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Late last fall i bought an '09 X540. The guy that I bought it from did not take very good care of it and it looked it. So after a couple of hundred hours and a few hundred bucks I am pretty much done. Now, do I really need those HDAPs?
 

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Thanks for the complement Brian. Unfortunately I don't have any before pictures as I was so disgusted I went to work right away. There was some elbow grease involved, some money and some good luck. The entire unit had never once been cleaned up. As an example, the rad was pretty well plugged full of dust/silt. That was an easy fix, I just used air. The motor and transmission were stained from I don't know what. Eagle One aluminum cleaner was the answer.

The luck came in when I checked the deck over. I found two stress cracks in he deck. Mentioned it to my dealer and he ordered a new deck for me under warranty. I took the opportunity to buy new wheels (with grease fittings) and spindles. The lift arms had the deck holes worn oblong. I welded and reshaped them round.

The foot deck had been badly painted with an aerosol. I removed it, peeled off the old decal, sanded and prepped, and a buddy of mine (professional) painted it for me. Then on with a new decal.

The fender deck needed to be only partially painted. The blend in turned out fine. The rest of it I buffed with rubbing compound.

The cab was cracked so I put on a new cab (dealer used me real good on this).

I painted the rad and rad screen after thoroughly cleaning the motor.

Replaced all fluids, filters and belts. And I added the cargo net and brush guard.

The seat rails were seized but that was just a matter of removing them, cleaning and lubing.

I removed the dash to clean all the crud from under there. While at it, I installed the tail light mod.

So, as you can see, I am a bit fussy. Bottom line is that I have the tractor that you see in the pictures for about $4600. It was $8300 new.
 

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Ron, looks great.

I did the same thing with a 345 three years ago. Stripped the rear fenders and tunnel and had it powdercoated again. New hood, decals and rubber foot pedals. Once I had it like new again, I kept it that way.

You did a great job !
 

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That looks brand new. Wasn't there a sales ticket hanging off of it in one of the pics?:mocking:

Nice job Ron!:good2:
 
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