Woody, Those are called lift straps. And yes, one side usually comes off easily and one side is a pain in the butt! I can't remember if it's up or down, but play with the deck lift lever and one way or another you'll clear the hose it's hitting. Bob
I had to on mine make sure your depth control on the tractor is all the way down so you can pull the rock shaft down all the way,
then also on the lift strap you may have to take out the Bolt J hook part to allow you more wiggle room to get it off or at least back the nut all the way to the top of the J hook threaded rod and then you can get it to come off.
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