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#1 victor3ranger OFFLINE  

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Posted October 23, 2013 - 08:38 AM

My front spindle bushings are in bad shape on mine so I would like to change them. I removed the bottom nut holding the king pin in place but I couldn't get it to budge.

 

Is there some sort of trick to get these out??

 

Once I do finally get it out, where do you get new bushings??


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Posted October 23, 2013 - 09:49 AM

Check with our sponsors for the parts. Have you downloaded the manuals for the GT? You are allowed 3 free per day from our Manuals Section. You may have to use a puller/press to get it out. Don't try too hard until you have lined up new ones. Good Luck, Rick



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Posted October 23, 2013 - 09:58 AM

Man, I sure hope it dosen't take a puller or something to get this out. I may have located a new king pin new but good lord they want $55 for the thing.

 

I haven't downloaded any of the manuals, not sure how to even do that or where.


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Posted October 23, 2013 - 10:12 AM

I looked thru the manuals but didn't find anything on the Gilson made Ford Lgt 18H or the Lawn Boy GT 18h



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Posted October 23, 2013 - 10:39 AM

 Hi Kelly, where exactly is the slop coming from ? When you turn the wheels does the kingpin turn with the spindle or is it stuck in the axle? If it doesn't turn with the spindle then you will need spindles too most likely?

 

 Snap a few photos for us too , as most of us here have the Jacobsen versions.

 

 P.S. Also a few good ones of the rear :smilewink: 



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Posted October 23, 2013 - 10:52 AM

The slope seems to be coming from the bottom bushing, the slop is front to rear when you grab the spindle, but seems snug at the top.

 

The king pin does turn with the spindle, it seems as if it is stuck pretty solid. On the top of the king pin it has two flat sides, I am guessing that is so you can hold the king pin in place with a wrench to tighten the bottom nut.  With a 12" cresent wrench I could not get the king pin to turn at all.

 

With the wheel and tire off you can grab the spindle and turn it left and right, the king pin moves with it, but it won't move if you hold the spindle still and try to turn the king pin.

 

Maybe I am missing something here, I don't know.

 

 

I will try to get some pics for you on my cell phone, I am pretty computer stupid so I would be much easier if I sent them to your cell phone, if that is possible pm me your cell number and I will send them to you.

Kelly


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Posted October 23, 2013 - 12:23 PM

OKgot the pics, to get that kinpin out, remove the nbut, set kingpin on a tall enough block of hardwood to hold it up. Find a large socket or pipe to fit over the top of kingpin and hit down hard on it to drive the pin up . once you get it to move it should comeout pretty easy.

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Posted October 23, 2013 - 12:42 PM

Got it Keith, that is what I will do. :rocker2:



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Posted October 24, 2013 - 08:26 AM

Holy Smokes, that thing was tighter than a Nun's #$&!

 

I did finally get the thing out and found that the bushings are in good shape, what is causing the slop is the king pin is worn between the shaft portion and the treards.  I will have to weld it up some to fill in the worn spot to tighten it back up.


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Posted October 28, 2013 - 02:44 PM

Can someone tell me what diameter the spindle shaft is for these tractors??

 

If I need new wheels then I will need to know that part.



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Posted October 28, 2013 - 06:02 PM

A few shots that Kelly sent me of his rig.

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Posted October 28, 2013 - 06:04 PM

Spindle looks to be 3/4" I have no idea on the kingpin ?

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Posted October 29, 2013 - 09:05 AM

I took a mic lastnight and it measured .750 on the spindle.

 

If you look real close at the picture of the entire tractor you can see what is left of the wheel bearing laying on top of the hood.

 

If by chance this wheel is trashed, where can I find another one?






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