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    Is anyone familiar with an adjustment for the resistance on the range shift lever on a 2008 JD 5303? This is the 9F/3R Synchronized transmission. This is the lever on the left side from the seat position and controls the ranges A, B and C. The gear shift lever on the right hand side that controls gears 1, 2, 3 and R moves much more easily than the range lever. It has always been much harder to move and I haven't given it much thought since I primarily stay in the "B" range. Had some family members using tractor today and asked why it was so hard to move. Got me thinking there is probably some way to adjust it. Any thoughts or suggestions?

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    I own two 5403s and a 5203, and all three require different amounts of effort to range shift. The 5403 that I bought new never sat outside and shifts smooth. The other two were bought used and sat on the dealer lot for a while with bad shifter boots. I removed the cracked boots on both tractors, squirted oil into the shifter base, and put new boots back on. All tractors are stored inside. This made a huge difference in shifting, but still not as slick as the original 5403. Moisture in the shift mechanism is not good. Hope that helps.

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    1998 NH 7610S w/ BushHog 2846QT loader
    2007 JD 5403 2WD
    2008 JD 5403 MFWD w/ Koyker 185 loader
    2007 JD 5203 2WD
    1971 JD 1020 restored and still farming
    1943 International Farm-All Super A restored
    2007 JD Gator 620i XUV

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kessler Farms
    I own two 5403s and a 5203, and all three require different amounts of effort to range shift. The 5403 that I bought new never sat outside and shifts smooth. The other two were bought used and sat on the dealer lot for a while with bad shifter boots. I removed the cracked boots on both tractors, squirted oil into the shifter base, and put new boots back on. All tractors are stored inside. This made a huge difference in shifting, but still not as slick as the original 5403. Moisture in the shift mechanism is not good. Hope that helps.

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    Have noticed at times would be easy and sometimes hard to move. Can't really pinpoint possible reasons why. Mine has been under barn since I owned and believe previous owner kept it inside shop. I bought it with couple hundred hours from dealer in north Alabama. Don't think it sat long on his lot. I tried looking at parts diagram and didn't really come up with any easy fixes. Sounds like you lubricated an external joint and wasn't an internal problem. May look at it little closer. Dealer recommended bringing it in and let them go over it. Would be around $450!! I can live with it for that!!!

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    If you remove the clamp on the shifter, pull the boot up just enough to pour some oil in, then reclamp the boot... it should help. You're lubing the shifter pivot and linkage in the shift tower.

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    2007 JD 5403 2WD
    2008 JD 5403 MFWD w/ Koyker 185 loader
    2007 JD 5203 2WD
    1971 JD 1020 restored and still farming
    1943 International Farm-All Super A restored
    2007 JD Gator 620i XUV

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kessler Farms
    If you remove the clamp on the shifter, pull the boot up just enough to pour some oil in, then reclamp the boot... it should help. You're lubing the shifter pivot and linkage in the shift tower.

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    Taking your suggestion and choice of words literally, it sounds like you are not suggesting a WD40 type lubricant but something more like motor oil. Am I understanding that correctly and if I am what type oil are you suggesting?

    Seems you must be pleased with the 5xx3 serious units to own three. Have you had any mechanical issues? Many hours on them? 2wd or 4wd? Thanks in advance for the suggestions.

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    As for the lubricant, I use hydraulic fluid, since it will drain to the tranny case. 2wd 2006 5403 1645 hrs., 4wd 2008 5403 1250 hrs., and 2wd 2010 5203 473 hrs. I have had no electrical or mechanical issues with any of them. Replaced battery on the '06 this year, that's it. So yes, I'm happy with them.

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    1998 NH 7610S w/ BushHog 2846QT loader
    2007 JD 5403 2WD
    2008 JD 5403 MFWD w/ Koyker 185 loader
    2007 JD 5203 2WD
    1971 JD 1020 restored and still farming
    1943 International Farm-All Super A restored
    2007 JD Gator 620i XUV

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    Sent from my Milestone X2 using TractorByNet
    Family farming since 1792...

    1998 NH 7610S w/ BushHog 2846QT loader
    2007 JD 5403 2WD
    2008 JD 5403 MFWD w/ Koyker 185 loader
    2007 JD 5203 2WD
    1971 JD 1020 restored and still farming
    1943 International Farm-All Super A restored
    2007 JD Gator 620i XUV

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    Like the pics!

    How wide is the pull type mower? Any issues pulling it in tall grass?

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    The 472 haybine is 7ft., the disk mower is 8 ft. No problem with power on either 5403. I've pulled the haybine with the 5203 as well.

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    Family farming since 1792...

    1998 NH 7610S w/ BushHog 2846QT loader
    2007 JD 5403 2WD
    2008 JD 5403 MFWD w/ Koyker 185 loader
    2007 JD 5203 2WD
    1971 JD 1020 restored and still farming
    1943 International Farm-All Super A restored
    2007 JD Gator 620i XUV

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