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Good Morning All! Like many others, I have been creeping around on this forum for months since I got my 1023E, and it has led to things like pirahna toothbars, bucket hooks, pallet forks...the usual.

Recently the idea of a backhoe became very appealing, and I found an older 260 with light use (according to the previous owner) on Craigslist for $3000 (a new 260B quoted locally at my dealer was $7700). The 260 subframe kit from Green Parts Store was $1600, putting me at a little over $4800 for the whole kit (with a power beyond kit added in). It was easy enough to do the power beyond install, but I will wanted to share what happens when you try to install the 260 (not 260B) subframe for 1023E onto a 2021 JD 1023E.

More to come on this topic as I continue to work through it, but be aware, there is some light fabrication that needs to take place - primarily in the bolts that mount the subframe arms and bracket to the tractor frame. The original subframe kit uses much smaller bolts.

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After a lot of step-bit work, the holes were carefully hogged out and mounted. The size difference is from 5/8" to 7/8" in order for the bolts to pass through without restriction.

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Mounted.
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A key item to note - instructions indicate to get rid of the old draft link support pad (where the draft link bolt passes through from the ROPS support - don't do it! I had to re-use the support and the old bolts because the draft link bolt is about 1/2" longer than previous versions and is not threaded - you won't be able to tighten it down to spec.

More to come as I work through the remaining steps! I love this forum, and I wanted to pass on what I am experiencing!
 

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Thats cool! Backhoes are awesome 馃槑
 

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I definitely want the Hydros - it鈥檚 on the list鈥 the liquid cooled credit card needs a break after this project! But, I got it done!
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Some items of note when doing this install:

- the frame arms run very close to the rear tires, wheel spacers would help this, or some slight grinding in that area.

- the seat mount in the kit is not a perfect match to newer 1023E seats - the brackets don鈥檛 line up, but drilling a couple of holes fixed it right up.

- all in all, a bunch of massaging, but it came together and I ran the machine today, moving it through all the articulations, and man Im in love already!
 

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Enjoy it 馃憤馃憤馃憤
 
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