Improving and Modifying the Steering on a Cub Cadet

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When building a garden tractor for pulling, it's best to remove and disassemble everything. Clean and inspect all the parts for wear, especially the steering parts. This is one area a lot of people overlook. Steering is very important and should never be neglected. Loose or worn steering parts can be dangerous. A puller may just tighten the steering box adjustments, inspect the tie rod ends and that's it. But there's more to it than just making adjustments...

Custom Steering WheelsReplace that worn, cracked (and not to mention plain/boring looking!) OEM steering wheel with a beautiful, automotive-style, small diameter (10" or 12") custom steering wheel or a chrome spoke steering wheel! A custom or chrome spoke steering wheel will improve the overall appearance of the whole tractor. A hub adapter and steering wheel are available at most auto supply parts stores and on eBay. The only automotive custom steering wheel installation adapter kit I found that fits close on a Cub Cadet steering splined shaft is a universal one made for most General Motors cars and trucks from 1949 to 1994 without telescopic steering. The GM adapter center spline has the correct diameter, but the number of splines are not a perfect fit, so it will need to be gently tapped onto the Cub Cadet steering shaft. Or instead of using an adapter kit, the splined hub from an old GM steering wheel can be used on a Cub Cadet. But the three small holes in the hub will need to be enlarged and tapped for three 1/4" bolts for installation of the custom steering wheel. Or if you don't want to use the GM adapter, the splined hub from an old Cub Cadet steering wheel with the spokes cut off, and a large flat washer (with three tapped 1/4" bolt holes for installation of the custom steering wheel) welded to the adapter can be used.

To install a custom, automotive-style steering wheel on a Cub Cadet or virtually any garden tractor...

  1. First of all, there are several methods to remove the steering wheel from a Cub Cadet or virtually any garden tractor:
    • Install the retaining nut 90% on the threads of the steering shaft and give the nut a short blast with an air chisel.
    • If the above won't work, use a bearing separator with a steering wheel puller or an automotive harmonic balancer/vibration damper puller tool, and to save the old steering wheel, make sure the jaws of a gear puller won't break or crack the plastic.
    • If the above won't work either, then as the last resort, the splined hub will have to be heated or cut off with a torch to get it off the shaft. Be careful not to damage the shaft!
  2. DO NOT USE A [BIG] HAMMER ON THE SHAFT TO REMOVE THE STEERING WHEEL! Doing this could cause the internal threads in the lower part of the aluminum steering box to split (crack the case) or the box might break later, which could be very dangerous in pulling because the tractor could go out of control.
  3. Point the front tires forward, fasten the splined adapter on the steering shaft (with the choice of hardware below), then fasten the steering wheel with the adapter facing in the straight ahead position.
  4. Install the three 1/4" bolts from the bottom up, install the steering wheel, then install stainless steel acorn nuts with a split lock washer to the bolts (studs) to fasten the steering wheel for a nice looking and (rust-proof) professional look. Then to hide the (ugly) large center retaining nut, install a 15/16" stainless steel lug nut cover. These are made for semi tractor-trailers, which are available at most truck stops and on eBay. Or, to hide the three bolts and retaining nut, install a chrome-plated universal custom automotive horn button (center cap). To do this, machine a large flat washer in a metal lathe so the washer will be slightly larger than the inside diameter of the horn button. Fasten the washer in the steering wheel to the three 1/4" bolts with a couple of stacked smaller flat washers under the large washer. Snap the horn button onto the washer and that's it!


How To Fix Loose or "Sloppy" Steering Parts -

To improve the steering on an IH Cub Cadet, is to remove, disassemble, clean, inspect, repair as necessary, reassemble, adjust, then lubricate the steering box unit with quality automotive lubricating grease through the grease fitting. By the way - adjustments are made much easier with the unit out of the tractor.

Don't Be A Slob When Rebuilding A Steering Unit!

Always be professional whenever building or rebuilding anything! Before reassembling a steering unit, always take the time to provide a neat and absolutely clean work environment. Make sure that your tools, shop/business towels, steering parts and hands are clean, too. Don't allow any dust or dirt to enter the work bench or table, including the steering box and it's parts. If necessary, place the parts on a large, clean cloth or cardboard to keep them clean and organized until they're ready to be installed. The reason everything should be kept as clean as possible is because even the smallest bit of dirt inside a steering box will "grind away" at the internal parts, causing unnecessary wear.


How to remove the steering box/column unit from the tractor -

  1. Disconnect the battery.
  2. Remove the steering wheel. Despite how rusted-on or stuck-in-place it may be, the OEM steering wheel MUST come off before the steering box can be removed from the tractor.
  3. Remove the mower deck (if equipped).
  4. Remove the tie-rod end that's connected to the pitman arm plate (steering lever).
  5. Remove the two 9/16" bolts that fastens the steering box to the cross-member of the frame.
  6. The steering unit then slides out from under the tractor.

