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3000 Alignment While Turning

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D Wesley

11-23-2004 03:54:20

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Bought a "73 3000 in the Spring and when turning in either directon the outside wheel turns more than the inside wheel and plows up the turf. The wheels are parallel when straight though. Any suggestions appreciated.

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11-23-2004 19:37:24

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 Re: 3000 Alignment While Turning in reply to D Wesley, 11-23-2004 03:54:20  
If you're talking about EXCESSIVE scuffing on turns, there are a couple of common causes: (1)Front axle adjusted out to a wide setting. The steering geometry (toe out on turns) is designed to work best with narrow to mid settings. As this 'swept back' axle move out, it also moves back, effectively shortening the wheelbase. At this shorter wheelbase, there is not enough 'toe out on turns' to prevent excessive scuffing but, if the terrain is steep enough to require this width, it can be a worthwhile trade-off. (2)Bent or twisted front axle and/or radius rod(s); This can cause your symptoms as a result of the neutral or even negative caster situation.

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11-23-2004 05:59:27

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 Re: 3000 Alignment While Turning in reply to D Wesley, 11-23-2004 03:54:20  
Iffin you didn't have any "friction" ye wouldn't execute the turn. You probably have 3 rib front tires. If you went to bald tires or tires off a pickup/car for the front you would minimize your frustration but would also minimize your ability to turn.

It's the way it was designed. All mine do it (6)


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11-23-2004 06:13:21

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 Re: 3000 Alignment While Turning in reply to txblu, 11-23-2004 05:59:27  
it due to the designed camber and caster seting.. yes, the outside wheel leans into the turn to keep the tread biting the dirt.. they were designed to turn is conditions of loose dirt at the end of a row near a fence with a heavy plow on the back.. so yes... as said above,,, if your using it on sod and dont wish to disturb it,,, get some wide and slick truck tires for the front... wide truck tires are also good for folks in the "blow sands" so that the front end doesnt bite and sink into the sands... hth... bill

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Thomas Phillips

12-08-2004 09:56:21

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 Re: 3000 Alignment While Turning in reply to sotxbill, 11-23-2004 06:13:21  
Had the same problem with my 3000. Found that the differential was locked. Behind the right foot rest is a lever and linkage going into the diff. Depressing this lever locks the diff, raise the lever back up and the diff will be unlocked and your will be turning OK again.

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