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I posted this on another forum and figured I'd better post it here also before someone breaks something from theirs being installed wrong and I would feel like a .............

Wife and I were out yesterday going great guns replacing drain pipe when I just about took one of the fittings off the right side stabilizer with the BH bucket. Thought to myself, that is pretty pour design. While looking at the scenario of what almost happened I notice a cotter key missing from one of the pins for the same side stabilizer. While replacing the cotter key I noticed cutouts (top and bottom) in the frame that supports the stabilizer and realized the stabilizer pistons are on wrong. Never did like the idea that while digging the bigger rocks rolling down and bang the heck out of the stabilizer hydraulic fittings. Because of the angles of the stabilizer frame the stabilizers don't come up a lot further but you sure can raise the tractor a lot higher. Just sayin!

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Interesting...I am curious how other members are?

The JDParts picture unfortunately does not show port orientation on the cylinders:thumbsdown: I wonder if the dealer assembles them ore they are this way form the factory?


Edit: Picture #3 in post #13 of this thread by Chris clearly shows his ports facing the tires like they should be: http://www.greentractortalk.com/for...zer-feet-for-the-46-Backhoe&highlight=backhoe
 

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Interesting...I am curious how other members are?

The JDParts picture unfortunately does not show port orientation on the cylinders:thumbsdown: I wonder if the dealer assembles them ore they are this way form the factory?
I could not find a picture on the John Deere site either. Looking at pictures of other 46 BH owners in a few forums it seems it's a 50/50 split.
I made a post on another forum back in 08 or 09 where I stated I seem to be having a hard time attaching the hoe to the tractor and without 6x6 blocks under the stabilizers it was extremely hard. Now with the extra lift height I am getting from the stabilizers attachment should be a snap. BTW, I am certain the stabilizers are a dealer install.
 

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Hey Guys,

It just so happens that I happened to be taking some photos of my new-and-improved stabilizer feet the other day so I can readily show that my cylinders are mounted in the other orientation from Gizmo's.

I have seen a 46 backhoe on its shipping pallet and as I recall the stabilizers were separate and installed by the dealer during prep. I also recall seeing a 46 on a pallet somewhere in Tractor Forum Land. Even without seeing one, this is exactly the kind of blunder that I've seen far too many times from dealers so I would bet money that's where it happened.
 

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I found that picture showing the 46 hoe on its shipping pallet. As you can see, the stab cylinders are plumbed in and strapped to the side of the hoe. The installer just has to pull the mounting pin, put the cylinder inside the frame members, and put the pin back in.
 

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I found that picture showing the 46 hoe on its shipping pallet. As you can see, the stab cylinders are plumbed in and strapped to the side of the hoe. The installer just has to pull the mounting pin, put the cylinder inside the frame members, and put the pin back in.
If that is Runner's on TractorByNet, he has them on wrong also or did have. In your picture it seems you would have to take the hoses off and rearrange them in order to mount the cylinders correctly or the hoses will be twisted to beat the band. I had to take the hoses off of mine and redo them.

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Are you a lawyer? Nothing gets past ya. :flag_of_truce:

Gizmo and I should work for JD. He could find the problems and I could (help to) fix em. :laugh:
Nothing for nothing but some say an engineer or lawyer will solve issues and if there are no issues they will create one.
Did you ship the plates :lol::cheers:
 
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