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    Tricks to keeping the mower deck engaged in reverse on 'X' 500 series?

    What are there for tricks to keeping the mower deck on the 'x' 500 series tractors so that it doesn't shut down when going in reverse. I know they claim this to be a safety feature, but I was wondering what others are doing to hold the engagement lever in place so it doesn't pop out when you go in reverse. My only solution so far has been to jam the rubber key chain holder between the lever. This works ok but can be a pain to get set just right. Does anyone have other neat tricks? Thanks!

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    We can't post fixes like this on safety issues..........

    I asked the same question in the passed on a X540 and had to do 50 hours community service cutting grass
    in a 50 acre cemetery.

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    I'm going around the rio switch, just haven't got to it yet! (do this at your own risk, as the lawyers at JD do not recommend this action)
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    Well I know if you were going to test the circuit you would just jump out (or unplug depending on model) the small switch that is connected up to the reverse pedal linkage.

    But thats just testing of course or use in Mexico.

    Dont have any ideas on how to get around it though.
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    I had an LA150 for a couple weeks that came with our acerage. It was after about 5 minutes of mowing that I pulled the wires on reverse pedal's micro switch to "test" the mowing in reverse theory. It worked so I quickly hooked it back up and never EVER thought about how nice it was to be able to mow in reverse.... After that pile was sold I picked up a 318 and it didn't have RIO. Now I have a 2012 1026r and it also does not have a RIO. If you ask me, and no one has, the RIO is like wearing a climbing harness to walk down stairs. I'm sure there is a 1 in 1,000,000 chance it might help someONE, but think of the other 999,999 people that have no trouble walking up and down stairs that would have to deal with it being in the way.....


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    There are videos on YouTube tube about it. The video I saw the guy went throught the back of the pto engagement switch and jumped some wires back there.

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    Try this...
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    When I was testing the circut on my X540 I unplugged the plug on the pto switch and put a jumper across the two wires at the bottom of the plug. then plugged it back in. The circut was working fine...
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    Jd 320

    I was wondering if anyone else has run into this. My neighbor purchased a new JD 320 last year and was irritated by the seat switch. I told him about what I read about the switch bypass. He asked me to try bypassing it for him. I ran a jumper wire on the plug to the seat switch. So for several months it has worked fine. Then a few weeks ago, my neighbor said he was cleaning his garage and kept hearing a ticking sound. He traced the sound to the tractor. He raised the hood to search for the source and found the engine was hot to the touch. He tried to start it but wouldn't start. So he unplugged the battery and called JD. When the JD dealer came to pick it up, they hooked the battery and it started. However, when putting it into gear it would die. The dealer kept it for a week and found nothing wrong. However, when my neighbor explained that when he would try to start it and put into gear it would die. Apparently the pickup driver neglected to pass that info on. To make a long story short, they claim that the jumper wire was causing the problem. They removed the wire and installed a new switch. My neighbor says the problem hasn't reoccurred. Has anyone else had this issue?
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    I have a Husqvarna and the igniton switch has a "Mow in reverse" position. My sister-in-law's Troybilt has the same feature. Don't know why other mowers don't have this.

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