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    Default New Hydraulic top link build

    I thought I would post some images of the Hydraulic top link I made from a 9.75" x 2.5" cylinder I bought from surplus center for cheap. I figure I saved at least $200 dollars because I almost bought one but figured I couldn't live with myself after I spent all this money on welders and metal working equipment. Here is what I have in it.

    Cylinder-$82 w/shipping
    Cat 1 weld on ends-$21
    hydraulic fittings and hose-$36
    dust caps-$18 (JD- this is why they are so expensive but I can't find 1/4" caps anywhere else)

    Total- $157
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    Default Re: New Hydraulic top link build

    Sorry for the small pictures, l sent them from my phone to my computer and it looks like it auto re sized them.

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    Default Re: New Hydraulic top link build

    fixed the pictures

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    Default Re: New Hydraulic top link build

    Good job.

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    Default Re: New Hydraulic top link build

    Looks impressive. Is it a replacement for a turn buckle top link? I'm new to tractors and so on a steep learning curve.

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    Default Re: New Hydraulic top link build

    great job...for others who might want to copy your approach...might comment on how you decided what length to use, expanded and compressed.
    Joy is having the tools you need and needing the tools you have!

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    Default Re: New Hydraulic top link build

    Quote Originally Posted by texasjohn View Post
    great job...for others who might want to copy your approach...might comment on how you decided what length to use, expanded and compressed.
    I picked a length that as closely mimicked the size of my factory top link in the full open and closed position. I just need to install a hanger for when it is not attached to anything.

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    Default Re: New Hydraulic top link build

    Here is the link to the cylinder I used from surplus center.

    https://www.surpluscenter.com/item.a...name=hydraulic

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    Default Re: New Hydraulic top link build

    good info, thanks...I might add that if someone is adding a Pat's system at the same time, likely the hydraulic cylinder would need to be somewhat longer than the current manual top link...at least consider that need.
    Joy is having the tools you need and needing the tools you have!

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    Default Re: New Hydraulic top link build

    It will be, because it is hard to find a cylinder that is 2.5" and that short. Mine is about an inch longer all retracted than my factory screw type toplink.

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