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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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I saw somewhere that Bro-tek skid plates are sold on ebay, but I'm only finding that BH finger. Anybody got a link for the JD2305 skid plate? (After my adventure in the mud, I think I won't wait till 'after' i need one to get one)
How much was the skid plate?
i attempted to install my skid plate tonite and i gotta think it must be me... but things didn't line up right. The holes in the skid plate that are supposed to line up with that bar that goes across the frame at the midway point didnt. I think I'm gonna have to measure, mark, and drill new holes in the skid plate to make it work. Anybody else have this issue?
I'll give that a shot first. sounds easier than measuring/marking/drilling.
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