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    Default Re: Soft cab for a JD 5045E

    The rest of it came today as predicted by the tracking email they sent me along with a copy of the invoice marked "Paid" for my records. It will be Sunday before I can start the assembly and take some pictures for you. So far so good.

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    Default Re: Soft cab for a JD 5045E

    sounds exciting! you will be ready for whatever winter throws at you sounds like. Did you decide on a heater yet. I think that you will definately want one

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    Quote Originally Posted by shortthrow50 View Post
    sounds exciting! you will be ready for whatever winter throws at you sounds like. Did you decide on a heater yet. I think that you will definately want one
    I don't know as I would call a soft cab exciting? I'd settle for satisfied. I pinched a nerve in my lower back Labor day weekend so haven't been mobile enough to fuss with the installation. The box is still unopened. Perhaps tomorrow? The heater will have to wait until after I get her chained up good and sharp for snow removal and sugarin chores.

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    Well I opened the box today and put everything together. I like it. It took me about an hour to install the canopy by myself and less then half an hour to install the soft cab. They could have more complete assembly instructions and I was annoyed that after I installed the canopy as per it's instructions the first thing I read when I open the soft cabs paper work is to check the fit of the cab before setting and tightening the canopy bolts. As it turned out I was on the mark already so it didn't cost me any time. They could include some tips on how to get the sliding door panels on their rail and how to start two zippers in the same corner.
    Actually it is a very simple installation if you already have the canopy mounted, no holes to drill or zip tabs to glue or screw in place. They give you a vinyl (not sure what they call the material they are using) top that goes over the canopy that has zippers and slide rails that all the side panels zip too and the bottom of each piece has tether clips that hook onto parts of the tractor to keep everything tight. The drivers door has both zippers and Velcro fasteners down both sides and you can slide it back on its rail if you want more air. The one thing that surprised me was the carrying case they shipped it in. A nice piece made from the same black vinyl of the cab roof.
    This is going to be very handy as I can zip it completely off in about ten minutes and put it back on in twenty.




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    I have found an adjustment I need to make. The soft cab covers over all the lights that came mounted on the ROPS lower section. There is clear sections around them so they can be seen from outside the tractor but it is like being inside a sealed headlight bulb from the drivers seat. The glare makes it impossible to see clearly what is in front or to the rear of the tractor. The worst offenders are the two rear work lights. I think I will move one of them to a position on the rear fender outside the cab pointed to the rear ,and the other to a position at the top of the canopy pointed forward and down where the loader bucket or blade is working. As to the other stock lights, turn signal and four way flashers there is a vinyl panel beside them that appears to be there to keep the lights from chafing though the side of the cab. I think I might be able to slit this with a pair of scissors and let the lights pop out and be on the outside of the cab.
    Has anybody done this before? I'd really appreciate your input before I make the first cut.

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    Sounds like you have a success story in the making & ready for snow moving in the cold winds. Any idea if that firm has soft cabs for a JD 4120 Compact Utility ? Any other possible sources?

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    Default Re: Soft cab for a JD 5045E

    I recently ran across a site that looks like they sell cabs similar to the one the OP posted about called Tractor Cab Depot. They also have a free heater promo going on with a purchase of a full cab. I don't know how good it is, but it's a 12volt 300 watt heater. Looks like they have something available for your JD 4120 rlhatejd, might be worth checking out

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