How To Disable RIO On Your John Deere GT!




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Kevin Verret: All I did was unplug the relay for the switch. Took two seconds. Just need to plug it back in if you want to undo or bring it in for warranty work.

MRJOHNDEERE3720: what kind of wire r u useing 4 the rio? im thinking about doing the same 2 my john deere x724.

Peyton S.: or just jam a pen in the pull thing that activates the blades

ffnordle: . . . Or, you could just clip a wooden clothes pin under the PTO switch.  If you don't want to void the warranty, you could paint the clothes pin in the official John Deere colors.  I got this hint from a wild man from North Carolina!  His wife figured this out.

Sandy Higdon: In my humble opinion if you have to have a trailer hitch on the FRONT of the tractor to move a trailer you shouldn't have your licence to drive.

jmod98: Thanks for this video.  I've been looking and looking at how to disable this switch.  Worked perfect on my 2012 X728.  This will make this machine much nicer to operate! 

Matthew Harbert: The issue with jamming a stick/cloth/object under the button is that if you ever needed to kill the implement fast, the task of removing the object and disabling the switch would add more time and risk to the task. (think of you running over a rock/tree root/short pole and needing to get the deck to turn off) This way your dealer probably won't notice the modifications, but they are stock looking and easy to remove. ...Please look before you back up.. Lets all be safe out there!

DJEvergreen: Thanks for the video. I have a x749 that I removed the reverse sensing lever to disable it. But I think I want to wire it up this way so my backup lights will still work.

David Foulk: Hi Harbermatt, Do not do anything to the wires on your lawn tractor.I have a 2008 X700 with 24 H.P. Kawasaki motor all I did was place a ordinary clothes pin under the P.T.O. engagement switch this will hold it in the raised reverse position there by fooling the tractor into thinking its always going backwards.I asked a John Deere mechanic and he said that this would not harm the tractor at all and he was impressed by such a simple fix.

Matthew Harbert: @CrimsonMooner Sorry, this is a pretty bad video... I was excited to share it late one evening but should have waited for daylight. Watch 1:17m again. The white jumper wire connects to the two lower/rear ports in the harness. If you have any more questions, let me know. I can re-video tape this again :)

Perry Burda: Confused, at 2:10 you crimp the jumper wire but do not say where the other end goes.

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