This tread documents how I modified a first-generation 2008 61" Stander to increase it's rear track from 47" to 53", mounted larger 22x11-10 tires, improved the balance by moving the rear axle forward 1-1/8" after stretching the frame 2, and improved the ground speed from stock 8.4 mph to a calculated 9.2 mph. This was done without welding for less than $300 in materials (not counting new tires, because I used the old tires and wheels as replacements for my 52 Stander). The modified 61 handles better, has better flotation, and grips hill better than even a stock 52 Stander. Wright addressed some of these issues (wider track using special wheel motor mounts, and a 9.5 mph ground speed) with the second-generation (2010) fixed deck Stander. The new Stander still is relatively nose heavy (compared to the 48 and 52), and lacks the larger tires. On older Standers, the 61 deck weighed about 50 lbs more than the 52 deck, and all that weight was sdde out front, which impaired the handling. Ill give the details in later posts about how the modifications were done . Here are photos of a second-generation (2005) small-frame 36 Stander, a 2004 52 Stander (no fenders, replacement Kohler engine), and the modified 2008 61 Stander for comparison.