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    It's a broken Gator...

    ...Waiting to be mended...

    Ten points if you get the reference.

    I love my little 4x2 Gator. It's one of the best purchases we've made for the farm. However, the use it gets comes with a handful of issues. A while back I built a set of rear fenders for it. A few weeks ago, one of those fenders caught an immobile object.

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    So, that has to be straightened. The next problem was similar, in the sense that it was physical damage.

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    We have a Curtis cab on the Gator. It's great, but puts a lot more leverage on the rear mounts. The factory setup just has those brackets holding the plastic shroud in place that covers the gear shift and below the seats. As you can see, years of use and beating around rough gravel roads and fields have taken a toll. So today I tore it down and fixed it.

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    I rewelded the factory brackets, but was concerned that it would happen again. So, I added another one. It's tough to see, I got busy working and forgot to snap closer photos. It's 1/4"x 3", welded to the frame. I salvaged a handful of those off of some other equipment a while back, and you can probably see the bolt holes through it on the right side. I used those as an opportunity to plug weld it to the frame in addition to a bead across the front and down the side.

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    After all, the abbreviation for 'over kill' is OK.

    Going back together.

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    Looks like you are mending a broken vase.
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    A broken Gator, waiting to be mended and waiting for the pieces to be put back in place...

    I ain't as big a Gatlin fan as I used to be, but they pulled off some good ones...
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    "Broken" and "Gator" used in the same sentence?
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    My gator's cab was a different type/brand and was bolted directly to the frame in multiple places. We used it pretty hard as well around our place with lots of hills and gravel surfaces, but it only had about 1100 hours on it when we sold it so maybe that was not as severe a usage as in the original post.

    I think the E-Gator weighs a bit more than the gas ones due to the 8 large golf cart batteries -- the manual says 1400 lbs empty.

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    The Curtis cab I have mounts to the floorboard on each side, and then to the outer two tabs on the crossmember behind the seats. I don't know what was done with the Gator before I bought it, but our land isn't terribly extreme. Fields and gravel roads. I think 12 years and over 4,000 hours just took a toll on those factory mounts. They have a hole drilled in the center, and both mounts broke across that hole.

    Just one of those things that happen with time. Now, the bent fender is a different story...
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    My gator had the same Curtis cab and had similar issues. Whoever installed it never put bolts in those two rear tabs, so it was basically just bolted to the floor. It broke at the base of both front dog legs, and bent the two rear tabs from bouncing around. When I fixed it I added two mounts at the top of the dashboard area to stiffen it up a little. Mine had a glass tip-out windshield (heavy) that made things worse, looks like yours has been replaced with plastic? It's a nice cab, but I think the mounting system could have been designed better.
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    I agree, the design could be better. When I bought the Gator, it had the cab but no front or rear window. I priced OEM replacements from Curtis... If you ever need a windshield, you better be sitting down! I recall it was going to be something like five hundred dollars for a front glass windshield and rear vinyl cover.

    I had two pieces of plexiglass cut at a local plastic place. I had to buy a full sheet, they cut it to size. I got enough to do both the front and rear windows, and the part of the sheet they didn't use is stored in my shop. It's big enough to replace either one of the panels currently on the Gator, or make lower panels for the doors. Both my doors have a tear in the vinyl at the bottom. It looks like the previous owner let the doors open and hit the rear tires since it didn't have any fenders to prevent that.
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