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#1 breimer OFFLINE  

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Posted November 02, 2013 - 09:37 PM

Rebuilding my first one cylinder Kohler. Getting the block rebored. I started pricing a new piston for it and found that john deere no longer has oversized pistons available for this unit. ( Its a John Deere 214 with 14hp Kohler) I found a supplier locally that can get me one but wow the price! They want 326 dollars for only a piston with rings! Well I had no idea I was in for that kinda cost. Finally found a supplier on Ebay that has a complete rebuild kit for just over a hundred dollars. Heres the thing, its aftermarket parts. Has anyone used aftermarket parts like this that can advise me about this? Are they decent quality? Will the engine last and perform well? Note I do not know the actual brand of these parts.


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Posted November 02, 2013 - 09:49 PM

 Stens are good aftermarket parts. Been running Stens rings in a K301 Kohler for 3 years now and I am very pleased with them.

This place has genuine Kohler rebuild kits, for pretty reasonable prices. http://www.psep.biz/...ebuild_kits.htm


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Posted November 02, 2013 - 09:51 PM

I've only used aftermarket parts to rebuild Kohlers.  Never had a problem.  I always use Stens parts.  I always have the rod machined for a bearing insert - that way the rod is running on a replaceable bearing not just the aluminum of the rod.   Doing so costs the same as a new rod but this way is much better than a new rod.  Do yourself a favor and take the balance gears out of the engine.  Good Luck!


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Posted November 02, 2013 - 10:46 PM

 I rebuilt my K301 about 2 years ago using a $120 ebay kit that even came with a new rod, and valves. The engine has logged many working hours with no problem whatsoever. :thumbs:

 

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Posted November 02, 2013 - 11:25 PM

Thanks for the replies. I really like the idea that I can get oem parts. You're right. The prices are not bad. I've got another two Kohlers to fix. Prolly gonna do some with aftermarket also.

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Posted November 03, 2013 - 06:13 AM

Make sure you take the block and the new parts with you to the machine shop that is doing the work. That way they can measure the parts and make sure they get it right. Most shops will insist on this anyway. 



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Posted November 03, 2013 - 05:08 PM

Gtractor, you mentioned removing the balance gears, why is that? My K321 does not have them anyway but the K241 I have apart does. Do these cause problems?

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Posted November 03, 2013 - 05:51 PM

Going by the thread from a couple months ago, here is the link.

 

 http://gardentractor...balance +gears 

 

I am pulling my K301 apart just to remove the balance gears.

 

 

 

Geno






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