How to disassemble the steering unit -

  1. Remove the pitman arm plate and shaft.
  2. Remove the cotter pin from the end cap.
  3. Remove the end cap with a large flat screwdriver or flat ratchet tool by turning it counterclockwise.
  4. Pull or slide the shaft out of the steering box. Use caution not to lose any of the ball bearings!
  5. Clean and inspect everything. Observe the metal bearing retainers for cracks or breakage. Replace if necessary.

How to reassemble the steering unit -

  1. Install the ball bearings in the nylon retainers. Apply fresh quality automotive lubricating grease on the balls to hold them in the nylon retainers so they won't fall out upon installation on the steering shaft.
  2. Install the ball bearings on the steering shaft with the metal retainers to hold them in place.
  3. Carefully slide the shaft through the steering box and column until it's bottomed out. Make sure no balls have fallen out of their retainers.
  4. Install the adjusting plug, and tighten it until it's bottomed out. With Vise-Grips on the splined end of the steering shaft, rotate the shaft in full rotation to assure smoothness with no looseness or binding.
  5. If the shaft feels like it's somewhat difficult to rotate in either direction, back the adjusting plug off until one of the notches match the hole for the cotter pin, and rotate the shaft in full rotation again. If it rotates smoothly with no looseness or binding, install the cotter pin. Back off the adjusting plug until the notch is against the cotter pin.
  6. Pump fresh quality automotive lubricating grease in the steering box and on/around the steering worm gear. Fill it up with grease.
  7. If it isn't already installed, install the steering cam follower and locknut in the pitman arm plate.
  8. Install the pitman arm plate and shaft, flat thrust washer and one adjusting nut.
  9. Tighten down the adjusting nut until it's bottomed out and back it off an 1/8 of a turn. Install the other jam/lock nut and tighten it against the adjusting nut, making sure the adjusting nut doesn't turn.
  10. Tighten down the steering cam follower until it's bottomed out in the steering worm gear groove and back it off about an 1/8 of a turn.
  11. With Vise-Grips on the splined end of the steering shaft, rotate the shaft in full rotation. If binding occurs or if it feels a little too loose, adjust the steering cam follower until it feels satisfactory. But make the adjustment so the steering is a little "stiff", but not too tight. Because somehow, if it's adjusted too tight, it will stay too tight, and if it's adjusted "loose", it will loosen up more overtime. There is no way to prevent this. If the shaft rotates smoothly with no looseness or binding, tighten the jam/lock nut, making sure the steering cam follower doesn't turn.
  12. Pump a few ounces of fresh automotive chassis lube through the grease fitting to make sure the unit is full.
  13. That's it! The steering unit is now assembled, lubricated and adjusted!

NOTE: Of all the IH Cub Cadet steering boxes that I've rebuilt, hardly any of them required new parts. But if new internal parts are needed in a rebuild, you can get them at virtually any Cub Cadet dealer. (FYI - I'm not an OEM Cub Cadet parts dealer. Cub Cadet won't let me become a dealer because there's already one in my area. (It's another way how big businesses support other big businesses, or how the rich help the rich get richer. Besides, competition from different dealers in a small area helps keep prices low. I think this is unfair business practice because by allowing only one dealer in a wide-spread area can have them gouge (overcharge) unsuspecting customers on parts and/or repair costs. They probably laugh all the way to the bank after every sale, too.) Most John Deere lawn & garden service centers and parts stores offers the same parts for the steering box in their models 110, 112, 120, 140, 200, 210, 212, 214, 216, 300, 312, 316 and 317. The steering box in these tractors, which is made by Ross, are very similar to the ones used in the IH Cub Cadets, except for the mounting holes. The internal parts are basically the same, but new parts are more expensive than new Cub Cadet parts.


How to Fix a Worn OEM Steering Cam Follower (Stud) -

Chuck the Steering Cam Follower in a metal lathe and machine the conical end until the worn part is gone and it's conical-shaped again, but maintain the same angle. Or fabricate a new pin from a 1/2"-20 NF or 9/16"-18 NF fine thread grade 8 bolt with the head cut off. Be sure to heat-treat (harden) the conical end!

Below is information on using the correct Steering Cam Follower (Stud) in a Cub Cadet garden tractor.

