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    1025R Panel fit and finish is horrible... how about yours?

    Granted.... I am a graphic designer by trade.... and a Type A perfectionist about all things 'visual.'

    But c'mon..... the MONSTER sized gaps between hood and side panels..... side panels and lower grille panel.... and fender panels where the 'green' fender should meet the 'black' plastic wheel well trim near the foot area are absolutely horrible. You could almost lay a Ball Park Frank hotdog between the hood and the side panel....the gap is so big. It is mainly the hood that is out of alignment... the fender panel seems to match up decent enough to the black grille near the headlights.

    I guarantee you that if I bought a $21k compact new off the lot.... the gaps and fit and finish would be almost laser perfect these days.

    How do these panel gaps compare to yours.... and is there a way I can at least adjust the hood so the forward end of the gaps are a little bit closer to the gap nearest the dash?

    EDIT: I walked over to my neighbors to look at his 1026% (same body/panel as the 1025R) and his are WAY more even. although, he doesn't have the 2 struts under the hood... he has a mechanical lever.... but the hood and panels are the same.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails HOOD-GAP-1.jpg   REAR FENDER GAP.jpg  
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    Mine has chrome trim in all those spaces.


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    So... just checked out a John Deere maintenance video from their site... and screen captured a good side shot of the hood/fender before they removed the side panel for filter replacement.

    Their gap is respectable... compare theirs to my photos... huge difference.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails John Deere Maintanence Video hood gap.jpg  
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    Joe, I don't believe mine has that big of a gap as in your picture.
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    My hood fits beautiful, my right rear fender to floorboard and trim is ok but my fuel tank side fender has a pretty lousy gap. I am doing a late 50 hour service in the next couple weeks, I plan on investigating an adjustment while I have the rear wheel off and I can see what is going on in there. I agree, they are only tractors but I guaranty the molders of these parts probably have stupidly fussy tolerances to supply a company like Deere. Then some jackass on the shop floor guns the tractor together without even looking at what he-she is doing. They are charging way, way too much money for a product that is not assembled perfectly.
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    I would have the dealer fix it under warranty. Let them know you aren't happy with it!
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    My 1026R is over 4 years old. The fit and finish has always been acceptable. The pictures of yours are horrible, no way would I accept that. I would be having words with my dealer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joshn3448 View Post
    I would have the dealer fix it under warranty. Let them know you aren't happy with it!
    I am going to do just that! Thanks - I was a little worried this post might get me laughed off the board.... but dang, it's not like this was a $800 Troy Bilt from Menards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff B View Post
    My hood fits beautiful, my right rear fender to floorboard and trim is ok but my fuel tank side fender has a pretty lousy gap. I am doing a late 50 hour service in the next couple weeks, I plan on investigating an adjustment while I have the rear wheel off and I can see what is going on in there. I agree, they are only tractors but I guaranty the molders of these parts probably have stupidly fussy tolerances to supply a company like Deere. Then some jackass on the shop floor guns the tractor together without even looking at what he-she is doing. They are charging way, way too much money for a product that is not assembled perfectly.

    Jeff - please let us know if you were able to tweak it to fit tighter. Photos would be great along with a description if possible. I did notice that every JD 1025R and 1023E I saw on the lot had just as nasty 'fender' gaps as I showed in my attachment.....but I don't think the hood gaps were as bad.

    There has to be a way to tweak the hood adjustment....I looked under the hood and there are several 'attachment' points.... on the fire wall, the struts....the latch on the underside of the hood... and possibly even the 'catch' mechanism that the hood clicks into.

    I am calling JD customer service in the morning. If I can, I'd rather do it myself.... always worried I will get it back with a scratch down the hood or side panel. Yeah... I am *that guy.* LOL But ya know, if people don't demand a higher level of quality, then it will never happen on it's own, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeFriday1979 View Post
    I am going to do just that! Thanks - I was a little worried this post might get me laughed off the board.... but dang, it's not like this was a $800 Troy Bilt from Menards.
    Everybody on the board is helpful and there is no such thing as a dumb question I do remember another member had an issue with fitment and had it taken care of by the dealer under warranty. Let us know what the outcome is.
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