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He Made an ATV Out Of A John Deere Snowmobile
I made an ATV out of a 1979 John Deere 340 Trailfire snowmobile. The rear wheels, axle and spindles are off a garden tractor, and the front wheels and axle are off a riding mower.
††††I first unbolted the skis and track, then welded the axle and spindles on front. I fastened metal brackets to the rear axle and bolted it to the snowmobile frame. I also welded on a sprocket at the center of both axles and ran a big chain down the middle to provide positive traction. I didnít modify the 2-cycle, 340 cc engine, drive system, or controls at all.
††††The machine still sounds exactly like a snowmobile, and I donít have to give it much gas before it really gets going. Itíll go up to 50 mph. I bolted fenders from the riding mower over the rear wheels. The back end of the machine was real light so I bolted a pair of heavy duty truck brake rotors on inside the rear wheels to gain an extra 15 lbs. (Dean Wirick, 7005 St. Rt. 68 N., West Liberty, Ohio 43357 937 699-0399)

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2015 - Volume #39, Issue #4