1/2" Diameter Steering Gear Follower (stud). Cub Cadet part # IH-379992-R1. Fits certain Original's, and models 70, 71, 100, 102, certain 122's and 123's, 128, 129, 149 and 169. Cub Cadet retail: $44.19 each. (1/15)

1/2" Diameter Steering Gear Follower (stud). Cub Cadet part # IH-62806-C2. Fits certain Original's and models 72, 73, 86, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, certain 122's and 123's, 124, 125, 126, 127, 147, 482, 582, 682, 782, 800, 1000, 1200, 1250, 1450 and 1650. Cub Cadet retail: $31.05 each. (1/15)

9/16" Diameter Steering Gear Follower (stud). Cub Cadet part # 911-3149A. Fits models 982, 984, 986, 1050, 1204, 1210, 1211, 1340, 1440, 1535, 1541, 1641, 1806, 1810, 1811, 1812, 1860, 1861, 1863, 1912 and 1914. Cub Cadet retail: $24.08 each. (1/15)


Ever had the steering column (long tube) get pulled out of the steering box on a Cub Cadet? Well, doing the below will guarantee that it will never get pulled out again -

  1. Remove the steering box/column assembly from the tractor.
  2. Disassemble the entire steering box assembly.
  3. If the tube fits somewhat loose in the steering box, it can be expanded with use of an automotive exhaust pipe expander/spreader tool. (Available at virtually any auto parts store and on eBay.)
  4. Apply Clear RTV Silicone Adhesive Sealant or high strength threadlocker on the tube to prevent water and dirt from entering the steering box, then install it in the box until it bottoms out.
  5. Drill four 1/8" holes spaced 90° apart through the steering box and into the tube.
  6. Install 1/8" diameter x 3/8" long pop-rivets to permanently secure the tube to the steering box.
  7. If the upper part of the steering box is cracked where the tube goes into, install a 2" worm gear hose clamp, or better yet, use a 1-7/8" automotive exhaust pipe U-bolt clamp to close the crack up, and secure the tube to the box as described above.
  8. Clean the metal drilling from the steering box and tube, and reassemble the unit using fresh grease and make the necessary adjustments.

NOTE: If the upper part of the steering tube becomes damaged from removing the steering wheel, it can be straightened back to its original shape with the automotive exhaust pipe expander/spreader tool and a 2-3 lb. hammer. The internal steering shaft must be removed, so the tool will work.


OEM-Quality Ball Joint & Aircraft-Quality Tie Rod EndsHow to "Tighten" a Worn Tie Rod End -

  1. Remove the tie rod end from the tractor.
  2. Thread a grade 8, 3/8" fine thread bolt into the tie rod and securely clamp the bolt in a bench vise.
  3. With the base of the tie rod resting on the jaws of the vise (to prevent bending the bolt), pound the end of the tie rod end with a medium size hammer until the ball is snug in the socket.
  4. Lubricate the ball with ordinary motor oil.
  5. Reinstall tie rod end on tractor, adjust toe-in.

If a tie rod end is badly worn and performing the above doesn't "tighten" it, and you have doubts that it may fail in the future, then by all means, replace it with a known good used one or a new one. Actually, for heavy yard work or for a pulling tractor, it's best to use aircraft-quality ball-joint ends (Heim joints) with a flat washer and rubber dust/dirt shields installed.

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Rebuilt IH Cub Cadet Steering Box Assemblies. Fits all IH Cub Cadet tractors, except the Cub Cadet "Original".

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Graphite. For models without metal cap on steering column. 3/4" i.d. x 1-3/8" o.d. x 9/16" width x 1-1/2" o.d. flange. (Same as wheel bushing below.)

  • $3.50 each, plus shipping & handling.

Sealed (both sides) w/grease ball bearing flanged bearing. For models without metal cap on steering column. Provides less effort when steering tractor. These have hardened, heated-treated steel races and roller balls inside and are pre-packed with grease so they will last longer. Size: 3/4" i.d. x 1-3/8" o.d. x 1/2" width x 1-1/2" o.d. flange. (Same as heavy duty wheel bearing to the right.)

  • $6.00 each, plus shipping & handling. Part # 150-020
Steering Wheel Retaining Nut. Nylon insert zinc-plated steel locknut; will not loosen under normal circumstances. 5/8-18 NF threads. Fits Cub Cadet and others.
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Steering Wheel Retaining Washer. Stainless steel, will not rust. Goes under retaining nut to evenly distribute load. 5/8" i.d. Fits Cub Cadet and others.
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New, Heat-Treated Tie Rod and Ball Joint Ends - (Can also be used for shifter and/or throttle joints on mini-rods, hot rods, race cars, etc.)

Here's the most common for direct replacements found on most lawn & garden tractors:

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OEM-quality tie rod end with rubber dust seal. Has a 3/8-24 NF stud and 3/8-24 NF left-hand thread hole. Works great for general yard work and stock pulling tractors.

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Heavy duty ball joint end (Heim joint). Has a 3/8-24 NF right-hand female threaded hole and a 3/8" i.d. hole. Extremely strong! Note: Ball joint ends are required in aircraft and heavy duty machinery because they're much stronger than ordinary tie rod ends. They're a direct replacement for tie rod ends on most lawn and garden equipment and all that's needed is a 3/8" minimum grade 5 bolt to secure it to the steering lever. And these do not come with a dust/dirt seal, so they'll wear more when used for general yard work if not protected with a rubber seal. And when used with the seals below, applying quality automotive lubricating grease to the balls in the Heim joints would help them operate smoother and last longer.

