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    Quick attach bucket conversion complete!

    I finally got all the parts to convert my D120 pin-on bucket to an H120 quick attach bucket system. The reason for this was I want the Artillian fork setup and after speaking to Chris and finding out the pin-on system does not work with his forks.......well that did it! I HAVE to own his forks! Parts can be obtained through John Deere for around $340. First step was to remove the 4 bolts or "pins" that hold the D120 bucket on. Once this was done, the brackets that are welded to the bucket must come off. I used a 4 1/2" electric grinder to quickly remove all the factory welds and the brackets were off. I them bolted on the quick attach brackets to the loader frame. This was pretty straightforward with the long pin going through the lower holes of the brackets. The existing upper D120 pins are a perfect fit into the new H120 brackets. I then positioned the bucket up against the brackets to make sure the bucket will be oriented properly to the loader brackets. I made sure that up/down height was also correct. I didn't want the bucket to have a higher or lower full raise height that stock. I then painted all cleaned metal surfaces with weld-through primer. This stuff is necessary whenever welding must be done to bare metal where parts of the welds can never be painted due to access. The paint is a silver color in the photo. After tack welding the upper hook brackets in place, I removed the bucket and did a complete weld job to both brackets. After the upper brackets were welded it was time to move on the lower lower quick attach pins. I reinstalled the bucket on the loader frame and raised the whole thing up enough so I could mark where the pins would go. I had to cut about 1/4" off the new pins because they stuck out too much and I did not want the bucket to flop around with the lynch pins installed. Once pin position was marked I fully welded them to the bucket. Note here that although you can't see it I ground the pin surface to be welded at a deep 45 degree angle so the finish weld was flush with the pins. This is necessary because if any weld protrudes outside of the pin diameter the bucket will not sit flat against the brackets. After everything was welded and proper fit was correct I painted everthing and reinstalled the bucket. And there you have it, a quick attach bucket for the D120 loader.
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    2011 1026R 54"MMM, D120 loader w/snowbucket and bucket quick attach conversion, 5' bush hog, middlebuster, 260 backhoe
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    Wow, what a great job! That really shows why one should purchase the H120 up front!

    Oh, this "weld through primer" sounds interesting as well-gonna have to research that a bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kennyd View Post
    Wow, what a great job! That really shows why one should purchase the H120 up front!

    Oh, this "weld through primer" sounds interesting as well-gonna have to research that a bit.
    Thanks Kenny, I thought I would save money going with the D120 but....... As far as weld-through primer goes, it's a MUST! Just think when you clean 2 pieces of metal for welding and then weld them together. The welds may not completely seal the bare metal surfaces and then you have corrosion from the inside out. Our bodyshop uses it on everything, it is a staple to any well done welding job. The reason it is weldable is the paint contains iron particles which conduct electricty. I use the 3M version which is readily available at any good parts store.
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    Nice job indeed!
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    Nice job indeed. Thanks for the info on that weld-through primer. Wish I had known about that before. Gotta get some.



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    Quote Originally Posted by fuelhog2000 View Post
    I finally got all the parts to convert my D120 pin-on bucket to an H120 quick attach bucket system. The reason for this was I want the Artillian fork setup and after speaking to Chris and finding out the pin-on system does not work with his forks.......well that did it! I HAVE to own his forks! Parts can be obtained through John Deere for around $340. First step was to remove the 4 bolts or "pins" that hold the D120 bucket on. Once this was done, the brackets that are welded to the bucket must come off. I used a 4 1/2" electric grinder to quickly remove all the factory welds and the brackets were off. I them bolted on the quick attach brackets to the loader frame. This was pretty straightforward with the long pin going through the lower holes of the brackets. The existing upper D120 pins are a perfect fit into the new H120 brackets. I then positioned the bucket up against the brackets to make sure the bucket will be oriented properly to the loader brackets. I made sure that up/down height was also correct. I didn't want the bucket to have a higher or lower full raise height that stock. I then painted all cleaned metal surfaces with weld-through primer. This stuff is necessary whenever welding must be done to bare metal where parts of the welds can never be painted due to access. The paint is a silver color in the photo. After tack welding the upper hook brackets in place, I removed the bucket and did a complete weld job to both brackets. After the upper brackets were welded it was time to move on the lower lower quick attach pins. I reinstalled the bucket on the loader frame and raised the whole thing up enough so I could mark where the pins would go. I had to cut about 1/4" off the new pins because they stuck out too much and I did not want the bucket to flop around with the lynch pins installed. Once pin position was marked I fully welded them to the bucket. Note here that although you can't see it I ground the pin surface to be welded at a deep 45 degree angle so the finish weld was flush with the pins. This is necessary because if any weld protrudes outside of the pin diameter the bucket will not sit flat against the brackets. After everything was welded and proper fit was correct I painted everthing and reinstalled the bucket. And there you have it, a quick attach bucket for the D120 loader.
    Looks great!! You will LOVE the Artillian forks!! WE fit them in my wifes Nissan Juke too , on a Road trip to see Chris...now you can put some pics in Artillian thread of what you do with your forks
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    Quote Originally Posted by FormulaB View Post
    Looks great!! You will LOVE the Artillian forks!! WE fit them in my wifes Nissan Juke too , on a Road trip to see Chris...now you can put some pics in Artillian thread of what you do with your forks
    FormulaB, I see your located in northern New England. Where would that be?
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    is the D120 bucket that much smaller? my 200cx(predecessor to the H120) has the hooks slightly below the upper surface of the bucket.
    Great job BUT you need to support the top hooks better on the bucket. as they are, they are either going to bend or tear away from the bucket and possibly break the lower pins.
    they need some support added above the upper surface of the bucket.
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    Nice job. I have a project for my 3720 with the CX loader that I need the hooks and pins. I am struggling to find them on the jdparts website. Do you have those part numbers for the hooks and pins? Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by scrappy View Post
    is the D120 bucket that much smaller? my 200cx(predecessor to the H120) has the hooks slightly below the upper surface of the bucket.
    Great job BUT you need to support the top hooks better on the bucket. as they are, they are either going to bend or tear away from the bucket and possibly break the lower pins.
    they need some support added above the upper surface of the bucket.
    Hello scrappy, I agree with you, I think I may need to add gussets to the top of the brackets to support them. They don't appear to stress in any way now but I'm afraid over time they may. I will keep a close eye on them and add support if needed. The bucket is a little smaller and that is why the brackets are a little higher. Also, the brackets I used are not the exact ones on the H120 bucket. They are just universal JDQA brackets.
    2011 1026R 54"MMM, D120 loader w/snowbucket and bucket quick attach conversion, 5' bush hog, middlebuster, 260 backhoe
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