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Posted April 30, 2011 - 05:31 AM

How soon should you retorque the head on a K341? I had mine running for an hour or so yesterday and it warmed up nicely. Was planning to retorque this morning since it had cooled down good over night. I am real happy with the new rings, did wonders. I will change the oil after a few more hours a on it. Lots of crap coming out of the muffler, it was probably oil soaked. Got the new paint all messed up at the bottom of the grille. Oh, well, shes a worker.

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Posted April 30, 2011 - 08:14 AM

I got the question answered.

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Posted May 01, 2011 - 07:39 AM

What did you decide to do?

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Posted May 01, 2011 - 07:49 AM

I got the question answered.


And the answer is?????

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Posted May 01, 2011 - 07:54 AM

Well, I searched all over and found that after running 15 minutes, you can re-torque the head. Since I had an hour on it, I went ahead and did it. The engine had sat over night, so was cold. So far, everything is fine. It is getting easier to start without choke, so I think the rings are seating. I hauled 3 trailer loads of dirt about half a mile one way yesterday, some of it up hill. That helped putting a load on it. I did vary engine speed often. I am going to get a new gov. spring as this one doesn't seem correct. It has slack at idle, yet pulls the speed down at wide open. Too much tension, I think.

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Posted May 01, 2011 - 08:02 AM

Thanks for the information. I'm glad your tractor is running better.

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Posted May 01, 2011 - 01:43 PM

Great job Kenny! Glad that it's working for you!

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Posted May 01, 2011 - 02:14 PM

Thanks, I'm real happy with it. May have to touch up the grille, too much crap in the muffler and it's all coming out now.

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Posted May 01, 2011 - 02:20 PM

Usually I just go 25% higher with torque & don't re-torque later. I know what you're thinking, and you're right....but it's always worked for me, so I stick with it.
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Posted May 01, 2011 - 02:42 PM

I thought about doing that as I used to do just that on the SB Chevys. Wasn't sure on the Kohler if it would work. Didn't want to screw something up.

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Posted May 01, 2011 - 03:04 PM

And , just for everyone's info, I did glue a piece of sandpaper on glass and flattened the head gasket surface. Took 3 sheets of 400 grit, but it smoothed out real nice. My arm still feels the pain. LOL




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