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post #1 of 20 Old 10-10-2019, 12:58 PM Thread Starter
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332 rear weight bracket ideas

JD suitcase weights and bracket are too much $ for me. So I’m gonna make my own setup.

I’m trying to come up with a design for a rear weight bracket for my 332. I got 4 free pieces of 100lbs railway rail that are 36” long. Rail that is stamped 100lbs is 100lbs per 36”, if it was 136lbs rail it would be 136lbs per 36”, and so forth.

I’m trying to decide if I should weld up a bracket that stacks the rail horizontally or vertically.

What are your thoughts on this?
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I would suggest horizontally, like a bumper, to have a lower center of mass.
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Re: 332 rear weight bracket ideas

I agree with dave, low slung to keep your CG low.

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Re: 332 rear weight bracket ideas

So I've been scratching my head trying to come up with the best/most efficient use of space/style.

I came up with a couple ideas.

On the first one, the rail would slide in and fit secure into channels cut on either end. This style stacks the rail and would leave it 24-30" high.



The second one would be a platform/basket carrier. The rail would have 2 down low with one inverted in between them. The load would be down low.



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Re: 332 rear weight bracket ideas

# 2 gives you a lower CG to work with, but # 1 looks more convenient to work with.

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Re: 332 rear weight bracket ideas

Rail is generally listed as lbs. per yard. So the average US mainline rail would be 130 lbs. with 3 foot of length.
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Re: 332 rear weight bracket ideas

Yea that what your first post said. I had a no brainer moment. My vote is for option 2.
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Re: 332 rear weight bracket ideas

Personally I would line them triple front to back in whatever you come up with as a "hauler/bracket" and stack them as low as you can.

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I do have the hydraulic rototiller brackets on the tractor. I don't like how low they sit so I flipped them upside down to see if I could come up with anything to use them.

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So I've been in the garage cutting and welding. I am going to use a modified version 1.

This is what I have so far. Some of it is modeled after the original JD suitcase weight bracket. There will be one 36" rail across the top behind the tail lights, and 2 mounted under it. The upper tiller brackets serve as a stabilizer.







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Re: 332 rear weight bracket ideas

I got some more progress done on the bracket. It didn't turn out exactly as I envisioned but it will certainly work. I am only into it for the equivalent cost of 2 JD suitcase weights.

I have to grind a bit more on the bottom holder so the rail slides in.

The bottom rail will sit above the lowest point of the tractor so ground clearance will not be a issue. I have to take the bracket off and do final welding.

This bracket will add 300lbs of rail plus the weight of the bracket which is about 50lbs.

I am going to paint the bracket black and the rail JD green.







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Time to practice those plasma cutter skills.... :-) Nice job.
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Time to practice those plasma cutter skills.... :-) Nice job.
Oh yeah..It was brutal. Truth be told it was my first time using a cutting torch. I don't think I had things set right at all.
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Pretty cool design! Plasma cutters are fun.


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Re: 332 rear weight bracket ideas

Nice job but you must be strong to use such large pieces for weights. I can only imagine trying to line up and slide those big pieces into those slots! I have learned after two back surgeries that I will never lift any more than absolutely necessary. I make all of my rear weights easily detachable usually with a 3 ph. It looks like in your case it is a one-time thing since it is on your plow but for those of us who would remove and then reinstall the weights more frequently, that it would be a lot of work. I was wondering what the two bars going to your rock shaft do? I am sure they are not welded on to it. Are they just hooks?
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