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PostSubject: Re: LawnBoy UTLTV aka MULE   LawnBoy UTLTV aka MULE - Page 5 Icon_minitimeMay 13th 2013, 9:54 pm

The wife wants camo. Plus, she has some waterproof camo fabric we'll use to make a canopy.
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PostSubject: Re: LawnBoy UTLTV aka MULE   LawnBoy UTLTV aka MULE - Page 5 Icon_minitimeMay 13th 2013, 10:17 pm

Looks nice... your rollover bar's a little short though LOL.


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PostSubject: Re: LawnBoy UTLTV aka MULE   LawnBoy UTLTV aka MULE - Page 5 Icon_minitimeMay 13th 2013, 10:57 pm

TheRainbowBoxer wrote:
Looks nice... your rollover bar's a little short though LOL.
Says the guy with the 2 1/2 inch thick rops.
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PostSubject: Re: LawnBoy UTLTV aka MULE   LawnBoy UTLTV aka MULE - Page 5 Icon_minitimeMay 14th 2013, 7:12 am

That fair lead looks pretty stout, does it need a bumper? Our ROPS is just for the tractor, not us. Got to protect what is important. Haven't flipped any since we installed them.
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PostSubject: Re: LawnBoy UTLTV aka MULE   LawnBoy UTLTV aka MULE - Page 5 Icon_minitimeMay 14th 2013, 4:56 pm

Yes- the fairlead looks like it could take some abuse. I'll look at some assorted scraps and see if anything will look half decent on there. If not, I'll leave it alone.

As far as the hoop on top of the bumper- that's just grille and light protection. Once the canopy is on this thing, having a bar a bit higher wouldn't do squat for me in a roll, anyhow.
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PostSubject: Re: LawnBoy UTLTV aka MULE   LawnBoy UTLTV aka MULE - Page 5 Icon_minitimeMay 14th 2013, 7:39 pm

Because I could...
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PostSubject: Re: LawnBoy UTLTV aka MULE   LawnBoy UTLTV aka MULE - Page 5 Icon_minitimeMay 14th 2013, 8:13 pm

do hey work when you hit the brakes
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PostSubject: Re: LawnBoy UTLTV aka MULE   LawnBoy UTLTV aka MULE - Page 5 Icon_minitimeMay 14th 2013, 8:20 pm

Considering I haven't wired them yet... no. But I could! they are dual filament, and it wouldn't take much for me to wire in a brake light switch. I probably will... 'cuz I can!
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PostSubject: Re: LawnBoy UTLTV aka MULE   LawnBoy UTLTV aka MULE - Page 5 Icon_minitimeMay 14th 2013, 8:58 pm

if you still have one safty switch you could put it under the brake pedle to actuate the lights
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PostSubject: Re: LawnBoy UTLTV aka MULE   LawnBoy UTLTV aka MULE - Page 5 Icon_minitimeMay 14th 2013, 9:19 pm

Yep! Either that, or the brake light switch off a motorcycle I molested for parts. I'll probably use that one because they are better suited to longer pedal strokes and are adjustable- so the lights don't come on every time I clutch, and I don't have to totally bury the pedal to put 'em on.
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PostSubject: Re: LawnBoy UTLTV aka MULE   LawnBoy UTLTV aka MULE - Page 5 Icon_minitimeMay 14th 2013, 9:26 pm

now it just looks cute.....

PUT SOME BEERS IN HER
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PostSubject: Re: LawnBoy UTLTV aka MULE   LawnBoy UTLTV aka MULE - Page 5 Icon_minitimeMay 14th 2013, 9:44 pm

Well- if it helps, I've put a coupla beers into MYSELF while working on 'er! Wink
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LOL
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PostSubject: Re: LawnBoy UTLTV aka MULE   LawnBoy UTLTV aka MULE - Page 5 Icon_minitimeMay 15th 2013, 9:18 am

Nice brake lights. Been thinking of adding some tail lights at some point. Rainbow added some led ones to his that look nice, and another friend put on some goofy leds that flash.

Be nice for those high speed runs on the road at night.
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PostSubject: Re: LawnBoy UTLTV aka MULE   LawnBoy UTLTV aka MULE - Page 5 Icon_minitimeMay 15th 2013, 4:51 pm

LED- Great idea! I have some 1156 LED conversion bulbs around here somewhere. I'll put 'em in, that'll lessen the electrical load!
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PostSubject: Re: LawnBoy UTLTV aka MULE   LawnBoy UTLTV aka MULE - Page 5 Icon_minitimeMay 15th 2013, 8:37 pm

Didn't have a ton of play time tonight, but I did get some stuff on there! I mounted a Jerry can holder on the right rear fender, and a surplus ammunition can on the left fender. The can holds the booster cables, air hose, and emergency pull start rope nicely.