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Rubber Dust/Dirt Shields for Heim joints above. These are a neoprene rubber seal bonded to an aircraft quality washer. Extends the life of Heim joints by keeping dirt, debris and moisture out of the spherical ball. These fit on both sides of the spherical ball.

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Fabricate steering link for your tractor. $20.00 each for parts & labor, plus shipping & handling. Depending on customer's preference, price does not include tie rod ends or ball joint ends (Heim joints).


How to Fix a Loose-Fitting Drag Link Arm -

Drag Link ArmTo fix a loose fitting drag link arm on the narrow frame Cub Cadets (models 70, 71, 72, 73, 100, 102, 104, 105, 106, 107, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126 and 147), the hub must be "clamped" to the spindle. To do this...

  1. Remove the drag link arm from the spindle.
  2. Use a hacksaw to cut a couple of slots in the hub 90° in relation to the roll-pin holes. Cut the slots about 90% down into the hub.
  3. Place the arm on the spindle and drill through all three (roll-pin) holes with a 3/8" drill bit.
  4. Acquire a hardened (grade 8) 3/8" bolt, split lock washer and hardened (grade 8) nut. Make sure the bolt has an unthreaded (shouldered) portion the same width as the diameter of the hub.
  5. Install the bolt in the hub and spindle, then torque the nut to 35 ft. lbs. so the hub is squeezed onto the spindle. NOTE: clamping the hub may weaken the factory spot weld. Therefore, the hub may need to be re-welded to the arm.

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How to Determine the OEM or Fabricated Length of the Tie Rod and/or Drag Link on Any Particular Make and Model of Garden Tractor:

How to Lengthen the Drag Link (link that goes between pitman arm to steering arm on spindle) When the Front Axle is Repositioned Forward:

  1. Drag link (goes from steering box to axle)Measure the distance the front axle was moved forward. Make a note of the measurement.
  2. Center the steering wheel with the pitman arm facing straight down.
  3. With the tires facing forward, measure the center to center distance between the holes in the pitman arm and drag link arm. Make a note of this measurement.
  4. Cut the OEM drag link in half as shown in the drawing to the right.
  5. Acquire some 1/2" i.d. x 5/8" o.d. steel tubing of the distance the front axle was moved forward, plus 6" longer than the distance. This is important!
  6. Slide 3" of each cut end of the drag link rod inside the tubing. For strength and minimize flexibility, make sure there's at least 3" of the rod inside the tubing on each end. If the rod won't fit, it may need to be ground down and/or pressed in.
  7. Adjust the overall length of the lengthened drag link by sliding the rods back and forth in the tubing until the drag link has the added difference of how far the axle have been moved forward.
  8. Weld the tubing to the rods. But first, double check the front tires for facing forward and centering of the drag link arm (steering wheel)!
  9. Grind the weld smooth, paint and that's it!



IH and MTD Cub Cadet Garden Tractor Models That Share the Same Front Axle -

Front Axle for IH Cub Cadet Narrow Frame Models 70, 71, 72, 73, 100, 102, 104, 105, 106, 107, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127 and 147. (Part # 959-3011)


Front Axle for IH Cub Cadet Wide and Spread Frame Models 86, 108, 109, 128, 129, 149, 169, 582, 582 Special, 680, 682, 782, 800, 882, 1000, 1050, 1100, 1200, 1204, 1210, 1211, 1250, 1282, 1450, 1512, 1535 and 1650. (Part # 759-3270)


Front Axle for IH and MTD Cub Cadet Spread Frame Models 982, 984, 986, 1572, 1772, 1782, 1872, 1882, 1912, 1914, 2072, 2082, 2084, 2086, 2182 and 2284. (Part # 759-3271)


Front Axle for MTD Cub Cadet Spread Frame Models 1340, 1535, 1541, 1860 and 1862. (Part # 759-3549)


Front Axle for MTD Cub Cadet Spread Frame Models 1440, 1861, 1863 and 1864. (Part # 719-3100)


Reinforcing the Spindle Shafts (Steering Knuckles) on Cub Cadet Models 70, 71, 72, 73, 100, 102, 104, 105, 106, 107, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 147, 982, 984, 986, 1340, 1440, 1535, 1541, 1572, 1772, 1782, 1861, 1863, 1864, 1872, 1882, 1912, 1914, 2072, 2082, 2084, 2086, 2182, 2284, 1860 or 1862 -

If the front tires on the above Cub Cadet models look "dilapidated" (the tops of the tires tilt inward), this means the spindle shafts are bent from doing too many ground-pounding wheelies and weren't reinforced. If the spindle shafts are bent, to prevent them from getting bent again...

