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I've got the shaft made for the mule drive on my Speedex with a Deere deck project. I clamped the shaft onto the sub frame and measured for a belt - which I will get today. Assuming everything looks good with the belt in place I'll be ready to weld the shaft to the sub frame.

The shaft needs to just clear the front axle pivot, so it needs to be placed fairly precisely. Ideally I'd tack it down with the sub frame still on the tractor rather than risk it shifting when I pull the sub frame off. I'll be welding with a stick welder.

In the motorcycle world, where I'm most familiar, there is great concern about damaging ignition modules when welding on a motorcycle. I've never bought in to that - I don't see how if you get a good ground reasonably near where working it could damage the electronics. Still, I generally disconnect them just to be safe.

The Vanguard twin on my Speedex seems to have the ignition module buried under the shroud, so not quick to disconnect.

What kind of experience do you folks have? If I ground at the sub frame can I safely tack the shaft in place?
 

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I disconnect my regulator, along with the battery.

Noel
 
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The old style battery chargers are harder on the newer atv ECM's than anything. I dont own any new enough GTs to have the fancy control modules on them. A guy at work has a ZTR with a keypad instead of a key switch
 

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Very true, I know from experience.

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I tacked the shaft in place this afternoon.

You were all correct - the tractor still runs fine.

Thanks for your input.
 

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I tacked the shaft in place this afternoon.

You were all correct - the tractor still runs fine.

Thanks for your input.
Great! Now my two cent's worth...When I worked for Peterbilt Motors assembly plant in Nashville in weld dept. They sent me to Test dept to weld up a pusher axle after it was aligned. 6 1" passes all over head. Stick weld. I thought I did a fine job until our dept foreman told me later that I forgot to UN do the Cannon plug harnesses on the fire wall...I blew the "brain" on the truck....$3,000.
 

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Great! Now my two cent's worth...When I worked for Peterbilt Motors assembly plant in Nashville in weld dept. They sent me to Test dept to weld up a pusher axle after it was aligned. 6 1" passes all over head. Stick weld. I thought I did a fine job until our dept foreman told me later that I forgot to UN do the Cannon plug harnesses on the fire wall...I blew the "brain" on the truck....$3,000.
Not your fault! Trucks shouldn't need "Brains". Only that of the driver!
 

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Not your fault! Trucks shouldn't need "Brains". Only that of the driver!
LOL!!! ECU....back when I hired in the floorboards was still wood and the injector pump still had a linkage from the throttle. Sometimes I question the brains of some driver's tho...especially the one's that can't even speak a lick of English!
 
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