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    1025r/1023e Side Panel Removal Fix/Improvment

    Hi all,
    I love my 1025r, but I've always hated how the side panels come off. It's absurd. A bolt?? Two tools?! Go home, John Deere, you're drunk.

    So I came up with a better way. About $4 in parts overall from TSC.

    I hope you guys enjoy this and that it works as well for you as it did for me.

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    Great I dear mike. How often do you remove the side covers, I probably have mine off maybe twice a year. I am curious at to why this would be an annoyance.
    Regards John
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    Quote Originally Posted by John 54 View Post
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    Great I dear mike. How often do you remove the side covers, I probably have mine off maybe twice a year. I am curious at to why this would be an annoyance.
    Regards John
    I remove them every time I clean the tractor.

    But it doesn't really matter. If I want to remove them, I want it to be simple. Maybe if it were simple you'd remove them more often!

    The point is...it's a dumb design. Like that nub of a diff lock pedal. I got Ken's extension for that and it's much better. I don't like dumb designs. They offend me.
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    I've owned a 1026 and now 1025 over the past 4 or 5 yrs. One of the 1st things I did was remove the bolts holding side covers .

    280 hrs now on the 1025r , have never lost a side panel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by etcallhome View Post
    I've owned a 1026 and now 1025 over the past 4 or 5 yrs. One of the 1st things I did was remove the bolts holding side covers .

    280 hrs now on the 1025r , have never lost a side panel.


    Yeah, but now that you said that...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mike01 View Post
    I remove them every time I clean the tractor.

    But it doesn't really matter. If I want to remove them, I want it to be simple. Maybe if it were simple you'd remove them more often!

    The point is...it's a dumb design. Like that nub of a diff lock pedal. I got Ken's extension for that and it's much better. I don't like dumb designs. They offend me.
    I like it. Easy, inexpensive, and elegant.

    I must say that's the cleanest engine I've seen on a tractor that is actually being used.

    And, how is the second box on the rear mounted? Are you able to connect/disconnect a rear PTO shaft without removing it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike01 View Post
    Yeah, but now that you said that...
    Never lost a side panel or have had any issues of removing the two bolts , If I'm not mistaken my dealers shop foreman or one of the mechanics asked me if I wanted them to leave the bolts outs , when they were doing work under the hood. They put them back in for some customers that think since JD put them on at the factory they need to be there all the time.


    For me never noticed any different with or without them in place.IMO they are there for shipping reasons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RetiredDoc View Post
    I like it. Easy, inexpensive, and elegant.

    I must say that's the cleanest engine I've seen on a tractor that is actually being used.
    Thanks! That's why I take off the side panels, to clean it!

    And, how is the second box on the rear mounted? Are you able to connect/disconnect a rear PTO shaft without removing it?
    I put that on there when that iMatch was on my x758 and I was jealous of the 1 series tool box.

    It's a u-bolt covered in electrical tape. I drilled holes in the box and put a washer and nut to hold it on there. And yeah, it doesn't get in the way of a PTO shaft.
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    Mike01. Pretty smart. I have dropped my wrench inside several times. One thing to watch out for is the headlight screws. Those things eat you up. I ended up putting rubber caps over them.

    Etcallhome. I never thought of just leaving them out. That side panel won't go anywhere.
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    Remember back "in the ol' days" when tractors had NO SIDE covers? They ran OK and far longer than today's plasticated designs... When tractor mfg'ers started pitching to "estate ladies" who might do a mow now and then tractors took on a less manly look. Tractors today resemble a Coach purse or high heel pumps more than a working machine.
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