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Leaving Exposed Hole in Auger Belt Cover

I’m almost done with my HMSK10 upgrade to my 10000 series Ariens. My only issue is the auger cover. It wouldn’t fit with the bolt and washer at the end of the crankshaft.

I decided to drill a hole in the auger cover and now it fits, but looking back I’m not sure this was a good move. Snow could enter throw that hole and cause a belt slip.

I can’t just “fab up” some sort of cover as I don’t have a welder to make a new cover for it, so I have to stick with modifying the stock cover. Is this bolt even necessary? I was thinking of taking a plastic cover of some sort (like the cap to an aerosol can) and siliconing/JB Welding it on - would that be an OK approach?
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Iím almost done with my HMSK10 upgrade to my 10000 series Ariens. My only issue is the auger cover. It wouldnít fit with the bolt and washer at the end of the crankshaft.

I decided to drill a hole in the auger cover and now it fits, but looking back Iím not sure this was a good move. Snow could enter throw that hole and cause a belt slip.

I canít just ďfab upĒ some sort of cover as I donít have a welder to make a new cover for it, so I have to stick with modifying the stock cover. Is this bolt even necessary? I was thinking of taking a plastic cover of some sort (like the cap to an aerosol can) and siliconing/JB Welding it on - would that be an OK approach?
That plastic welding thing sounds like a good idea if you ask me. then you can repaint the cover to blend it all together.

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Ideally I'd find a way to make the cover removable in case you need to get to the bolt. But the plastic cap should do the job just fine to keep the snow out.
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Thanks guys! I'll give that cap a shot
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ducktape, the good stuff, clean the surface before hand, and/or some kind of glue/epoxy, with either method use it to attach a spray can cap

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Do you even need that bolt and washer on there? Doesn't that pulley have a set screw on it? (Kind of late now, after drilling it out.) Seems to me that if the bolt and washer were needed, that cover would have been molded to accommodate them.

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You could use the stock cover as a template and mold a new cover out of fiberglass. As far as not having a welder, the cover does not look that hard to replicate. Any good welding shop that advertises "no job too small" can help you out and usually they are not that expensive. Just get the pieces cut and shaped and they can do the welds up for you.

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Iím almost done with my HMSK10 upgrade to my 10000 series Ariens. My only issue is the auger cover. It wouldnít fit with the bolt and washer at the end of the crankshaft.

I decided to drill a hole in the auger cover and now it fits, but looking back Iím not sure this was a good move. Snow could enter throw that hole and cause a belt slip.

I canít just ďfab upĒ some sort of cover as I donít have a welder to make a new cover for it, so I have to stick with modifying the stock cover. Is this bolt even necessary? I was thinking of taking a plastic cover of some sort (like the cap to an aerosol can) and siliconing/JB Welding it on - would that be an OK approach?
I was thinking something similar to that too like a plastic cup, or a pvc end cap might hold a little better.
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depends on your budget.

i'm all for redneck repairs unless it is a show blower.

duck tape and or plastic cap cover. I use the extra strong duck tape for outdoor applications.

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That bolt and washer are not needed. The set screws hold the pulley in place. I have some original metal covers here, you can have one for free if you'd like. I have some rusty ones if you want it to look like a survivor or I can sandblast it and paint to look like new. Boston area is half hour from me, pm me your info and we can set up a meet on a weekend.
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