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bmsgaffer last won the day on October 5 2016

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About bmsgaffer

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  • Birthday 09/23/1986

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    198? C-105 8-Speed - Childhood Tractor, Dropped a K341 in and working it!
    1980 C-145 8-Speed - Sold
    1982 C-165 Auto - Gone
    1961 551 - Project - Sold
    1964 854 - Mostly Original Worker
    1964 854 - Older restoration
    1991 520H - Gone
    1994 520H - Low Hour Original Worker - Sold :(
    1998 522xi - Converted to 525exi (Electronically fuel injected) - Worker!
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    Cincinnati, OH
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    Electrical Engineer

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  1. Another update on my C-175

    That is called a C-clip, should be 3/4". Snap ring with appropriate pliers will hold the best if you have them. There is a VERY good chance that if you ran the wheel without bearings the wheel itself where the bearings seat will be damaged. Your new bearings will fall right out. Make sure that when you put the new bearings it that you gently tap the metal around the bearing so that it fits tightly and evenly, otherwise look to get a new used wheel. Also check your spindle to be sure its not worn out and damaged. You will ruin all your new bearings if it is. All of this stuff can be obtained from vendors on here like @Kelly or @A-Z Tractor or many people if you sift through the sale ads or place a wanted ad.
  2. I do my drive and the other two that you also see in the picture. Each are two car wide by 60-80ft long. It looks a bit shorter in the picture due to the very wide angle lens. Its also a fair bit steeper than it looks, which makes for some fun times.
  3. Weight is key. I used these tires last year and they worked amazingly well, but I didn't have more than one chance to try them. They are Kenda K502's (Terra Tracs), but they only come in 10.5" width, so you will need the wheels from a 520H or an newer XI to make fit well. The weight bracket is new this year, and with the wheel weights installed (not pictured) I can have an overall vehicle weight of nearly 1500lbs. I also recommend Vredestein V61's for the front. Deep 5 rib tires but wont put ruts in the grass like the tri-ribs sometimes will (also cheaper than the tri-ribs), but still grabs the snow and steers.
  4. Suitcase Weights

    Here is what they look like on a hitch and bracket made by @n1defan .
  5. 522xi Hydro Problems

    I'm glad to hear that! It gives me hope that mine will come back after some fiddling. I never readjusted everything after I did the smart-steer delete kit.
  6. 522xi Hydro Problems

    I believer the pump unit internals are the same, but they may have used different bearing arrangement with shaftdrive vs belt drive and bevel gear on drive side as opposed to straight gear. I vote you get one and give it a shot! I think my eaton is similarly abused, but it's not as bad yet. These xi tractors put a bit more wear and tear/pressure on that eaton that easily lasted 40 years in a c series or 300/400/500 series. They wont last as long in our xi's so we will have to figure out how to recondition them or find reasonably priced parts. I plan on integrating a oil cooler into mine for my next modifications. I think especially with power steering that hydro oil gets really toasty!
  7. Hello from Cincinnati

    Greetings from another Cincinnatian! Good to see more local people being involved. I havent been as active on here lately due to having 3 kids under 5 yrs old and commuting 3hrs a day for my job, but send me a message if you need anything!
  8. My GT14

    Oh I like where this is going... Following!
  9. Trailer talk....

    I have read a bit about this as my car has a much higher tow rating in the UK than it does for the US market and here is what I have come across: (Feel free to correct me if I am wrong about these!) The UK has many more trailers than the US does just because - as John mentioned- there are bigger pickup trucks here and bigger roads. Also I think there are far more 'caravans' (campers) on the road than there are here and they have quite a bit smaller 'average' cars. The shorter wheel base trailers are done so a smaller car can carry a larger load without having too much tongue weight screw up the attitude (and safety) of the towing vehicle. But because of that they also have to implement the towing speed limit that I believe you have over there, otherwise there would be an issue with not enough tongue weight causing trailers to start fish-tailing and wrecking. In the US we have big roads with big speed limits, so by moving the axle back it makes the trailers safer to drive at higher speeds (as we arent generally responsible enough to follow regular speed limits anyways, much less towing speed limits), but it also reduces the towing capacity of our vehicles because of that. For example my car (2016 subaru outback) is rated to tow 4400lbs in the UK but it is rated to only 2700 lbs here in the US.
  10. 520xi Purchase

    Gas Gauge: - Yes there is a sender that is pretty easy to get to if you remove the fender. I would recommend you do this and tighten all the transmission mounting bolts (even some very hard to reach) as well as clean all the crud from the hydro fins. Reverse Warning Light, Gas Gauge, PTO: -all may be wiring issues (specifically connectors or safety switches). Download the manuals and look for the connectors. I would recommend pulling all the connections, cleaning with contact spray and a brush and putting dielectric grease on and reassembling. I solved a few problems this way. Gas: Uses more than the singles, but less than the Onan! It took getting used to, but I absolutely love my 522xi. Best tractor to mow with of all the horses. If only I could find a decent mower deck I would be set.
  11. 1992 520-H, light restore

    Looking good! I have those same rear tires on my 522xi and I LOVE them. They are VERY grippy and they will not tear up the turf as long as you don't spin them... Whatever. You. Do. Don't. Spin them.
  12. 36" SD with Bagger

    Yes the 37" is the only classic series deck that can do the non powered bagger. It has a special high-flow design and special high-lift blades to get enough air movement to get the grass up the chute. My guess is that with any other deck it will just clog up.
  13. Kohler K181 out of Commando 8

    I am interested, i will send you a PM.
  14. New Website and name change!

    That is good looking! My only two thoughts so far are: all the red can be hard on the eyes. And the "Page 1...2...x...x" is a little small and it took me a while to notice it was there. Awesome job though, and I look forward to seeing what you come up with next!
  15. Trailer talk....

    Black metal trailers get hot themselves, aluminum trailers act a bit like a mirror and burn your face off instead... Very much so. I have a 2016 Aluma Trailer, 5x8. I LOVE it. It is a small lighter duty one for hauling around with my car (no HD axle on it), but it is built tough. It only weighs about 360lbs. I can push it around the yard with ease. Things to note from towing with it for a year and a half or so: - If you have any metal parts loaded on, put down a rubber truck mat or piece of thin wood first. The metal rubbing will put big divots in the soft aluminum deck. - The bifold gate is GREAT for wind load, but on my trailer at least it is a bit shorter than I would like it. - It tows and backs up great. Yes it bounces around when unloaded, but my old steel one did when it was empty too. - As I stated above, the trailer itself does not get that hot in the sun, but when you stand on or near it you feel like you are ON the face of the sun. - I dont like how they have the rear gate support arms. They use hairpin clips, which arent terrible, but then the arms dont store in place when your fold the gate down, so you have to remove them and store them somewhere. Would I do it again? In a heartbeat. When I get a truck again, I will probably save up for a bigger version but they are pricey. -