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Old 05-10-2013, 02:02 PM   post #1 of 9
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I am in the process of replacing the clutch on my 124 and I've hit a snag. While trying to slide the engine back I got upset and just yanked the engine out and put it on the ground and now I'm thinking I shouldn't have. It wouldn't slide back because debris on the framerail prevented it from moving but now how am I suppose to remove the spiral pins on the clutch? The driveshaft just flops around and is no longer being held in place by the engine so I'm not sure if I need to punch out the pins with the engine on or can it be done while off? It's just held being up by the release lever.
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Old 05-10-2013, 06:36 PM   post #2 of 9
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I just thought I'd mention something funny but annoying at the same time. I went to town and checked a few stores for spiral pins(coiled spring pins) and then got home and spent over an hour online searching for one single pin. Suddenly it dawned on me that there is a Fastenal about 10 miles away in the next town.
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Old 05-10-2013, 09:57 PM   post #3 of 9
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You need to split the tractor and put a jackstand under the driveshaft and then drive the pins out with a roll pin punch. Took me a week of penetrating oil to get them out of my 104.

Good luck doing it without pulling the rear end away from the frame. If you run into a snag post back or pm me and ill give you a hand. Also its cheaper to buy a whole new assembly from a guy named mark hellrung only $175 plus shipping. Ill post the link when i get home if you're interested

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Old 05-11-2013, 10:30 AM   post #4 of 9
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Thanks for your advice but I wasn't getting any immediate reactions to my answer so I just did it my own way last night. I was aware of needing a roll pin punch but being that I have every size roll pin punch EXCEPT the 1/4" one I needed I ended up making my own. I used a 1/4" punch and ground a little centering nipple into the end of it with my bench grinder. I didn't get a response right away to the question of whether or not I needed to support the end of the driveshaft that goes into the pilot bearing so I made my own support. I took a piece of an old wooden 4x4 I had laying around, sawed it to 18" in height, drilled a hole in the side of board to support the driveshaft end, heated the shaft around the pins and drove them out. I had to heat, punch it, and heat it again a few times but I was able to drive both pins out in about 5 minutes. To reduce the amount of pounding needed to drive out the length of pin and to prevent the end I pounded on from mushrooming, I used a portable chopsaw to cut the pins flush with the driveshaft before beating them out. This was not the nightmare job I've heard about from many owners but I can assure you, those pins were really fused in there. A good BFH and a few many swings later and problem solved.
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http://ihcubcadetparts.net46.net/

Get your new clutch and drive shaft from this guy. Top notch work

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http://ihcubcadetparts.net46.net/

Get your new clutch and drive shaft from this guy. Top notch work

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Thanks but I already bought a clutch from my local Cub Cadet dealership and the driveshaft is in good shape.
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Did you buy new springs, throw out bearing, pins ect. Usually at this point everything needs replacement. Also you should get the pressure plates turned in a lathe to true them up.

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Did you buy new springs, throw out bearing, pins ect. Usually at this point everything needs replacement. Also you should get the pressure plates turned in a lathe to true them up.

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Yep, all is set. I turned the plates myself and replaced everything necessary. I love how easy it is to work on these old Cub Cadets. Some people say it's a headache compared to other brands but they're garden tractors! Even the hardest ones to work on are still fun in my book and a lot easier than what I'm use to working on. Anyway, thanks for your time.
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Good deal just wanted to help out since I just went through all the research replacing mine

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