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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower   Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower - Page 2 Icon_minitimeNovember 16th 2023, 9:25 pm

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Your rear tires are holding you back in the mud for sure but there is all kinds of different mud too! Lol. I find that JUST enough wheel speed to clear the treads gets me through mud better than alot of wheel speed above that point but for sure a locked rear is great in mud! Nothing in regards to a name is jumping out at me yet but I'll let you know if anything does!
Part of the issue is I don't have much in the way of tread in the middle, only on the side which is better for trails anyways.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower   Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower - Page 2 Icon_minitimeNovember 16th 2023, 9:51 pm

This is true but tires are replaceable and I've seen good used pairs of ATV tires that would fit on Kijiji in my area for as low as $100 so keep your eyes open!

Don't give up the mud hole diving dream! Just put it on hold for a bit!  Lol


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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower   Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower - Page 2 Icon_minitimeNovember 17th 2023, 10:33 am

Brianator wrote:
Your rear tires are holding you back in the mud for sure but there is all kinds of different mud too! Lol. I find that JUST enough wheel speed to clear the treads gets me through mud better than alot of wheel speed above that point but for sure a locked rear is great in mud! Nothing in regards to a name is jumping out at me yet but I'll let you know if anything does!
Back when it was my machine we used to jump it all the time, we called it "Jesse Owens" lol, now it has a new frame, and a new name.

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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower   Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower - Page 2 Icon_minitimeNovember 17th 2023, 12:20 pm

More like needs a new name. lol
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PizzaKitty26 wrote:
More like needs a new name. lol

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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower   Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower - Page 2 Icon_minitimeNovember 17th 2023, 4:58 pm

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PizzaKitty26 wrote:
More like needs a new name. lol

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Lol, not a bad idea, will be in consideration! Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower - Page 2 2731072446
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower   Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower - Page 2 Icon_minitimeNovember 17th 2023, 5:11 pm

Finally got around to taking some pics of it, will explain a lot of what I was talking about hopefully.Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower - Page 2 Img_6712Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower - Page 2 Img_6713
As you can see the tires do not have alot of tread,  cheers they were free
Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower - Page 2 Img_6714Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower - Page 2 Img_6715Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower - Page 2 Img_6716

A better look at the front hood, I used a pair of old door hinges to make it open, I do plan on making a push bar/winch mount, I'm just out of welding wire Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower - Page 2 2429134702 so I do need to go pick some up.
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I have these weird bars keeping the front axle in place made by someone before me, they act as torsion bars, also they keep it from rolling Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower - Page 2 2731072446
The steering has a new metal bushing that I added because I broke the old plastic one. 
This is the new belt setup, it's great.

Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower - Page 2 Img_6720As you can see I have used the stock exhaust pipes with the muffler taken of, it sounds like a flathead ford, it's pretty great also because the pipes are pointing down so it's not to loud when you are on the mower.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower   Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower - Page 2 Icon_minitimeNovember 17th 2023, 5:16 pm

One issue I do have with this belt setup is that it keeps falling of that one pulley that you can see in the second to last pic, I just forgot to make a belt guard for it.
One more thing to note is the back tires do have a lot of side bite
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower   Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower - Page 2 Icon_minitimeNovember 17th 2023, 5:26 pm

Nice. Also, if your belt is sagging in the middle, you can make some J guides that your belt can rest on when clutched. It will help with a smoother clutch and sometimes help the belt stay on the pulleys sometimes too.


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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower   Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower - Page 2 Icon_minitimeNovember 17th 2023, 5:32 pm

Thanks, J guides would work but I think I will just put a belt guard right up agisnt that idler.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower   Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower - Page 2 Icon_minitimeNovember 17th 2023, 6:10 pm

J guides or just flat guides for the belt to rest on is a great idea. Belt sag is bad, you want to centralize that slack around the engine and trans pulleys for the best clutch release.

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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower   Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower - Page 2 Icon_minitimeNovember 21st 2023, 8:05 am

Took it out to the field on Sunday, the belt didn't fall of, but the cords of the belt started coming out the back  Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower - Page 2 2429134702 I no longer have a 96' Kelvar belt. The possible cause for this is the belt guard on the clutch has things that could rip the back of the belt up possibly. One thing I noticed is that the clutch spring is not strong enough.


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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower   Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower - Page 2 Icon_minitimeNovember 21st 2023, 9:39 am

If you have a Home Hardware (NOT Depot) near you they have really good utility springs, I've used them before they look like this Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower - Page 2 20230594

Theres a number on it something like "TL80" which I think would mean it's an 80lb spring and has worked well for me but they have other strengths as well


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- "The WarHorse" ~ 1984 Sears Craftsman LT(V)11 (MTD Built) (Romping in Progress!)
- Roper "Trailblazer" ~ 1986 Roper LT110CR (Trailblazing in Progress!)
- The "Mud Duck" ~ 1969 Bolens 1225 Hydro (2022 Build Off 2nd place!)
- The "Silver Bullet" ~ 1984 Sears Craftsman LT(V)11 (MTD Built) (Part 1)
- The "Silver Bullet" (Take 2) ~ 2024 Build Off entry (Work in progress)
- Roper "Offroadster" ~ 1979 Roper T4328 (Romping in Progress!)
- 1973 Massey Ferguson MF12 ~ (Sold to a good home)



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[quote="Brianator"]If you have a Home Hardware (NOT Depot) near you they have really good utility springs, I've used them before they look like this Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower - Page 2 20230594

Theres a number on it something like "TL80" which I think would mean it's an 80lb spring and has worked well for me but they have other strengths as well[/quote
Princess auto has those as well I believe
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TechnoChicken wrote:
Brianator wrote:
If you have a Home Hardware (NOT Depot) near you they have really good utility springs, I've used them before they look like this Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower - Page 2 20230594

Theres a number on it something like "TL80" which I think would mean it's an 80lb spring and has worked well for me but they have other strengths as well[/quote
Princess auto has those as well I believe
Ya, that's something to think about.
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This mower is pretty much dead now, it ate another belt (3rd one) because the frame flexs way to much, I am considering putting the engine and trans in a different/stronger frame. Also the starter snapped two gears so it now has a pull start. Might build it for 2024 build off.
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Also the steering gear is pretty much destroyed.
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PizzaKitty26 wrote:
This mower is pretty much dead now, it ate another belt (3rd one) because the frame flexs way to much, I am considering putting the engine and trans in a different/stronger frame. Also the starter snapped two gears so it now has a pull start. Might build it for 2024 build off.
I would say those big a$$ tires might have been a bad idea in retrospect
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