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1  General / Coffee Shop / Retired on: June 06, 2014, 02:58:00 PM
It’s been a blast and I want to thank all those who helped me along the way! This is great sport, not sure when I ever had more fun doing anything. Made some great friends along the way and feel I’m leaving the sport better than when I started.  About 7 years of blood sweat and tears but with MUCH help along the way. Iowa is now a “hot bed” for mower racing. The Midwest is in great shape and growing: Dan and Doug with the River Bottom Raceway in Iowa along with Sid Woody and the NEW CILMRA President Marty Murphy aka Donkey Boy… The Illinois Posse & Tornow Brothers… Jon aka Rooster, Larry aka Teddy Bear in Kansas… Support from the USLMRA, Bruce, Kerry, Rich & Chrissy.

Maybe the one who had the most influence on me in this sport is none other than Mr. Easy Parcheesy himself Paul Krueger.

Have Fun Guys & Gals!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2  For Sale / Mowers or Complete Setups / 2014 FXT Super Mod on: May 21, 2014, 02:01:41 PM
Brand new FXT chassis built over this past winter and unraced. I did shake it down for about 30 laps prior to painting it.

I think a conservative estimate on parts alone would be over 7k plus the well over 500 hours spent building it and any custom work I paid for like paint, powder coat, machine shop and so on. I don’t think you could start from scratch and build one like this for under 10k.

Needs a new home, not willing to discuss why but has nothing to do with money the mower or my love for the sport.

There will be a National USLMRA points race in Iowa at the end of June and I would be willing to hold on to it until then with a substantial down payment.

I have not decided if I will drive it while waiting to sell it or not. 1st scheduled race is this Sunday May 25th so if you want a brand new racer for ½ price you have a few days.

$6200 and PLEASE PLEASE no tire kickers. That is a very fair price and I will be happy to discuss all day with an interested party that has the ability to do this. I was in the process of applying decals when photos were taken. I have many more of the entire build process that I can share with the new owner.

V-Twin Tecumseh originally built by Brian Smith and completely gone through by George Herrin 8 races ago. I’m not the engine man but I can tell you it is a strong engine and fairly fresh. Oil, oil filter and air filter changed after every race without exception. Have been running Brand Penn 20 – 50 synthetic blend for 3 seasons. Prior to that I ran the Joe Gibbs racing oil.

Build started with a 2014 John Deere X500 frame and everything custom built from that point.
Hood is a 2014 Troy Bilt garden tractor (can’t remember model but they only make 1 garden tractor)

Fenders started as late 70s John Deere round fenders and fabricated to fit seat and chassis.

Drive line is the vert shaft Tecumseh with a 5” double belt billet aluminum pulley back to an 8” double belt billet aluminum pulley on a custom built LAGB. I have a Tomar (Quarter Master) 4 disc jackshaft clutch on the output of the LAGB. I had a local machine shop convert the clutch sprocket to 520. Then the 520 chain back to the 1 ¼ heavy duty rear axle. I have 3 sets of springs for the clutch, 2 clutch sprockets, several axle sprockets and 2 chains.
Has the best brake set up I could afford. 10” rear rotor with a Wilwood Dynapro caliper on the rear. Has the MCP 6” front brake set up. Dual Wilwood remote mount reservoir master cylinders mounted on Wilwood 60 degree dual master cylinder / pedal mount with a built in balance bar. All braided 4AN brake lines.

Steering is something you just have to see to understand. Set up kind of like a sprint car with a drag link down the right side of the chassis.

Fuel cell is 1 gallon foam filled powder coated with roll over protected vent.

Rear bumper is chrome molly heavy duty and removable. Front bumper is also chrome molly and is part of the chassis. Nerf / crash side bars are chrome molly and part of the chassis as well. 1 ¼” chrome molly front axle. All of these pieces were custom bent in my shop to fit this chassis. I have my own tube bender in the shop I bought just for this build.

Wheels are custom built bead locks (all 4) from OMF. 8 x 8 rears with billet centers. 6” fronts. All mounted up with new Hoosier treaded tires.
Brand new Mychron 4 tach. 3 leads; AIM, head temp and RPM.

Chassis was 100% powder coated Blue Streak II.

Sheet metal painted (base coat / clear coat) Troy Bilt red.

Engine tin was painted to match sheet metal.

New Braille B3121 battery.

Custom built exhaust runs down the inside of the frame rail and out over the deck on the right side.

Sorry guys but every time I tried to attach photos it was blocked for various reasons. I'll try again later but can email or text them to you.
Well I guess the trick is to modify after you post the text portion.. LOL Worked!
3  Race and Event Announcements / USLMRA Races / 3rd Annual STA-BIL Midwest Summer Nationals Carlisle Iowa River Bottom Raceway on: May 05, 2014, 04:46:30 PM
We're doing it again!

