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2006 Cub Cadet Volunteer Diesel - damaged transmission/transfer case


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Hi all.

Some time ago I've purchased a 2006 Cub Cadet Volunteer 4x4 through an auction. I have just found this forum and hope you can help me or give me some ideas.

The problem here is that it was a non-runner with an "engine issue". There was some small wiring issue which I already fixed and started the engine (CAT/Perkins). To my surprise it didn't move after I put it in gear. After doing a small investigation I realised somebody took out whole CVT transmission and it lacks few gears and shafts in the transfer case. I called the dealer for a quote and the total cost of repairing it by myself on new parts makes it financially pointless.

Hence the question: do you think it's possible to swap the CVT and transfer case from some other UTV/vehicle? Or should I just scrap it/sell it for parts? I've been looking for an used transfer case but didn't find anything in US nor in EU.

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I don't know who is the original manufacturer, but I believe that Cub Cadet UTV'S are actually a rebadged unit, usually a Chinese company. Someone here with much more knowledge than me will hopefully chime in with the details. That may be helpful to your search. 

Sorry I couldn't be more helpful. 

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Already tried that. I've seen some parts for Hisun that supposedly fit Cub Cadet UTV but deifinitely not Volunteer diesel looking at the pictures. This thing is build by MTD and also sold as Massey Ferguson MF20MD but that got me nowhere so far 😕.

But thanks for suggestion!

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The problem with finding a transmission to fit, is that it's probably fairly uncommon. So yeah, you could find a new transmission, but like you said, it's expensive. I can't imagine that there's too many donor  diesels around though. You'd need a wrecked one at that. And it's likely a much different transmission from the gas models. You might have better luck finding a gas engine with the transmission attached from a donor vehicle. Which is probably a lot more common.  But you'd probably want the wiring harness as well as the CPU. If it's an injection type motor. 

Marrying a different brand of transmission to your motor isn't possible with anything less than expert level skills. And probably more money than it's worth. But you might put in a motor, transmission combo. The fabrication skills are much less for that, although still a daunting task.

Personally, I'd either cut my losses, and call it a lesson learned. Or use extreme patience, and keep searching for the right donor vehicle. Or you might try to find one that's running, and then you'd have a parts vehicle.

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