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Hi guys,

I have a 2000 Eliminator and I was wondering if I could get some advise. Don't want to re-invent the wheel if someone else already figured it out.

I have a grinding noise when turning my steering wheel. No, it's not the Hydro. I know that it is the slop in my steering rubbing against my drive shaft. I have already replaced the bushing in the steering column with a flange bearing.

Where the steering shaft goes through the frame, beside the fuel tank, there is a keeper plate that is worn pretty good. I have padded that area out to decrease play, but still have the gear rubbing.

Any thoughts?
 

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I ordered the bushing last night and it should be here within a week. Hopefully soon, because I do t want to mow with it like this and the grass is greener on the other side (of the road).
 

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Ok, fixed the grinding noise. Put a flange in there.... grinding noise stopped, but I still had a good bit of play in the steering..... Upon further inspection I found that the 2 bolts going through the side of the frame worked themselves about 1/2 way out. :wallbanging:

So I went to test it and the steering was great.

And then I lost all kinds of power on the the thing, noted the engine was getting super hot, shut it down, and the thing back-fired on me. :ah_shoot:

I'd just changed the oil in the thing. It's always run great. I'm pursuing a stuck valve at this point. Any other suggestions?
 

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As soon as it warms up a little power loss occurs and I have to throw the choke on to keep it going
 

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So I ended up taking the engine out, pulling the valves, and cleaning the hell out of everything.

New head gaskets, intakes, carb, and additionally the oil line manifold on the side of the engine started leaking like a spout, so did that too.

Runs and sounds amazing...16hrs later.

Still need to adjust the PTO clutch.
 

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I forgot I did a post on this. I want to follow up a bit.

My cousin helped me a ton re-doing the engine. He is a little more production and went to pull the double pulley off the front of the engine with a wheel puller before I could catch him. This of course is a baadddd thing and it bent my the clutch disc fingers out. I tried bending them back, and it worked!!.... Sort of... until the slight pressure that I didn't notice in one spot created a lot of extra heat and burnt up my newly re-done field coil I got from Frank G. in NH.

Awesome guy. I called him up and explained what I'd done. He was willing to replace it in an exchange with no charge, but I told him it was my fault, not his. However he insisted on splitting the cost with me and also hooked me up with a new Double Pulley!! I was back in business.

Everything has been Peaches and Cream since! aside from that time I got stuck in the ditch. and the flat tire. and another dead battery.

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