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  1. #11
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    Default Re: MF 231 steering cylinder

    I suppose MF could have used two different kinds stearing cylinder attangements but, my best guess is that your tractor is some other model. It'll be interesting to see whether I'm right or wrong.
    Last edited by stuckmotor; 05-02-2013 at 04:31 PM.

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    Default Re: MF 231 steering cylinder

    It just occurred to me that the dealer who quoted the price for the expensive cylinders knows whether he priced a single cylinder or two. Maybe another call to him would clear up the matter.
    If you start an 'Identify this Tractor' thread, a photo of the steering cylinders would be helpful.

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    Default Re: MF 231 steering cylinder

    I took my steering cylinders to a tractor place near here in the community of Burns, TN, who I believe had been a MF dealer at one time, or his dad was years ago. at any rate he had plenty of experience with MF parts. anyway, he took a look at what I had and ordered me an aftermarket replacement that has a rebuild kit available for it for about half the price of what the others are. the important thing is that at least for now, parts are available to fix a future problem should the need arise without breaking the bank. he wanted to keep my parts to make sure the replacements are compatible, but they sure do look the same judging by the picture.
    hopefully, this problem is solved and now I can get back to finishing out a 24 x 30 shed. this shed pales in comparison with the shed recently illustrated here, but just finishing it out with awnings and such strains my carpentry skills, not to mention my understanding of providing for dead and live loads on structures.

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    Default Re: MF 231 steering cylinder

    Fantastic! Did he think it's a 231?

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    Default Re: MF 231 steering cylinder

    yes, but still he had some reservations due to the big rear end and the wet brakes and such. I had previously talked to him about all this and he even showed me all the places to look for MF serial numbers. going to end up being a heinz-57 variety I guess.

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    Default Re: MF 231 steering cylinder

    The big rear end is the first thing that struck me about a 261 it might be standard on a 231 as well. I still can't figure out the two steering cylinders though.

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