well - OK - one last post
- with pics of the problems
good news - $376 & a day's work later - the NEW CVT works like a new one should !!
1. as another post suggested above - getting the gas tank out & back in is the biggest problem with this whole project - once that's out, it is quite easy to drop the transaxle & replace it
2. i was wrong about the broken Variator
levers - it was just "loose" & restricted by packed grass
to the point of immobility
3. it ain't just grass packed in the variator pulley section that you need to worry about
- see my pics below
4. the new version transaxle has a cover and "fan" on the variator section which should help (but will not prevent" future packing of grass into that section (that's the $70 kit you can buy)
5. the REAL PROBLEM was the front "shifter section"
- the section that is under a cover
- also packed to point of immobility with hard grass
- which is why the pedals would not respond nor go to neutral & why i had to "kick-the-H" out of 'em to get the thing driving - (which of course tended to "bend" some rods & loosen the variator arms adjustment) - (i had to do a bit of rods/pedal straightening to fix that)
- nothing in the "new version trans is going to protect you/us from this problem -
and there ain't no way to clean it except for dropping the trans & taking off that plastic cover - now BOTH covers if you have the "upgrade"
news - you CAN FIX these things
by taking off the covers & clearing all the hard-pack-grass from both sections - the cleaned orig'l cvt is just fine now - a good spare, eh?
- it's just going to be a day's work
p.s. - if you buy a new CVT - you will need one un-supplied part - a 1/4" nylock for the main shift rod
here are some pics