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PostSubject: Re: Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery    Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery  - Page 4 Icon_minitimeJune 17th 2024, 11:51 pm

Oh yknow. That makes more sense considering you’re in the picture lol! I guess I was thinking of another picture
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PostSubject: Re: Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery    Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery  - Page 4 Icon_minitimeJune 18th 2024, 12:55 pm



Some great footage in here too!


Just ordered a steering rack boot for the shifter on this thing. The shifter was kinda crunchy for a while after riding in Haspin sand.

I also need to brace the frame tunnel. The mounts have cracked at the front edge.

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PostSubject: Re: Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery    Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery  - Page 4 Icon_minitimeJune 18th 2024, 7:09 pm

RichieRichOverdrive wrote:


Some great footage in here too!


Just ordered a steering rack boot for the shifter on this thing. The shifter was kinda crunchy for a while after riding in Haspin sand.

I also need to brace the frame tunnel. The mounts have cracked at the front edge.
Why does doing such stupid things on a lawnmower look like so much fun? That poor girl on the mini bike...guess 4 wheels are better than 2. And Rich, those were the most glorious wheelies ever. Yall makin me wish I was a mudder. I did put that 18.5 intek in the little craftsman..... Very Happy Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery    Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery  - Page 4 Icon_minitimeJune 18th 2024, 7:17 pm

Idk. I do some weird stuff too.
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PostSubject: Re: Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery    Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery  - Page 4 Icon_minitimeJune 19th 2024, 7:10 pm

There’s nothing more fun to me than taking an old lawn mower and making it go places that some ATVs won’t. There’s no feeling quite like it. The looks we get from other people out on the trails are absolutely priceless and some of them are full of questions about our rigs.

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PostSubject: Re: Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery    Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery  - Page 4 Icon_minitimeJune 20th 2024, 12:45 am

Truth!


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PostSubject: Re: Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery    Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery  - Page 4 Icon_minitimeJune 30th 2024, 1:34 am

Little mod today. Holes for the front axle pivot are getting a little sloppy. Welded one of the nuts directly to the front axle plate so the lock nut locks the bolt in place relative to the frame. Gonna weld a short collar onto the rear axle mount plate for wear surface, but need a longer front axle pivot bolt for that first.
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PostSubject: Re: Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery    Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery  - Page 4 Icon_minitimeJune 30th 2024, 5:58 pm

Changed up the belt system today. The belt that I’ve been running all this time is a really wore out 68”. A new 68 won’t work right with this belt system. Tried a new 69 and it worked fine but rubbed the rear belt guard a bit, so I added the upper “idler” to bring in the clutch some. Works good for now. We’ll see how it does when it gets some wear on the belt.
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Thought I would have to bring the upper belt guide down but it works ok so I’m not messing with it. Also gonna run the automotive flat idler for now, the cheap bearings I’ve been running in the plastic idlers really suck. I mean, it’s definitely not a pair of them I’m running as the upper idler lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery    Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery  - Page 4 Icon_minitimeJune 30th 2024, 9:55 pm

Belt system has been working good. This one was on me lol. I think I bounced off of a tree rolling back off a bank and the tractor went over off to my right.
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PostSubject: Re: Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery    Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery  - Page 4 Icon_minitimeJuly 3rd 2024, 10:18 am

Seat pan developed some cracks again. Welded them up. Might have to put another seat pan on the thing before too long lol.

Last time i was at giverthebeans my belt whipped off and screwed up a bunch of stuff. The throttle cable being one of those things. I had to zip tie a stick to it so it would get me back to the truck where i could replace it.
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PostSubject: Re: Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery    Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery  - Page 4 Icon_minitimeJuly 3rd 2024, 11:58 am

@RichieRichOverdrive ok I'm impressed by the stick Lol. Why does your seat pan keep cracking?
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PostSubject: Re: Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery    Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery  - Page 4 Icon_minitimeJuly 3rd 2024, 1:03 pm

It’s just old and brittle and gets bent back and forth a lot. If you’ll refer to the upside down picture a few posts up you will notice that the poor seat back is holding the whole tractor off the ground lol!