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PostSubject: Re: LawnBoy UTLTV aka MULE   LawnBoy UTLTV aka MULE - Page 5 Icon_minitimeMay 15th 2013, 9:31 pm

looks nice but how does it fell siting in it
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PostSubject: Re: LawnBoy UTLTV aka MULE   LawnBoy UTLTV aka MULE - Page 5 Icon_minitimeMay 15th 2013, 10:06 pm

Where did you get the fender?
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PostSubject: Re: LawnBoy UTLTV aka MULE   LawnBoy UTLTV aka MULE - Page 5 Icon_minitimeMay 16th 2013, 12:50 am

wont all this electric stuff be to much on the engines charging system ???? also the gascan mount is very cool but i dont think i could drive my mower with that stuff around me i think i would feel kinda trapped
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PostSubject: Re: LawnBoy UTLTV aka MULE   LawnBoy UTLTV aka MULE - Page 5 Icon_minitimeMay 16th 2013, 5:55 am

redlinemotorsportts wrote:
Where did you get the fender?

I made the fenders by narrowing and cutting up a single steel trailer fender.

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wont all this electric stuff be to much on the engines charging system ???? also the gascan mount is very cool but i dont think i could drive my mower with that stuff around me i think i would feel kinda trapped

I have had thoughts about the electrical system. It's a "wait and see" thing. If it proves to be a problem, I will have to address it. The stuff around you isnt half the problem you might think. They are low enough and far enough back as to be out of the way. I was worried about smacking my elbows on them, but it just isn't happening. I took it for a run last night, no issue.


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PostSubject: Re: LawnBoy UTLTV aka MULE   LawnBoy UTLTV aka MULE - Page 5 Icon_minitimeMay 16th 2013, 4:51 pm

Doc Sprocket wrote:
redlinemotorsportts wrote:
Where did you get the fender?

I made the fenders by narrowing and cutting up a single steel trailer fender.

Jay_Rod wrote:
wont all this electric stuff be to much on the engines charging system ???? also the gascan mount is very cool but i dont think i could drive my mower with that stuff around me i think i would feel kinda trapped

I have had thoughts about the electrical system. It's a "wait and see" thing. If it proves to be a problem, I will have to address it. The stuff around you isnt half the problem you might think. They are low enough and far enough back as to be out of the way. I was worried about smacking my elbows on them, but it just isn't happening. I took it for a run last night, no issue.
i was kinda worried about that hitting my elbows on that kind of stuff lol your welds are very clean tho and what are you gonna do if that stuff is to much for the engine to handle???
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PostSubject: Re: LawnBoy UTLTV aka MULE   LawnBoy UTLTV aka MULE - Page 5 Icon_minitimeMay 16th 2013, 8:42 pm

Well- the 15hp that's on there now seems to be taking it all in stride. I think as long as I keep it geared fairly low, it'll be fine. I will probably swap a pully to bring the top speed up a bit, but this is no racer. I want it to have grunt- not speed.

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We got grunt, lol. Used the racer/rallys to pull a 5500 pound camper around. The peerless trannys have a really low first gear.

You will have much better durability keeping the top speed around 15-20mph. That's plenty fast for getting around the property. As you said, it's a utility tractor!

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Well... The cheapie chinese ATV front tires kept getting bead leaks and driving me insane. Sure, I could tube them, but I wasn't crazy about them anyhow. A bit smaller than I'd like, and not altogether that aggressive looking.

I cruised Kijiji until I came up with some 4.80x4-8 meats off a snowblower. Like new conditions, good price. Problem being, they're an 8" rim. I contemplated a few different options, and decided I should use some 8x4" 4-bolt trailer wheels that were a freebie curb find a month or so ago.

Now- how to mount 4-on-4 trailer wheels to a 3/4" spindle. Well- I have some great trailer hubs and spindles! So, I cut the trailer spindles to length, and cut the factory spindles right off. I welded the MUCH beefier 1 1/16" trailer spindles in place and threw the whole mess together. Nice! They are taller and narrower, which should give them a better bite when I get around to locking the diff...

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PostSubject: Re: LawnBoy UTLTV aka MULE   LawnBoy UTLTV aka MULE - Page 5 Icon_minitimeMay 18th 2013, 8:06 pm

Yeah those tires will get grip.
And i like the 4 bolt hubs you made.
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Thanks- but I didn't actually MAKE the hubs. They are high speed trailer (highway) hubs. Seals, greasable, tapered roller bearings- the whole works. I welded matching trailer spindles onto the steering knuckles and then just bolted the hubs on.
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