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Is there a locking differential option for the 200 series tractors?

Having some traction trouble (turfs don't help).

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Chris,

Never heard or seen anything for the 200 series, I used the old "lean to the left, lean to the right" method of spin control! I had a 110, 212, and 216 and if I still had them I would invest in some HDAP's!
 

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I seem to recall reading about there being one over at weekend freedom machines but evidently it was quite rare.From what I remember the parts are all NLA.
 

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The GT225,GT235 and GT245 in theory could take diff/lock Because the GX255 was built on the same Frame as those GT200 series tractors. But on the older 200 series from 1975 to 1987 never had diff/lock in any of its models. My suggestion is AG's I run ag's year round on my JD X485 as long as the yard isn't super wet they don't tear up the Yard I use to run ags on my 1988 JD 240 year round. The First Deere Garden tractor to Have Diff/lock was the 420 in 1983.:thThumbsU
 

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The GT225,GT235 and GT245 in theory could take diff/lock Because the GX255 was built on the same Frame as those GT200 series tractors. But on the older 200 series from 1975 to 1987 never had diff/lock in any of its models. My suggestion is AG's I run ag's year round on my JD X485 as long as the yard isn't super wet they don't tear up the Yard I use to run ags on my 1988 JD 240 year round. The First Deere Garden tractor to Have Diff/lock was the 420 in 1983.:thThumbsU
I believe the gx255 was built on the same frame as the gx345. The gx255 can take a hydraulic tiller, but a gt2xx can not.
 

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Chris,

I used the old "lean to the left, lean to the right" method of spin control!
Jeez, I felt really weird doing that this afternoon :) It didn't improve my traction sufficiently to get moving; had to back out and take a smaller swipe at the dirt pile with the blade.

The tires are partially filled with fluid, but I have no external weights. I have not tested the chains yet (not sure how useful they'd be on damp grass in any event).

So; no locking diff parts that aren't rarer than hens teeth...

I suppose this will open a can of worms, but is there a favourite brand of AG bar or HDAP tire for this application? I suppose ribs for the front?

Chris
 

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GX255 cannot take a Hydrulic tiller Only tractor's with Hydraulic lift Could take a Hydraulic tiller. Reason being the Hydrulic tiller weight of 265Lbs For Example the X500 and X520 Cannot take a Hydrulic tiller only a 30inch Mechanical tiller which has a weight of 145Lbs. The GX255 was built on the Same frame as the GT245 But it had Power steering and Diff/lock. But used a Foot Pedal spring assist lift just like the GT245 at that time

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GX255 Frame


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I'd swear I read about there being a limited slip available in the 200 series but I can't find it.But I did find reference to one being available in the 112 H model Deere evidently a variant of the 2300 trans as it is a 2317 trans by peerless.
 

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The old 112's had it on some models. If your taliking 200 searies as in the old 210-216... I guess you COULD retrofit a 112 one in it IF you could find one.... But frankly real tires, and some weight would help a LOT. I have cheap/cheezy turffs on my 112, and they spun around corners till I put weights on it. OK now, but it will get bar tires when they need replacing.
 

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Yes you could retrofit the limited slip differential from a 110 or 112 into a 200 series 75 to 87 because the Has the same transaxle But the limted slip differential was really like the modern Diff/lock meaning you couldn't engage it your self with a foot pedal which the 420 had and it wasn't like a bolens either where you locked it in the middle of the Hubs. from what I understood about it was it was sort of like the Simplicity automatic traction :thThumbsU
 

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Like pigsitter said the 2317s were LSD but if I recall correctly something in them breaks very easily making them no longer limited slip and the parts to repair it are NLA.
 

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Well they no longer avaliabe form deere part Warehouses. They are limited to Dealer stock and bone Yards so You might fine those parts sitting in a JD dealers parts Dept somewhere at some dealer.:thThumbsU
 

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Yeah, the GX255 was sort of a hybrid between GT and GX. GT frame, GX transmission, and a lower cost means of power steering - the "steering assist" motor on the steering shaft below the battery.

Those limited slips really don't work as you'd like. Even the current one Simplicity uses isn't that great. It's just some springs and clutches, and won't positively lock if the load if the load is too great.

I used to spin tires on my tractor when cutting my sidehill and I added water-loaded bars and I'm good.
 
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