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Craig Myers    Posted 07-27-2022 at 16:16:02 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Rest-O-Ride Rebuild
  • Does anyone have a link to a Rest-O-Ride rebuild? I picked up the 2 rubber springs and bushing kit but want to make sure I preload it properly.

    Thanks in advance!

    Craig Myers    Posted 08-01-2022 at 12:32:04 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: Rest-O-Ride Rebuild
  • Well ... I partially got it rebuilt. When I removed my adjuster bolt, the round piece that engages the bugger springs had some deep gouges in it so I am waiting on a new adjuster assembly. The bushings for the seat base (2x per side) were significantly undersized and keep sliding out. Not sure how the front one will stay in unless I drill and pin the arm? The bushings on the arm between the 2 rubber springs is way too thick . I ground the front surface off flush to get the cotter pin in. The rear I left in lieu of the washer that was there. There is a lot more free play now that before between the rubber springs and the bracket at the rear of the seat ... almost 1/4"! Overall not a very good experience! The mechanism appears to work and move freely. I'll be able to tell more once the adjuster arm comes in.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 07-28-2022 at 12:52:13 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: Rest-O-Ride Rebuild
  • I have the rebuild instructions and sent you a copy. Did you determine if your 1959 881 is a Gold Demonstrator?

    Tim Daley(MI)

    Craig Myers    Posted 07-28-2022 at 13:05:23 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: Rest-O-Ride Rebuild
  • My SN is 77507 so just out of reach and so far no gold paint unfortunately! :(

    Looks like the seat is more straight-forward than I had thought.

    One more question for the group: What do you guys lubricate the seat bushings with if anything? Just plain grease?

    TimDaley(MI)    Posted 07-30-2022 at 07:49:46 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: Rest-O-Ride Rebuild
  • Yes, as Deen said, lube not needed with the beauty of Oilite® sintered bronze bushings. You can also get a R-O-R repop decal at George Bradish Tractor Parts, Latrobe, PA too. Look in the LINKS forum for his contact details.

    Tim Daley(MI)

    Dean    Posted 07-28-2022 at 14:19:03 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Rest-O-Ride Rebuild
  • Bushings should be oilite so no need for lubrication. That said, a bit of grease on the outside will facilitate installation.

    Ed Gooding (VA)    Posted 07-28-2022 at 08:00:58 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: Rest-O-Ride Rebuild
  • We do have the parts explosion diagram and list here in our Manuals section, but we don't have a How-To on rebuilding. Hopefully, with the parts diagram and help from folks here, you'll have a successful rebuild.

    Dean    Posted 07-27-2022 at 18:33:37 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Rest-O-Ride Rebuild
  • Can only be assembled one way. No preload.

    Simply adjust to weight of operator.

    Dean

    Del Huebner    Posted 07-27-2022 at 18:19:22 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Rest-O-Ride Rebuild
  • Craig, what kind of condition is the seat you have in? It will help to have a roll pin driver and removal set and a bushing driver set and some PB Blaster. What kind of condition are the tabs on the adjusting bolt in most of them are worn pretty bad but new adjusting bolts are available. Take pictures of the seat before dis-assembling they will help when re-assembling. I have done several of the Rest-O-Ride seats and really like them , have them on all but one of my tractors and getting ready to do another one. I am not a very good instructor but will help as much as I can. These seats take time and patience but are worth it. I have never seen the complete re-building instructions posted.

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