Well my 990 Steering Ball Joint finally failed and now its time for the upgrade. I replaced the old style with new Rod Ends (Ball Joint Linkage) and I can see a Big inprovement in my steering.
I am currently giving a fourteen hundred series 960 some new breath on life. If you are unfamiliar, the 960 differs from the 990 only in that the frame is deisgned a bit diff from the dash rearward and is about 5" shorter. Hydrostatic was not an option in lou of a belt driven transaxle. ...and naturally, more stylized fenders.One other question for you owners of 990s is this. I haven't had time to do much at all to the tractor as of yet (routine maintenence) I have checked all fluids already but haven't drained and changed filters yet, nor have I greased anything, but I only has driven it 10 minutes since buying it.
Do these things steer like a tank? I have a 318 with power steering, but had a 316 without it as well and it didn't steer half as hard as this thing does. You really have to give it some grunt to turn the wheel even when moving. Are they notoriously difficult to turn or do I just need to really grease her up bad.
i recently purchased a 990. currently does not run and does not steer. i do need a new tie rod and ball joints. i would like to know where to find the "new tie rod". any info would be apprecitated. thanks.It needs to be updated. I did mine a long time ago. I increased the rod to 5/8 dia. also. I changed it to add my loader.