When we first started using these models one came in with a shifting issue .I noticed the shifting lever broken in two . After talking to the dealer it was quickly replace under warranty . We have 8 units 3 of the other ones were bent pretty bad . At the time we were still just hauling grass clippings .
John Deere recommendation was to put the rear shocks on the stiffest setting and to double check that the lever was at lowest point on the shaft . Seemed to help a little but were still seeing bent levers .
I did notice a clunk when making a sharp turn up hill onto a flat area . (even with no load 2 passengers) The suspension has changed from the ones at my previous course .( no issues )
Now that the warranty is over I have to figure out a cheap easy way to fix the problem .
Taking a piece of left over 1.5" square tube stock and cutting it in half length ways I'm able to extend the bottom stop plate just enough to prevent the damage .
Remove the stop plate and weld on the addition .
A little paint
and back on the machine . Less than an Hour to do both .
One of the techs at a another course was having the same problem . He made a steel narrower shifting arm to solve the same problem .
Nice little machines otherwise . One of my favorites .