June 28th & 29th 2014 at the famed River Bottom Raceway in Carlisle Iowa

1/10 mile flat track on the best river bottom dirt in the country

Primitive camping available at the track and just minutes from the largest city in Iowa

We've hosted some of the largest mower count National Point races in the history of the USLMRA and sure would like this one to be bigger and better than ever.

There will be live entertainment at the track on Saturday night again this year with 1 exception; it will be bring your own beverage this year! All you'll need to join the fun is a pit pass and cooler.

We will add information as it becomes available, if you have questions please ask.

Racer Contact:

Marty Murphy
CILMRA President

Doug Baber
Track Promoter

Other activities:

There will be a live band at the track Saturday night.

Downtown area within walking distance of the track.

The track concession will be open during race times.

City web site:   http://www.carlisle-ia.gov/index.htm

Hotel Information

Sleep Inn & Suites in Pleasant Hill, IA. This motel is about 10 minutes north of the track and the National staff has always stayed here in the past. There are plenty of other options available in the greater Des Moines area. If you are looking for something special just let me know and I'll do what legwork I can for you.


Other area Motels (motels close to the air port would be next closest to the track)


Camping Information:

Camping available at the track.

Yellow Banks Park is a county park about 10 miles north near Pleasant Hill that looks nice and does have electric sites, shower houses and appears to take online reservations for 9 campsites and the rest are first come. Electric camper sites are $19/night, tent sites are $13/night.

Map from Yellow Banks to Track:


Campground web site:


Webb RV Park is a private park about 9 miles east of the track. All 50 sites are full facility (50 amp elec, water, sewer, shower house). Rates are $30/night.
Webb RV Park LLC
22955 Buchanan Trail, Hartford, IA 50118
Phone: (515) 989-0574
Map from Webb RV Park to Track:
Park web site:

4  Race and Event Announcements / USLMRA Races / CILMRA RBR Race Postponed on: April 24, 2014, 09:45:55 PM
The race scheduled for this Sunday April 27th has been postponed until Sunday May 4th at 2 PM.
5  General / Coffee Shop / Spec Class on: March 17, 2014, 10:21:51 PM
Are spec classes the future? What are your thoughts? The question has been asked of me several times recently and I don't have the answers, just wondering what everyone thinks. BE NICE, just some food for thought.
6  Mower Building / Setup Help / Driveline / Gear Ratio on: December 05, 2013, 01:54:18 PM
I was attempting to figure out a final ratio for a FXT I'm building. I thought I knew what I was doing and have been running the same engine and basic tire size on a BP with a 700. The new one will have a 1 to 1 LAGB so I figure this is easy, I'll just figure out what I have for a final on the BP and subtract 3 (for the 700 running in a 25/25). According to the EC calculator that does not work, why? What am I missing? I look at that calculator and I see a 8" engine pulley to a 5" tranny pulley = .625, through the tranny through a 25/25 gear set = 3, 12 tooth tranny output to a 46 axle = 3.83. now that equals 7.46 no matter how many times I add it up, BUT the calculator tells me 7.19.

I know I'm about to feel silly and wish I would have never asked but let me have it, what did I miss???
7  For Sale / Mowers or Complete Setups / Rolling Prepared Chassis on: November 22, 2013, 02:21:23 PM
This will be complete less engine and pulleys (will include billet twist clutch in place and operational less pulleys). Wheel Horse B111 raced for 3 seasons, passed tech in 3 National USLMRA events. Local track BP points champion all 3 years.  Weighed 333 lbs. with Twin Tecumseh race ready.  I used a Rocket Ron tranny with the billet plate/support attached to the tranny and ended up bending the tranny plate in the chassis a little. I shimmed tranny to finish the season once I figured out why I was destroying belts, no more issues. I have ordered a new EC tranny plate and support cone so it can run the standard tranny everyone else runs. This will come with the chassis but will need installed.  As far as mechanical issues all I know of is this tranny plate. This ride sets low but could be lowered some more with the new rules. That would be the time to change the tranny plate.

HD 1 ¼ chrome moly rear axle - EC Hubs - 4x4 / 4x110 - Adjustable cassettes - EC front axle - Douglas wheels with near new Turf Masters on all corners - EC front brakes - 10” rear rotor w/ large Outlaw 1000 caliper - Twin MCP billet aluminum master cylinders with bias adjustment  - All braded brake lines - 700 Tranny with quick change hub and some extra parts - Stainless Steel rear hoop bumper - All frame bracing done with chrome moly tube - Odyssey PC680 dry cell battery - Matching aluminum clutch and brake pedals - 3 quart fuel cell - Mychron 3 tachometer with temp & RPM leads - All wiring complete includes tether, master pwr switch & push button starter switch - Large aluminum steering wheel - Spare stock chassis with good sheet metal (spare hood painted to match) - New seat with bolster this year. The photos were taken prior to the new steering wheel and seat, everythg else the same.

