Well, due to a crummy weather weekend, I had plenty of time to play with the 455. Dropped the deck and removed the Tricycler that just made a mess of my lawn. Cleaned up the deck under and top and installed Gatorblades. Then I took off the fender deck and the footrests. Not exactly sure what the issue was with the height adjustment but lubed everything up, cleaned everything up, took off the brackets for the JD cab (they were bugging me) and put her all back together. Reinstalled the deck (more on that in a sec). Adjusted upward travel and side-to-side level of the deck by the wireform lift links. Then adjusted the height of the blades. Warning - the Owners Manual is a little counter-intuitive until you finally get it, then it makes perfect sense (or it could just be me). Tried her on some long grass and it worked beautifully. Man oh man that AWS sure makes life easy.
Now - my question. I have a manual for the 54" belted deck, not the 60" driveshaft deck that I have, so I had to figure out the driveshaft issues by myself. No biggie, except for the reinstall. What a pain! I used a jack on the front for more clearance, without that I don't see how you could get your hand/arm underneath there to get the female union on the spline. What am I doing wrong??? It finally went after I locked the sleeve back (for the 20th time), but that sure is frustrating. I even tried taking the shaft off at the mower end (one tightening bolt) but I don't have X/32 sockets and that's apparently what was needed, and that sucker was really tight.
So - what am I doing wrong?? Thanks.