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Step By Step Install Of 2305 Bro-tek Skid Plate

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I finally got around to installing my Bro-Tek Skid Plate for the 2305. As requested, here are pics of the install:

Skid plate & parts that came with it.

First, bolt the back of the skid plate to the hitch. All parts were supplied, except I added two thin washers to keep the plate from touching the tranny.

The eye bolts openings were too small. I had to enlarge them slightly.

Bro-Tek states that the plate is not compatible with the MMM. He is correct. I had to remove the MMM support arms.
I could have possibly left the arms in place: as you see in the above pic, the square tubing fit, but the lock nuts were barely threaded. I suppose I could buy slightly longer eye bolts. For best results, I removed the arms.

I switched out the cotter pins for loop pins for easier re-install.

Next, loop eyelets onto pegs, attach the supplied square tubing, and tighten bolts. Then run the supplied self-tapping screws into the square tubing. NOTE: I NEVER have to drill any holes into the tractor. The tractor itself remained completely unaltered.

The finished product.

Grand total, I spent 1 hour installing the skid plate, which included: setup, gathering tools, taking pictures, altering the eyelets, changing the cotter pins, cleaning up the floor, and putting away my tools.

I imagine it'll add less than 10 minutes to installing/removing the Mid-Mount Mower (much of which will be gathering and putting away tools).

This winter I will alter the back mount to a slide-on version. I will cut a slot back to the rear hole which will allow me to slide it into place. This will eliminate one step of install/removal.

Below is a link to their install / owner's manual. (Their website only has the Kubota BX's manual, but they emailed a link to the 2305's manual) Plate_instructionA.pdf
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Phoenix, nice work that plate looks great! I was going to ask if it was compatible with the MMM but you already ansawered my question. Do you think there might be any way to modify it to work with the mower as I notice there is already a hole in the plate for the driveshaft to go through. I wonder if you could move the hooks that hold the plate on to the other side of the chassis somehow which would leave the pegs free for the mower hooks.

Do you lose the mower adjustement when you remove the support arms or is it just a matter of sitting these back in place?

Thanks for a very comprehensive set of photos of your install.....I'm going to try and fabricate one myself that is similar to the BroTek.
That sounds like it would solve the problem of disconnecting the mower mounts all the time. Something I was thinking about was to connect the skid plate to the lift arms at the back and the MMM mount at the front somehow. Then the skid plate would be as easy as fitting the mower deck. I'm not sure this is entirely possible, but its something I'll look at when I make mine.

Thanks again for the photos detailing your work.
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