  1. Heat the spindle shafts with an oxy-acetylene torch in a hydraulic press to reposition them so the tires will set perpendicular with the ground. Or re-angle the spindle shafts so the tops of the tires will tilt slightly outward for that "tough" look.
  2. Install the spindles on the axle, then the tires, and stand back from the front of the tractor to visually check that the tires are positioned perpendicular with the ground. Adjust if necessary.
  3. Remove spindles if necessary and weld a 1/4" x 3/4" x 1-3/4" piece of mild steel (brace) in the bend section.

To fix worn holes for the spindles in the axle itself on a narrow frame Cub Cadet, the holes will need to be bored or reamed out and a couple of thin-wall bronze bushings pressed-in for the top and bottom ends of the hole.


How to Reposition the Front End 2-3/8" Lower on Cub Cadet Models 86, 108, 109, 128, 129, 149, 169, 582, 582 Special, 680, 682, 782, 800, 882, 1000, 1050, 1100, 1200, 1204, 1210, 1211, 1250, 1282, 1450, 1512, 1535 and 1650 -

  1. Acquire a couple of grade 5 bolts, 3/4" diameter x 5" long.
  2. Measure from under the bolt head out 3-1/4", and cut off the bolt, creating a couple of stub shafts that's 3-1/4" long when measured from under the head. (Best to use a small horizontal bandsaw. Cut the threaded end off, but leave the head of the bolt intact.)
  3. Chuck each stub shaft in the jaws of a metal lathe and machine the bolt head so it'll be round. Shorten the height of the head to about 3/8" so it will not make contact with the axle when installed.
  4. Turn the stub shaft around (end for end) in the chuck and bore a hole in the end of each shaft for a 3/8-16 NC wheel retaining bolt and flat washer.
  5. Remove the steering knuckles from the axle.
  6. Cut off the original spindle shafts flush with the steering knuckle.
  7. Drill a 3/4" hole (for the new spindle/stub shafts) 2-3/8" from the center of the original spindle shaft.
  8. Install the stub shafts in the 3/4" holes and securely weld the rounded/shortened bolt heads to the backside of each steering knuckle. For the tires to set perpendicular with the ground, before welding, make sure the shafts are positioned perpendicular (90°) to the flat on the knuckles!
  9. Install the steering knuckles on the axle, then the tires, and stand back from the front of the tractor to visually check that the tires are positioned perpendicular with the ground. Adjust if necessary.

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If you're interested in any of the parts or services below, please contact A-1 Miller's Performance Enterprises | 1501 W. Old Plank Rd. | Columbia, MO 65203-9136 USA | Phone: 1-573-256-0313 (home/shop) | 1-573-881-7229 (cell/text). Please call Monday-Friday (except Holidays), 9am to 5pm, Central time zone. If no answer, please try again later. (When speaking with Brian, please be patient because I stutter.) Fax: 1-573-449-7347. E-mail: pullingtractor@aol.com. Send a message with Yahoo Messenger: | Directions to our shop | Yahoo! Maps, 1501 W. Old Plank Rd., Columbia, MO | 1501 West Old Plank Road, Columbia, MO - Google Maps or Map of 1501 West Old Plank Road, Columbia, MO by MapQuest. Click here for more of my parts and services. | NOTE: To place an order, please call or send an email with a list and description of the parts or services you need. Because as of right now, we're not set up to accept orders through our web sites online. Due to the rising cost of... everything, prices are subject to change.
Do-it-yourself weld-in spindle shaft kits to lower (drop) the front end as much as 2-3/8" on wide and spread frame Cub Cadet models 86, 108, 109, 128, 129, 149, 169, 582, 582 Special, 680, 682, 782, 800, 882, 1000, 1050, 1100, 1200, 1204, 1210, 1211, 1250, 1282, 1450, 1512, 1535 or 1650. Available in 3/4" or 1" diameter size. Shafts includes two 1/8" cotter pins and flat washers for drilled hole on end of shaft to retain wheel. (Use with hub covers.) Stub length is 3-9/16" (for wheels with 3" width hub), but I can make them any length to accommodate the width of the hub in your front wheels. To install, cut off original spindle shafts flush with steering knuckle, and drill 3/4" hole in steering knuckles ± 2-3/8" higher than where original shafts was. Replacement spindle shafts will need to be positioned perpendicular (exact 90° angle) with steering knuckle then securely weld to backside of knuckle for non-interference with spacing of rim. An innovative concept by Brian Miller, because nobody else advertise this product for a garden tractor.
  • 3/4" diameter size. $20.00 per set of two, plus shipping & handling.
  • 1" diameter size. $30.00 per set of two, plus shipping & handling.
Do-it-yourself weld-in spindle shafts to lower (drop) the front end as much as 2-3/8" on wide and spread frame Cub Cadet models 86, 108, 109, 128, 129, 149, 169, 582, 582 Special, 680, 682, 782, 800, 882, 1000, 1050, 1100, 1200, 1204, 1210, 1211, 1250, 1282, 1450, 1512, 1535 or 1650. Available in 3/4" or 1" diameter size. Each shaft have a 3/8-16 NC threaded hole in end to retain wheel with bolt/flat washer (not included). Stub length is 3-1/4" (for wheels with 3" width hub), but I can make them any length to accommodate the width of the hub in your front wheels. To install, cut off original spindle shafts flush with steering knuckle, and drill 3/4" hole in steering knuckles ± 2-3/8" higher than where original shafts was. Replacement spindle shafts will need to be positioned perpendicular (exact 90° angle) with steering knuckle then securely weld to backside of knuckle for non-interference with spacing of rim.
  • 3/4" diameter size. $30.00 per set of two, plus shipping & handling.
  • 1" diameter size. $40.00 per set of two, plus shipping & handling.
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Install weld-in spindle shafts in steering knuckles to lower front of tractor ± 2-3/8" for your wide or spread frame Cub Cadet model 86, 108, 109, 128, 129, 149, 169, 582, 582 Special, 680, 682, 782, 800, 882, 1000, 1050, 1100, 1200, 1204, 1210, 1211, 1250, 1282, 1450, 1512, 1535 or 1650. An innovative concept by Brian Miller, because nobody else advertise this.

