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#1 glenford7502 OFFLINE  

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Posted March 24, 2016 - 09:37 AM

Just curious why you remove the balancer shaft an if there is a down side to doing it? Thanks

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Posted March 24, 2016 - 12:09 PM

Some guys remove the balance gears in Kohlers because it does not seem to make much difference in how the engines run. The balance gears are also known as "grenade gears" because of the violent failure that they cause. Good Luck, Rick

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Posted March 24, 2016 - 12:13 PM

Kohler Balance gears? If the bearings or shaft gets worn they toss the little c clips off and the engine literally explodes.They are a pain in the butt to get timed correctly once you take the engine apart so alot of people take them out.Most people find the bearings or shafts to be worn once removing the crankshaft anyway.


If they are removed the engine will run as it did but there will be a noticeable vibration on the hood of the tractor unless the engine is ISO mounted.Your hood will rattle if your hood is a little loose in the hinges.Other than that there is no other down side to removing them.The positive side is that you are insuring that the engine will not fly apart because of a $.05 C clip letting go.  


The hood on my Cub Cadet 127 and 129 rattled like crazy but both of them had broken Hood baffles and worn out hood hinges.Broken hood baffle is a cub cadet thing lol.

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#4 glenford7502 OFFLINE  

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Posted April 11, 2016 - 07:41 AM

Thanks for the info. I have kolbers in both my JD 212 and my Ford LGT165 and they vibrate like crazy at idle. And they are both rubber mounted I think I need me mounts

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Posted April 12, 2016 - 04:50 PM

The Kohler K engines are shakers anyways, so I wouldnt be too concerned. 


On mine, the 10 and 12 hp engines didnt have balance gears, the 14 and 16 hp did........