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Thought I would put this up here for those interested in modding their blowers.

MTD / Yard Machines 5.5 hp 179cc.
Mods I have done.

1. Impeller mod.
2. Added a Deflector handle.
3. Spare shear pin holder. Drilled holes in crossmember.
4. Wrapped handle with foam insulation for comfort.
5. Utility box installed to hold spare parts, gloves etc.
6. LED Install. Installed a rechargeable 1000 lumin LED for blowing at night.
7. Auger brace Install to tighten up the bucket limit vibration.
8. Key keeper - attached wire to handle to keep it handy.
9. Coffee cup holder. Because I can :-)
10. Chute deflector extension. * once I find the material that is.
11. Wheel mod / kit.
12. Tire repair. Chinese rubber tubes would not hold air, added Slime. It's working.
13. Flashing LED strobe (Red) 400 Lumins for operating at night.
15. 3 in. Orange reflectors on the sides of the bucket. *
16. AM FM Radio headphones.

12 of these mods are specific to my snowblower and as far as I know have not been used anywhere else. Haven't been published anyway. Help yourself.
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Did I forget anything ?
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I hear that slime is only temporary, and when you do go to fix it properly, its a real mess to clean up. I personally would have taken the tire off, cleaned and painted the rim, and put in a new valve stem.

But I also have a mini tire changer, which makes it a simple job...… If the tire itself was checked (i.e. leaking from the sidewall) then I would use a tube.

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It's a new blower. Warranty does not cover tires though. I will probably wind up replacing the tubes. These machines came with tubes so mess is minimal. Just curious as to how well this would work. They say it's good for two to three years. We'll see.

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I've had good luck with SLIME . I start out adding a couple ounces [ less than recommended ] , knowing I can add more later . Don't expect an ' instant ' fix, run the machine to turn tire, add more air if needed . Slime works best when tire has good air pressure, which forces sealer into void .
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Not sure this will work but here goes.

This was a reply to a post I saw on Facebook. Mods are addictive. Using a little 179cc. Machine as I moved and no longer needed My larger 8.5 hp. Blower. Became hard to maneuver after hip surgery. The area I have to clear now is a 20 x 80 of driveway now which is much easier to keep clean. The only mod I wish I could have made is a fuel shutoff. No room, bummer.
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It is more fun for me to modify a piece of equipment then to buy it....great ideas!
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What LED light did you use and how did you mount it? I don't have a FB account, so unfortunately I can't view your pictures. I need to do something similar to mine because blowing snow in the pitch black stinks and I have no charging system on my motor.

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What's the model number ? The photo link doesn't work for me
What is the - - > "11. Wheel mod / kit." If it's new I would think it came with some decent cleated tires

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Matt, It's a Craftsman rechargeable LED work light from Lowes. 1000 Lumins. $19.00. Lights up my entire driveway 20 X 80 at night. You can get this same design upto 5000 Lumins but it is more expensive. I attached the light with two nylon clips. Measured them with my little finger. I put around the the handle and screwed into the top of the bucket - perfect fit for mounting. Facebook is the only place I have posted the pics online. Sorry.

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The wheel kit mod is do it yourself. Took the stock skids, turned them upside down and welded a quarter inch plate on top. Drilled two holes through the plate to mount the wheel. Adjustable and doesn't wear out. Hardest part of doing this mod is removing the stock powder coat and prepping for the welder.

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