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    1025R In Winter Dress With A Few Updates

    Got the tractor switched around for winter snow battle last week. I'm using the 54" Blade and 54" snowblower like last year but I have made some changes. First, after polling on the forum here, I switched the R4 tires/wheels out to the R3 turf set. I didn't have the ballast box last year but used a home made 1/2 size trash can ballast that weighed about 150lb I think. With the actual John Deere ballast box and filled tightly with paving bricks plus my log chain and shrub grubber thrown on top, I am now at 680lb for rear ballast. I also added a horse stall mat scraper and that is one of the best things I have added. Clean scraping and NO noise from the metal to concrete. I also added a set of LED lights to the rear and that really made a world of difference on my dark rural property. Inside the curtis cab, I never liked the metal step plate just inside the doors so I added a nice grippy rubber step pad that I found at an auto parts store. It may seem silly but the "uncapped" seat adjusting rod and rear axle locking rod always bothered me too so I added caps to make them look a little more finished. I also did this with those small rods that stick out on the upper link of the three point. I don't know how many times I've bumped my head on those sharp edged little things so now when I do bump my head again, it might not hurt so bad! LOL! I also changed the exhaust mod that I did last year. Last year, I created a slight "stack" with the exhaust but some of the exhaust seemed to work it's way into the cab and it was unacceptable. It also was a little too long and did a lot of moving that eventually split the lower mounting tab. The new one clears the tire just fine even if the tractor is tipping down on that side and I don't smell exhaust anymore and even better is NO soot on the tractor after going through a tank of fuel. I also added side mirrors to the doors but didn't photo those yet. I really like having them there instead of looking over my shoulders. I'll add photos below with brief descriptions.
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    Here are the rear LED lights and how well they light up behind the tractor.
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    Here's the little rubber step mats just inside the doors. You can see the grippy stuff I put on the pedals too, my feet slip on those when they are wet. You can also see my OCD plugs on the seat adjust rod and rear axle lock and upper three point link.
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    The exhaust mod now and finally, the horse stall mat scraper, quite possibly my favorite mod this year.

    And why not add a daytime outdoor shot after a quick cleanup of snow. I really have to say that I noticed a big difference with the turf tires over the R4 AND the 680lb grunt box on the rear. I didn't even need the four wheel assist until I tried to back out of the steepest hill there on the cement pad. I am convinced!
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    Quote Originally Posted by j. white View Post
    Here's the little rubber step mats just inside the doors. You can see the grippy stuff I put on the pedals too, my feet slip on those when they are wet. You can also see my OCD plugs on the seat adjust rod and rear axle lock and upper three point link.
    On your bottom left picture. That seat adjustment rod might be poking the front of your seat. Looks like a little dent is starting to show in the yellow padded part. Had a similar problem with X540. The rod only hit when the seat was folded all the way forward. Ended up bending mine down to make some clearance. The pictures that I posted were of mine before the adjustment.

    If I owned your tractor. The first modification would be an aftermarket pedal for the diff lock lever.

    Can't understand why JD doesn't give you rubber pads for the forward and reverse pedals. Kind of like what they use on the garden tractors. I can definitely see your foot slipping off the pedal when wet.
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    Nice mods. Thanks for taking the time for the write up and pics. I agree 100% on the rubber edge on the plow, it's the best! It also doesn't tear up the grass if you push snow off the driveway, like I do. What are you using to keep the floor mat on the tractor so shiny?
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    Nice pics...serious garage envy, but I don't hate.
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    Exhaust pipe position looks ok for snow blade, blower and front loader. But would require redirection with a mower deck. No?

    May be another turn out elbow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by H-D dealer dude View Post
    On your bottom left picture. That seat adjustment rod might be poking the front of your seat. Looks like a little dent is starting to show in the yellow padded part. Had a similar problem with X540. The rod only hit when the seat was folded all the way forward. Ended up bending mine down to make some clearance. The pictures that I posted were of mine before the adjustment.

    If I owned your tractor. The first modification would be an aftermarket pedal for the diff lock lever.

    Can't understand why JD doesn't give you rubber pads for the forward and reverse pedals. Kind of like what they use on the garden tractors. I can definitely see your foot slipping off the pedal when wet.
    HD, I had an X500 that did the same thing on the seat but on the 1025, the seat adjust rod is well below (maybe even too far below) the seat and doesn't make contact with the seat. Couldn't agree more about the slippery pedals.
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    Having a cab is cheating!

    She sure looks purdy though!
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