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Posted July 08, 2012 - 02:58 PM

Hi all, i ahvea bolens ride a matic with a small bore kohler k161 engine. The engine has a 20 thou over piston in which is to say the least knackered. As they are no longer availible has anyone ever successfully bored one to take a STD big bore piston and rings?

Any help would be appreciated,
James

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Posted July 08, 2012 - 03:57 PM

Do a search on this subject and see what comes up. If you talk to a shop that does a lot of Kohler work they may know. Since you are already +.020 you would need to go another .02 roughly to fit the larger piston in there.

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Posted July 08, 2012 - 05:40 PM

Wow, 40 over would be kinda making for a thin wall on most engines.

Is it possible to find another piston from something else that may work?

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Posted July 08, 2012 - 06:01 PM

thanks for the reponses, this is why i am asking. I have read on another site via a google search that the casting for thre block is the same on big and small bore engine meaning wall thickness wouldnt be an issue. Does anyone know anything about this?

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Posted July 08, 2012 - 06:06 PM

Doc and Bruce may know. Other too, but i would suggest waiting for one of the more knowledgeable members to give an opinion.

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Posted July 08, 2012 - 07:12 PM

One of those strange situations where an engine had 2 different piston sizes. If the blocks are the same it should be doable. There may be someone here who has done this already.

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Posted July 08, 2012 - 07:56 PM

I'm not much help on this....
I have yet to take apart a kohler engine or find rebuild parts for it. I am sure someone will have an answer for you shortly....

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Posted July 09, 2012 - 12:19 AM

Funny you asked. As we speak my K160 that has the original 2 7/8" bore is at the shop being bored out to the larger 2 15/16" bore. The piston is the exact same dimensions EXCEPT for the diameter which is 1/16" bigger. There is plenty of room for this to be done. If you want, wait a couple weeks until mine is all back together and I will tell you how it goes. The rod is exactly the same as well. I did months of research before doing this to my motor.

Edit- You are only talking about a .0625 over bore instead of .020 that you already have (roughly .040 difference...it's not really a major difference with all the room that is available.

Edited by antiquetractors, July 09, 2012 - 12:24 AM.

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Posted July 09, 2012 - 01:28 AM

BTW :wewantpics:

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Posted July 09, 2012 - 01:34 AM

020.jpg

Here is my k160

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Posted July 09, 2012 - 04:59 PM

I asked a guy I work with that machines and builds engine on the side. He does everything from these Kohlers to full blown race motors for stock and drag cars. He said you can go .060 over or better on the Kohlers. I fully trust his word.

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Posted July 10, 2012 - 10:18 AM

Well thannks for the replies. Ive ordered the bits and in going to give it a go. i have nothing to loose as the current piston is as slack as a cock in a sock anyway.

Thanks again,James

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Posted July 17, 2012 - 11:30 AM

I just got the motor back. My small bore is now a big bore! Everything seems to be fine.

k161..jpg k161.jpg

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Posted July 23, 2012 - 05:09 PM

Thanks for the replies, i am going to collect my engine tomorrow morning from being bored so i will get some pics and keep you al updated. antiquetractors, i hope your engine is all going well!

Thanks again,
James
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Posted July 23, 2012 - 05:20 PM

I am putting it all together right now. I will post a video as soon as I start it up!




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