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Installing 2-speed travel in a skid

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by wenzelosllc, Oct 26, 2014.

  1. wenzelosllc

    wenzelosllc Senior Member
    Messages: 406

    Does anyone know if there's a way to add 2-speed travel to a skid that doesn't have it as an option? I'm specifically looking to get a little more speed out of a bobcat 463.

    I've read that the 2-speed is controlled by basically using a manifold that blocks flow to half the pistons in the motors allowing the motor to spin faster but at lower torque. (Extremely simplified explanation obviously) Is there a way to change the current hydraulic setup to accommodate this for a reasonable price and/or is there just not enough power in the engine/ room in the engine compartment?
  2. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,870

  3. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    Not happening on your 463. You could look into slightly taller tires though...might get 1mph or so out of that, which is a decent boost for a machine like that.
  4. wenzelosllc

    wenzelosllc Senior Member
    Messages: 406

    Figured as much. Can you offer specifics as to why not?
  5. ponyboy

    ponyboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,104

    It can be done but the cost is wow
    I sold my skid and just bought a 2 speed
  6. wenzelosllc

    wenzelosllc Senior Member
    Messages: 406

    I imagine you're looking at 2 motors, a manifold or two, good chunk of hoses....

    All of which is probably fairly spendy.
  7. Team_Arctic

    Team_Arctic Senior Member
    Messages: 176

    I have an S100 same machine as the 553. my s100 came stock with 2sp I would get some diagrams and see what parts are different. FYI in high speed they are quite tippy if they hit a curb or pothole I have had to almost clean my shorts a few times