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About bds1984

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  • Birthday 01/14/1984

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  • tractors
    C-165 HD 8-speed
    520-H
    C-145 Auto
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    C165

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    Kalamazoo, MI
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    Woodshop teacher

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  1. known issues k341 ?

    I've had mine for over twenty years in a C165 and not a single issue to speak of. It has been the best single cylinder engine I've ever had and definitely underrated in power! I think you'll be hard pressed to find anyone to speak ill of a K341!
  2. Is an 18HP Briggs L-Twin worth rebuilding?

    It has ball bearings on the crank so it can be an almost drop in replacement for a Kohler. I'd rebuild it and save it for a rainy day.
  3. M14 Tach & Hour Meter

    The tach isn't going to know what engine it is connected to, twin or single cylinder. As long as the fly wheel has the same number of magnets, it'll read the pulses correctly. I have a 520 tach on my K341 and M18 with no issues whatsoever. Just connect the tach signal wire to one of the stator wires and run her!
  4. Onan to kohler k series swap

    I doubt a stubby crank would work. Remember there will be two pulleys on the side. You may be able to swap pans on the singles, details are in the article I shared with you. If you go the twin-cylinder Kohler route, make sure it was off a Whee Horse or has a spec number that indicates the engine has crank bearings that can handle the side load a Wheel Horse clutch puts on an engine... ie, clutch pushing against the engine. I went through this when I put an M18 from a Cub Cadet on a 520H so now I can only push/plow snow and pull trailers since this engine has the wrong bearing type for a Wheel horse PTO.
  5. Onan to kohler k series swap

    For simplicity, look for the large base oil pan. Some say the small base with the cradle mount vibrate too much like an old Harley. I can say that mine really don't as I have new rubber mount on one and the K341 has the balance gears removed and is on good mounts. But I would look for the large base anyways for simplicity. All Magnum singles are the large base. I think that if you stay with a K-series 10hp and over, they will be 1-1/8" shaft like your Onan is. I would shoot for a 14-16 hp engine especially if you are running a 48-inch deck, if not, an M12 or K301 will be just fine. Having not have worked on a P216 yet, I am going out on a limb by saying it should have the same ignition system as its big brother, therefore I should work on any K-series. Good luck finding a good running M16 or K341 that is affordable!
  6. Onan to kohler k series swap

    What oil pan does your K-series have? If your replacement engine has battery ignition, I'm pretty sure you can use the existing wiring as is. If your replacement engine is a Magnum, you'll have to do some rewiring of the ignition switch to be able to shut off the engine since the ignition switch will ground out the coil out on any Magnum engine. You will probably need a drive belt cover plate off a single cylinder machine since they're slightly different or if you have a sawzall, that'll work, too. I've replaced an M18 with a K321 and a P220 Onan with an M18. It really isn't that difficult once you have all the bits in front of you.
  7. I need some Input

    I think it would be much easier to take the engine out of the 518 and put it in the 414. I see nothing wrong with doing this swap!
  8. Carb rebuild kit?

    Search on ebay for K321, K301, or K341 carb and you'll see them pop up. I've paid between $23 and $40 for them. You may have to use your original choke shaft since some of them are 180 degrees off. There have been a few threads on here that discusses them. I don't advocate buying MADE IN CHINA items, but the cost and ease of install have saved me time and money when an OEM carb is pushing $200.
  9. Carb rebuild kit?

    If you don't feel like rebuilding, or the kit costs too much, I run the $25 carb specials you often see online. Four machines of mine have been running them for the last three years without any issues and have pretty much been bolt on and go.
  10. Electric cluches

    I think we're getting two different types of loads confused here in respect to what engine I have on my tractor; Radial and Axial. All of our machines have a radial load applied to our engines whether the crankshaft is horizontal or vertical. Radial loads are perpendicular to the crankshaft via the belt riding on the pulley. An axial load is parallel to the crankshaft which is present only when either type of engagement lever is used to push the PTO bell against the friction clutch disc; this force requires the engine to have ball bearings on the crankshaft OR a thrust washer somewhere on the crankshaft to handle this type of load (force) like the 11 HP and 16 HP B&S engines on the Work Horse models have. The engine on my 520 came out of a Cub which only has bushings and cannot handle the axial pressure from a WH clutch which is why I want to install an electric clutch to allow me to use the machine for something other than plowing or pulling. Electric clutches don't exhibit the axial load and I don't feel like ponying up a hundred bucks just to find out that the crankshaft is too short for the clutch, hence why I asked my original question.
  11. Electric cluches

    I'm debating on installing an electric cluch on my 520H so I can run attachments on it. Right now it has an M18 off a yellow machine that is not capable of handling a side load like a WH spec engine can. I want to put an electric clutch on it, however, there is only 1.5" of crankshaft beyond the drive pulley. Is this enough to install an electric clutch?
  12. C145 Auto w/48" deck for sale

    Leak has been fixed and fender replaced with a steel one. She is ready to mow!
  13. What have you done on your WH today?

    I replaced a leaking hydro line on my C145. It is unbelievable how far I had to dig into her to replace it! The easy part of this job was replacing the fiberglass fenders with a metal one I found at the local junk yard.
  14. I am in the process of dianosing a leak on my C145's transmission. I believe I have it narrowed down to the rubber line going into the oil filter housing. When I grab the line, it moves a considerable amount. Is that normal? On my 520 the line does move, but not like the C145's, and doesn't leak a drop. Also, what would the pressure going to the oil filter be?
  15. Front tires for snow plowing

    I have a dedicated plow tractor, 1988 520H, that has loaded ags on in reverse and with a 25 pound weight bolted to the wheel. It actually steers pretty good except when I'm trying to push a big pile of wet snow while turning or when it is super icy out!
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