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  • Deck Stabilizer Rod Post

    I need some suggestions and advice on this problem.

    I have a lane that has the posts/studs/pins where the REAR deck stablizer rods mount, are very worn out. I dont mean just the ends, where the retaining rings go. If that was the case, I could drill and tap the posts, and add the bolt/washer combo to hold them on.

    The problem is the post diameter is alot smaller than the bearings in the stablizer rod ends. It has been this way for a long time, judging by the looks of the posts. The stablilzer rod bearings actually slop forward/rearward on the post it is so worn out.

    These are welded into the pinsetter side frames. It looks as though its a complete weld around the post from the factory.

    Is there anyway to modify these posts, without having to completely grind them out, or replace the sideframes?

    I was thinking about cutting them off, and adding a regular shaft, then tapping and drilling into the original post, to hold both the new shaft and stablizer rod in place?

    Is this feasable?

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    Re: Deck Stabilizer Rod Post

    Wookie:
    This is a problem. I have found the easiest way for me, to deal with it in the field, is to establish the exact center of the original diameter of the post, then drill a 1/4" hole all the way through the post, paying attention to keep hole straight, both perpendicular and horizontal. Follow this up with a hole saw equipped with the closest size inner hole to eliminate all worn areas, but using a 1/4" rod, (installed instead of a bit). This will machine a round, true post, that can then have an a sleeve of the right size installed on it to accecpt the bearings. An alternative is to drill, tap, and bolt a new style arm on using spacers to lock the inside race of the bearing to the post, then predispose the weight of the deck to the rear. Hope of some help.
    Roscoe.
    rfm

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