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    Help replacing Deere iMatch Quick Hitch top hook bolts

    I have the newer Deere iMatch with the adjustable top hook. After spending a couple of frustrating hours trying to adapt an older implement to the iMatch, I decided it was time to finally replace those top hook bolts with two clevis pins and hairpin cotters. This will make it much faster and easier to adjust or even remove the top hook.

    I noticed LandPride's QH has this feature and I'm hoping someone can advise on the proper pin sizing for the Deere iMatch. The LandPride QH15 specifies "PIN CLEVIS 1/2" X 1" (49/64 USABLE)" in their parts guide. A quick measurement shows this is about right and I can try a little "trial and error" but I'm hoping to avoid multiple trips to the Fastenal store (my normal problem solving methodology).
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    Don't know the actual specs but take a bolt out of the iMatch and take it with you to the store.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TickTock View Post
    Don't know the actual specs but take a bolt out of the iMatch and take it with you to the store.
    Yep, that's what I'm planning to do. I just wanted to find the the shortest possible clevis pin to allow for maximum flexibility. The Deere's bolt head and nut protrude quite a bit.
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    Hiya,

    Yup, I much prefer the older fixed upper i-Match, unfortunately you can't get them anymore...

    Here's what I did with the new one on the 2520: Went to tractor supply and grabbed a couple bent hitch pins that are 3 inches long. Ya, they are a little long but not bad and they work OK.

    CountyLine Bent Hitch Pin, 3 in. Usable Pin Length, S071111TSC - For Life Out Here

    The design of the hitch and top U results in some movement with the pins instead of the bolts. I was going to ream the U bolt holes out to a larger size and then press in bushings and ream the pin holes offset to the front to space the centerline of the U to the rear and a slightly smaller size to reduce slop. I haven't gotten around to it now that the winter is over and I have real stuff to do with the tractors. When I eventually get to it, I'll post pictures of course.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rod330 View Post
    I have the newer Deere iMatch with the adjustable top hook. After spending a couple of frustrating hours trying to adapt an older implement to the iMatch, I decided it was time to finally replace those top hook bolts with two clevis pins and hairpin cotters. This will make it much faster and easier to adjust or even remove the top hook.

    I noticed LandPride's QH has this feature and I'm hoping someone can advise on the proper pin sizing for the Deere iMatch. The LandPride QH15 specifies "PIN CLEVIS 1/2" X 1" (49/64 USABLE)" in their parts guide. A quick measurement shows this is about right and I can try a little "trial and error" but I'm hoping to avoid multiple trips to the Fastenal store (my normal problem solving methodology).
    I have had a Land Pride QH-15 for 4 years and I was not impressed with the clevis pins. Ironically, the second time I used it the vibration on the top hook caused the hairpins to fall out and I lost one of the pins. I immediately replaced the clevis pins with bolts and never had any more problems. In the past 4 years I've had to adjust the top hook twice for a weird implement and will gladly trade the few minutes it takes to remove the two bolts compared to loosing the clevis pins.

    If you have your mind set on going with clevis pins, skip the hairpins and use cotter rings. At least those won't fall off from vibration.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tomd999 View Post
    Hiya,

    Yup, I much prefer the older fixed upper i-Match, unfortunately you can't get them anymore...
    For those that prefer the old style iMatch.... if you have access to a welder you can transform one of the new style iMatch hitches to a fixed top hook in about 5 minutes! :-)
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    That is exactly what I did to my iMatch. After adapting my Bush Hog I need the top hook in a different position that for my Heavy Hitch.

    I like tomd's pins - I just used what I had in my pin drawer. They are too long but it doesn't matter -

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    When I was IMatch shopping last summer, I asked my dealer about availability of an old style unit. I believe that they had several in stock of both versions because I had my choice of old style/new style...new or "used".
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    For those that prefer the old style iMatch.... if you have access to a welder you can transform one of the new style iMatch hitches to a fixed top hook in about 5 minutes! :-)
    I do prefer the ability to adjust the top pin "just in case" however the centerline of the top U is just a bit too close to the rear face of the channel sides for some of my Land Pride implements. These work just dandy with the older style iMatch however, the newer one tends to bind as the rear face of the channel sides contacts the front face of the implement and "sticks" them together to the point where simply dropping the 3pt will not release the implement. So now I carry a 4 lb soft face mallet to separate them when finished if they bind together. Once I either bush the U to the rear or simply make a new one with correct spacing and hole size it should be fine.
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    61" HD-Tooth Bar, 72" HD-bolt-on edge, Frontier Forx
    "A" front hitch, Mid-PTO, Air ride seat, Horn, Back-up alarm, Rear work lights, External mirrors, Auto cruise
    60HD broom. 366 Blade, 59 blower, i-Match
    Looking for: Rear Wheel Weight Set

    Stuff for Sale:
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    New Jamison Bryce adapter, cart and chute

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    If it weren't for the adjustable top hook it would have taken a lot more work to make my old Bush Hog compatible.
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