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 11-18-2003, 18:20 Post: 69038
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 Cat 1 top link - shorter than 12 quot

Are there Cat 1 top links shorter than 12" (body/barrell only)? You might recall I was trying to shorten it to pull my backblade up a bit for snow clearing before the ground freezes. I have a 12" top link and it doesn't shorten enough to do the trick. (I'm still looking into skid shoes for it Mark.) Thanks!






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 11-18-2003, 18:31 Post: 69039
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 Cat 1 top link - shorter than 12 quot

Yes. Mark posted some info on it under the BX-22 as it needs a shorter link. Search for it.






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 11-18-2003, 18:46 Post: 69042
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Thanks Peters; I searched. Turns out Mark and others found the BX top link is (was?) an inch or two longer than needed. MF GC2300 is almost a carbon of the BX. Mark, if you're still willing to part with your short toplink, let me know what you want for it. Thanks.






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 11-18-2003, 19:57 Post: 69050
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 Cat 1 top link - shorter than 12 quot

Turns out here are two types of top links, Kubota uses one that has Cat 0 dimensions with Cat 1 holes.

I have one I can sell that is a true Cat 1 and has a 9 inch body and a 13.5 inch center to center length when at its shortest. It is identical to the dimensions of the top link that came with my 4115 with the exception of length.

Where it differs from the Kubota version is that the slot it fits onto on the tractor must have a width at least 1.75 inches, Kubotas are 1.5 inches if memory serves.

Do some measuring and let me know. I need $35.00, which includes shipping.






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 11-19-2003, 08:46 Post: 69094
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Well, thanks for the offer Mark. Unfortunately, the slot on the MF is 1 5/8" - a little bigger than the Kub, but apparently not big enough to accomodate your custom link. Bummer! I guess I'll have to go the Kub route...






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 11-19-2003, 08:50 Post: 69096
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 Cat 1 top link - shorter than 12 quot

When I had my Cub Cadet Super garden tractor (sorely missed), the Cat 0 link was too long for some implements...I was able to cut off about an inch off each end, and still had enough threads inside...






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 11-19-2003, 09:09 Post: 69098
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I just called the dealer. He's sending over a 7" Cat 1 top link. He said it's not Kub and it's manufactured to work with Cat 1 pins. He doesn't want payment until I know it works for me. I'm glad I listened to you guys about going with a dealer I could work with. Sure makes a biiiigggg difference!






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 Cat 1 top link - shorter than 12 quot

I checked the archives, the link that came with my BX had a 10.5 inch body and a 13.5 inch minimum reach.

A temporary solution I have used is to get a Cat 0 link and attach it to the tractor with a 5/8's bolt and bushings.

Usually the bushings are used to adapt a Cat 1 link to a Cat 0 hole but you can use the bushings to reduce the holes in the tractor mountings from 3/4 to 5/8 and use a properly sized 5/8's bolt to hold it all together.

You can probably put the whole package together for $25.00

I have also cut some of the threaded portion off the body to reduce the length, just be careful not to cut too much.

The best permanent solution is to take your present top link and cut 2 inches out of the middle and weld it back together. Then cut an inch off each male thread and reassemble.

I have never seen a tool that required the absolute full extension of a properly sized top link anyway. All my stuff levels out within a 1.5-2.0 inch range on the top link.






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Looks like we were posting at the same time.

Let me know if the new short link fits.






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Well heck, the ball joints on the 7" top link are maybe 1/8" too big to fit the slot on the tractor. What do you think the chances are that a machine shop c/would grind one of the ball joints down to fit? Short of that, I'd probably try pursuing your suggestion Mark of using a Cat 0 with the 5/8" bolt & bushings. Are bushings commonly available at a hardware store? Thanks for the suggestion!






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