Bushwacker the new command lever looks identical, it is only a 1/16" or so difference. We compared it at the dealer, but it needs replacing and I can't for the life of me figure out why Polaris and Bobcat won't fix them unless someone complains forever about it, because once fixed the machines work great.
Steelersfan, I had the same problem as did many others, it was due to the command lever being manufactured slightly wrong by the company that made them for Bobcat and Polaris. After the command lever is replaced under the free field repair they have to adjust the hydrostatic system. It is a very exact adjustment process, and when done right you will like your Brutus again. My dealer ran my vin # and said mine didn't need the fix! after several months of complaining I printed out several of the forum things talking about the fix for going slow up hills and having no power when mowing. They called there bobcat rep and he said their was a fix, after a couple of weeks wait for the part, they replaced the command lever and adjusted the hydrostatic cables all for free. The 30 mile drive home on the trails was a dream come true. Instead of struggling to do 25 mph, it now did 25 mph effortlessly. The big very steep hill on the way home that I used to do 3 mph up in low, now went 10 mph in low and it didn't struggle. I even did 32 mph on a level part of the trail at full throttle. Search the the forum for more threads like this and print them off and being friendly ask them to fix it, I don't think your local dealer is trying to pull one over on you, from what I've read here most dealers don't know much about the machines and rely on there rep to fill them in.
Please keep us informed about how it goes.