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Hi, all I'm a new member and need some help!!
I have a 1989 JD 185 hydro, I need a 46 " deck the old one is toast
I was wondering what other models will cross


thanks again
 

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Well, that isn’t going to work. I’m in central Minnesota. Maybe put up a wanted ad? Shipping from here just isn’t worth it for a deck shell that needs to be blasted and painted.
 

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Much interchanges between 160 - 185, but the 46 deck only came on 180/185.
Deck hangers are different lengths between 38 & 46 deck (46 is longer).
180/185 PTO is different as it has a 1-1/8" bore.
Those are the things that come to mind right now.
 

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Remembered one more thing ...
Under hood plenum is the same in 160-175. It's a different size for the 17HP Kaw 180/185.
 

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I converted a blown 185 to a 165. No problems with deck belt drive belt with the 38 inch deck and 165 pto for me.
 

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160/165 with 12HP Kaw FB460V has a 1" shaft, and a PTO with a 1" bore.
170/175 with 14HP Kaw FC420V has a 1" shaft, and a PTO with a 1" bore.
180/185 with 17HP Kaw FC540V has a 1-1/8" shaft, and a PTO with a 1-1/8" bore.
As long as you take the PTO with the motor, swap them anywhere in this series.
 

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Thanks for all the help .Was wondering if a 265 will cross
I think you are asking if a 46 deck from a 265 will fit the 185? I know I have used 46 decks from 200 series machines on my 185s, but I do not know what 200 series they were from. You should be able to tell by looking at them - at least that's how I have done it.

I have used 2 slightly different 46 decks on my 185s - I tried to add pics of each, but can't seem to do that right now. Insert image and drag and drop do not work for me. I'll try to add them later.

The 2 slightly different decks can be seen on ebay now - 192899673704, & 283535567137.
 

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Both decks will fit your 185 correctly. The restored/refurbed one on the left is an original 46 deck that came on my 185. The one on the right is one I picked up that I believe came from a 200 series, that I also put on another 185. The mounting points on both are the same.
 

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thanks
the one on the right has the same belt tension setup as mine. are you selling them if so how much
 
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