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Today I blew and back bladed 1000' of driveway snow, slush in the rain. So much fun! But all the backward driving around the sensitive areas (near cars, etc) gave me quite a cramp in the neck! Anyone ever mount a rear view mirror on their GT effectively? I've got an '85 JD318. Maybe I need a rear camera like in cars!
 

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Haven't done it but seems like a good idea. I agree on the neck cramps. Always trying to watch what's going on behind is not easy.
Funny, I've been thinking the same thing. I have a couple of old Honda motorcycle mirrors I might be able to bolt through holes if I drill them in the hood. Maybe come Spring, when the weather clears a bit.
 

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Try the mirrors that bicyclists use that hang off of sunglasses or eyeglasses.
 

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I had one on my 4wheeler for a while for riding on trails where kids on dirtbikes like to rip past you. It worked well on the trails but caught too much brush in the woods. Should be fine on a GT. Brackets as needed and a motorcycle mirror. Most will have a metric thread so you may need the associated nut to secure it. There will be some vibration! :)
 

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I had one on my 4wheeler for a while for riding on trails where kids on dirtbikes like to rip past you. It worked well on the trails but caught too much brush in the woods. Should be fine on a GT. Brackets as needed and a motorcycle mirror. Most will have a metric thread so you may need the associated nut to secure it. There will be some vibration! :)
This is a really good point. Vibration makes mirrors almost useless! And my JD has plenty of it.
 

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Also, with manual steering, your tire can get caught on something whipping the steering wheel around whacking your arm/hand with the knob. Either way it's not really a big deal on a little tractor.

I'm afraid to say if you're not turning around to look behind you when you back up you might be the reason we have reverse safety switches on our mowers. :aetsch:
 

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The device is often called a "suicide knob" because of being notoriously useless for controlling the wheel during an emergency.
I don't know if this is true or not, but somebody once told me that the early "suicide knobs" used by truck drivers were prone to having the plastic knob come loose on the metal spindle, and then in an accident they could come off altogether and the spindle that the ball was mounted on was a sharp pointed spike, and then the driver's chest would get impaled on the spike in the accident. Like I said, not sure if it's true or not, just what someone told me.
 

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I used them all the time on farm tractors for quick one handed steering. Never saw or heard of one braking. On my hydraulic steer GT this would be called 1 finger steering.
 

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Hey y'all,

I've thought about possibly using an Automotive Back-up Camers, but I wasn't too sure about Sin-Wave Interference from the motor running...
(Fuzziness of the reception, although it would be "hard-wired")

Let alone, the mounting of the Monitor, where could this be done, and how could I make it "Weatherproof"?

Using 12V from the battery, of course!

Any thoughts/recommendations on this...

I would have to mount mine to one side with my Sleeve Hitch though!


-Thomas (12)
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Also, with manual steering, your tire can get caught on something whipping the steering wheel around whacking your arm/hand with the knob. Either way it's not really a big deal on a little tractor.

I'm afraid to say if you're not turning around to look behind you when you back up you might be the reason we have reverse safety switches on our mowers. :aetsch:
Oh I'm turning around alright, it's the neck cramp I'm hoping to avoid:tango_face_grin:
 

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Hey y'all,

I've thought about possibly using an Automotive Back-up Camers, but I wasn't too sure about Sin-Wave Interference from the motor running...
(Fuzziness of the reception, although it would be "hard-wired")

Let alone, the mounting of the Monitor, where could this be done, and how could I make it "Weatherproof"?

Using 12V from the battery, of course!

Any thoughts/recommendations on this...

I would have to mount mine to one side with my Sleeve Hitch though!


-Thomas (12)
Port Orchard, Washington


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If you can rig this up, it could be a winner. The issue someone mentioned here with the mirror is the constant vibrations makes mirrors hard to use, but a monitor shouldn't be as hard to see with vibrations.
 

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aetherBRO,

Thank you for your recommendation.

Looks simple enough to use, mount the camera, and wire up...

But I will need to get the dimensions of the Monitor (not screen size) to see if I have room on my dash to cut a hole in, place some Plexiglass in from behind, then secure the monitor behind that.

Would I need to add a switch to "activate" when I engage my GT6000 (Roper 633a Transaxle) into reverse?

Or would I have to deal with it being on at all time?

Thanks again,
-Thomas (12)
Port Orchard, Washington

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