-done it, and does anyone know how i can do my belt so she wont slip in the water as bad?
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