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Noticed some different noises coming from the Gator 6x4 when I would drive it up to feed the cows. It sounded like something hitting the guard that sits over the driven clutch. I figured it was probably a small branch got hung up underneath causing the noise. Well I lifted the bed and didn't see any sticks, but did notice the driven clutch was about to fall off the splined shaft. The bolt and bushing were gone. I pushed the clutch back on and pulled the bolt and bushing off of the spare gator project. After checking the depth of the bolt hole in the splined shaft it became apparent that the old bolt broke off. I may have to pull the transaxle to see if I can get the broken bolt out. :cry:

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Man I hate to see a bolt broken off like that!!

That's going to be a bear to get out, keep spraying it with PC Blaster, may help free it up some.
 

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I’ve seen that on snowmobiles many times.

Left hand drill bits are your friend. They never required an easy out. Just use a roll pin as a bushing to keep the bit centered, and not damage the female threads.
 

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I can't imagine how that happened. View attachment 725257
Seems strange to me also.

I’ve seen that on snowmobiles many times.

Left hand drill bits are your friend. They never required an easy out. Just use a roll pin as a bushing to keep the bit centered, and not damage the female threads.
The upside is this is a left hand thread bolt so I can use a regular bit. Hadn't heard of a roll pin drill guide before. Next thing is to get a space in the shop cleared out.
 

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Seems strange to me also.



The upside is this is a left hand thread bolt so I can use a regular bit. Hadn't heard of a roll pin drill guide before. Next thing is to get a space in the shop cleared out.
If that’s left hand thread, which the picture obviously is, I’d say JD has seen that a few times in development. It’s a splined connection so there is no normal reason for left hand threads.

A roll pin is one of the better guides my friends and I have used. 1/8” fuel line on a 3/16 bit works too, but go easy on it as it doesn’t hold up. That’s just a buffer material.
 

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What a pain. I broke off a bolt on snowmobile clutch once , which goes in shaft the same way. Left hand drill bit it and turned it right out. Good luck and let us know
 
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