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 11-19-2004, 18:18 Post: 100595
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After procrastinating for months I finally finished the installation of the skid plates from the Rental Upgrade Kit on my 4310. The left skid plate bolts to the step, which got bent when I hit a stump, which required removal of the floorboard to replace, which was the PIA that caused the delay. Anyway, the skid plates look like they'll provide great protection for the suction screen and filter, eHydro pedal assembly, and other hoses and wiring harnesses that are routed along the bottom of the tractor. It will be a bit harder to change the hydro filter and clean the screen, but it looks doable and the relevent skid plates wouldn't be hard to remove if required. The right plate is the toughie but it wouldn't interfere with routine maintenance.

The installation is not bad but it helps to use a floor jack with wood blocks to position the plates when lining things up. It's a good idea to ignore the instructions and not tighten up anything until all the bolts are in place. The hardest task is tightening the ROPS bolts to 225 ft lbs. You really need two people for that, one to handle a wrench on top and another with a torque wrench on the bottom. The right skid plate is supposed to bolt to the SCV/Diverter block which requires drilling two holes but I didn't bother since it seems there's plenty of other support in that area already.

I feel a lot better having those plates installed. Bending the step was a close call since it's only six inches from the hydro filter.






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 11-20-2004, 15:21 Post: 100623
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 Review Finally got 4310 skid plates installed

I was beginning to wonder where you went Ken! I guess I need to look at one of those completing packages for a deere tractor. They also say you need one on the 110 TLB unit to when you buy one.






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 11-20-2004, 16:57 Post: 100630
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I've been checking in regularly, but business has been picking up and keeping me busy so I haven't been posting as much.






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 11-25-2004, 19:10 Post: 101030
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Ken, I just purchased the rental upgrade kit for my 4410. When I began to install right side skid plate per instructions, I noticed that the two bolts holding the retainer block for the hydraulic lines to the floor board were not long enough to cover the additional thickness of the new bracket required. The instructions call out to just reuse the nuts. Did you have this problem?






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 11-26-2004, 11:29 Post: 101086
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I did not encounter that problem because the skid plate bolts to the diverter valve block on my tractor. But the bolts look too short in the manual pictures too so that looks like a mistake on their part. You may be able to install longer bolts by removing the floormat. The floormat is removed by prying out the plastic push pins that hold it down and they'll probably be have to be replaced. Fortunately, they're cheap.






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 11-26-2004, 12:11 Post: 101088
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As I think of it I don't think pulling just the floormat will help to replace the bolts. If you can't get it from underneath you will likely have to pull the floorboard. That's not hard, just sort of a pain that could add a couple of hours to the job.






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 11-28-2004, 20:09 Post: 101207
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Just completed the skid plate installation today. I went to the local hardware store and purchased two bolts long enough to do the job. The hardest part of the whole affair was mounting the bracket underneith the floorboard next the SCV lines. I had to partially disasemble the floorboard in order to lift it up enough to get a wrench on the nuts. Everything else was a piece of cake. I also mounted my new toothbar on heavy duty bucket.

I noticed from your pics that you have the top-n-tilt installed. Is yours OEM JD or other? I am thinking about just going with a tilt cylinder. What do you think is the best size to use?






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correction to my last post. I meant Top cylinder as opposed to tilt.






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 11-28-2004, 20:24 Post: 101209
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Glad to hear you got the skid plates installed. There are a few bolts blocked by the floorboard and those are sure a pain. My Top and Tilt kit is OEM JD. I'll go out tomorrow and measure the top cylinder.






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 11-28-2004, 21:03 Post: 101211
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Would the skid plates interfere with a 72" mmm? I would love to have that protection while brush hogging but have to mow the yard with it as well. Just curious. How much is the rental upgrade package and does this kit consist of only skid plates or are there other things as well?






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