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does anyone know how to build a narrow front for garden tractor?


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#1 johndeereandy OFFLINE  

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Posted May 27, 2011 - 10:15 PM

I'm trying to find out how to build a narrow front for a john deere 110. If you know how please let me know .
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Posted May 27, 2011 - 10:35 PM

Andy, Welcome to GT talk. I sent you a PM for a link. Hope it helps...
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Posted May 27, 2011 - 10:37 PM

There are a couple guys on here that have done a narrow front conversion. Granted it might not have been a John Deere 110 but I would think the process would be very similar. I know member tractormike has done a couple.
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Posted May 27, 2011 - 10:37 PM

I personally have not built one but I know it can be done. I saw one on eBay go for some big bucks.
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Posted May 27, 2011 - 11:22 PM

thanks for letting george me know yeah i saw tractormike has done some and encrypt i saw some on ebay but they are some big bucks so that why i am trying to find out how to build a custom one.

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Posted May 28, 2011 - 12:46 AM

Several ways, most use an axle housing off a gt transaxle for the upright.

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Posted May 28, 2011 - 05:11 AM

Andy,:welcometogttalk:


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Posted May 28, 2011 - 08:47 PM

Welcome to the site Andy! Glad to have you here. As to building your narrow front there are several ways to go. What kind of equipment do you have to work with? The two that I built don't take a lot of tools. My shop has a torch, welder, chop saw and drill press. If you have any questions give me a shout. Mike

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Posted May 28, 2011 - 11:08 PM

Yeah i got all the tools that you used but can tell me what materials i would need to build this project.


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Posted May 29, 2011 - 07:13 AM

I use a piece of 1 inch shaft welded to the frame that comes down almost as far as the axle for the front end. I then use a piece of 1 inch inside diameter heavy wall tube that slips over the 1 inch shaft and has a hole drilled through the bottom of it for my front axle to go throught. I use a piece of 5/8 shaft for the axle. The front wheels are 6 inch diameter wheel barrow rims that I cut down the center bearing tube to be as narrow as the rim its self and reinstall the bearings. You could use whatever you want but this is what I did. For the steering arm you just have to figure out how much travel you get from your steering gear box and make the linkage to work. I have the wheels turn at about a 35 degree angle left and right of center. The tractors turn real well with this setup.
I also use 6.70x15 rear tires to raise the tractor up enough to sit level with my choice of 3.50 or 4.00 x 6 front tri rib tires. My choice of tire size was made for 3 reasons. I had some of the 15 inch ag tires to use. They raise the tractor up enough to still sit level when putting the new tri rib front tires on, and that combination is real close to the size ratio that a real narrow front farm tractor has to help make it a more believable conversion. I have seen lots of conversions done and they still use the 12 inch rear wheels and smaller front wheels which is fine but I started my projects because I had found the 15 inch tractor tires first and built the tractors starting with the rear wheels and made the front end work from there.
A couple of things to think about. With the raised center of gravity and narrow front the tractor will be more likley to tip on a hillside or if you crank it off in a hard turn at full speed. Also most of the attachments will no longer work with the tractor. As a plus factor the narrow front tractors have a high " cool " factor at shows.
Hope this helps you out Andy, good luck on your build! Mike
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Posted May 29, 2011 - 07:36 AM

Don't know if this will help, but I saved this a long time back. Not even sure if it is correct.
Tricycle conversions for Garden Tractors.jpg

Wish it had some angles and dimensions.

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Posted May 29, 2011 - 08:42 AM

Let us know how this turns out! Would love to see some pictures of it!

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Posted November 14, 2013 - 02:00 PM

I made a narrow front like tractormike and it really worked good.Thanks for the info.  I`ve seen some narrow fronts made from transaxels but cant figure out from the pics how the steering arm is connected. Anybody make one from these and if so, how does it work.






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