Lets grow the sport
I see a lot of questions about wide frame and narrow cub frames for diesels. If you plan on using an original frame I think the 82 series is the way to go. Personally I don’t like using a stock frame for a few reasons. I find they are not very sturdy and after you remove what you don’t need they are full of holes.
The other reason is the wheel base is too short.
The rules allow for a 56 inch wheel base and I have found a long wheel base makes for a calmer tractor that tracks true.
I machined inside the housing and pressed a cup up inside. I then put lower cup into a bushing and use the stock cub threaded cap to set the load on the bearings and locked it with the stock style cotter pin.
Not completely happy with it but better than stock.
I will at some point change it out. I really do not like the cub cadet steering box.
I find it never works very well. I removed the cheap plastic bearing cage and balls and replaced them with a cup and cone setup.