Yeah, mine has those pesky gas struts. They are magic to lift the ROPS but they are nasty to get back in after removing the ROPS.
Yeah, my *baby* has taken alot of work indeed, i'm just not sure about the engine, i hope its just air still caught in the cooling system but it seems to gurgle out a bit of air. I'm just hoping its not exhaust gas, i just need to work out how to test for it.
As for working on the spool, on the machine really is difficult, especially with the engine still in it. You should be able to gain access to the load checks without removing anything but you will need to modify a few cheap spanners to get to the plugs holding the load checks in place. Do check your centring first, you don't want to do a job like that if its not needed.
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Getting the steering just rite is a real pain in the A$$, trust me! mine still isn't rite and i just gave up.
If you are mechanically minded you will be fine, just remember with hydraulics you need to keep it clean clean clean. When you replace O rings ALWAYS oil them up before re-installing them and if you repair anything with moving parts use alot of oil with re-assembly to prevent it running dry before it fills with oil, especially with pumps! they will quickly fail if you don't.
That wire you speak of fron the front to the back may just be an earth, mine used to have that before i changed solenoids.
If its the load checks, they are on both sides, they are the caps on the side facing the hydro pump, the same side as your tube lines. There are 2 per section.
Hopefully that answers all your questions so far