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  1. 2388 cleaning fan belt

    There are 2 fan belts available for a 2388. 1541569C1 is for early 2388s that never had the slowdown kit installed. Everything else should use 301146A1. Part # is usually showing on the outside of the belt.
  2. Powershift problems

    Put a triple-jaw Posi-Lok puller on the gear behind it and pull the gear, thrust bearings, and tapered roller bearing off as an assembly. Inside the gear will be a needle bearing between it and the shaft.
  3. 2388 top sieve

    It was a running change on the mid-1998 production 2366s/88s. I don't have the exact serial# handy but I can find it easy. All subsequent production had the slowed down cleaning system. It was a series of pulleys/sprockets/belts that were changed on the RH side of the combine. The pulleys on the fan jackshaft were changed, the cleaning fan belt was changed, the elevator drive sprockets were changed(this sped the elevators back up to original speed while the cleaning system ran slower), and there are some other parts I can't remember off the top of my head.
  4. 2388 top sieve

    Dale, your dealer must like selling sieves-lol!!! Sounds like yours needed the slowdown kit given the condition of your sieves as you describe. Both problems you mention are the result of cleaning system overspeed. I'll give you a short history lesson on Axial-Flows and cleaning systems. When IH came out with the Axial-Flow in the 1970s, both the 40/60 series chassis and the 80 series chassis were designed for the separator to operate at 2750 engine RPM at engine high idle, 2500 engine RPM at engine rated load speed. IH designed the Axial-Flows to use the IH 400 series engines and that's where IH felt they would perform best. Nothing much changed about this through the end of 1680 production in 1992. When the 1666/88s came out in 1993, one of the big changes made was the gear ratio of the PTO gearbox that bolted to the engine so that the 8.3L CDC/Cummins engine ran slower while the separator ran at its previous speed. With the gearing change, the engine now ran at 2450-60 RPM high idle speed with a rated load speed of 2200RPM. At the end of 1688 production, the engine people changed the governor regulation of the injection pump. Guys were complaining that there was no "feel" of engine loading going from no load to full load, so they desensitized the governor setting, but in doing so, they raised the high idle to 2510RPM. After that, all h#ll broke loose as far as the cleaning system was concerned. We broke bushings, C channels, sieves, chaffer rails , and other things as well when the 2188s came out. That support pipe you mention that goes between the chaffer rails would break and bounce forward on top of the bottom sieve into the cleaning fan and destroy the entire fan. We used to stock 2-3 chaffer sieves for a 2188, and 1-2 shoe sieves for a 2188-and it was not uncommon to run out of them in the middle of harvest as guys were breaking them faster than they could be replenished. We had 2188s that needed complete cleaning system overhauls annually-it was that bad. After the first 6-8 months of 2388 production, CaseIH came out with a product design change that slowed down the sieves 5-6% while the rest of the machine stayed at its previous speed. Just like someone flipped a switch, the cleaning system problems disappeared. I'm guessing our problems dropped 70-80% after the slowdown of the cleaning system. Through the years I have had more than one customer bump up his high idle above spec. on their 21/2388s only to find that the cleaning system died a painful death from overspeed. If you do the math, raising the high idle from 2500RPM to 2600-2650RPM is raising that high idle about 5%, which is bring the cleaning system back up to that danger zone speed that we had so many problems with 20 years ago when 2188s were new.
  5. Powershift problems

    I'm guessing your talking about the clutch cable and FNR cable on the transmission control valve. They come apart the same way as mentioned above with the remote valve cables.....when everything works right. Anymore those cable spool caps tend to rust together with the cable itself, making them impossible to thread apart. What I've done in that instance is take a disc cutter to the cap around the threads and lightly cut a slot in the cap to get the cap to free up from the threads on the cable.
  6. 2388 top sieve

    If its an early 2388, it may need the cleaning system slowdown kit offered by CaseIH that slows down the sieves while keeping the speed of the rest of the machine the same as it was before. The sieves in the 1666/88, 2166/88, and early 2366/88s had a lot of problems due to sieve overspeed-which is why I'm not a big fan of people bumping up the engine high idle on 21/2388s as you can run into a very high $$$ cleaning system repair due to overspeed of the cleaning system.
  7. Powershift problems

    The biggest mistake people make when splitting a Magnum in this area is that there are 3 internal tubes between the speed/range transmissions for the range clutches. Remove the hydraulic filter suction screen in the lower RH side of the transmission. After removing the screen and housing that it fits into, you will see 3 tubes that need to be disconnected before splitting the tractor. Make sure you mark them for easier reassembly.
  8. Powershift problems

    That's how I do it-split the tractor between the speed and range transmission, roll the engine/speed transmission assy. ahead a few feet, then remove the speed trans. from the engine. Good luck!!
  9. Can a 2166 joystick be added to a 1660?

