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PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2019 6:06 am    Post subject: 550 sway bars bent? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I removed the front axle sway bars from my 1964 550 140986 (The bars connected to the fixed axle with a pin and mounted about midway back to the machine frame) and there was considerable tension on both bars pushing them downward about four inches after release from the ball end. The pinned end was still pinned. My thoughts are I should be able to just swing these bars into the socket without use of jacks or whatever is needed to reinstall. This is with the front wheels on the ground. Anyone have any thoughts on this or is it a non problem?
 
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2019 8:12 am    Post subject: Re: 550 sway bars bent? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Is the pivot pin in the axle broken or worn real bad? Do they swing right up if you jack up the whole front end from the center of the frame?
 
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:53 pm    Post subject: Re: 550 sway bars bent? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

There is a right & a left hand--Do you have them on the right sides?
 
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2019 6:04 pm    Post subject: Re: 550 sway bars bent? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I agree with rrlund. My S55 has a well worn front axle pivot pin that allows the axle to rock (rotate) forward and backwards when the load is taken off of the axle. When the pin and bore in the axle was new the struts would have pretty much self aligned with the sockets. Jack up the front of the tractor under the frame and see if the axle is lose on the pivot pin by lifting and lowering the strut at the ball end. BTW I gave up trying to get my pivot pin out and just live with the slop.
 
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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2019 6:43 am    Post subject: Re: 550 sway bars bent? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The pins are not broken
 
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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2019 6:44 am    Post subject: Re: 550 sway bars bent? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I tried swapping side to side but did not help
 
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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2019 6:47 am    Post subject: Re: 550 sway bars bent? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

If the front pivot pin is tight and the axle pins are tight, should the ball end swing directly into the socket?
 
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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2019 9:35 pm    Post subject: Re: 550 sway bars bent? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Should go together easily if nothing is worn. Have you jacked the front end up taking all weight off the front axle yet?

Donovan from Wisconsin
 
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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2019 9:11 am    Post subject: Re: 550 sway bars bent? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

actually I discovered this while removing the front frame so I could replace the front seal. So yes, I did have the front end raised. If all the pin bores are on the same plane or 90 degrees to that plane then the arms should swing right into the sockets. I will let you know what happens when I reassemble.
 
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PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2019 4:27 pm    Post subject: Re: 550 sway bars bent? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The bore i gee axle is something like 3 or 4 degrees off com square with the axle. I repaired one once by boring out the axle then sleeving it. Was worn through the bushing and into the axle itself a good amount.

Donovan from Wisconsin
 
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PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2019 1:23 pm    Post subject: Re: 550 sway bars bent? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Now that the front is back on, I see the center axle pivot pin is worn enough to make it difficult to reinstall the bars. Lifting the front a bit allows the bars to rotate in place. Thank you all...
 
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