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Several years ago when I installed the remote spout control kit for the 54" blower on my 2720 I was very disappointed with the way JD decided to mount the support bracket. As you can see in the photo below they chose to mount the tall heavy support bracket on the flimsy foot rest extension. No matter how careful you are when using the remote spout control T-handle, the foot rest always flexes back and forth. I figured the tiny spot weld on the inside mounting tab would be the first to go. I was wrong.

Today I was tinkering with the tractor and noticed that the metal tab on the inside mounting bolt on the foot rest has cracked. It's not surprising given the amount that whole area flexes each time you touch the remote control handle.



Why they assumed the thin little foot rest extension was appropriate for that big bracket will remain a mystery. Given that JD *only* wants $108 for that little green piece of tin which of course will break again means that I'm going to have to scratch my head to see if I can fabricate a small support bracket to beef-up that inner mounting tab.

I was temped to try to weld it but the metal on the tab is extremely thin and welding it is only going to burn up the paint surrounding the area and the little tab will likely just break again later in a different spot.

I'll post photos of whatever I come with once I figure it out.

Anyone else experience a similar problem?
 

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This surprises me also - the foot deck on our tractors is made to flex - rubber mounted. Add all the vibration involved.....

Have you thought about an electric actuator? I've seen a few on the forum here.
 

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Have you thought about an electric actuator? I've seen a few on the forum here.
That's exactly the "fix" I would pursue :good2:
 

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This surprises me also - the foot deck on our tractors is made to flex - rubber mounted. Add all the vibration involved.....

Have you thought about an electric actuator? I've seen a few on the forum here.
Correct. The main foot deck rides on little rubber bumpers but these foot rest extensions are bolted solidly directly to the subframe under the floor boards.

Yes, I have thought a LOT about an electric actuator. Not only would it solve this problem but it would also be much easier installing and removing each fall/spring.
 

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Can you sandwich another piece of metal on the bottom to help it out? Just a thought, Dave.
I believe so. My current plan of attack is to cut a .100" thick piece of aluminum plate large enough that it covers the area under the bracket and is secured with the same three bolts that secures the bracket. The plate will then have a little extension that goes over top the existing tab and is secured with the existing bolt. I *think* it will cure the problem but I won't really know until I fab it up. I can think of various medieval solutions but I'm trying to remain cosmetically friendly.

The good news is that this foot rest is secured with three easy-to-access bolts with captive threads on the undercarriage and there is open space in front of the foot rest. I was worried at first that there was a nut lurking under the tab that would have required disassembly of the center console to access. The JD engineers screwed up and made it easy. :)
 

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I had a chance to fab up a bracket. If it holds up this winter maybe I'll paint it. Although you really can't see it very easily unless you are under the tractor.

I was able to use the existing holes and mounting hardware. I had a small piece of 0.100" aluminum left from a previous project. I know it's not fancy. The fabrication tools were limited to a hacksaw, flat file and a drill. :)







 

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