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PostSubject: Re: Ugly Step Sister Build   Sun Feb 05, 2012 6:49 pm

what i do on switches is un plug them cut the end off and wire nut the two wires together.
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PostSubject: Re: Ugly Step Sister Build   Sun Feb 05, 2012 7:08 pm

@gearheadmike wrote:
what i do on switches is un plug them cut the end off and wire nut the two wires together.

The blade engagement switch has 4 wires. Two white & two black. Maybe somebody is familiar with them before I have to take the switch apart to see if it's open or closed when the button is depressed.
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PostSubject: Re: Ugly Step Sister Build   Sun Feb 05, 2012 7:12 pm

i think the 2 white hook together same for the black not sure tho mine where only 2 wire ones
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PostSubject: Re: Ugly Step Sister Build   Fri Feb 10, 2012 7:21 pm

I just rewire my tractors- usually the safety switches run a yellow wire setup - sometimes i just run a new mag kill lead wire to a dash switch, just bypass the whole thing.
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PostSubject: Re: Ugly Step Sister Build   Fri Feb 10, 2012 8:50 pm

@dangeroustoys56 wrote:
I just rewire my tractors- usually the safety switches run a yellow wire setup - sometimes i just run a new mag kill lead wire to a dash switch, just bypass the whole thing.

Eventually, I'm going to rewire like fearless front did in his one video.
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PostSubject: Re: Ugly Step Sister Build   Wed Feb 15, 2012 7:36 pm

Got my break lever in the mail (last piece I needed). Hopefully if it's kinda warm and dry this weekend, I can get it put together and do some romping.
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PostSubject: Re: Ugly Step Sister Build   Thu Feb 16, 2012 6:27 am

Its ironic i mentioned something about tractors- just picked up two from a freind of my nephews - included in the deal was 2 sets of ATV wheels ( with rims) , and a pair of steel atv rims - 2 wheels have aluminum rims, unfortunately those are trashed beyond fixing - but the tires are in great shape. the tractors are a 98 poulan and a 90's murray- the poulan has no hood or deck, but has a running motor and is mostly complete otherwise- the murray is engineless, but has a pretty stout looking trans and larger rear wheels, along with beefy front axle/steering. All that was $100, bit more then i wanted to spend, but worth it.

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PostSubject: Re: Ugly Step Sister Build   Sat Feb 18, 2012 5:52 pm

I finally got the brakes together only to discover that the one pin is seized. I made a half assed attempt to drive it out when I started, so it's my own fault. Other than that, I just need to adjust the nuts on the brake rod and I will have this thing ready.

I'm starting to think about hoods, and considering putting the old on a diet and reusing it. I want to use some expanded metal like fearless front used on his racing tractor to build a new grill.
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PostSubject: Re: Ugly Step Sister Build   Sun Mar 04, 2012 6:12 pm

Got to ride it for the first time today. The Jeep needed a jump, so I went out and got a jump box. After I started the Jeep, I fired up the tractor and took it for a ride around the yard. That first ride was sweet. Now I can start modding it being as the repair/rebuild phase is done.
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PostSubject: Re: Ugly Step Sister Build   Sun Apr 01, 2012 7:01 pm

Got to drive it today. Turns out what I thought was an over tight break lever turned out to be a missing axle key. Once it was replaced, it ran great. I still need to get the brakes reinstalled then start modding. I've got some extra pulley's from a Craftsman RER I parted. I want to see if I can swap the transaxle pulley's.
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PostSubject: Re: Ugly Step Sister Build   Sat Jun 02, 2012 4:34 pm

I got my first fully functional ride today. I got the PTO safety switch bypassed and cleaned up the wiring, had to replace the entire length of fuel line & a new filter, adjusted the brakes (who knew lawn tractors could actually lock the tires on gravel), started modifying a set of front deck hanger brackets to use as new hood brackets, and I discovered the gas pedal from my parts Jeep may just work as a gas pedal on the tractor.

I did a full throttle launch in high gear and got alittle burnout on gravel. I did discover that top speed wasn't stellar in high gear. I'll have to monkey with the pulley's soon. I'm pretty sure that the pulley from the Craftsman RER that I parted will fit perfectly and be about 2 inches smaller in diameter.

Now that it's fully functional for the first time in 6 months, I can start modding it.
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