Four Wheel Steer Kit Installation

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Post by Chuck W. » Sat Feb 28, 2009 9:03 am

Although it looks like it in the photo, the angle on the two top bolts is so slight it is not really a problem. The bracket pulls down tight against the case and you really can't tell that the holes are at an angle. I would not go to the expense and time to remove the frame tube or buy an angle drill. The long 5/16" drill bit is all you really need.

BTW - NEVER let the wife see the mule bills....if she asks where that new mule or mule part came from, tell her you won it in a raffle!

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She's caught on to that trick

Post by jinx » Sat Feb 28, 2009 11:51 am

She'd see me with a new gun and ask "where did you get that" my reply would always be "what, this ol' thing, you must not have see it in the cabnet." She knows when I'm "up to no good" when the boxes start showing up on the porch! :lol: Like gitting stuff from Bill Watson cause I can raid the piggybank and send a money order instead of putting it on the plastic. :wink:
SHHHH.... here she comes :twisted:

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Post by Chuck W. » Sat Feb 28, 2009 5:26 pm

I have a friend who's wife actually told me one time, "He's the luckiest SOB around, he is always wining stuff in raffles!".......and she actually believed it!

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Post by mulezilla » Sat Feb 28, 2009 6:11 pm

I can beat that Chuck, I bought a bran new Bushmaster AR-15 carbine and when I went to show my other half it I told her to close her eyes and hold out her hands...what a dumb ass thing to do as she thought I bought it for her!!!! I never had the heart to tell her the truth.................Ron
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OUCH!

Post by jinx » Sat Feb 28, 2009 8:57 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Post by atavuss » Sun Mar 01, 2009 10:12 am

how is the steering effort with 4WS compared to 2WS? I imagine with more linkage it would take more effort to turn?
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Post by Chuck W. » Sun Mar 01, 2009 10:52 am

It's not bad. Much easier if you're rolling. You just have to be careful, as the rear will swing out and it's very easy to hit stuff with the rear corners of the mule!

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Re: Four Wheel Steer Kit Installation

Post by rob w » Tue Dec 27, 2011 8:30 am

Chuck,

Great write up on the 4WS conversion...... these are really helpful!

Since the deck and wheels are off, I'm going to get into that this week....Just one more question?

When you drilled out the bosses for the rear bell crank, what depth of hole, (and length of fastener do you reccomend?)

I assume the fastener is longer than just the hole depth since you need to allow for the bell crank bracket...

Thanks,

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Re: Four Wheel Steer Kit Installation

Post by Chuck W. » Tue Dec 27, 2011 10:00 am

The top holes were 3/4" deep, and the bottom holes were 1". We used a stop-collar on the drill bit to keep from going too deep. I don't remember the length of the bolts, but I think we used what came in the kit. As long as the bolt is at least 1/2" longer than the thickness of the bell crank bracket, you'll be OK. Be sure to use a bottom tap to finish the threads to the bottom of the holes.

The production 4WS mules used studs to hold the bell crank bracket to the transaxle case. The threads in the transaxle case are 3/8" x 16, and the studs are 3/8" x 16 on the transaxle side and 3/8" x 24 on the bracket side.
Good luck, and post photos of the finished project!

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