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post #1 of 40 Old 03-12-2019, 08:39 AM Thread Starter
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Boy Mekkanix vs The Electrix Lyft Sleeve Hitch.

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Re: Boy Mekkanix vs The Electrix Lyft Sleeve Hitch.

Laid out in pieces.
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Re: Boy Mekkanix vs The Electrix Lyft Sleeve Hitch.

I have read better instruction but I think this is how the horizontal straps are supposed to fit:
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Re: Boy Mekkanix vs The Electrix Lyft Sleeve Hitch.

However I did a bit of backyard engineering and came up with this:
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Re: Boy Mekkanix vs The Electrix Lyft Sleeve Hitch.

From the left & counter clockwise - the vertical piece of 3/4 ply is a spacer I used for alignment, The black strap is the supplied piece (didn't like it), the MDF was made to fill the frame rails, then I made 2 blanks from 1/4 plywood and drilled one for the bolt spacing. My XT3's frame rails has both of the 3/4" holes bur because the Sleeve Hitch frame is just a touch bigger, left to right width, then the back-step I will probably only use only the first bolt.
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Re: Boy Mekkanix vs The Electrix Lyft Sleeve Hitch.

Laid out in the background and then the foreground is the 3x36x3/16 strap to replace the supplied pieces. I'll need to shorten the bolts (they are 3/4 x 3") and the flat washers are to fit inside the frame rails as spacers.
Next - the tractor rails to show my configuration versus the supplied components
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Re: Boy Mekkanix vs The Electrix Lyft Sleeve Hitch.

Look forward to seeing it installed.

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Re: Boy Mekkanix vs The Electrix Lyft Sleeve Hitch.

XT3 left side with wheel removed. Both rear frame rails have two 3/4" holes. Ill use them.
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The supplied side strap won't align to my satisfaction.
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Re: Boy Mekkanix vs The Electrix Lyft Sleeve Hitch.

In that position, nor this.
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I think my plywood mock-up strap is a better idea, with two 3/4" & two 5/16" hex bolts to hold everything together.

Next - I need to cut and drill this 2" x 3/16" strap to fit instead of the mock-up.
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Looks like you're getting things handled. Sorry it doesn't fit well. I can see now why Sergeant bought the factory hitch and added an actuator.

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Yes I've got to agree.
So long as I don't get in over my head, dealing with challenges is fun (andAnd I can be a bit of a masochist). It helps that this install is nearly identical to the same thing I bought and installed on a Craftsman GT 15 years ago.
But an end user shouldn't have to put out this much effort for a "made to fit" item.
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Yes I've got to agree.
So long as I don't get in over my head, dealing with challenges is fun (andAnd I can be a bit of a masochist). It helps that this install is nearly identical to the same thing I bought and installed on a Craftsman GT 15 years ago.
But an end user shouldn't have to put out this much effort for a "made to fit" item.
When I saw your pics I said out loud "Da.. Thats a LOT of holes."

I fitted a manual sleeve hitch (dont know what it fit) I got in a trade to my 3240 and I had to deal with the hitch to frame channel arms like you are.
I marked where the 3/4" holes go thru, hole sawed the arms to 1 1/8" and welded small pieces of 3/4" ID pipe in place which fit inside the channel. 3/4" pins thru the frame. Made for a clean install.
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