The Hustler distributor I work for has been seeing, testing, and fixing the cut quality problems recently posted here, with Hustler engineers. This is what we have determined. Dealers and customers will soon have a bolt in kit available that basically makes the front baffles of the deck, like the old or "interim" deck with the wide discharge opening. It has been our experience that the XR-7 deck is creating too much lift, and blowing the air and grass back out the front of the deck, therefore not lifting and cutting the grass properly-especially between the center and trimside spindle. In some applications, the accessory air flow kit, which lowers the front edge of the deck, has significantly eliminated blow out, but not neccessarily improved the cut quality. In most damp or wet conditions in the upper midwest, we have found that the front triangular "blow out" baffles should be removed. This will eliminate the grass from building up (on the trim side) underneath the front of the deck and help the grass remain upright before the blade cuts the grass. Lowering the blades with blade spacers, have resulted in no cut quality improvements in the midwest, but have increased impact related problems with spindle shafts, and scalping. Hustler, and their distributors, are working hard to take care of everyone experiencing these and other related problems. I encourage all customers who are seeing these issues, to contact your dealer to order this kit from their distributor. I do not currently have a part number for this kit, but will post one asap. Some dealers may not be aware of this kit, or this issue. If your dealer is unaware of this, reccomend they contact their distributor for more information. I would like to hear responses from customers in any region regarding these issues.