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    Default Aftermarket Toplink holder...

    After my "wife" bent the OEM Kioti toplink when raising the rear weight, I had to get a *gasp* JD toplink (closest dealer to me)....well, the ends are larger ID (stronger) but will not fit in the OEM Kioti top link holder. To resolve this, I welded a half chain link to the body of the top link which conveniently doubled as a chain holder for the PTO shaft cover! Pics...




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    Clever and thank you. I think I am going to use your idea.
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    Still trying to find a holder for my Fit-Right hydraulic top link.
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    Default Re: Aftermarket Toplink holder...

    Quote Originally Posted by murphy1244 View Post
    Still trying to find a holder for my Fit-Right hydraulic top link.
    You could use a link of chain, run a hose clamp through the link, tighten it up around the cylinder in the proper place so as that the OEM retainer would hook onto the link. Simple and inexpensive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MtnViewRanch View Post
    You could use a link of chain, run a hose clamp through the link, tighten it up around the cylinder in the proper place so as that the OEM retainer would hook onto the link. Simple and inexpensive.
    Don't want it to look like a Fred Sanford special. using a tie down strap now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by murphy1244 View Post
    Don't want it to look like a Fred Sanford special. using a tie down strap now.
    By chance if you were to twist the OEM holder hook 90 degrees, would that then latch onto the hydraulic port? That is what I did for my 3215 and it is about perfect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MtnViewRanch View Post
    By chance if you were to twist the OEM holder hook 90 degrees, would that then latch onto the hydraulic port? That is what I did for my 3215 and it is about perfect.
    I tried to bend it, no go
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    That actually looks like a BE (Braber Equipment) top link, the deere top links are painted black and have handles bent on either side for adjustment vs/ the single rod through middle of the cylinder. Very clever idea for the top link holder, I like your thinking.
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    Default Re: Aftermarket Toplink holder...

    I have an old JD top link that had a rod thru it for adjustment. I took the rod out and put the hook in the hole, works good and stays there. Just drilling a hole about 5/16" might help you out.

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    I went to Home Depot. Got a length of 1/4" zinc plated rod. With a hammer and a vise I bent into shape. I even slid a piece of clear 3/8 tubing on the hook end to keep it from scratching the top link cylinder. Then I mounted it where the original was. You can see the original and larger toplink holder I made in the pic.
    Aftermarket Toplink holder...-3pt-latch.jpgAftermarket Toplink holder...-3pt-holder.jpg
    Last edited by MrChris; 12-01-2012 at 04:19 PM.

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