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#1 thom OFFLINE  

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Posted September 30, 2016 - 11:33 PM

Two pieces of flat steel slid out of my Bolens frame after I disassembled it.

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I suppose they were put in to keep bolts from "squeezing" the frame tubes. I Don't know where they were ? Anybody know how far they need to slide back in upon reassembly? Thanks


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Posted September 30, 2016 - 11:57 PM

I got up to four of those from my G14 frame. I was thinking the bolt squeezing thing also. It does show them on a parts page, but not where inserted or how. I was trying to put mine in, but tightening the trans clamps and front bolster bolts did NOT seem to hold that metal in any way, so just pulled mine out and not used then. Didn't want them rattling in the tubes once it gets running and used. Not sure if that is Wrong or what, but I'm satisfied w/out them. I did not see any mention in the repair manual about them either, unless I missed it?


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Posted October 01, 2016 - 01:07 AM

Actually , mine had four also, two in each tube. I believe that one of mine remained in place and they go in the front of the tubes for the bolts that go thru the tubes and into the cast front crossmember. That would be the part with the hole for the pin that the front axle pivots on. That pin is, so far the only part that has given me any grief during disassembly. I want it out  to seperate it from the axle for cleaning and painting. I might drill it and replace it with a new one. Caution will be necessary to keep from breaking the cast part.


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Posted October 01, 2016 - 08:34 AM

Those are  for frame reinforcement


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Posted October 01, 2016 - 09:28 AM

Actually , mine had four also, two in each tube. I believe ... they go in the front of the tubes for the bolts that go thru the tubes and into the cast front crossmember.

 

Yes, they go into the front of the tubes to reinforce the tubes where the engine bolts go through the tubes.

 

They are inserted vertically and straddle the bolts.

 

There was a Bolens Service Bulletin issued about this.


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Posted October 01, 2016 - 10:25 AM

As tough as bolens are why didn't they use solid stock and plug weld them in place?

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Posted October 01, 2016 - 12:47 PM

As tough as bolens are why didn't they use solid stock and plug weld them in place?

 

Really was no need to as the frame was never really compromised no matter what work you did, from my understanding the reason they came out with these kits and later came with these in them is alot of people were getting a little too carried away ramming snow piles or dirt piles with the front blade which would loosen the bolts and crush the tubes.


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Posted October 01, 2016 - 12:54 PM

makes sense, i kinda beat my g9 on snow piles once or twice


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