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Posted April 02, 2012 - 08:11 PM

And if the clip groove does get too damaged to use, drill & tap the end of the spindle to accept a short 3/8" bolt. Then with bolts & washers you can secure the wheel again.
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Posted April 02, 2012 - 08:22 PM

Is there any way you could replace the bushings with bearings?


Yes. 3/4" ID wheel bearings are as common as flies! The thing to watch is the O.D. The two most common sizes are 1 1/8" and 1 3/8" O.D.
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Posted April 03, 2012 - 12:56 AM

Is there any way you could replace the bushings with bearings?

I'll most likely pull them when I paint the wheels. I have a good place for bearings within a couple miles. Will look into that. The bushings are about 1 1/8-1 1/4" deep, thus spreading the load over more of the shaft area then a bearing would.

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Posted April 03, 2012 - 04:47 AM

Glad you get it figured out there,Kenny.
Spare parts are a must where you are in this hobby.

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Posted April 03, 2012 - 02:49 PM

I had some really badly worn spindles on my MF8 when I got it. Same problem, run dry for a long time. I made new ones.

DSCF2935.jpg Old spindles

DSCF2934.JPG Ready to go to the welder

DSCF2936.jpg All done!

I made a jig out of a piece of plywood that would give me the angle of the bend. I then made an anvil of sorts and used a ring press to bend 2 pieces of 3/4 round to the correct angle. Made up new steering levers and had them welded in place. Cut both ends to length and threaded them for bolts. That way no grooves needed to be cut. They turned out virtually identical to the stock ones as far as geometry is concerned.
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Posted April 03, 2012 - 05:49 PM

I did check the wheel bushings. They are pressed in steel, probably harder than the spindles. Can't see a way to pull them. I'll just make sure they get lubed often.

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Posted April 03, 2012 - 06:19 PM

Kenny, I replaced mine. They were the standard press in type and were badly worn as well. I can't remember if they were brass or steel. The only wear part I didn't do anything about was the axle bushings. There was some wear there but with the new spindles it was a pretty good fit. The rest of the steering gear on the MF8 was virtually like new. A tribute to the level of toughness designed in to that little tractor.

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Posted April 03, 2012 - 06:33 PM

Brian, I haven['t figured out where the front one ends and the rear one starts. LOL They are darn tight to the wheel and they are steel, not brass as I had thought. Not sure if I have anything that will let me knock them out.

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Posted April 04, 2012 - 06:07 AM

Really? Steel and not Brass,not really any bushing affect there,is there?

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Posted April 04, 2012 - 06:30 AM

Supposed to apply grease thru the zerk fairly often, Maynard. I was going to get pics, but left the camera at the house. Guess I need to figure out the one on the phone sometime. Main thing will be getting the pics from the phone to my computer. Maybe my son can help me with that, he had one of the ZTE's not long ago and was sending me pics with it.
Anyway, that would explain the amount of wear on the spindle. I have good one's in there now and all steering pivots are lubed.

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Posted April 04, 2012 - 09:21 AM

Great Kenny.

As for uploading pics, you can do it straight to the forum from your phone if using Tapatalk, not sure on Forumrunner, never used it. I know the last several pics I uploaded to the forum have been straight off my phone lol.

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Posted April 04, 2012 - 05:33 PM

i think i would find another set of wheels that had brass bushing . that way you don't have to worry about it if grease does get low.

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Posted April 05, 2012 - 04:19 AM

Kenny, those can be a bugger to get out. I remember struggling with mine. There is usually one of the pair in each wheel that will move easier. Once the first one is out then the second is easier. If memory serves I was able to insert a narrow piece of steel in there that was long enough to span the 3/4" bore on the inside of the wheel. I then used a piece of 5/8 round to drive it out. You need to support the rim directly if the tire is still on the rim. Otherwise the tire absorbs all the shock of the hammer blows. A press would be the best choice if you have access to one.
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Posted April 05, 2012 - 07:40 PM

Since they have worked well since 1981, I think I am going to leave them where they are. I'm afraid if I try something different in there, I'll have more issues. Let me play with it all for a couples days.

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Posted April 05, 2012 - 07:50 PM

Kenny, I had my fronts off and reinstalled them, never regreased, the zerks were painted by a PO. Doesn't matter, steers awesome. I think unless they wobble then there isn't an issue.




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