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Posted September 06, 2013 - 08:11 PM

 Is it possible to add power steering to the 317 like whats on the 318? Would that be hard to do?



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Posted September 06, 2013 - 09:59 PM

welcome to GTT, i think you could add it to a 317, but it would take some work first you would need a steering column out of a 318 with the steering control box, then you would have to tap into a hydraulic circuit for your fluid, you would also need hoses to run between the ram and control box, and last but not least you would need your ram and the ram mounts. doing it this way would be like a 318's, but im sure there is a way to do it easier.   


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Posted September 06, 2013 - 10:55 PM

I'm almost finished converting a 314 to ps. Using a 318 column and s 345 ram. Just waiting for a couple fittings to arrive to tighten everything up a give it a test. It has been a considerable amount if work - requires some fab work and plumbing creativity. You can also use 400 parts but it is more like an assisted steering than true ps. All kinds of threads on 317 conversions on this and other sites. Just search or google 317 power steering and sit down for a few hours.
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Posted September 07, 2013 - 12:28 AM

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Posted September 07, 2013 - 12:30 AM

welcome to GTT, i think you could add it to a 317, but it would take some work first you would need a steering column out of a 318 with the steering control box, then you would have to tap into a hydraulic circuit for your fluid, you would also need hoses to run between the ram and control box, and last but not least you would need your ram and the ram mounts. doing it this way would be like a 318's, but im sure there is a way to do it easier.   

I think it's possible, too. But you neeed the parts and the work, it might be a lil expensive...


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Posted September 07, 2013 - 01:39 AM

another question is what are you going to use your 317 for if it is just mowing i dont think it is worth the hassel, but if you are planing on putting a Front End Loader (FEL) on it i would add it



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Posted September 07, 2013 - 06:31 AM

There was a company that made PS conversions for the 300. Those should fit a 317 as there are very few differences in the frame. That system used a power assist type of cylinder with integrated valve like was on some cars in the 70's and it was mounted behind the drag link next to the frame. 


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Posted September 07, 2013 - 07:56 AM

Brantly made the kit and they go for anywhere between $400-700 when they come up for sale.  

http://www.wfmfiles....nstructions.pdf


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Posted September 07, 2013 - 07:56 AM

Thats alot of good info yall. My 317 is used mostly for mowing now, and a garden next year. The reason I would like PS is that I have some large old oak trees (several) and some large roots that I mow around. With the hydro lever in one hand, I usualy have to reverse a few times to get around the trees. I love my 317. I've seen some 318 PS parts on ebay, and wandered if it was doable! Thanks for the discussion. Everyone on here is nice!


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Posted September 07, 2013 - 07:58 AM

Brantly made the kit and they go for anywhere between $400-700 when they come up for sale.  

http://www.wfmfiles....nstructions.pdf

Thats a cool kit, just not sure if I'd want to put that kind of money in it.....



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Posted September 07, 2013 - 10:08 AM

I hear that... I considered one on the 314 (and missed the purchase by a couple of hours) and almost pulled the trigger.  For the money I had in the tractor and the kit I could be in a 318.  That comes down to the improvements of the open frame machines and they are worth it.  In the end I finished my 120 and put it to work, sold the 314, and will keep my eyes open for a 316Onan/318/322/330/332 for a long term worker.  






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