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I noticed that a few of metal bearings on 9600 have significant side to side moment at end of the day but tightens up after greasing. I want do conversion to wood blocks but dont have plans on this year, can you replace the loose bearings with wood or would that throw everything off. My feeling would be all or nothing, anyways just a thought.
 

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In the past..the 9000 series combines had two style of wood walker blocks..the old square blocks like 7720/8820...then a caged smaller set of wood blocks...then the pewter/pot-metal blocks(many older combines converted to metal blocks).

There are wood block kits available for the 9600...however you have to take the little rings loose on the crank journal and slide them to the side(and re-tighten)...Check Abilene Machine or All State Ag Parts..

I put a set in a customer's 9600 and I believe he got the parts from Abilene
 

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You dont need to change them all at the same time. Our 9600 only had some of them done last year....did the rest for this year. The bigger issue is if the bearings are completly worn out they can break and it makes a mess of your walker.
 

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Thanks, I find them very annoying and I like our wood bearings on 8820. How hard is it to change the front ones? Doesnt seem like a lot of room back there.
It helps to have a skinny kid around to help with the front ones. I was younger when we did our 9610 and we used a forklift. Run the forks together and use them to lay on and shimmy in through the side doors. Its tight but worth it to get rid of those stupid pot metal grease eating jokes deere put on from the factory.
 
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