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Offline LawnTractorBoys

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Need some (A lot) of help with my build
« on: December 12, 2017, 12:24:21 pm »
Hey guys! I'm new to the forum, but I'm looking for some help on my racing mower build. I recently picked up a seat LT1136, I pulled the deck, and the engine, which was an 11HP Briggs and stratton single cylinder, which I'm going to be replacing with either a 14HP single cylinder, or 18HP opposing twin, but I have some questions for a couple other things. The model of my transaxle is a Peerless 800-814

1. Dropping the frame (In the front)
Not sure on which way I should go about this, Im thinking i could take the front spindles, and flip them upside down, flip the front axle altogether, or cut into the frame and suck the axle up higher. But then i'm not sure of the best way to lock the front axle so it doesn't pivot, im thinking of welding it, or if I could drill some holes in the right spots so I can remove it if needed later on.

2. Dropping the frame (In the rear)
I know that people usually take jackshafts and run two belts in their mower, but that costs money, the price of the jackshaft, the bearing, a second belt, and placing idler pulleys, on top of that I would have 2 belts that can burn up, and I don't have money to be buying all this stuff. I've also heard of people cutting into the frame and making new mounting brackets for the transaxle, then flipping the transaxle upside down and rotating it 180 degrees, so it will be higher up kin the frame while the pulley is still where it is supposed to be, but if I were to do this, I would have problems with lubrication, which leads us to my other question

3. Lubrication in the transaxle
So if I were to flip the transaxle upside down, I'm not going to be able to use gear lube like a lot of you guys do, and I'm probably going to have to use the bentonite grease that it comes with, but because im going to be tearing the transmission down, I dont know where I could get bentonite grease, and I hear its awfully expensive, so I was wondering that if I were to flip my transaxle, could I use that grease you use to lubricate bushings and whatnot that comes in the cardboard tubes in my transaxle? Because the consistency doesn't seem too much different from the bentonite grease, but I'm really just trying to find something that will work if I flip the transaxle upside down.

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Re: Need some (A lot) of help with my build
« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2017, 12:30:10 pm »
Another question I have, what is a good way to make sure that my transaxle is completely level with the engine so that I'm not wearing the belt down on an angles pulley.

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Re: Need some (A lot) of help with my build
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2017, 12:43:58 am »
Are you building a stock mower or a Racing mower to be raced in a class?
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