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Kent
I really like that greasable mounting block for the rear of the wishbone. That's a great addition. What all did you do to the spindles? I put the thin Torrington bearings on my 2012/loader recently, at the same time that I put new wheel bearings and 4.80-8 tri-rib front tires instead of the 6.50s that were on it. Man what a difference those changes made!

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Sorry, I gave no description with the pictures. For the spindles, I am adding the bearing upgrade. $10.25 at Bearing Headquarters right next to my work. For the rear wishbone, I made the housing of cold roll steel. The bronze bearing is a 3/4" ID by 1" OD, 1.5" long. Note you can use the full 1.5" length. I machined the flats on the flange to fit into the counter bore in the mounting block to keep the bearing from turning in the block. In addition, there is a 1/8" thru hole in the flange bearing to accomodate the grease fitting. The front bolt is a custom 304SS piece. I basically modeled it from the 1/2" bolt, bushing, and double washer combination. The load carrying diameter is 3/4", and will ride in the 3/4"ID by 7/8" OD sleeve bearing shown in the axle. I will have to do some work to get the sleeve bearing mounted in the axle. Probably have to use JB weld. I would rather have a sleeve bearing press fit into it, but haven't figure out how to mount the entire thing to be able to bore the hole centered and aligned to the rear wishbone mount. As seen I also added cross holes fed by the grease zerk on the front of the bolt. All ends will now ride lubricated, rather than completely dry. I need to do some finesse work to the steering gear box and get it properly adjusted. Not to sloppy but not to tight and all will work great. (Hopefully!)

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powerking_one
Darin, Nice looking workmanship there. I will be finishing my 2110 front axel pivot mod soon using a Torrington BH-1110 (11/16" ID, 15/16 "OD) needle bearing instead of an Oilite bushing type. The pivot bolt is similar to yours with the cross-drilled grease fitting arrangement (made from a grade-8 3/4" bolt) turned down on a lathe. Since the front axel hole is worn almost to 15/16", just a little more oversizing with an adjustable ream will be necessary for a perfect press-in fit. Pictures and details coming soon, Tom(PK)

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country
Tom, sounds great. Be careful how "precise" you make your parts. I figured that since everything was fairly worn, tightening up the parts would be great. I started to put it back together last night and found that with my new snug fitting parts, I have a severe alignment problem. I bolted up the wishbone mount, slid the wishbone of the axle into it, and "attempted" to install the pivot bolt. However, the pivot bolt hole in the axle is now dropped well below centerline to the pivot bolt hole on the tractor frame. Probably a good 1/2" or so. Now, I'm making a tool to check the centerline of the holes between my new wishbone mount and the pivot bolt hole in the tractor frame. If that alignment is good, then the wishbone to axle alignment of my front end is bent pretty good. The problem is I haven't figured out how to repair the alignment problem of either possible case. Let me know how yours goes.

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mowerman1193
Wow,thanks for sharing this with us.I need to rebuild the frontend on one of my 9hp Landlords.You gave me alot of ideas from your project. Let us know how it all works out when you get it finished up...

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I have an update on the alignment issue. Turns out it may not be an issue. Last night I attempted to install everything again, but started in reverse order. I started with the pivot bolt, and then installed the wishbone mount. Everything seems to be fine in this order. I believe my problem was installing and tightenting the bolts on the wishbone before installing the pivot bolt. Leave both ends loose and gradually tighten together to keep everything in line. I also found that the 1.5" length of the wishbone mount is too much, so I milled it down to 1.375" today. I also had to add more thread to the pivot bolt. All parts should be a go now, so I hope to finish the front end this week.

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Well, I finally started getting it put back together last night. With the changes to the wishbone mount it worked fine. Everything lines up fine and works great. Both new mounts are in place, and the spindles are back on the axle with the addition of the Torrington thrust bearings. Nice improvement. Tonight I hope to get the steering gears adjusted, their a little too tight. Next week I should get the front wheel bearings repacked with grease and get the front wheels back on. Then the front end will be completely done, and on to getting the rearend oils changes and filters changed.

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Made some more progress. The front wheels are back on, so the front end is completely done. It definitely turns easier with the Torrington bearing upgrade. Now I still need to change the rearend filter and oil, BGB oil, and check the deck height and adjustment. Looking forward to using it later this week for the first time.

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HubbardRA
Country, If you install bearing buddies instead of the caps on the front wheel spindles, you can grease the bearings externally rather than removing the wheel for packing. There is a size that fits directly. You may want to consider.

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