I replaced the battery and bought a "T" handle disconnect for the battery cable. I will admit, the disconnect is the new one that Harbor Freight sells, but from what I hear they are pretty good. My impression is very high of the switch so far, it seems very nice. I may even pick up a spare just in case. I did mount it to the dash tower by drilling holes. Not what everyone would want to do, but I can weld them closed and they will disappear if the need arises. I also had to replace the cable from the battery and add a second one from the cut off switch to the starter relay.
However, now I can disconnect the battery from the seat and never worry about it draining down again. I have about $30 into the job if you count the new cables.
Here it is in the on position. Notice how great the color match is? I thought that was very cool! I think that I will switch out the 1/4-20 bolts for some OE Massey bolt's so that they match the tractor. Once the dash tower is painted, it will look much better. The light gray is primer applied with a q-tip on the edges of the drilled hole. The hole is very neat and a close flush fit around the switch. Keep in mind, the hole is just under 1" and will require a very large drill bit, or like I did it with a uni-bit. (step drill) Once the main hole was done, I installed the switch from the outside and used a transfer punch to mark the holes for the bolts. Very easy job to install this with the right tools.
And here it's turned off. Now please note, this does not remove for theft protection, it's just a disconnect switch. I, however, like that even better because it will not go missing!
Inside here is a tight fit, but everything clears just fine and is easy to access. I added some cut down vacuum caps to cover the studs. The hood latch is close, but will not hit when the closing plate is on. However it's much closer if that plate is removed to work on the vari-drive adjustment. Like I said, the switch appears very well made and does not feel cheap at all.
Edited by FirefyterEmt, November 17, 2011 - 11:19 PM.