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I have the newer Deere iMatch with the adjustable top hook. After spending a couple of frustrating hours trying to adapt an older implement to the iMatch, I decided it was time to finally replace those top hook bolts with two clevis pins and hairpin cotters. This will make it much faster and easier to adjust or even remove the top hook.

I noticed LandPride's QH has this feature and I'm hoping someone can advise on the proper pin sizing for the Deere iMatch. The LandPride QH15 specifies "PIN CLEVIS 1/2" X 1" (49/64 USABLE)" in their parts guide. A quick measurement shows this is about right and I can try a little "trial and error" but I'm hoping to avoid multiple trips to the Fastenal store (my normal problem solving methodology).
 

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Don't know the actual specs but take a bolt out of the iMatch and take it with you to the store.
Yep, that's what I'm planning to do. I just wanted to find the the shortest possible clevis pin to allow for maximum flexibility. The Deere's bolt head and nut protrude quite a bit.
 

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Yup, I much prefer the older fixed upper i-Match, unfortunately you can't get them anymore...

Here's what I did with the new one on the 2520: Went to tractor supply and grabbed a couple bent hitch pins that are 3 inches long. Ya, they are a little long but not bad and they work OK.

CountyLine Bent Hitch Pin, 3 in. Usable Pin Length, S071111TSC - For Life Out Here

The design of the hitch and top U results in some movement with the pins instead of the bolts. I was going to ream the U bolt holes out to a larger size and then press in bushings and ream the pin holes offset to the front to space the centerline of the U to the rear and a slightly smaller size to reduce slop. I haven't gotten around to it now that the winter is over and I have real stuff to do with the tractors. When I eventually get to it, I'll post pictures of course.
 

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I have the newer Deere iMatch with the adjustable top hook. After spending a couple of frustrating hours trying to adapt an older implement to the iMatch, I decided it was time to finally replace those top hook bolts with two clevis pins and hairpin cotters. This will make it much faster and easier to adjust or even remove the top hook.

I noticed LandPride's QH has this feature and I'm hoping someone can advise on the proper pin sizing for the Deere iMatch. The LandPride QH15 specifies "PIN CLEVIS 1/2" X 1" (49/64 USABLE)" in their parts guide. A quick measurement shows this is about right and I can try a little "trial and error" but I'm hoping to avoid multiple trips to the Fastenal store (my normal problem solving methodology).
I have had a Land Pride QH-15 for 4 years and I was not impressed with the clevis pins. Ironically, the second time I used it the vibration on the top hook caused the hairpins to fall out and I lost one of the pins. I immediately replaced the clevis pins with bolts and never had any more problems. In the past 4 years I've had to adjust the top hook twice for a weird implement and will gladly trade the few minutes it takes to remove the two bolts compared to loosing the clevis pins.

If you have your mind set on going with clevis pins, skip the hairpins and use cotter rings. At least those won't fall off from vibration.
 
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Yup, I much prefer the older fixed upper i-Match, unfortunately you can't get them anymore...
For those that prefer the old style iMatch.... if you have access to a welder you can transform one of the new style iMatch hitches to a fixed top hook in about 5 minutes! :)
 
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That is exactly what I did to my iMatch. After adapting my Bush Hog I need the top hook in a different position that for my Heavy Hitch.

I like tomd's pins - I just used what I had in my pin drawer. They are too long but it doesn't matter -

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When I was IMatch shopping last summer, I asked my dealer about availability of an old style unit. I believe that they had several in stock of both versions because I had my choice of old style/new style...new or "used".
 

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For those that prefer the old style iMatch.... if you have access to a welder you can transform one of the new style iMatch hitches to a fixed top hook in about 5 minutes! :)
I do prefer the ability to adjust the top pin "just in case" however the centerline of the top U is just a bit too close to the rear face of the channel sides for some of my Land Pride implements. These work just dandy with the older style iMatch however, the newer one tends to bind as the rear face of the channel sides contacts the front face of the implement and "sticks" them together to the point where simply dropping the 3pt will not release the implement. So now I carry a 4 lb soft face mallet to separate them when finished if they bind together. Once I either bush the U to the rear or simply make a new one with correct spacing and hole size it should be fine.
 

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If it weren't for the adjustable top hook it would have taken a lot more work to make my old Bush Hog compatible.
 

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I do prefer the ability to adjust the top pin "just in case" however the centerline of the top U is just a bit too close to the rear face of the channel sides for some of my Land Pride implements. These work just dandy with the older style iMatch however, the newer one tends to bind as the rear face of the channel sides contacts the front face of the implement and "sticks" them together to the point where simply dropping the 3pt will not release the implement. So now I carry a 4 lb soft face mallet to separate them when finished if they bind together. Once I either bush the U to the rear or simply make a new one with correct spacing and hole size it should be fine.
This is exactly the problem I was having with my new Woods Brushbull rotary cutter which is ironically QH compatible. The Deere's QH "U" was being pinched by the upper Woods link. Everything attached without much trouble the first time but after mowing about 10 acres those two components were nearly welded together when I attempted to remove the rotary cutter. Several blows with a 4lb mallet were needed. Upon further investigation, I think Woods assembled the upper links too tightly so it will be a simple fix once I open them up and possibly add a couple of washers.

My primary problem yesterday was with an older Ford 930A finish mower and a 5' LandPride rotary mower. For those, I want to quickly remove the top hook entirely and just use my LandPride QH adapter (attaches directly to the tractor's top link and QH. Also, a couple of my older Deere implements do need the adjustability of the top hook so I'm not sure why so many prefer the older style JD iMatch units with the fixed top hook.
 
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Also, a couple of my older Deere implements do need the adjustability of the top hook so I'm not sure why so many prefer the older style JD iMatch units with the fixed top hook.
I was one of those that preferred the old style. That was until recently. I own both old & new styles, the hook bolts on the new style were always causing problems. I kept the old style on the tractor I used the most. I could never remember to get pins to replace the bolts. One day I discovered that the pins from my trailer hitch ball mounts work fine. The best part of using these pins is that they do not have heads on the ends, so there is more clearance.
 

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I can tell you that on my land pride qh I replaced pin for bolts due to cotter always coming off.


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I had the JD economy quick hitch that came with bolts. I just went to Walmart and bought the 1/2 inch receiver pin for the smaller 1 1/4 hitches. I bought a style that pulls out on the end and swivels to one side so it doesn't need any cotter pins. I didn't care for that qh so I recently bought a Land Pride quick hitch. It came with pins of the same 1/2" diameter but they are so short I couldn't get ahold of the cotter pins to pull them out. So they got the same pins. It works for me anyway.
 

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That is exactly what I did to my iMatch. After adapting my Bush Hog I need the top hook in a different position that for my Heavy Hitch.

I like tomd's pins - I just used what I had in my pin drawer. They are too long but it doesn't matter -

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I coontaces JD customer service but didn't get get an answer on replacing the bolts with hitch pins. I was told they would not recommend the swap due to liavility issues. So, thanks for your post. I'll make the switch the next time I visit Tractor Supply.
It will make using my old landscape blade a lot easier to attach
 

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I coontaces JD customer service but didn't get get an answer on replacing the bolts with hitch pins. I was told they would not recommend the swap due to liavility issues. So, thanks for your post. I'll make the switch the next time I visit Tractor Supply.
It will make using my old landscape blade a lot easier to attach

Welcome to GTT,
FYI, we sell custom made pins to fit the iMatch:
 

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Welcome to GTT,
FYI, we sell custom made pins to fit the iMatch:
And a custom hook that makes life easier as well :thumbup1gif:
 
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