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ak matt

01-21-2008 18:19:27

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i tried to get new connecting rods for my wd45 today, the man needs to know the casting number?
i thaught that all wd45's used the 226ci engine. is there a difference in the low octane engine to the high octane? or is there something to do with the serial number of the tractor? or will the u3988 rod work in all (this is the only rod number listed on the tractor parts page)? any insight will be greatly appreciated thank you matt

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01-22-2008 14:37:03

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 Re: wd45 connecting rod in reply to ak matt, 01-21-2008 18:19:27  
engine serial no prior to w45fg1001 are slip in type and use shims . i dont think ones after that serial used shims at all. its my opinion but if you have three rods with shims purchase four that dont use shims

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Jack a

01-22-2008 04:03:46

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 Re: wd45 connecting rod in reply to ak matt, 01-21-2008 18:19:27  
WD rods use shims and 45 rods do not. That's the only difference I know of. When I rebuilt my WD I had the rods reconditioned without shims so I no longer need them. I also took a paint marker and wrote inside the block "rods use no shims". Only because I thought I would save somebody sometime in the future from trying to put in shims.

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01-21-2008 19:31:52

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 Re: wd45 connecting rod in reply to ak matt, 01-21-2008 18:19:27  
I think the 45 rods are heavy I mean they are stronger than the wd the # you have is the one I have in my book. I put 45 rods in my wc, d17 rods are stronger still. I think they will work also . I have a set I want to put on a 45 crank, when I change or build the new engine I am changing the cam, I have one from a d17 they also look to be alike hope I have not confused you ,work hard and have some fun lol

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