"Question:Why is RIO (Reverse Implement Option) Necessary?
Affected Equipment:Riding Mowers
Answer:Throughout our history, John Deere has been concerned about the safe operation of its equipment. John Deere lawn care products have been leaders in safety innovation. It is one of the reasons they continue to have the highest resale value in the industry. Anyone who can imagine the tragedy of an accident can readily appreciate effective designs that improve the safety of the products they use. The following is a chronology of some major John Deere safety features:
I'm guessing for the 1026r ,or series1 , first appeared around 2013 . I got a 1026r in summer of 2012 and it did not have it at that time. My 1025r had it last summer but before it left the shop I was able to take care of the PIA ,,I mean safety equipment. :banghead::banghead:
Daughters FIL x585 built 0403 has it and it is connected. He made a little wedge to put under the switch. Works fine as long as you remember to use that wedge. Only takes one time and you remember.
Never fear the RIOS! No matter the model or year there is always a simple way to defeat it. Sometimes a "wedgie", sometimes "electrical". JD knows this nonesense is a PIA and leaves it easy to defeat. No matter what the advertising or press releases say, it not "...because we care about owners...", it's because they care about "Settlement Court" and "Financial Drain" from a rapidly growing section of the population, "The Doh Factor-American".:laugh: