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#1 Gary400 OFFLINE  

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Posted March 19, 2011 - 10:30 PM

i cant figure out how to post in the classifieds so i'll ask here i guess . i need a drive shaft for a 317 its a 1979 if it makes a difference in years . thanks :anyone:

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Posted March 20, 2011 - 12:43 AM

I know it will make a difference as to which engine you have in it. You'd maybe want to post that info. Good luck!

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Posted March 20, 2011 - 08:45 AM

tractor is a JD C317L 199574 M - engine is a KT17QS , spec# 24301 . so what i can find is it is a 1982 not a 1983 like i was told . i also have a 1979 317 and i have the drive shaft out of it but both universal joints are out of it . both drive shafts appear to be the same but this has got me scratchin my head . the engine with the spec.# 24301 is a series II and it came off of the 1979 tractor which leads me to believe that the 79 was re-powered with the updated engine that i now have on the 82 . are ya confused now
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Posted March 20, 2011 - 08:49 AM

If it's a newer series II KT17, they share the same flywheel as the series I, so any 317 driveshaft will fit. They only came with the KT engine. The driveshafts are a weak point, not having grease fittings & replaceable joints.

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Posted March 20, 2011 - 08:54 AM

I wonder, has anyone figured out a way to replace the u-joints, or does someone make an aftermarket with grease fittings?

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Posted March 20, 2011 - 09:00 AM

I wonder, has anyone figured out a way to replace the u-joints, or does someone make an aftermarket with grease fittings?


On my BIL meangreen's 317, we repowered with an Onan & I built him a driveshaft from an MF14 with large greasable joints. Had to machine an adapter to the Onan engine, as the MF shaft hooked to a Kohler crank, and on the other end adapted to the input shaft of the hydro. That shaft will likely never wear out the joints now.

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Posted March 20, 2011 - 09:24 AM

thats what i may end up doing just build my own . im not giving JD $ 150.00 to $200.00 for a drive shaft that is just like the one in it now . i realize this shafts been in use for 29 years but i may want to use it another 29 .

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Posted March 20, 2011 - 11:51 AM

$150 doesnt seem to bad. Are you sure on that? You might have forgot its a Deere LOL

A little bit of work goes a long way

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Posted March 20, 2011 - 12:00 PM

Can't those u-joints be replaced? If you can get them out, you should be able to take them down to a bearing supply place (the place I go is actually called Bearing Supply) and they should be able to fix you up with something that fits and is greaseable.

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Posted March 20, 2011 - 03:38 PM

I had an adjustable length shaft built for an Ariens 14. It worked well. I still have it if your interested. Built out of square stock

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Posted March 20, 2011 - 07:46 PM

I had an adjustable length shaft built for an Ariens 14. It worked well. I still have it if your interested. Built out of square stock


thanks 101 , im going to make a few calls tomorrow but if i cant come up with something i may take you up on that offer

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Posted March 20, 2011 - 08:12 PM

thanks 101 , im going to make a few calls tomorrow but if i cant come up with something i may take you up on that offer


Gary, I believe that the shaft OD is 3/4" and if you do not have enough shaft left after you cut the bad joints out just start with a new shaft and use #6 joints from TSC or other suppliers. Have had to build a lot for the MFs and Snappers. We can not get then OEM.

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Posted March 20, 2011 - 09:43 PM

Gary, I just went through this with my 1981 317. I decided to go with the Replacement shaft from John Deere. $190.00 is what I paid and the new drive-shafts have zerc fittings at the u-joints. I doubt I will wear this one out! Adam

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Posted March 21, 2011 - 08:34 AM

I believe I'd go Adam's route being the new one from JD has grease fittings. If you don't get the driveshaft correct, it'll shake things to death. Ask me how I know! LOL Sounds like JD learned something being they upgraded the replacement shafts.

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Posted March 21, 2011 - 02:12 PM

That serial number places it as a 1982.

Model:317 Typecode:C317L Serial Number:199574 Model Year:1982 Engine Model and Size:KT17QS Kohler 17HP Lift Type:Hydraulic 2 Lever Paint:Green Manufactured Location:Horicon, WI




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