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Craftsman CTX9500 Garden Tractor Sleeve Hitch Modification

Craftsman Garden Tractor Sleeve Hitch Modification -
I hope you can bare with me on this, as it is the first video I’ve ever made. Thanks for watching.This is the Manual Sleeve Hitch, Model#  71-24586, recommended for my Craftsman CTX9500 Garden Tractor, Model# 107.25007  sold by Sears.
The Side Mounting Brackets didn’t match any existing Bolt Holes in the Tractor frame. Since I had to drill the mounting holes I decided to use 1/2″ Bolts instead of the 3/8″ Bolts supplied with the Hitch.
I mounted the bottom of the Sleeve Hitch to the existing Tractor Hitch Hole as required, but the Hitch sat too close to the ground to use.
I raised the Side Brackets 2″ and made a 2″ Bushing, made from a 3/4/” Water Pipe, to support and stabilize the Lower Hitch Plates where they are bolted together with a 5/8′ Bolt.When I decided to convert the Sleeve Hitch to Electric Power, I ordered the Upper Mounting Plate from Sears. It has a 1/2″ Lift Bolt Hole instead of the original 5/8″ hole.
The Linear Actuator has 1/2″ Bolt Holes on each end.
The Lift Bolt Hole on the Sleeve Hitch Arm is 5/8″ and I didn’t like the new 1/2″ Bolt in such a large hole.
So I made a “Sleeve Bushing” from a piece of 3/8″ Water Pipe.
That little Bushing is shown at the end of the video.Many thanks to the kind people at MyTractorForum.com for all of the help and encouragement.
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