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Kimberly    Posted 06-03-2018 at 12:23:58 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I am not up on all the parts name. I got an original leveling arm off of fleabay ($55.00 with shipping). I removed the lower lift arm (that connects to the plough, etc) and I am going to take everything over to my brother-in-law to press out the bolt/pin so I can install the replacement leveling arm. The ball joint on the lower lift arm where it attaches to the axle is rather worn but the ball is still retained. My question is about the amount of play between the hole in the ball and the stud that the hole slips onto. Should there be a large amount of play between the hole in the ball and the stud? I saw a video on YouTube where someone put a bushing in to take up the play.

    I am including a photo of the leveling arm I got off of fleabay.

    r geiger    Posted 06-03-2018 at 12:30:43 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I have a fair amount of play between the ball and the lift arms, but the fit between the stud on implement to the ball should be fairly tight if you have the correct class one set up.

    Kimberly    Posted 06-03-2018 at 12:37:25 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • As far as I know, these are the arms that were on the tractor when Dad got it. I am talking about the fit to the stud at the axle and not the implement. Should the fit to the stud at the axle be fairly snug?

    JMOR    Posted 06-03-2018 at 12:52:43 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Don't expect a nice tight fit after 60+ years of wear.

    Kimberly    Posted 06-03-2018 at 13:32:45 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Yes, I know that; things wear. If run in dusty conditi8ons they wear faster.

    Let me say in a different manner. Do I need to worry if there is a large amount of play. Is putting a bushing in like the guy on YouTube a good idea? A bushing is certainly an easy fix unless it would cause additional problems. What have members done?

    JMOR    Posted 06-03-2018 at 20:54:53 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I just run until it breaks. Probably outlast me.

    Kimberly    Posted 06-04-2018 at 11:44:13 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Yes, I may put it back together and let it be. I noticed the ball and socket are fairly worn. I don't think there is danger of the ball coming out of the socket at this time but comparing the end at the axle to the one at the implement, the end at the axle is worn a great deal.

    Rustyal    Posted 06-06-2018 at 09:41:35 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Iíve seen large washers installed to keep it together. If you think there is a danger of it coming off get a new ball end welded on. It is probably going to be fine as is but be safe.

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