what crops are you going to be harvesting? If you don't have a lot of high yeilding corn, you could probably get away with just leaving the front four bars on. You might then be limited by rotor loss in good corn. I personally would never take them all off unless you were doing alot of green stemmed beans or white and or edible beans in which case the tough straw will not rumble near as much, and you will have less splits. I did some experimenting in wheat and not really to my suprise, you got the best straw quality for bailing with no straight bars on, but it was much easier to throw grain out the back. Goalie, I though I saw a while back a post where you said you guys got a 6088, if that is true, be sure to let us know how you get along with it and how it compares to the 2588.