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Kenneth R Cluley

K301 points conversion

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Have a Charger 12 with K301 and  breakerless ignition. Will not fire. Have seen posts regarding conversion to points/coil ignition and "drilling" block to accommodate rod to activate points. Any help with this would be appreciated. does crank have lobe to engage pin and is this going to be timed correctly. Is it really that simple?

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:WRS:            Here is information from Brian Miller's site.

http://gardentractorpullingtips.com/ignition.htm

Convert from Breakerless Ignition to Battery-Powered Points and Condenser Ignition for Kohler engine models K181, K241, K301 or K321. (K341 and K361 engines originally did not come with Breakerless Ignition.) Instead of replacing defective cost-prohibitive Breakerless Ignition components, convert your engine to the inexpensive, low-cost and reliable points and condenser/capacitor ignition. Kit includes: new standard-output (20,000 volt) 3.0 ohm canister ignition coil w/mounting bracket, new ignition points, new condenser/capacitor, 22" length 16 gauge coil-to-points wire w/grommet and terminals, points pushrod, points cover, points cover gasket and four 10-24 UNC screws. Use the same OEM spark plug wire and ignition switch that came with the tractor or equipment. NOTE: Use a pointed #6 self-tapping sheet metal or drywall screw and a mini nail puller pry bar to remove the brass block-off plug from points pushrod hole. Do not force the screw into the plug or the plug could go inside the crankcase! Just gently thread it in a few threads, that's all it takes to pull the plug out. But if the engine block has a Briggs & Stratton points plunger plug, the plug can be removed by using a mini nail puller pry bar as well. May need to use a hammer to drive the wedge under the head of the plug to get a good grip on it to pull it out. And if there seems to be no movement for opening and closing of the points, there may be some metal flashing blocking the points pushrod hole where the factory didn't drill all the through the hole. Because all Kohler engines with Breakerless Ignition have the camshaft with the points lobe. Only the Magnum engines have the cam without the points lobe. After this is remedied, set points gap at .020" or set ignition timing at 20º BTDC, and reuse same type of spark plug, but set gap at .035" for a stronger spark. See wiring diagram below Ê. IMPORTANT: The wire that comes from the stator under the flywheel for Kohler Trigger Module or Tecumseh Solid State Ignition Module generates about 250 volts while the engine is running at full governored speed (serious). Do not touch this wire (terminal) with one bare hand and the engine itself with your other hand while the engine is running! It is not needed for any of my crank trigger and flywheel triggered electronic ignition systems. So snip off this wire or tape up the terminal to prevent a short circuit or electrocution.

  • Kit with high quality aftermarket parts. $64.00 per kit, plus shipping & handling.
  • Kit with OEM Kohler parts. $170.78 per kit, plus shipping & handling.
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Thanks for info. I looked at that site for solid state but never saw the kit you referenced. I can troubleshoot and afford parts for points/coil. kept my 1276 running for years. Thanks again, Ken.

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Check out these threads:

 

Check this thread around response 6 or so and further down:

 

 

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It's ALIVE!   Found all parts, coil, trigger, etc. were good, Thanks to threads you sent. Small wire on connection to stator broken. Was tedious to solder/repair but it worked. Thanks for all the love. You are awesome! Keep Wheelin'.

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