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PostSubject: Re: Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery    Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery  - Page 4 Icon_minitimeJuly 3rd 2024, 1:24 pm

@RichieRichOverdrive that picture just now loaded up
that makes much more sense now lol!

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PostSubject: Re: Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery    Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery  - Page 4 Icon_minitimeJuly 5th 2024, 1:02 am

Pull start rope has been breaking a lot more than usual lately. Figured out why. The bushing for the rope to pull through was worn down to a sharp edge. So I just twisted the bushing around to a fresh side lol. I did file the sharp edge off in there too.
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Went out and went down some stupid hard trail that i don’t think I’ve ever even gone up on a big tractor. I did wind up going back up this trail. Took some pretty good tricks to make the little tractor climb out on the right side there behind the tree  
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I made it up this ledge once after several tries. The second go at it I bounced something a bit wrong and the lawn ranger decided to take a breather against a tree lol. Wound up stacking some more rocks so this ledge was a 1 out of 5 chance of making it instead of a 1 out of 100 chance of making it and a 50% chance of wrecking yourself. If that makes sense. Background of this picture is where the photo above was taken.
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This is another one of those 1 out of 100 chances of making it. Hit a loose rock in a really steep spot, got thrown backwards against a tree (ouch), then the tractor goes over to my right to where it is in the picture, except with my leg under the back tire and it still spinning in 1st gear. That was kinda sucky. Leg feels ok tho, at least not as bad as where the tree raked up my back.
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PostSubject: Re: Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery    Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery  - Page 4 Icon_minitimeJuly 5th 2024, 1:10 am

That's probably why you ride that little tractor so well.  You push limits until you have to push out those limits again to push them again.

Hope that makes sense... late and I am tired.  LOL


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PostSubject: Re: Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery    Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery  - Page 4 Icon_minitimeJuly 8th 2024, 1:00 pm

Definitely! I plan to eek every trick and ability out of myself and the tractor that I can come up with.

Took the LR out to Rocky Ridge Offroad Park, about 45min from me. It’s got some pretty good rock crawling trails for mowers, a few spots venture into the extreme. Had a great time.
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I did kind of break my kill wire and fuel tank mounts though. Need to get those fixed before the ride in eastern KY this weekend.
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PostSubject: Re: Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery    Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery  - Page 4 Icon_minitimeJuly 10th 2024, 10:39 am

Fixed the kill wire. Put a piece of heat shrink over the butt connector as some kind of strain relief, hopefully keep it from breaking off again anytime soon. It’s done it at least once before. Picked up a new gas tank off a go kart guy for cheap, and I zip tied the governor spring while I had the tank off. She’ll really rev out now! Gotta be careful though, don’t wanna float the valves too much.

I think I might finally get around to putting a skid plate on this thing. Better late than never lol
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PostSubject: Re: Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery    Lawn Ranger Tomfoolery  - Page 4 Icon_minitimeJuly 10th 2024, 11:43 pm

So the axle seals in this 3 speed are pretty bad. I’m pretty sure the right outer axle bearing has about had it too, it’s kind of loose. Don’t have time for a proper rebuild. I remembered this 00 cottonpicker grease from back in my snapper days. I think snapper used it because their mowers had stamped steel transmissions that didn’t seal very well, so they just used this thin grease/thick oil to stop them from leaking so much. It’s actually pretty cheap, only about $6/qt, find it near the tractor parts at tractor supply. Squeezed about a quart of it into the 3 speed, we’ll see how she does. Drove it around the yard some and it seemed a bit quieter, so that’s good.
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My only concern with this stuff is that it won’t flow into the needle bearings to lubricate them properly. We’ll see I guess. There is some residual gear oil in there anyway, I guess.
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