Reinstall Excavator Track Idler - Link Belt 3400

Well, the bracket didn't quite work out like I wanted see I had to chisel out on the right side of it there to get it to notch around that piece, I didn't quite make it deep enough, which I thought I'd made it too deep. Honestly I thought it was gonna just roll around on there, but it wasn't quite deep enough. So you had notched it. So it would fit over the tip of that angle iron and I think I've still got space to get a socket on my. Oh, my Greenery there, which need to figure out right now. Let me, actually. Let that out and try to push this idler in some for when we go to put the track back together.

But anyway, I'll be surprised at that little bitty, thin strip of metal, Everlast's it'll, probably bend over against the grease hurt somehow, and then give me hell in the future. But for right now anyway, it's done, and I got the idler all the way in. So yeah, turns out it is not.

It is not uniform. You got to get it in right side up, I, didn't. Guess that I just thought since the grease zero turned around what ATI. Just flipped the idler over 180, but doesn't work that way anyway, she's in now there's something kind of silly, but something I'm proud of I. Guess, this is the idler on Rose. We've got it pulled out because we had to break the track anyway to replace that final drive.

But while we had it out I wanted to fix this. This idler assembly, most you all watch this probably know this. But this is what keeps you track tight, it's, your tensioner system. And the way it works is you just push grease into.

The desert here, which pushes this whole piston out against a brace, which will then in turn push the wheel out against your track, it's a very simple mechanism, but you can't use it if you can't get to this dirt now, there's that piston, it shouldn't really have any reason to want to rotate, but it can there's nothing to keeps it from rotating, or at least not without this bracket. This little bracket I just made, but I'll try to see if I can let's see if the camera will see in here with the lighting I'm. Not sure if it will or not, yeah. So right back there. This is where the idler slides in and right back there at the back. You see that little triangle, well, just to the right of Center that's, a little brace that when you put the square bracket that I have on here, the square bracket fits around that triangle, point, and basically we'll keep this cylinder from being able to rotate it's, very just simple.

It just it's. If it tries to rotate it just hits a little of bump. It doesn't have to be anything. Real strong because it doesn't really have any incentive to rotate it just need to have some sort of stop now years ago, when I was working on this idler I, didn't know what that thing was for I took out trying to pull the idler out, and then I forgot to put it on when I put the idler back in and was like, oh, well, what the hell it'll be okay without it and hopefully, well, it wasn't. So my this dirt had rotated around to the back, it was behind the cylinder and I could never really get to it to. Grease up that cylinder. Luckily, the track never really went too slack on me.

So it didn't matter. But now I made me this little bracket yesterday since we have the track apart. Anyway, I went and pulled it out, and I couldn't find the factory bracket I had it around for years. And then finally, threw in a way thinking I'll, never need that or throw it away. I want it right?

But this is just a piece of plat steel and I hope it'll hang on there. The only real problem is these bolts they're, not through it. There's a notch the piece of steel wasn't quite wide enough to actually go to blow a hole straight through, so I just made a notch I, tighten them down as tight as I could. But once this is on there, this is going to be pinned flat against that back wall. So the bracket won't be able to move backwards to fall out of these notches I'm, not really sure what it would take for it to like how it could rip its way out of there, I'm sure to find a way if this thing got real loose somehow and that either. Bounced a little then it could these have worked their way loose or something, and then it could just fall out.

But anyway, I just found a piece of flat steel and I wedged. It up in the wedged up in the track over there. And one of the cracks in the track as a vise basically just heated it up with the torch and bent it here. And then just cut the notch out.

So I couldn't be able to get a socket on this to take it out if I have to that's how you loosen your track. You just take this greaser. It all.

The way out, and it'll just ooze grease out, so I should be able to get a socket on there to take that out if I have to. So yeah, anyway, I, trying to show that to you guys just real basic. You know, if I were to try to go get that I would have to call link-belt I doubt. They'd have in stock because it's an older machine. So they have to order it probably be like, 40 bucks for the bracket and I wouldn't, get it for three more days today, Sunday. The new final drive is supposed to be in tomorrow.

