Adding Weight to Cub's Front End

Sat Aug 07, 2010 4:41 pm

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30 to 40 pounds of additional weight added to front of Cub. Front end of Cub gets a bit light when climbing the Missouri Ozark hills.

Top bar is solid 1 1/2" square and bottom bar is a solid 1 1/2" round.

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Re: Adding Weight to Cub's Front End

Sat Aug 07, 2010 5:26 pm

What better way to add weight. :wink:
That's out of the way and I'm sure you've got it tight with the set screws so there's no rattle.
You can even add weight if needed. I like it Eugene. :big afro:

Re: Adding Weight to Cub's Front End

Sat Aug 07, 2010 9:28 pm

Be sure you don't catch it on a stump.

Re: Adding Weight to Cub's Front End

Sat Aug 07, 2010 9:55 pm

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Another shot. The weights do not hang down as far as it appears in the first two photos.

I plan on adding one more weight to the bar.

Re: Adding Weight to Cub's Front End

Sat Aug 07, 2010 10:03 pm

Eugene:

Interesting solution. Is the additional weight noticeable when the Cub is going uphill :?:

Re: Adding Weight to Cub's Front End

Sat Aug 07, 2010 11:10 pm

I see what you have done and applaud it. Yet I wonder if the same amount of weight out at the high wheel when run ning side ways on a bank would help more. I realize you are talking about up and down, not sideways. I need weight for sideways on a hill and found that 2 front weights on each wheel of my Lowboy help quite a bit.
I only mention this that a third person not as knowledgeable as you and I not hurt themself.

Re: Adding Weight to Cub's Front End

Sun Aug 08, 2010 8:41 am

Eugene wrote:Image
Another shot. The weights do not hang down as far as it appears in the first two photos.

I plan on adding one more weight to the bar.

Dang Eugene, you should have told us to put our sun glasses on first. I like those after market tie rods. Now that's nice. :wink:

Re: Adding Weight to Cub's Front End

Sun Aug 08, 2010 8:57 am

Weights added low help with stability. Given the small front tires, liquid ballast would not add much weight. Low center of gravity is very desirable. And wheel weights, I believe, stress the steering and front end components the least. Plus wheel weights are least likely to interfere with mounting and use of implements. I started driving before power steering and always strive to steer only when the vehicle is actually moving. That reduces stress on all the components. Added front weight increases the chance of the dreaded left front engine block crack. And inexperienced guest drivers increase the chance of the block crack.

Re: Adding Weight to Cub's Front End

Sun Aug 08, 2010 12:06 pm

Here is some good information on tractor stability.

http://www.nstmop.psu.edu/tasksheets/4. ... bility.pdf

Re: Adding Weight to Cub's Front End

Sun Aug 08, 2010 6:16 pm

Dimensions as shown. 1 1/2" square and round stock. 18" long. End pieces are 10" long with the bolts spaced 7" on center. Square and round stock drilled and tapped for 1/2" diameter bolt. End piece holes, same diameter.

Corner, about 1" of lower rear edge of square stock was ground off where implement bolt holds bar to bolster.

This effort was a first attempt. Material used was what I had on hand. If you have to buy square stock - the bolster will support a bar about 36" long - so you may not need the lower weight.

Why I need the additional front end weight. I need to climb a tractor trail up hill to the more rolling upper area of the acreage. The tractor trail is rock studded, typical soil in this area. When a tractor rear catches a rock, the tire rolls the rock to the rear - down hill. Momentarily the tractor's forward motion stops. When the tractor tire gains traction the tractor front end has a tendency to lift.

Re: Adding Weight to Cub's Front End

Sun Aug 08, 2010 9:57 pm

Bus Driver,
Thanks for the info on stability. It's to the point and well illustrated. Provides a good way to visualize how to remain in CG.

Re: Adding Weight to Cub's Front End

Mon Aug 09, 2010 8:16 am

Bus Driver wrote:Here is some good information on tractor stability.
http://www.nstmop.psu.edu/tasksheets/4. ... bility.pdf

Thanks Bus Driver....stuff we kinda knew by experience...Now know the "why" and "how".