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I have been looking at some anomilies on the mechanical side of the lift mech. on my 444. First I have found the deck lifting link on the right side is straight like the left side, I believe it should have an offset in it.(easy fix) Here's the kicker- The previous owner had put 1/2" bolts, nuts and washers in the middle of the slots to apparently lift the deck faster/ sooner. I also have a sleeve hitch. There is a 1/2"x2 1/2" carriage bolt going through the hole in the drawbar down through an elongated hole in the hitch. The rear of the drawbar is bent down over 1". The hitch has about 2" of "up" travel along this bolt before it hits the drawbar. My thoughts are the bent drawbar is limiting the mechanical travel. Maybe that's why the bolts were installed by the PO in the links? Is the bolt too short causing the hitch to bend the drawbar down when deck/hitch are lowered? If so, what is the correct size bolt to use? Any thoughts and/or suggestions here?