So we're. Hoping to get it thrown in tomorrow afternoon. So my project for today, one of them. One of my projects for today is to get this idler, put back in it just slides in there's other than just its sheer size, it's, really not that difficult to work with. And for lifting it up, you just have to be able to cable hook or something through here.

This is kind of your left point. And the whole thing is pretty balanced. So you can just lift it up and just kind of fly it in there. And once you get it started in you. Just use a pry bar to give you some leverage.

You just kind of fly it in and these big springs, I'll slide right into that barrel. It gets a little tricky because those Springs will get caught up on the edge of some bracing. But like I said, just a good crowbar and the right amount of tension on it. And you can pretty well just scooter, right in there I've done it by myself before so, and I did it before me? Did it I didn't even have the tractor, so I had to do it all with the bucket of the. Excavator trying to curl it in tight. So it should be actually easier today having tractor as an independent machine to kind of assist.

But yeah, just want to show you that nothing. Crazy, it's, it's, super simple, little bracket, but I'm kind of proud of it just because I thought to do it and managed to actually find a piece of junk iron and that's. One of those things about farm life. I, guess, you know, that's. Why farmers tend to keep a lot of junk and scrap around it's because times like this, you find a use. For it and save you a lot of time in many I'm, sure you guys this best I'm here, setting aside the back in and actually taste, and it's working. Okay, I'm going to see if I can get a little more maybe actually show you guys the camera from now where it binds now right here that makes me.

Thank the back end needs come down back in can't. Come down. Huh?

I had this thing all washed and cleaned out. So I know, it's not note up on top any mud or anything it's on. And it is hitting hard in there, though it's, not. All the way in not even close all right, you come with it again, I figured out well, I ain't reminded. These things are not uniform.

See that has a different profile. I thought you could flip it in right side up or upside down, but it doesn't appear to be the case. I think that's why it was hitting where it was. Because if you look inside here in the beam, if you guys can see that or not, but there's, a definite taper profile towards the back that should fit the tapered profile of I.

Think this fan how it. Kind of curves. So anyway, I got yanked out flipped over I spun the grease art around 180 degrees.

Now, I'm going to stand it up and try to get it slid back in there. Hopefully the second time is faster than the first put the ratchet strap. You don't really need a lot of weight. But it gives you a way to whip it out at this end run it around that string and back up put the back on my chain. Here give me more balance lift on the fender, really your balance point should be that little inside here. Will drop the best kind of compensate that takes it back up once I got that on I just got it picked up now left in there. So now you got a rakish drop-off.

But once you get that leading edge in then the hook of the strap was to catch right here, but frame strap off and maybe get my chain back out or my hook back out of here, change Oh. Now let's see if I can slide the puppy in the rest away, grand finale, you guys get it off Thanks just long enough, but I got rained on I wouldn't have to pull it back. Out put, it back in I would have made it without getting rained on a buddy. Now, I'm filthy. Alright, see our little bracket in here. Stop video.

So here's, my little bracket. And it doesn't look like pulling back all the way that it needs to like I, didn't quite build it thick enough. So I, don't know if that'll work or not I try to reach in there, if I can't somehow I'm trying to rotate that a little if I rotate it down, just a little drop over have to try to work leave that bracket work. Well, my.

Bracket didn't quite work out like I wanted see I had to chisel out on the right side of it there to get it to notch around that piece, I didn't quite make it deep enough, which I thought I'd made it too deep. Honestly I thought it was going to just roll around on there, but it wasn't quite deep enough. So you got notches, so it would fit over the tip of that angle iron and I think I've still got space to get a socket on my. Oh, my Greenery there, which need to figure out right now. Let me actually let. That out and try to push this idler in some for when we go to put this track back together.

Anyway, I'll be surprised at that little bitty, thin strip of metal, Everlast's it'll, probably bend over against the grease hurt somehow, and then give me hell with a future. But for right now anyway, it's done, and I got the idler all the way in. So yeah, turns out it is not. It is not uniform. You got to get it on the right side up I, didn't. Guess that I just thought since the grease zero turned around 180 I, just. Flipped the idler over 180, but doesn't work that way anyway, she's in now moving on.

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