  • Spindle shafts with cotter pin. $40.00 parts and labor for two spindles, plus return shipping & handling.
  • Spindle shafts for bolt/washer. $50.00 parts and labor for two spindles, plus return shipping & handling.
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Weld brace to reinforce spindle shafts for your Cub Cadet model Cub Cadet model 70, 71, 72, 73, 100, 102, 104, 105, 106, 107, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 147, 982, 984, 986, 1340, 1440, 1535, 1541, 1572, 1772, 1782, 1861, 1863, 1864, 1872, 1882, 1912, 1914, 2072, 2082, 2084, 2086, 2182, 2284, 1860 or 1862. An innovative concept by Brian Miller, because nobody else advertise this.

  • $25.00 parts and labor for two spindles, plus return shipping & handling.


A Pivoting Axle Vs. a Solid-Mounted Axle for Pulling Competition?

I've seen modified garden tractors with a swivel front axle and I've seen some modifieds with a solid-mounted axle. And I noticed that one doesn't pull any better than the other. So it seems it's just the pullers' preference if he or she wants a swivel or solid front axle. And about the only way to fix the looseness of the center pivoting pin hole is to have the axle bored for installation of thin wall bronze bushings, like the ones used for king pins in truck front axles.


How to Repair Worn Pivot Pin Holes for the Front Axle -

Sometimes the pivoting pin in the center of the front axle will rust in place and then the pin will pivot in the holes in the support braces. When this happens, overtime the holes will become oblong and the axle will become unstable, causing sloppy steering. Well, to repair a tractor with worn pivot holes like the ones in the picture below...

  1. Drill or ream the holes in the braces to exactly 1.000".
  2. Fabricate a steel reducer sleeve bushing (spacer) that measures 3/4" i.d. x 1.003" o.d. for a press-fit.
  3. Press each bushing in the holes of the braces. Make sure the bushings are aligned properly so the pin will rotate freely to prevent binding.
  4. Tack weld the edge of each bushing on the outside of the braces.
  5. The center line of the OEM hole in the bracket is 1-1/8" from the frame. But this will be altered due to the offset of the bushing.

If the center hole in an axle is worn, this can be repaired by first boring the hole for a press-fit steel sleeve and then bore the sleeve so a new center pin (or grade 8 or stainless steel bolt) will fit snug in it. Or, you can also bore the hole in the axle and support bracket with a 20 millimeter diameter (equal to .7874") drill bit or reamer and install a hardened 20 mm bolt. It'll be a lot less work to do just do this.


