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#1 poncho62 ONLINE  

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Posted November 15, 2015 - 09:04 PM

I recently rebuilt a K341...the balance gears were very wobbly, so we left them out. Engine runs fine and shakes very little. 
I am now doing a K321. The balance gears are much better, but do wobble very slightly. Probably going to leave them out again, but just thought I would get so opinions and previous experiences about this. What you say?

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Posted November 15, 2015 - 09:08 PM

I took them out on my K321, no issues.


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Posted November 15, 2015 - 09:16 PM

I leave them out also!
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Posted November 15, 2015 - 09:34 PM

My K341 genset never had them.



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Posted November 15, 2015 - 10:13 PM

Out. Noel

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Posted November 15, 2015 - 10:44 PM

I left them out on my 12hp Magnum, we will see how much difference it makes once I get it fired up once again.

and they actually still felt pretty tight, kicked it around in my head a bit like you are, decided to leave em out anyway.


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Posted November 16, 2015 - 05:48 AM

i thought they also acted as a ballast weight for timing similar to a small fly wheel ect .......................but  not sure 



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Posted November 16, 2015 - 05:50 AM

Thanks all.....they shall hit the scrap bin



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Posted November 16, 2015 - 07:25 AM

When into one with gears, I button the engine up without them.



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Posted November 16, 2015 - 02:12 PM

I know a local machinist that has decades of experience building Kohlers for garden tractor pulling. He says the same thing. The balancing gears are only going to cause problems if they aren't removed. I bought a low hour open sided Ford LGT165 with a destroyed block thanks to the failed gears. He did also say that poor maintenance is usually to blame for catastrophic failure.
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