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    Question Fit Rite Top Link

    I am slowly getting close to the top of Brian's order list. I saw an extended length indicator on youtube for a hydraulic top link. Has anyone built such an indicator for their top link? If so pictures would be appreciated.
    JD 2017 3025E w/ loader. Titan 36 " Forks, Armstrong Box Blade, Armstrong Rock Rake, Frontier 2060 Cutter, Woodland Mills WC 68 chipper and WG stump grinder

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    Do you have a YouTube link? I have a TnT kit on order from Brian.
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    I have a hydraulic top-link as well. What exactly does an extended length indicator do?
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    I was wondering the same thing.
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    Could it be @5:56 in this video?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kivV-ojAJUs
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    There was a time when I considered having that exact item as an option. So I got one for a sample look see. I gave it away and would not supply them. You know what they (Who are "They" anyway?) say, you get what you pay for. Cheap plastic mount on the rod end and a millimeter read out, do you really want a MM read out? I know not that big of a deal, but just not up to par for my liking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MtnViewRanch View Post
    There was a time when I considered having that exact item as an option. So I got one for a sample look see. I gave it away and would not supply them. You know what they (Who are "They" anyway?) say, you get what you pay for. Cheap plastic mount on the rod end and a millimeter read out, do you really want a MM read out? I know not that big of a deal, but just not up to par for my liking.
    Can't blame you. My initial reaction was it was completely useless. I cannot imagine a situation where I would need to know the length of the top-link. I mean, for many decades we simply screwed top-links in or out until they achieved the desired result and not once did I ever measure it.

    Actually, I can only think of one time I measured the top-link... and that was to ensure I ordered the proper sized hydraulic one from Fit Rite. :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by MtnViewRanch View Post
    There was a time when I considered having that exact item as an option. So I got one for a sample look see. I gave it away and would not supply them. You know what they (Who are "They" anyway?) say, you get what you pay for. Cheap plastic mount on the rod end and a millimeter read out, do you really want a MM read out? I know not that big of a deal, but just not up to par for my liking.
    Here is the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYXcMN7tBjQ. The part about the length indicator starts at 6 min. I am new to box blades, but have lots of experience in cat wheel loaders. This video has taught me a lot about box blades. If you watch the whole thing it makes real good sense to know where the box blade is in relation to "neutral", the length in inches is not what is important. Knowing the position makes the device (BB) more efficient and user friendly. The guy in the video fabricates a lot of good stuff, and looking at his indicator, I think the device could be improved on. Looks like he used some plastic and I agree with Brian that is not good.
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    I have a hydraulic top link and have a square adhesive bubble level like the one shown below stuck to the top of my quick hitch. It is about 1.5" square and very easy to see. I can tell at a glance when my quick hitch is in the neutral position (level both vertically and horizontally). I recall I only paid around $5.00 for 2-pack of these. I also have one stuck to the top surface of my bucket. They've been on the tractor for 5 years and still working perfectly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    I have a hydraulic top link and have a square adhesive bubble level like the one shown below stuck to the top of my quick hitch. It is about 1.5" square and very easy to see. I can tell at a glance when my quick hitch is in the neutral position (level both vertically and horizontally). I recall I only paid around $5.00 for 2-pack of these. I also have one stuck to the top surface of my bucket. They've been on the tractor for 5 years and still working perfectly.

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    That is a fantastic idea.

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