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post #1 of 21 Old 05-15-2011, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
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Hi guys. I have a Craftsman LTX1000 with 20hp brigs. My problem is that when steering, the wheels turn so much that they dig in and the tractor pushes forward. In my manual it says that there is no adjustment. Is there anyway to correct this?
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You might try additional weight on the front. Reduced air pressure and reduced speed might also help. It's something you'll have to play with. Usually the weight will fix it. Dale
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Slow down?

It seems like the wheels on my DYT4500 would turn well beyond the ability of the tractor at any sort of speed.

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Sean I'm not sure how you would fix this if theres no adjustments you can make to the tie rods ?

The obvious fix would be not to turn the wheels to lock but sometimes thats not an option, is it possible you have a bent tie rod ? That would put you into a really bad toe in situation and cause at least one wheel to push.

If all is correct then you may have to weld steering stops on the spindles to keep them from going past their maximum turning points.

My guess would be something is bent or worn out as I don't think a company would design a product intentionally to give the consumer problems.

I never even thought that he may be going to fast for the tractor to turn thanks D-Dogg.

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Re: oversteer problem

I was using a GT5000 and had a similar problem. the turning rod wasnt set right, so the tractor turned very far one way, and not very the other. I would try adjusting the steering arm, and seeing if its bent. Ive bent one before.

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If nothing is bent and your front tires aligned correctly you might try more aggressive tires on the steer axle. I have front end slide on my Ingersoll 318LGT with the factory tires but I don't with the tri-ribs. Slowing down in turns will almost cure the problem without doing anything else. slkpk

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I think it's the small turning radius that some manufactures are advertising, a selling feature that's not practical unless you are barely moving. Also a good way to wreck the light weight steering linkage if you turn that sharp going too fast.
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I think it's the small turning radius that some manufactures are advertising, a selling feature that's not practical unless you are barely moving. Also a good way to wreck the light weight steering linkage if you turn that sharp going too fast.
Thats the ticket. Then the steering wears out and the customer is back two years later.

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post #9 of 21 Old 05-16-2011, 07:20 PM Thread Starter
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Re: oversteer problem

Thanks guys. I was thinking the tie rod thing but was hoping that there would be a quick fix or trick. BTW it doesnt matter about the speed. I can do it from a dead stop. They are just turning too sharp (almost 90 degrees). I will look to see if anything is bent out of shape.

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Hey, here's a thought I just had. On a lot of the lighter tractors, there is a sector gear for the steering. Inside the radius of the sector gear, is an arc shaped slot. Though this slot bolts a bolt to keep the sector gear from wandering upward, and limiting the travel of the sector gear. Maybe this bolt has worked loose?

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Thanks D-dogg. I looked there and it isn't loose. I was thinking of somehow filling in the slot a bit to not allow the wheels to turn so sharp. But not quite sure how to do this.

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Thats the ticket. Then the steering wears out and the customer is back two years later.
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You need a wing on the front for more downforce.

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That's understeer, not oversteer. Some weight on the front should help. My Husqvarna 20 hp is pretty light on the front as well, and does its own share of plowing the front tires at any speed.

Try 30 lb bolted to the front, but watch out for frame twisting when you mow the ditch. Loading the front tires might be a better idea.

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Hi guys. I have a Craftsman LTX1000 with 20hp brigs. My problem is that when steering, the wheels turn so much that they dig in and the tractor pushes forward. In my manual it says that there is no adjustment. Is there anyway to correct this?
thanks.
Ummm....... Don't turn the steering wheel as far??? Or are you saying that you only have 3 steering positions, straight, full left and full right?

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