Heard alot saying they like the 54 " decks. I have a 50 " on my 1882 cyclops but recently acquired a 54 with mule drive. 54" has different mule drive....if i install this will i need a different belt ?
I think I'd consider switching the center pulley. You aren't doing the engine any favors for cooling running it at partial throttle under load. The V-twins in the newer machines run hot enough as it is...
I put a 54GT on my 782 (with cyclops front axle and power steering) about 15 years ago. It is a really nice mowing deck. I had to make some changes to the deck hangers and I replaced the front PTO with one that had the larger pulley. I think it would be a really nice deck for your diesel.
I do have to put my floor jack under the front of the tractor and lift it up off the ground in order to slide the deck under or to take it out for service and it wouldn't fit with larger than stock size rear tires but it does just squeeze under the tractor.