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#1 Trav1s OFFLINE  

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Posted February 08, 2015 - 08:53 AM

What tool do you use for removing valve springs and valves on the Kohler K series and small Briggs flathead engines?  I am going a bit deeper into my K301 (building a Kirkengines.com KillerKolher) for my 312 and am looking for the right tool for the job.    



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Posted February 08, 2015 - 08:59 AM

I use this style for every engine

They also have some cool magnetic tools you can use to install the keepers but havent tried them yet.

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Posted February 08, 2015 - 09:08 AM

I use this style for every engine

They also have some cool magnetic tools you can use to install the keepers but havent tried them yet.

 

That is the same valve spring compressor tool we use also. The hardest part is getting it under the top of the spring most of the time but it works once you get the spring in there just right. The keepers sometimes go in nice and smooth and other times they can make you say a few words I don't dare to repeat LOL.

 

I gotta say though the little pin keeps on the Briggs we just worked on were the easiest to deal with.



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Posted February 08, 2015 - 09:14 AM

For easy keeper installation I always put a dab of grease on them so they stick to the valve


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Posted February 08, 2015 - 09:17 AM

For easy keeper installation I always put a dab of grease on them so they stick to the valve

 

I will have to try the grease method. I always just use fresh 30wt oil to help get the keepers to stay in place. Usually works but there is always the times where I get the first half on for a Kohler and when I go to put the second half on I knock the first half off.


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Posted February 08, 2015 - 10:06 AM

I will have to try the grease method. I always just use fresh 30wt oil to help get the keepers to stay in place. Usually works but there is always the times where I get the first half on for a Kohler and when I go to put the second half on I knock the first half off.

The grease trick will work better.



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Posted February 08, 2015 - 11:53 AM

I use an automotive C style but it can be a pain.I use the grease trick every time and it works wounders

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Posted February 08, 2015 - 01:10 PM

I've used the B&S type spring compressor but it isn't easy with the Kohlers. I splurged and bought one of the "C" clamp type for the K301 that I'm working on. I haven't tried it yet. The mangetic keeper tool works some times when there is enough room. I've thought about making a jig to hold the engine upside down for ease of assembly. Good Luck, Rick



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Posted February 08, 2015 - 06:03 PM

I made a "C" clamp type valve spring removal tool when I rebuilt my K341 and it worked well.  I also used the small dab of grease to hold the keepers and had no problems.



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Posted February 08, 2015 - 07:13 PM

I have had this one from sears for years.  I bought it for use on the big farm tractors but it works on the small engines as well.

 

http://www.craftsman...pid=00947627000



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Posted February 08, 2015 - 07:14 PM

I made a "C" clamp type valve spring removal tool when I rebuilt my K341 and it worked well.  I also used the small dab of grease to hold the keepers and had no problems.

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Posted February 08, 2015 - 09:05 PM

Bmerf, I'll try to get a couple of pictures and post them tomorrow.


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Posted February 09, 2015 - 10:26 AM

Thanks all!  I have been debating a stop at Harbor Freight to see what they have.  Your pics have been very helpful.



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Posted February 09, 2015 - 12:52 PM

Here's some pictures of my homemade valve spring compressor.  I also drew up a sketch with measurements that might be a little help.  Forgot to include the measurement from the back side of the clamp to the end of the slot on the bottom end.  That distance is approximately 2".

 

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Posted February 09, 2015 - 01:15 PM

Neat tool!






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