Central Iowa, asking $1,800 or reasnoable offer.

Thanks for Looking,
Curt Hodges
8  Mower Building / Setup Help / Chassis / Rear Bearing Size? on: October 17, 2013, 02:09:07 PM
What are your thoughts on rear bearing size?

1.25 x 2.440 OD vs 1.25 x 2.835

No so much about price, the cassetts are the same price, the larger cermaic bearings are about x5 on the price and the steel bearings are about x3.

I see an advantage in the cassettes for the small bearing because there is a lot more material there (stronger?)

My question is will the larger bearing spin more freely and last longer (faster and more dependable)?
9  General / Coffee Shop / Handy Lift Tables on: October 15, 2013, 04:53:08 PM
I was informed today I won a Handy Industries lift table!!! Pretty excited and wanted to give them a HUGE THANK YOU!!!  woo

"The big winner of the Handy Lift and Wheel Chock is Curt Hodges from Newton, IA! Thanks to everyone who stopped by our trailer at events this summer. Congratulations, Curt!"


10  General / Coffee Shop / Honda unveils 130 mph lawn mower on: July 17, 2013, 09:39:13 PM
Check this out.


11  Race and Event Announcements / USLMRA Races / Saline County Fair Marshall, MO - Take Two on: June 03, 2013, 01:57:49 PM
CILMRA will be racing at the Saline County Fair in Marshall, MO again this year. This will be an exhibition and is scheduled for Saturday evening July 13th, 2013. Races will start at 7PM. We should be done by dark but if not there are lights. If you pass all the safety items in tech we will find a class for you to race in.

This was a lot of fun last year with as many spectators as I’ve ever seen at a lawn mower race.  They truly loved what they saw last year and want to see more. I know the Kansas and Iowa crews will be there in full force, come join us for a good time!

Oh Yea, 2 words you all love……….. TOW MONEY!!!   woo
12  Race and Event Announcements / USLMRA Races / CILMRA at the Iowa Speedway June 1st 2013 on: April 09, 2013, 01:38:24 PM
The Central Iowa Lawn Mower Racing Association will be racing at the Iowa Speedway on Saturday June 1st (time TBD) during the I80 Iowa Grand Motorcycle Rally. This should be awesome and a great opportunity to get our sport out in front of new fans!  The bikers are going to love these mowers. This is a win win for both the Iowa Speedway and CILMRA as the Speedway will be the title sponsor of the STA-BIL National Points Race in Iowa on June 29th & 30th.

All mower racers who participate in the Rally Race will be given free admission to the Rally for the day and free tent camping, this will include your spouse.  Full camping accommodations also available for an additional cost.


I’ll provide additional details as they unfold.
13  General / Coffee Shop / Racing on Turf Questions on: April 08, 2013, 11:28:50 AM
I have never been to a race on turf but have something in the works that may require us to do so.

Looking for advice and what to plan for and expect.

I have not walked the area yet but appears to be flat and fairly smooth with plenty of room.

Track size? Water? Grip? Grass length? Anything???


14  Race and Event Announcements / USLMRA Races / 2013 Central Iowa Lawn Mower Racing Association Schedule on: March 29, 2013, 04:53:46 PM
2013 CILMRA Schedule
April 13th                Open Practice       1:00 PM   River Bottom Raceway       Carlisle, IA
April 28th             Points Race #1      2:00 PM   River Bottom Raceway       Carlisle, IA
May 26th                Points Race #2      2:00 PM   River Bottom Raceway       Carlisle, IA
June 29 & 30   2nd Annual STA-BIL America’s Heartland Summer Nationals    River Bottom Raceway
July 13th                Exhibition       7:00 PM   Saline County Fair                   Marshall, MO
July 14th                Exhibition                   7:00 PM   Marion County Fair                   Knoxville, IA
July 28th                Points Race #3      2:00 PM   River Bottom Raceway       Carlisle, IA
August 25th   Points Race #4      2:00 PM   River Bottom Raceway       Carlisle, IA
Sept. 22nd   Points Race #5      2:00 PM   River Bottom Raceway       Carlisle, IA
October 27th   Season Championship   2:00 PM   River Bottom Raceway       Carlisle, IA
November   “No Snow Let’s Mow”   TBD        River Bottom Raceway       Carlisle, IA

Sorry that's such a mess, tried to fix several times.
15  Mower Building / Setup Help / Driveline / Wheel Options on: October 29, 2012, 12:40:49 PM
We’re working on a FTS and trying to figure out wheel and tire sizes / options.  Pretty sure we’ll run 6” wheels and I’m trying to find wheels that come in all the standard widths and have bead lock options in black. Not having much luck…
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