If you need any of the items listed below for your garden tractor, please contact A-1 Miller's Performance Enterprises | 1501 W. Old Plank Rd. | Columbia, MO 65203-9136 USA | Phone: 1-573-256-0313 (home/shop) | 1-573-881-7229 (cell/text). Please call Monday-Friday (except Holidays), 9am to 5pm, Central time zone. If no answer, please try again later. (When speaking with Brian, please be patient because I stutter.) Fax: 1-573-449-7347. E-mail: pullingtractor@aol.com. Send a message with Yahoo Messenger: | Directions to our shop | Yahoo! Maps, 1501 W. Old Plank Rd., Columbia, MO | 1501 West Old Plank Road, Columbia, MO - Google Maps or Map of 1501 West Old Plank Road, Columbia, MO by MapQuest. Click here for more of my parts and services. | NOTE: To place an order, please call or send an email with a list and description of the parts or services you need. Because as of right now, we're not set up to accept orders through our web sites online. Due to the rising cost of... everything, prices are subject to change.
Heavy duty, low speed (up to 5 mph), oil-impregnated metal graphite flange wheel bushing. Universal fit. Dimensions: 3/4" i.d. x 1-3/8" o.d. x 9/16" width (1/2" fits inside the wheel hub), flange o.d. is 1-1/2". Oil impregnated means the hardened metal is porous to absorb oil and grease so it will last longer. The oil acts as a cushion between the bearing and shaft, adding resistance to wear. These last a long time as long as they're lubricated with quality automotive lubricating grease regularly. If there is no grease fitting in the hub of the wheel, then one will need to be installed. Our part # 09-3305.
  • $3.50 each, plus shipping & handling.

Heavy duty, low speed (up to 5 mph), oil-impregnated metal graphite flange wheel bushing for the IH Cub Cadet "Original" with 7/8" diameter front spindle shafts and 1-3/8" inside diameter wheels. Dimensions: 7/8" i.d. x 1-3/8" o.d. x 9/16" width (1/2" fits inside the wheel hub), flange o.d. is 1-1/2". Oil impregnated means the hardened metal is porous to absorb oil and grease so it will last longer. The oil acts as a cushion between the bushing and shaft, adding resistance to wear. These last a long time as long as they're lubricated with quality automotive lubricating grease once a year. If there is no grease fitting in the hub of the wheel, then one will need to be installed. These are the same as above except being there are no bearings or bushings this size available from any source besides Cub Cadet, I bore them to 7/8" in my metal lathe. Replaces Cub Cadet part # IH-384881-R94. Our part # 09-3305.

  • $3.50 each, plus shipping & handling.

Heavy duty, low speed (up to 5 mph), oil-impregnated metal graphite flanged wheel bushing for Cub Cadets with 1" diameter front spindle shafts and 1-3/8" inside diameter wheels/hubs. Dimensions: 1" i.d. x 1-3/8" o.d. x 1" wide x 1-1/2" o.d. flange. For Cub Cadet models 1000, 1100, 1200, 1250, 1450, 1650, 1210, 1282, 680, 1512, 882, 782-D, 1604, 1606, 580, 582, 1710, 682, 1711, 1712, 782, 784, 482, 1050, 1204, 1210, 1211, 1806, 1810, 1811, 1812 with serial # 632502 and above. Oil impregnated means the hardened metal is porous to absorb oil and grease so it will last longer. The oil acts as a cushion between the bushing and shaft, adding resistance to wear. These last a long time as long as they're lubricated with quality automotive lubricating grease once a year. If there is no grease fitting in the hub of the wheel, then one will need to be installed. These are the same as above except being there are no bearings or bushings this size available from any source, I bore them to 1" in my metal lathe.

  • Our part # 09-3305. $8.00 each, plus shipping & handling.

Heavy duty flanged wheel bearing, low speed (up to 20 mph). Hardened, heat-treated steel races and roller balls inside, double-sealed and pre-packed with grease. Dimensions: 3/4" i.d. x 1-3/8" o.d. x 1/2" width (3/8" fits inside wheel hub) x 1-1/2" o.d. flange. Universal fit. Fits Cub Cadet, Wheel Horse, Sears Suburban and many other makes and models of garden tractors. Will hold up to a lot of weight and rough abuse. Replaces Cub Cadet part # IH-384881-R94. Our part # 150-020

  • $6.00 each, plus shipping & handling.

Heavy duty flanged wheel bearing, low speed (up to 20 mph). Dimensions: 1" i.d. x 2" o.d. x 9/16" width (1/2" fits inside wheel hub), flange o.d. is 2-1/8". For Cub Cadet models 1000, 1100, 1200, 1250, 1450, 1650, 1210, 1282, 680, 1512, 882, 782-D, 1604, 1606, 580, 582, 1710, 682, 1711, 1712, 782, 784, 482, 1050, 1204, 1210, 1211, 1806, 1810, 1811, 1812 with serial # 632502 and above. Hardened, heat-treated steel races and roller balls inside, double-sealed and pre-packed with grease. Will hold up to a lot of weight and rough abuse. Replaces Cub Cadet part # 941-3002. Our part # 150-023.

  • $8.00 each, plus shipping & handling.

New insert bearing with eccentric locking collar. 1" i.d. x 2.04" o.d. Fits all IH Cub Cadets with mechanical PTO clutch. Part # 150-545.

  • $15.00 each, plus shipping & handling.

Other sizes and styles of bearings and bushings are available. Please let me know what you need and I can probably get it for you at a reasonable price.

