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Just Rebuilt my Kohler K341 - Balance Gears Not That Hard to Re-install


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#16 propane1 OFFLINE  

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Posted December 22, 2014 - 08:31 PM

I did my 16 this past spring. And I left the gears out on the advice of the members on here and my local buddies that work on them here in my area. No problems yet and don't see any difference in the vibration, but the engine only has a few hours on it. Noel
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Posted December 22, 2014 - 10:11 PM

I always left them out when having an engine torn down.  I did so for a simple fact....if they aren't in there, they can't come flying out.  Barely noticed their absence.


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Posted December 22, 2014 - 11:02 PM

I pulled mine out of a 321 Kohler, vacuumed the needle bearings out of the crank case. Still running strong with little noticeable vibration. Mostly noted on start up and shut down.


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Posted December 22, 2014 - 11:11 PM

I am putting a tiny tach (tachometer and hour meter) on this newly rebuilt engine. I will make note if I ever experience a balance gear issue, and document it here.

 

It would be nice to get some clear evidence either way on the durability of the balance gears.


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Posted December 23, 2014 - 05:22 AM

All the new needles were the free type held in by grease/ shaft the old captured units failed sooner because of the rolled edge and the tiny nipples that held them in would wear out and riun the the needles and shafts with filings and broken nipples. So you have the good bearings in them, if all looked good then you will be just fine with them.
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Posted December 23, 2014 - 10:13 AM

If you look up the Killer Kohler info series, that guy(forgot his name) sells the parts to balance the Kohler counter weights.



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Posted December 23, 2014 - 03:01 PM

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Posted December 23, 2014 - 04:07 PM

Yeah, that one!






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