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Rob,

 Excellent! You have done a tone of work to get back to working steering clutches! That slope where it stopped did not look like it was fun to work around either!

Hope the rest of the machine goes back together well and your moving dirt in the near future too!

 Regards,

 Chris

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Well the nightmare seems to be over. I bolted everything back up today and adjusted the brakes. I was able to creep it down off the hill onto level ground. The steering clutches still need some micro adjustments but it does seem the friction discs were the root cause of my slippage problem, however, given how touchy the lever and foot brake is on one side I do think Louie is right that the spring inside the steering clutch is perhaps close to the end of its service life. I forgot to check the specs on the spring when I had the clutch out and apart.  I think the bimetallics will help a lot though, it’s already more responsive with them. I don’t know what the future holds. I don’t think I have it in me to another major repair on this machine if something new arises. I’ll be giving its fate a lot of thought over the weekend. Best Rob

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Update: I adjusted (tightened) the tracks and adjust the levers and now it’s turning great. The bimetallics are a huge improvement! I’m not sure where the springs fit in to all of this now but I think tightening the tracks also improved the situation. I haven’t read that loose tracks make for a harder to turn machine but seems to make sense as these things turn better under load or uphill.

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Glad to hear it’s working better for you after all your efforts...now you can put it to work.. (some including me, might call it fun, lol)...

I have  the very same blade set up as you do  on my TD9.. and use it often...

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On 10/14/2019 at 7:29 AM, north of 60 said:

Glad to hear it’s working better for you after all your efforts...now you can put it to work.. (some including me, might call it fun, lol)...

I have  the very same blade set up as you do  on my TD9.. and use it often...

I thought I had the only one, I’ve never seen another like it. My neighbor who ran TD-9s on up actually said mine is oversized for the 6. I had always assumed that the dimensions of a 6 vs 9 would be too different but maybe this blade came off a 9? Would explain all the broken and worn out mounting bolt holes!

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