NOTE: Other sizes and styles of bearings and bushings are available. Please let us know what you need and I can probably get it for you at a reasonable price.
4.10/3.50-4 Heavy Duty, Flat-Free Tire and Wheel Assembly.

Features: Puncture resistant! Shock-absorbing! Zero down time! Never needs inflating! Less weight than standard 3-piece pneumatic tire and wheel assemblies. Excellent resistance to abrasion, water absorption, and chemical attacks. Maintains low rolling resistance. Double-sealed, semi-precision 3/4" ball bearings that offer higher wear resistance, quiet and smooth operation. Pre-greased to extend bearing life. Specifications: 10.2" diameter x 3.2" wide. Tire weight load capacity: 350 lbs.

  • $80.00 per pair, plus shipping & handling.
4.10x3.50-4 Sawtooth Tread 2-Ply Tubeless Tire. Fully inflated dimensions: 4.1" width of sidewall bulge x 11" overall height x 4" rim diameter. Each tire weighs 2.8 lbs. Load capacity for each tire is 260 lbs @ 30 psi. (maximum inflation). Made by Carlisle. Proportional size to the 23-10.50x12 rear tires.
  • $33.00 set of two, plus shipping & handling.

4.10-6 Sawtooth Tread 4-Ply Tubeless Tire. Fully inflated dimensions: 4.1" width of sidewall bulge x 13" overall height x 6" rim diameter. Each tire weighs 3.1 lbs. Load capacity for each tire is 485 lbs. @ 85 psi. (maximum inflation). Made by Carlisle. Proportional size to the 26-12.00x12 rear tires.

  • $70.00 set of two, plus shipping & handling.
11x400-5 Rib Tread 2-Ply Tubeless Tire. Fully inflated dimensions: 11" overall height x 4" width of sidewall bulge x 5" rim diameter. Each tire weighs 3.5 lbs. Load capacity for each tire is 210 lbs. @ 22 psi. (maximum inflation). Made by Cheng Shin. "In-between" proportional size to the 23-10.50x12 or 26-12.00x12 rear tires.
  • $28.00 set of two, plus shipping & handling.

13x500-6 Rib Tread 2-Ply Tubeless Tire. Fully inflated dimensions: 11" overall height x 4" width of sidewall bulge x 6" rim diameter. Each tire weighs 4.5 lbs. Load capacity for each tire is 295 lbs. @ 20 psi. (maximum inflation). Made by Cheng Shin. Proportional size to the 26-12.00x12 rear tires.

  • $33.00 set of two, plus shipping & handling.
Two-Piece, Bolt-Together Steel Wheels for Easier Mounting and Dismounting, 4" wheel. Painted white. Dimensions: 4" diameter x 2-1/2" rim width x 2-1/8" wide centered hub. (Cub Cadet front spindles are 3" long, so a 3/4" spacer will need to be used with this wheel.) Two wheels weighs 4.2 lbs. Accepts 1-3/8" o.d. bearings or bushings (not included); use with inner tube.
  • $42.00 set of two, plus shipping & handling.

Two-Piece, Bolt-Together Steel Wheels for Easier Mounting and Dismounting. 6" wheel. Painted white. Dimensions: 5" diameter x 2-3/4" rim width x 3-1/2" wide centered hub. (Cub Cadet front spindles are 3" long, so a 3/4" spacer will need to be used with this wheel.) Two wheels weighs 5.2 lbs. Accepts 1-3/8" o.d. bearings or bushings (not included); use with inner tube.

  • $60.00 set of two, plus shipping & handling.

Two-Piece, Bolt-Together Steel Wheels for Easier Mounting and Dismounting. 6" wheel. Painted white. Dimensions: 6" diameter x 3-1/4" rim width x 3-1/2" wide centered hub. (Cub Cadet front spindles are 3" long, so a 3/4" spacer will need to be used with this wheel.) Two wheels weighs 6.2 lbs. Accepts 1-3/8" o.d. bearings or bushings (not included); use with inner tube.

  • $60.00 set of two, plus shipping & handling.
Inner tube w/straight valve stem for 4" tire and wheel. Made by Cheng Shin.
  • $5.00 each, plus shipping & handling.

Inner tube w/straight valve stem for 5" tire and wheel. Made by Cheng Shin.

  • $5.50 each, plus shipping & handling.

Inner tube w/straight valve stem for 6" tire and wheel. Made by Cheng Shin.

  • $6.00 each, plus shipping & handling.
Heavy Duty Plastic Wheelie Bar Wheels with smooth, spherical (rounded) tread surface. Lighter in weight than all-aluminum wheels or steel wheels w/rubber tread, but just as strong. Dimensions: 5" tall x 2" wide x 5/8" center hole. Our part # 07-11819.
  • $8.00 per pair, plus shipping & handling.


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