Just how stiff are they supposed to be? I just purchaced a 2001 Lazer Z Hp and my stering levers feel more like a rowing machine! Way too much resistance for me! Granted it is cold outside and my shop is only around 35 deg. but still, I mow in the cold too and from driving it around my property it seems really hard to control. The system I am used to is that on Dixon mowers, they just use springs that slightly pull the drive levers in the opposite direction you are pushing them...if that makes any sence. Question is: Is there a way to adjust the resistance on the dampeners, or are the new dampeners less stiff? Could I just remove them completely? I looked a Hustlers design and from what I recall they don't use dampeners at all on the levers. Thanks for the info, I look forward to getting a mulch kit and trying it out this spring. Oh... another Q: Same sort of topic... can the drive levers be raised up at all? I'm about 6'4" and the levers are nearly right on my legs and if I would have to move my leg to avoid something it hits the lever.