Ford 7312 Front end loader

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TSR

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Will 2 different size cylinders with respect to diameter work on a frt end loader These cyl's will operate the bucket. All appears to be the same except one is bigger than the other. Also does anyone know who made this loader, its on a '90 model 8160 Ford Tractor. Our local New Holland dealer hasn't been much help at this point. tia
 

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Probably want damage anything unless it warps your bucket. From my experience a bigger cylinder moves slower that a smaller one as it takes more oil pumped to it for it to move. Also with the larger cylinder it will for sure have more break away power than the smaller cylinder on the bucket and therefore that could warp the bucket. You don't want a warped bucket. Getting another cylinder to match would be cheaper than having a warped bucket straightened.
 

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It looks like Ford used two different bucket cylinders for those loaders, (35)(040) and (35)(040[A]) in the parts diagrams below:

https://www.messicks.com/nh/66551

An 8160 has some pretty stout hydraulics, I'd be worried about the larger diameter one having a lot more breakout force and twisting things up as jl already mentioned.
 

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