The very first picture and the last picture shown are the connections BEFORE the extensions. The other pictures are with the new hose extensions. Why the pictures posted in this order, I have no idea. I tried to get the "old pictures" together at the end of the posting, but that's not how they posted. The pictures with the lines covered with the protective covering at the connection point are the pictures BEFORE the line extensions. The pictures which show the lines plugged in without the protective covering are the new extension lines.
I have struggled with the hydraulic connections on the 1 series 1025r with the Mauser Cab installed. The cab hangs over the hydraulic point connection by several inches and makes the access much more challenging than without the cab.
The connections were difficult to make due to the restricted access, especially to the upper and inner connection points. I made 4 hydraulic line extensions, a total of 12" long, including the length of the fittings. I used straight fittings on the quick connects and I specifically wanted the lines to be long enough to reach above the loader frame support, so they could rest upon the top of the loader frame and be kept high above the ground and out of the way.
The loader fittings which came on the tractor were slightly angled, supposedly to make connecting the lines easier. I never cared for how this left the hoses at odd angles as they left the hydraulic connectors and the hoses would almost bind at various angles, which seemed to put pressure on the fittings which wasn't necessary or helpful. I also felt it made the connections look disorganized with lines angled in various directions.
Now that the connections to the tractor mounted female fittings are straight, everything seems to fit better and are even more organized, instead of hoses at various angles coming off the connection point. The angled fittings on the FEL lines worked out well for connecting as it keeps the lines at a good angle for securing to the chrome ring on the engine.
I have some of the material from Kenny for protecting the lines, which I will place on top of the loader frame member, to protect the lines from vibrating on top of the frame member and damaging the paint or scuffing the connections on the frame member.
Several lines I have seen when the cabs are installed, result in the hydraulic lines either extending out to the side of the tractor in a looped fashion, where I would be concerned about the lines getting snagged on something. Same thing with the lines hanging down beneath the floorboard or coiled beneath the loader frame member. When running the tractor in tall grass for rear 3 point mowing with the Frontier RC2048 rear mower, I didn't want the lines where they could be caught on anything or cause any issues.
Connecting the extensions as I did in this manner, the lines are all above the access points. Keeping the extension total length to 12", including the quick connect couplings, worked out very well. Any excess line could become a snagging point where the lines could be grabbed by weeds, grass, sticks, etc. The additional length made the connection of the FEL to the tractor even easier with more line to work with.
It makes the loader and other front implements very easy to connect while standing next to the tractor, verses having to be connected from underneath the machine lying on the ground, due to the cab floor extension obstructing the factory quick connect point. I added color coded zip ties to the hoses of each extension to match the line cap colors, for easy identification.
I thought about making a plate to hold the line extensions and securing them to the loader frame member. It turns out, the lines worked fine just left loose. I used the chrome hydraulic support ring on the side of the engine block to secure the lines to with plastic zip ties, after gathering the lines once connected to the extensions with zip ties.
I also used one zip tie to secure the lines back to the loader stand, just so the lines and their covering don't rub on the hood side panels. I will cut this one zip tie loose when taking the loader on and off as well as the one plastic zip tie which secures the lines to the chrome line support ring.
The end result is all of the hydraulic lines tucked up out of the way and very easy connections when adding or removing the FEL. I plan to leave the new line extensions on for use with all hydraulic connections. They sure make the job or hooking and unhooking lines much, much easier.
The total cost of the 4 lines and 1/4" hydraulic quick connect fittings was right at $120..........money well spent. I was able to connect and disconnect the lines with ease, standing next to the tractor and not lying on the ground, for the first time since owning this machine. That's a very welcome improvement.