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PostSubject: Drag links for murray widebody steering   Drag links for murray widebody steering Icon_minitimeMon Nov 30, 2020 8:40 pm

Does anyone know of any steering drag link upgrades? Mine are not bent, the ends are just worn out really bad and the steerings super sloppy. This is due to all the rocky bumpy roads i go on at 30 mph. could i cut the old hiem joints that connect to the steering spindles off, and tap threads on the ends of the drag links? i do not have a welder.
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PostSubject: Re: Drag links for murray widebody steering   Drag links for murray widebody steering Icon_minitimeMon Nov 30, 2020 11:54 pm

I’ve heard the widebody GT tie rods are beefier and bolt right in but can not confirm
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PostSubject: Re: Drag links for murray widebody steering   Drag links for murray widebody steering Icon_minitimeTue Dec 01, 2020 9:42 am

Ok I will look for one of those tractors for parts. The two rods going to each spindle are fine itself, they have no bends, it’s the drag Link ends that are bad. The hole where the bolt screws in is worn out and has a lot of play. I will go to my neighbors mower junk yard and look for GT ones though!
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PostSubject: Re: Drag links for murray widebody steering   Drag links for murray widebody steering Icon_minitimeTue Dec 01, 2020 11:26 am

All of the steering gear from a GT drops right in. Thicker steering sector gear, heavier tie rods, heavier 7/8 spindles. Just the bushings have to swap out with it on the spindles.
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PostSubject: Re: Drag links for murray widebody steering   Drag links for murray widebody steering Icon_minitimeTue Dec 01, 2020 11:58 am

Ok thanks I will look for one of those, what model is this GT?
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PostSubject: Re: Drag links for murray widebody steering   Drag links for murray widebody steering Icon_minitimeTue Dec 01, 2020 12:15 pm

They usually have a different uglier hood, a briggs opposed or v twin, a peerless 820 trans, and bigger wheels all around. I don't recall what the models are.
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PostSubject: Re: Drag links for murray widebody steering   Drag links for murray widebody steering Icon_minitimeTue Dec 01, 2020 12:52 pm

If you can find a parts tractor and you do end up swapping spindles, that would be the ideal time to swap to bronze bushings. @RichieRichOverdrive might be able to get you the part numbers for them at TSC
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PostSubject: Re: Drag links for murray widebody steering   Drag links for murray widebody steering Icon_minitimeTue Dec 01, 2020 3:58 pm

Hell if I know if we have bushings that thin
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PostSubject: Re: Drag links for murray widebody steering   Drag links for murray widebody steering Icon_minitimeTue Dec 01, 2020 5:48 pm

@CraftsmanQuad19 wrote:
If you can find a parts tractor and you do end up swapping spindles, that would be the ideal time to swap to bronze bushings. @RichieRichOverdrive might be able to get you the part numbers for them at TSC

I found some on amazon that worked fine.  Make sure you double check you sizes.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XP38X7P/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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PostSubject: Re: Drag links for murray widebody steering   Drag links for murray widebody steering Icon_minitimeTue Dec 01, 2020 6:15 pm

i have Snowblower wheels on my tractor, the ID is 7/8 and i could not find bushings that small for the spindles that are on my murray right now. so i have been running without any bushings and just greasing it every couple weeks. are the spindles from the GT a different size than stock?
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PostSubject: Re: Drag links for murray widebody steering   Drag links for murray widebody steering Icon_minitimeTue Dec 01, 2020 7:09 pm

Yeah, 7/8 or 1” (can’t remember which) as opposed to 3/4. I meant the bushings in the axle itself that the spindle steers on.

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