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post #1 of 3 Old 01-07-2006, 06:41 PM Thread Starter
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Axle swap stamped steel to cast iron

I`m posting this for anyone interested in this swap I only copied it awhile ago because it has all you part numbers you need and some tips. I won`t take credit for it other then saving it. .................................................. .................................................. ....... Posted by BobRho S.Central PA (My Page) on Sun, May 30, 04 at 8:20

I purchased my LT-1000 in May of 2001. I came with the standard stamped-steel front axle which has bent out of shape a couple times each year. I would remove it straighten it out and tighten-up the spindle bearings, only to repeat this repair again. The left-side caster would change about 5 degrees (estimated) positive causing easier steering to the left and harder steering to the right, and sometimes uneven cuts on tight turns. Switching to the cast iron axle eliminated these problems and made mowing fun again.
Here's the new parts you'l need:

Cast Iron Axle: p/n 184706 (qty. 1)
Flat Washers: p/n 173966 (qty. 2)

All other parts needed are re-used from the old axle. However, I recommend that the center pivot be replaced judging from the wear on mine. The outside pivot is nylon (sears p/n 136518, "Spacer Brg Axle Front") and the inside part of the pivot is steel (sears p/n 160367, "Spacer Brace Axle").

The spindle bearings on the cast iron axle come with it and are pressed in. Grease fittings are also installed on the new axle.

The order of assembly of the spindle are as follows, from bottom to top:

1. Original washer (p/n 6266H, "Bearing, Race, Thrust, Hardened").
2. New washer (p/n 173966, "Washer Flat .781 x 1-1/2 x .14")
3. Cast Iron Axel
4. Original washer (p/n 121748X, "Wssher 25/32 x 1-5/8 x 16 Ga.")
5. Original E-clip (p/n 12000029, "Ring Klip")
6. Original spindle cap (p/n 121232X, "Cap,
Spindle). New Red cap is p/n 184946X505, ("Cap, Spindle Red") is you prefer to use it.

NOTE: The manual (p/n 191218) shows that items 1 and 2 are assembled in the order I listed above, but I wonder if would be better the other way.

1. My original manual is p/n 178562 REV. 1 04.19.01 RH.
2. The manual I used to get the new part numbers is 191218, 02.04.04 RD.

Axel: $67.99
Two washers: $4.32
Manual: $5.49
Shipping: $11.99

Bob (South Central PA)

Posted by: BobRho S.Central PA (My Page) on Sun, May 30, 04 at 13:46
I forgot to mention the model numbers of the Craftsman LT-1000's in my axle swap post.
My LT-1000 (May 2001) model number: 917.272065 (hydrostatic transmission), represented by Owner's manual number 178562 REV. 1 04.19.01 RH.

Current model in stores: 917.273392 (manual transmission), represented by Owner's Manual number 191218 02.04.04 RD.

The "917" prefix, I believe, means that the manufacturer is American Yard Products (AYP).


Hope this will help someone upgrade their Craftsmen LT.
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Re: Axle swap stamped stl to cast iron

That's some great info! I have heard before that it could be done but never saw it spelled out like that. It has to be the best upgrade for that tractor and a great deal at under $100!
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Re: Axle swap stamped steel to cast iron

Thanks Bob...I stuck the thread to the top of the forum. I'm also going to close this thread so it can be an information only post.

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