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Larry Holbrook    Posted 08-13-2017 at 15:13:29 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Installing Stabilizer Bars
  • I use my 8N for mowing and clearing snow off the drive with a rear blade. I don't like the way it sways left and right so I thought I put stabilizer bars on it. First thing I need to do is remove the fender bolts. Well they just spin. Didn't take the tires off but I can see smooth carriage bolt heads on the top. They just spin and there is nothing to grab a hold of even if I take the tires off. Is there anyway to get them off with out cutting the nut off? Any thoughts? Another thing I just noticed was that the tire on the right is about 2 inches wider than the one on the left. Is this possible or is something wrong? I've had this tractor for 15 years and never noticed it. I can see the top of the bolt looking down between the fender and the tire on the right tire but not on the left tire.

    Kriss (OR)    Posted 08-15-2017 at 17:26:19 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I have welded a nut on top of a stubborn carriage bolt to get it out.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 08-14-2017 at 17:33:20 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I use stabilizer bars, aka "anti-sway bars", on any implement I don't want side to side swinging action like my mowers, back blade, boom, disc, and spring tooth drag. When plowing snow with a back blade they are extremely useful. They'll keep the plow tracking uniformly straight and won't kick off to one side once under load when plowing backwards. With a mower or a brush hog, when you make a turn they prevent the mower from scalloping the ground as it swings to the outside of the turn. We have a HOW-TO's article on how to properly install them once you decide. What are the sizes of the rear tires? Standard was 11.2 x 28...too much variation say, with one being a 12.4 might be an issue.


    FORD 8N WITH MOWER AND STABILIZER BARS:

    FORD 8N WITH REAR BLADE & STABILIZER BARS:

    Tim Daley(MI)

    Larry (TX)    Posted 08-14-2017 at 12:19:19 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Like Mr. Geiger says below, cut the old bolts out: easy to do with a 4 1/2" hand grinder and a cut-off wheel - cut the bolts in half between the axle bosses and separate the two ends with a flat chisel, then with a drift punch and large hammer, punch the ends through the bosses. As Tim suggests, insert new locally bought longer hex head bolts through the fender brackets and the bosses and you'll be in business to install the lower end sway bar brackets.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 08-13-2017 at 20:00:37 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Okay so you have a later 8N, that helps. Hex head bolts were used on 9N, 2N,and early 8N models. Carriage bolts supplanted the hex heads on later 8Ns. The axle fender bosses would have a square cast pilot hole for the carriage bolt shoulder and the fenders too will have a square hole -does yours? Invest in a nut splitter and just crack the old nut off as you will need new nuts and longer bolts anyway for the stabilizer bar brackets. The originals were 5/8-18 thread, both hex and carriage, but new carriage bolts only come in coarse threads. Nuts are easy to get, original fine thread carriage bolts are no longer made. With stabilizer bars, you will need longer bolts anyway.

    Tim Daley(MI)

    Louis A    Posted 08-14-2017 at 01:48:26 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • You are incorrect. The original style fine thread carriage bolts for the fenders are still available! Dennis Carpenter has them as well as many other vendors!

    36 coupe    Posted 08-14-2017 at 17:08:58 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Rip off.You can buy these bolts for a buck each.

    Larry Holbrook    Posted 08-14-2017 at 05:44:49 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I should have gave the year. It is an early front mount 8N. I believe a 47 if memory serves me right. Tires are the same size and were put on by the Firestone Dealer here. Not sure why one would be farther out than the other. I'll have to get a nut breaker like you mentioned.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 08-14-2017 at 04:47:39 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I thought so but did not se them on the Just8ns site...only the whole bar kit...no harm in running up to your local ACE Hardware store and buying some plain old coarse threads bolts, probably half the cost too and you'd be supporting your local business...

    Tim Daley(MI)

    Louis A    Posted 08-14-2017 at 07:13:49 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Here they are on Just8Ns:

    Will    Posted 08-28-2017 at 20:54:31 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I have a NAA and I own the anti sway bars. I don't have the angle bracket and pin to bolt to the fender bolts, where can I get the angle bracket that bolts on including the cat 1 pin???

    Will    Posted 08-28-2017 at 20:52:18 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I have a NAA and I own the anti sway bars.
    I don't have the angle bracket and pin to bolt to the fender bolts, where car I get the angle bracket that bolts on including the cat 1 pin???

    BlasterStumps    Posted 08-13-2017 at 19:22:31 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • might it be that on one side the rim center is on the inside of the hat rim and on the other side it is on the outside?

    R Geiger    Posted 08-13-2017 at 18:14:41 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Cut the nuts off and be done with it, not that hard to do. Look at the sides of the tires, it will tell you the tire size, no big deal if they are a bit different.

    Dead Eye Dave    Posted 08-14-2017 at 05:21:29 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Well, I cannot help with the carriage bolts but can shed some light on the differing tire widths. I have had my late 8N for about six years. This year I noticed that one tire was wider and also the other was slightly taller. The tire sizes were the same, I checked and one rim has been replaced and is wider than the other. So, what to do? Nothing. My tractor works just fine.

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