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PostSubject: Rally off road mower, on the cheap!   Rally off road mower, on the cheap! Icon_minitimeOctober 26th 2011, 2:12 pm

Hi guys this is my first post here, but i have been following a lot of people here on youtube.

So i have a week off from college so I thought that I may as well modify a ride on mower that I got for free.

The great thing about the mower is that all I needed to do was replace the fuel line and battery!!!! but the deck was so badly rusted that I went to remove it so I lifted up the tractor and kicked it a few tomes and it fell into pieces lol.
I do not normall like taking my camera over to the barn where I have my workshop and I am used to servicing real tractors Very Happy


I was thinking of replacing the engine that is on there with a 12.5hp opposed, but the 12.5hp uses so much fuel, it is older, heavier and the starter is weak

Check list :
Remove cutting deck: [X]

Move real wheels to the front :[ X]

cut the fenders to make space for wheels: [X]

Weld spare hubs onto 4x4 wheels: [ ] ( I don't have a welder so I am getting someone local to do it)

Replace solenoid: [ ]

Gas pedal: [X] (mounted I think I will hook it up in the future)

Lock the Diff :[ ]

Mount tow hitch: [X]

Cost so far:
Set of 5 large wheels for a 4x4 £10,
Welding - free
solenoid £12
total: £22

taken two days of work, but a few months of not bothering to do it!!!!!

I will try and upload some more images tomorrow, I think I will go mudding on the farm some were Very Happy

here are a few photos of what I have done so far:


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PostSubject: Re: Rally off road mower, on the cheap!   Rally off road mower, on the cheap! Icon_minitimeOctober 26th 2011, 4:17 pm

Nice tires ! lol. I like how you have a completely different Rally than my Rally, yet the same color and graphics, have ever seen a Rally like this before. Hope to see it some mud soon!
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PostSubject: Re: Rally off road mower, on the cheap!   Rally off road mower, on the cheap! Icon_minitimeOctober 28th 2011, 2:13 pm

Just got the wheels on and went for a cheeky night time test drive, wow it is so sweet, I like it because I can just switch it back to normal straight away with 4 c clips. I will get some pictures tomorrow of me mudding!!
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PostSubject: Re: Rally off road mower, on the cheap!   Rally off road mower, on the cheap! Icon_minitimeDecember 2nd 2011, 10:20 pm

Pretty cool so far. I done the wheels like that on my redneck wagon along time ago. They work out pretty good too. I just ran across a good buy on the 22x10-8s that are on the back now. It seems to have alot more traction with these than with the car tires I had on it before. Your Rally's pretty cool! I like it!
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been going for a while now, I know it looks kinda stupid but it works so well!! I got a good photo of it.


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are those tires good in mud?
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akcender wrote:
are those tires good in mud?

Yeah they are really good, considering the diff isn't locked! They are best suited to slippy grass though.
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Man that thing looks like it has a ton of ground clearance. I want to see this thing in action!
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blanket80 wrote:
Man that thing looks like it has a ton of ground clearance. I want to see this thing in action!


The video I shot today it's currently uploading!!


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PostSubject: Re: Rally off road mower, on the cheap!   Rally off road mower, on the cheap! Icon_minitimeDecember 28th 2011, 5:37 pm

man that thing goes good now, imagine how good it would go with a locked transaxle!
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blanket80 wrote:
man that thing goes good now, imagine how good it would go with a locked transaxle!

yeah it does! I really need to get some larger wheels for the front, I think that will help getting it over obstacles ect. I will get another video tomorrow going through a deeper flood, I have been through one which went over the axel!!
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Doing a fine job Cool
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^^ Agreed, looking forward to seeing that thing going deeper.
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PostSubject: Re: Rally off road mower, on the cheap!   Rally off road mower, on the cheap! Icon_minitimeJanuary 24th 2012, 11:33 am

Awesome build. I'd love more info on the rear tire mounting.

I've got a spare set of Jeep axle shafts (4.5x5) and afew spare sets of Jeep rims and some tires. I've been trying to figure out how to graft the hubs on to my tractor.
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I just used some old hubs that where keyed and I welded them on with a MIG welder, I would not recommend such big wheels, can get kinda annoy, I have put the stock ones back on now and plan on using it as a mower, as riding mowers are rather expensive in the UK, because people tend to have small gardens. (round me anyway), I still have a tractor with topper for the big stuff though.
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I just used some old hubs that where keyed and I welded them on with a MIG welder, I would not recommend such big wheels, can get kinda annoy, I have put the stock ones back on now and plan on using it as a mower, as riding mowers are rather expensive in the UK, because people tend to have small gardens. (round me anyway), I still have a tractor with topper for the big stuff though.

I don't know how big of a tire I would want to run. I will say I'd love the chance to have the options of a 4.5x5 lug pattern. Jeeps, Dodge's, Fords, and many European imports use that lug pattern.
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I have another video but cannot seem to upload it to youtube, I will have another go at it soon! this video is a good'en!
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I wonder if the jeep unit bearing from the front would fit snug over the 3/4" axle shafts of the mower? The part that's splines for the stubs. You could also check into trailer building stores for various hubs with 5x4.5 bolt pattern.
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Jamus wrote:
I wonder if the jeep unit bearing from the front would fit snug over the 3/4" axle shafts of the mower? The part that's splines for the stubs. You could also check into trailer building stores for various hubs with 5x4.5 bolt pattern.

That was something else I thought about. I had thought about welding the end of the transaxle shaft to the stub shafts from the front hub assembly, then bolting the rest of the hub assembly to that. Luckly I have a parts Jeep, so I have all of those parts handy. I just hate to waste a good unit bearing setup when I've got the same hubs on my DD Jeep.
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Haven't wore any out yet? Must need bigger tires haha.
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Haven't wore any out yet? Must need bigger tires haha.

Jeep was a fleet jeep and factory maintained. Even the muffler has the Chrysler diamond stamped on it.
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