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    Rckcrwlr's 455 3 point Hitch Install

    It was time to get the hitch for the 455. I had picked up an iMatch Quick hitch for the 2032R but decided that it would be better used on this one.

    Called Deere on the stock hitch and it was $600...so I did some research and found the Ruegg Manufacturing 3 point Hitch for $200 less.

    Ordered it from them and it showed up two days later.

    First thing was to remove the rear weight bracket and the rockshaft.

    Your friend would be a good set of Split Ring Pliers

    You can see the difference in size...this thing is serious...

    First thing is to put the new plates on the inside of the stock frame. (Don't tighten it down yet)

    This is the tricky part...you need to make sure the drop stop in installed in the Rockshaft and setting above the hydraulic piston before you put the right side of the shaft in first. It takes some work...but it does go in.

    Grease the bushings and insert them in the ends from the outside.

    Using your split ring pliers, add the new rings in place

    Time to fight the drop stop clip...hint, it goes outside the bracket on each side and clips into existing holes...

    Hook your piston to the rockshaft

    Add the plastic loom over the tube to protect it... (the little details that make a difference)

    Here is the Rockshaft installed

    Next was to add the lower bars (don't add the sway chains yet)

    Attached the upper link and the vertical bars

    Tighten all the bolts

    You are ready to go.
    WHAT'S NEXT???

    2000 John Deere 455
    -22HP Yanmar 3-cyl diesel
    -60" Deck
    -Field Trax Tires/Rim Guard
    -46" SnowThrower
    -QuickHitch Front Mount
    -54" Blade w/Angle Cylinder
    -38" Front Thatcher
    -Femco Cab
    -Halogen Headlight Upgrade
    -Cast Iron Rear Wheel Weights
    -Ruegg 3 point Hitch
    -iMatch Rear Hitch

    2015 John Deere 2032R - SOLD
    1998 John Deere 345-SOLD
    2001 White GT2150-SOLD

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    Nice write-up! Thanks for the great documentation and pics.
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    Well done! I have the same Ruegg on my 455 and it is fantastic. There weren't any installation instructions so I had to fumble through it. Your instructions should be helpful to others that want to put one on their tractor.
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    Hmmm.....I've seen this somewhere before...Nice job again.
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