hellobudcat here well I broke down & bought the lift kit $330 plus tax If I'm reading manual correctly I think I can leave the elec wiring stuff on but must remove everything else Am I right? Install in 15 minutes?! That usually means2 8 hr days for me Any suggestions or comments? thanks everyone. also I saw a new X738 WOW! my X500 look like a giant lawnmower, the X738 look like a small tractor. Going into my third season with the X500 have roughly 30 HRS on it including mower and snowblower meanwhile my 1988 Craftsman 18 HP is running pretty good, rear end leaks a bit. Thanks everyone.