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    Got bored the other day and built a Top Link Extender to fit my M9540. It's especially handy if you add a Pat's system, or as in my case use a quick hitch off and on. Allows you to retain the useable length of the top link without having to buy another one. And if using a Hydaulic Top Link you retain the extended length advantage. Pretty labor intensive. Took me a lot longer than I thought it would. But then you consider you have to end up with 12 holes in 1/2" metal and you see why. Where I could I stacked my pieces and drilled them at once but still a lot of drilling. Wouldn't want to try this with a hand drill.....

    I carry it in my Chain Box so I always have it if needed.












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    I like that!

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    Default Re: Top Link Extender

    It seems like I remember someone doing this as I was looking for a fix for my L5030 when I put a set of PATS on it.

    Looks really nice.

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    Default Re: Top Link Extender

    Great way to do it
    "If you're not making any mistakes then you're not doing anything"

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    Wow, great idea

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    Default Re: Top Link Extender

    Thanks for the compliments everyone.

    Yeah Larry, I remember seeing one too but I couldn't find the thread so I just kinda winged it.
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    Default Re: Top Link Extender

    Why does that hose look so tight ?

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    Default Re: Top Link Extender

    Quote Originally Posted by kevin37b View Post
    Why does that hose look so tight ?
    Because the 3pt is down all the way. There's a 90 degree Swivel fitting on the cylinder that is pointing rearward and up. When the lift is to the top that same hose is then bent in a U shape. If the 90 degree Swivel was pointed toward the tractor and the lift was in the up position that hose would be crunched double. Gotta have a happy medium to make the hose most comfortable in all positions. Since the lift is rarely in the lowest position that's how I set it up.

    Here's a pic showing what I mean by rarely being in that position. This is the 3pt lift lowered all the way. Don't have any attachments that can use that much drop.

    Richard
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    Default Re: Top Link Extender

    Neat, but how much does a new top link cost? I use three (bought 2 at about €20 each new) to suit different attachments. How much for the metal you used, the pins, your machinery costs to make - and your time? I value my time on these things at zero because I might not being doing anything else to bring in income, but even so, €20 for a top link always set at the correct length seems cheap to me.

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    Old McDonald he has a hydraulic top link. So it's not a $20 top link. Usually costs about $150+ for 1.

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