I opted for the independent lift on my new 1025R, and the plumbing hangs down below the belly about 2-3 inches more than it probably should.
With the mower deck off, it forms a loop of hard tubing and hydraulic hose that looks to me to be a disaster in the making. Just a huge possibility of something snagging it when operating the tractor in any kind of brushy environment.
Looking for pictures of the plumbing of other member's tractors that have this option, with the mower deck removed.
Here is a picture of what mine looks like:
The way mine is, ...it seems totally unacceptable to me.
I realize that the auto-connect linkage will drop down some, but I think if the hard line is bent toward that pivot point with a tubing bender, that would be a non-issue.
Please post up some pics of yours, if you have this option on your 1 series.