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Converted hydrostatic on 316 from pedestal to foot pedal

Discussion in 'JD Lawn & Garden Tractor Forum' started by Bob Levin, May 20, 2020.

  1. Bob Levin

    Bob Levin New Member

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    I converted the pedestal lever controlled hydro-static drive to a foot pedal control. it is a bit jerky. I have not been able to figure out how to install the dampener (absorber) Please take a look at the pictures.
    Has anyone converted to foot control. Thanks for this forum. Any participation in this thread will be appreciated. Regards,
    I posted this last week on an old thread on"weekend freedom machines". I got a reply from ChuckV despite that it was a real old thread. thank you for that chuck. He looked at the pictures of my conversion and was kind enough share some thoughts. also some safety issues. I will post the pics. attached. I have since given some thought to installing a "self centering dampener" directly from the hydrostatic Trans lever to a point on the chassis. This would, it seems, bring the pedal back to the neutral position when no foot pressure is applied. The other safety issue that chuck pointed out is that the linkage lever underneath the pedal may be subject to getting snagged by high brush. I have a 42 inch hydraulic tiller attached. I would have to design a shield to prevent that. BTW I have the screen to cover the belly pump. Also I would appreciate any input about what you think about a self centering damper. this damper is available at https://www.guden.com/Item/Self-Centering-Dampers/SCD09-L DSCN6770.JPG DSCN6770.JPG DSCN6771.JPG DSCN6772.JPG DSCN6773.JPG DSCN6775.JPG DSCN6778.JPG DSCN6779.JPG DSCN6780.JPG DSCN6782.JPG DSCN6770.JPG DSCN6770.JPG DSCN6771.JPG DSCN6772.JPG DSCN6773.JPG DSCN6775.JPG DSCN6778.JPG DSCN6779.JPG DSCN6780.JPG DSCN6782.JPG
     
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  2. Kster526

    Kster526 Well-Known Member

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    That’s some set up . Admire you for trying that. If you would use the old shock or an after market. Center up shock that when moved it would bottom out one way or other. You could mount it of the front linkage to frame horizontally.
    Just an idea without seeing it in person.
    How much flex is in that linkage set up?
    Have you looked at the newer foot pedal setups on GT 235 etc? See how they work.
    Good luck
     
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