Or it could be titled "Poor mans 520 front axle style swap." I have wanted to put a JD 200 series front axle on a Wheel Horse for a few years and I finally have a great project tractor for that swap. The JD front axle does basically same thing as the 520 front axle. It is swept forward ( you have to flip it around to make it swept forward) to give a slight wheelbase increase,it like the 520 front axle is wider then the standard Wheel Horse front axle,giving a wider front track and of course has 1 inch front spindles and wheels with better bearings,like the 520 front axle. The main difference is the JD 200 series axles,spindles,and wheels are everywhere cheap or free while 520 front end parts cost big dollars.The JD axle will fit right in but will need to be bushed just a little bit behind it because it does not have the half inch or so factory bushing cast into the back side of the axle. The axle pin is the same size. You do have to swap the spindles side for side to get the steering knuckles behind the axle,then you will have to buy or make two ties rods because they need to be longer then stock. This tractor has a long way to go. I got it in well used,then left to sit for a long time,condition. Looks like it was a puller many years ago. The tractor is a '72 Raider,the hood is a '66,the hubs are later model heavy duty units,I don't believe the transaxle is the original,the rear wheels have been cut and widened for a wide flat tread on the 26 12 12 tires and the complete lift system is long gone.This is just a mock up. I also plan to use thrust bearings on the bottoms of the front spindles. I have a general plan in mind for this tractor although I may be slow getting to it.
Edited by rustyoldjunk, March 17, 2015 - 09:51 PM.