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Correct Axle Bushing For 1971 Ariens Sno Thro

Hi guys,
I am in the process of changing my axle bushings.
In my parts catalog, they list (two) different bushings. A reference number (55) for 7H.P. only, 55030 or a reference number (104) 55039 I guess for non 7 H.P.?
My machine is a Sno Thro model: 910995 with serial 059091. Tractor: 910962 with serial 037197.
I had the 7 H.P up until I repowered in 2011.

What is the difference between the two bushings?

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Size matters as much as we hate to hear it:-). Long story short, what's the axle spec out at? Can cheap out any bushing that fits around the axle and goes in the tractor body.
I think the original part number is what I'd go with.
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Since we're looking for the wheel axle bushings the "Tractors" numbers are the ones we need.

On Ariens PartsRadar it specs 05503000 (Used only on models 910962,910954 & 910942). 55030 is the old number.

Shopping for 05503000 - - > https://www.google.com/search?sclien...rch&q=05503000

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Short answer from a quick look at both part numbers: 55030 is for a 7/8" axle and 55039 is for a 3/4" axle.

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When I went over to the dealer, I told him the machine I had. When I got home, they were the incorrect bushing. I think he gave me a 5503(5). They were way bigger than the shaft. I went back the next day and got the 55030.

The job has gone smoothly. Having the correct punches is the whole job. No roll pins were rusted in. I guess giving them a little shot of oil or WD-40 for all these years paid off.

I figure the bushings were about half worn and were the originals. I can not complain after 45 years of service.

I am at the point where I am ready to reassemble everything, but I wanted to look around and trouble shoot. So I checked out the friction disc. There is more rubber on the original than on the spare replacement disc I bought about three years ago. So that is not getting changed. I did call the dealer to ask what that job would cost. I was told it's an $80 labor bill charge and which happens to be the most difficult disc to change.

The other thing that I noticed was... that the sprocket above the differential assembly moves/slides about 1/8". Should it? I do not see any kind of pin that is supposed to keep them from sliding. In the parts manual I see two bushings in the illustration, but it looks a bit different than how my machine is set up. The 2" bolt that holds it in place seems like it can be taken out pretty easily, but before I even start anything, I'd figure I'd post this and ask.
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The 55035 bushings are for a 1" shaft. Those are normally used for the auger shaft on the sides of the bucket.

My guess is the sprocket is just worn. You could probably shim it.

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Does anyone know if that top left gear and the sprocket to the right with the chain it is supposed to have any side to side movement? I am getting about 1/8" (strong) of side to side movement. I did notice about 4 light rub marks on the right side of the differential gear which I would guess was caused by the chain. I am not getting any up and down movement, just side to side.


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Does anyone know if that top left gear and the sprocket to the right with the chain it is supposed to have any side to side movement? I am getting about 1/8" (strong) of side to side movement. I did notice about 4 light rub marks on the right side of the differential gear which I would guess was caused by the chain. I am not getting any up and down movement, just side to side.

yes .there should be some play side to side. 1/8 " or so is about right.

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Just an update. The bushings are in and I left the sprocket gear alone. I did how ever... add a thin spacer to the right side of the shaft. It filled in the slop okay. I think just enough. It is all back together now. A little touch up in the impeller area and I will be all set for the winter season. Hopefully I will not have to use her.
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