    There was a guy over on newagtalk that went by the name of Bubba Leroy that had done this conversion awhile back. He had all the info on how to do it.
  10. Powershift problems

    One quick, crude, simple test you can do is to check master clutch pressure using the existing test port located behind the battery box on the side of the transmission control valve. In gears 7 through 18 you should see better than 250 psi with the pedal up. if the pressure is lower in gears 7, 8, 13, & 14 the problem is in clutch C1. In gears 1-6 the M/C pressure is limited to 150psi due to the operation of the TCV. This applies to a 4-speed reverse tractor; if you have a 2-speed reverse, the pressures are different.
  11. soybean market

    Considering that most of our spring & winter wheat ended up in a hay bale or was outright sprayed just to kill it last summer, the fall crops looks to be at least worth harvesting, although they are not going to be a winner yield-wise. Soybeans look to be anywhere from 20-40 depending on a lot of factors. Like Dale mentioned, most of our corn/soybean crop heads to the west coast ports for export. In the last 10-15 years around here, all of the progressive grain elevators have put in facilities to load a 110 car unit train in less than 48 hours. This has allowed the progressive facilities to offer much better prices as the railroads' cost per rail car to the elevator is much cheaper when they can offer a turnaround time of less than 48-72 hours. Here in town, the unit trains show up at Friday around noon, and usually leave full on Sunday morning. As far as prices, it will be interesting to see if soybean prices do something like wheat prices did this summer. The first day that people were combining spring wheat the elevators were paying over $8/bu due to high protein and test weight. 3 days later they were discounting for high protein and the price went down to $6.60/6.80.
  12. View from my mobile office this morning

    Looks a little nicer than my "office" yesterday-digging the out the back end of an 8240 Flagship combine that plugged up the chopper with silage coming off the rotor. What a mess! The soybeans are dry(10-12%), but the stems are the greenest they have been all year thanks to some late rain. Soybean harvest has been a slugfest here this week-Flagship combines keep plugging up that @#$!@ rethrasher in all this green stuff. You have a very fine line setting your top sieve so that its open enough to let seeds and unthreshed pods through but closed enough to keep some of that green trash from getting into the cleaning system where the rethrasher continually regurgitates that green material in the cleaning system. When the slip-clutch for the rethrasher kicks off, you've got a job ahead of you.There's a lot of places for that material to hide in the rethrasher housing. Seems like about every year we fight the plugging for the first few days and then the stems dry up a little and then the problem is gone for the rest of the year. As far as beans and moisture are concerned, soybeans can go from too wet in the morning to too dry in the afternoon to too wet again in the evening around here when we get Indian summer conditions. It just makes the combine and header have to work that much harder when you are dealing with dry beans but have lush green stems going through the machine. These conditions also separate the single-drive sickles from the dual-drive sickles on the MacDon heads. The single-drive sickles on a 40' head struggle once the sun goes down while the dual-drives don't miss a beat. Looks like you run your FD a little higher than we do with the header height indicator at "1"; we usually try to run them between the "2" and "3" on our header height indicators on the head. You probably don't have to scrape as low in 60+bpa as we do in 30-40bpa beans.
  13. Happy Birthday

    Happy Birthday, Al and everyone else celebrating b-days today
  14. greenie weenie quadtrac question

    I'm guessing Deere learned about the benefits of the 3-axle design vs. 2-axle design via their free R & D dept. known as CaseIH. The 2 axle design might work on the big models with the wide tracks to distribute the load(although I wonder how hot those roller wheels in the middle get if you roaded them for 6-8 hours straight, which does happen here on occasion), but with narrow tracks carrying virtually the same weight you will run into problems even with 3 axles. I have discussed this on here before on the problems we ran into regarding RowTracs if they have a high vertical load on the drawbar and run too fast down the road.
  15. Red Tractors vs Green tractors

    The -9 series IHs and R John Deeres were a little before my time, but I can remember the older generation talking about them. One story I remember was a neighbor(still alive) that talked about getting a new John Deere R in the late 40s-early 50s along with a 4-row lister( a corn planter that digs a trench 4-6 inches deep to plant corn in). Said that was the first tractor he knew that was big enough to pull a 4-row. Graham Hoeme chisel plows-now there is a name that I have not heard of in years. Used to be few of them around here, too. I'm guessing most of them were cut up for scrap around here, too, years ago. BigBudGuy, I was out in your country(Havre, Montana) in the spring of 2016 for service training on CNH's new air carts at the CaseIH dealership there. The building we were in was referred to as the old Big Bud factory. Were they all built there? Seems like a small building for that, but I guess the Big Buds were not exactly an "assembly line" product, more like a hand-built product.