John Deere Forward Leaning ROPS (7) Mounting Options

Why would I want a Rhinohide canopy on my John Deere? Short answer it is the toughest most universally fundamental canopy that will attach to “ANY” known John Deere Tractor or mower ROPS. For example there are 7 different positions it can mount to on the severe forward sloping ROPS like the new 1025r  & if you don’t like one way you can change it to another. A lot of users leave their ROPS folded down because they have a door clearance issue & they don’t want to be constantly messing with putting it up & down. Two of the mounting options let you mount in the Folded position. With our Model E Easy Off you can remove & reinstall in less than a minute with no tools. Which is also very convenient for when you have to work around “large” tree limbs.  Rhinohide’s super tough shell Will laugh at your small limbs & even move them out of your path. Why suffer in the heat when it’s so easy to ride & work in comfort!

The John Deere forward sloping ROPS :My thoughts after two years of head scratching, experimentation and user feedback and submittals.

A wise educated friend once told me that there was an old physics’ law that says two solid objects can’t occupy the same space at the same time. I guess John Deere’s engineers didn’t care a thing about future users having an optimum user canopy experience  because they put the top section of the ROPS right exactly in the way of a normal canopy location.  The past two years  I  have struggled  with how to best solve this problem. I've come up with seven different Rhinohide canopy mounting solutions. None are perfect. Each has trade offs but we haven’t had hardly any bad feedback or reviews. .

PLEASE NOTE: I have just been advised that the ROPS legs on the newer 2025r are 2 3/8" Square. OUR
U BOLTS WILL NOT WORK! We now offer a solution. We have special brackets and U bolts to fit. YOU HAVE TO REQUEST THEM AT ORDER TIME!

Option #1 MODE B mounted under the hinge. Probably the best position for maximum shade with the ROPS up.

It could have been raised another 3" creating aprox 36" between seat and shell bottom. As shown it is 77"  high  overall. Owner wanted  overhead clearance where he didn't have to remove the canopy. The ROPS could be laid back straight. There would be about 6" headroom for a 6' person. I want to give credit and thanks to Michael Hedden for his photos & info on his 2025.

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John Hall sent this photo and remarks about his 1025R installation : This is how I mounted my top. I thought it was going to be to low, I'm 6'1 but it's just right.

OPTION #1  looks like it is going to be very popular. The nice thing is if you don't like it one way you can always change to another option.

Got my canopy installed on my JD 1025R. I used a modified option. Option 1 would have been ideal but I’m 6’4” so didn’t provide enough head clearance. I also wanted to leave ROPS upright. I ended up mounting on the upright part of ROPS but used two modifications to lower the canopy about four inches and, as important, move it back for best shading. I also got the canopy completely level. I think these mods are pretty apparent from the attached pics. Thanks! Jason Jensen

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OPTION #2  This is the first user feedback we have seen in this position. What I would think I would have done. Mounted the bracket just above the hinge with a 1 1/2" x 2" spacer made from a 2x4. This would have given the strut bend more clearance at the top and using the normal 3/8" hole on the bracket given probally about 5" more headroom.  Pictured are the Model S standard struts. Using the Model E Easy Off struts would probally mean the canopy would have to cant down a little so that the struts would come off the pins. Canopy Don

OPTION #3 MODE C brackets putting struts over the top of the ROPS All of the other canopy brands will mount to the top of the ROPS.   Provides less shade than other options.

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Here is a photo of my new Rhinohide canopy on my 2020 JD 2025R. Fits perfect, keeps me cool as advertisements states. I'm extremely satisfied in the product, performance and price! Thank you for providing a wonderful product that delivers comfort  and protection. Darrell Brown

This OPTION #5 is for the brave at heart! This option will improve Option 3 by moving the canopy down apox 9" & back 6"  to 14".

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NOTE: To achieve 7 foot clearance with the canopy removed Make the cut 11" above the hinge. As shown at 9 1/2"  the canopy top is 7' 3"  tall. Shell can be turned around for Backhoe use using the same pins. Canopy will cant upwards.

From the top of the hinge I would cut the vertical legs into 11" up. Then slide the ROPS top section down over the lower section. Using the Rhinohide brackets and U Bolts clamp the two legs together. Go ahead and install the brackets in the MODE C configuration flush with the tubing bottom.  The RhinoHide U bolts will handle the ROPS double thickness. If  you get this far contact me with a picture & I will send you two more U Bolts , plates with holes & nuts so that you will have four U bolts holding your ROPS .This will soon be a kit you can order. together.

You  can always weld the legs together then it has to be stronger then original!

We think Your new design is going to be stronger than the original because its shorter and double legged. OK whats the downside. Your Dealer is going to throw a hissyfit  when you trade it in because you altered the "sacred" factory ROPS. 

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OPTION #4 MODE D EASY OFF model where the ROPS folds back flat.  This option will allow the farthest back shell position of any. 

 If you have a backhoe you will remove the canopy & raise the ROPS to original position. If you have a BackHoe Kit installed then you can then install the canopy facing back for BackHoe use. Allows for easy shell removal for low opening entrance.

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Mounting OPTION #6

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Radical  bracket positioning.

Recently I had a gentleman who informed me that with a masters degree from an ivy league university he could not follow my videos or installation instructions. So in dealing with and trying to help him come up with a suitable  solution, I was reviewing some older pictures folks had sent in and found one that I hadn’t understood before. After closer observation I realized this person really thought outside the box with his solution and I believe we might have a new mounting Option# 6.  This gives great shade over the best possible area. Remember  above physics law. To utilize this position it will require you to fold your ROPS top back out of the way. You can always remove the canopy shell and put the ROPS back up for any dangerous work. A lot of people leave their ROPS down because of low storage issues. Did you know you are supposed to wear your seatbelt with the ROPS up. I wonder what percentage do? Option #6 in a nut shell is (see photos) the strut L brackets mount with the short leg forward (right below the hinge) (short leg looking in) with the U bolt coming around the ROPS leg from the outside looking in to attach. The 1” square strut pin will bolt/ attach to the back side of the ear looking in. There will be minimal canopy slope adjustment only what’s allowed in the U bolt slop. The canopy will slope up as defined by the bend angle in the struts. This should aid vision and headroom.

Option #7  our award winning out of the box thinking solution featuring:

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After review of your web page  it was an easy choice to purchase your product. 

Once I received it I was able to set it up in front of or on top of the ROPS.


Neither way did I like. If I put it in front of the ROPS it offered no Backhoe Shade. On top of the ROPS looked Goofy and also was just too high.  

Here is What I did. 

I know that cutting the canopy might make it snag on a tree branch and an angle screwed through at that point would cure that but in my case, no need.  don't believe this effected the funutionally one bit!  and it won't effect the warranty. Canopy Don


This also will not come off easy but unless I need to trailer it anywhere there will be no need to take it off. * Actually I think this is almost bullet proof for trailering, where can it go?)  You could use our standard Model S fixed model since it doesn't need to come off and save $40. and be even more secure in trailering.  Canopy Don

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Serves both stations very nicely. Canopy Don.

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The Model S (Fixed mounting) & Model E (Easy Off/ON would both mount exactly the same. 


RECAP of RhinoHide Features.

(1) Light weight and easily removable.

(2) Seven different mounting positions.

(3) FedEx ground shipable

(4) With the BackHoe Kit mountable over the backhoe or mount to another machine

(5) Lower Cost