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    Hey guys, just picked up a sweet 455 with all wheel steer. I have a few questions for you experts out there. The tractor is near mint but the steering is a little bit loose, what can I do if anything to tighten it up a bit? Also it has the smaller tires on the front and rear, is this an AWS thing or can I put the larger front and rear wheels on it?

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    JM, this thread might help a little: http://www.greentractortalk.com/foru...y-tractor.html

    Jason replaced one of the long linkage rods that fixed most of the slop in the steering, as well as tightened up the steering column. I cant help much on the tires sizes, but I do have the owners manual that lists the proper sizes if you need them.
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    I had a X495 AWS. It had a much different seat if the pants feel than a front wheel steer. I would look for any worn linkage, but I would bet it is going to just feel weird for a while.

    The AWS had a different offset to the rear wheels, but I an not sure if the bigger tires will clear through the range of steering.
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    Thanks guys, I own an operate several pieces of Ag equipment that are AWS so I am familiar with how it should feel. It's just a little loosey-goosey. I will check out the link Kenny!


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    I had a 455 AWS for a while, I sold it to a friend who still has it. It has over 2000 hours on it and the steering was really loose. I replaced all of the steering linkage rod ends. It's really pricey if you use JD parts, but most of them can be replaced with standard spherical rod ends from any industrial bearing supplier for a fraction of the cost. I also found the rear wheel hub bearings to be loose. I replaced them and they were still loose, so it is normal to have some play in those. Also check the bellcrank on the front axle, if there is any up/down movement in the central pivot it will translate to loose steering. I needed to add some shims there to take out the slop.

    As for the tires, I installed Carlisle Multi Trac 26x10.50-12 and 18x7.00-8 on it. They are OEM X724 sizes, they clear the 60" deck with plenty of room to spare and they add some extra ground clearance for the steering linkage and tall deck. The 26x10.50-12 are expensive tires, as far as I can tell they are made specifically for JD. Earlier this summer one developed a large bubble in the sidewall. He called Carlisle, they were out of stock but they told him to buy a replacement and they sent him a check for it. The other tire just blew out this week and they sent him a replacement at no charge.
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    Thanks interceptor, it looks as if most of my play is up and down on the bell crank. What did you use for shims?


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    There should be some shims in between the bearings. Take them out a few at a time, put them under the nut, and retighten. Keep doing this until the play is removed. It's a greasy job, but well wort the effort.
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    Thanks diesel shadow, I'm on it!


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    Found 75% of my problem, the cotter pin on the nut for the front bell crank broke and the nut backed off, I was able to tighten it 6 full revolutions and that took a lot of play out of the steering. It does still wonder some. I turned the wife loose on it today for the first time....it was CLASSIC! Everytime she touched the wheel she was ALL OVER THE PLACE!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Skidoojunky View Post
    Found 75% of my problem, the cotter pin on the nut for the front bell crank broke and the nut backed off, I was able to tighten it 6 full revolutions and that took a lot of play out of the steering. It does still wonder some. I turned the wife loose on it today for the first time....it was CLASSIC! Everytime she touched the wheel she was ALL OVER THE PLACE!


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