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#1 Fordman1955 OFFLINE  

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Posted April 02, 2016 - 07:28 PM

Bought a 782 yesterday with a Honda GX610 engine. Is this a good deal? What do I need to know about this engine?

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Posted April 02, 2016 - 09:53 PM

I'm assuming your 782 is a cub cadet  and the GX610 is not the original engine. Not sure if there would be any installation issues in a Cub cadet with the GX610. I put a GX610  engine in a Sears SS/16 tractor to replace a worn out Onan engine and I've been very happy with it.  It is my workhorse tractor and the engine is powerful and smooth running.  Had it about two years and had no issues with it.



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Posted April 03, 2016 - 12:11 AM

As long as the Honda crankshaft is the correct size to accept your PTO clutch, "if" you plan on using the tractor for pto engagement implements...

Other things would be if it lines up with your drive shaft without a bunch of modifications, but that can be fun too.



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Posted April 03, 2016 - 07:27 AM

Honda engines are first rate IME. A lot depends on the way the re power was done and how all the details were looked after. Things like ease of maintenance and how everything fits in the frame/tin. Common issues that need dealt with are parts rubbing due to not enough clearance, things getting overheated by the exhaust system, the engine not getting enough cooling air flow etc. If the PO sorted all this stuff out then you won't have to and you should have a reliable long lasting re power. 


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Posted April 03, 2016 - 10:27 PM

Thanks for the replies. I drained the old gas,checked the hoses and air filter,and oil and cranked her over. After the new gas made it to the carb, she started and ran great. Tranny,pto hydraulics and charging all work. Just have to figure out why I had to hot wire it and fix 2 flat tires.

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Posted April 04, 2016 - 05:13 PM

The PO probably put a repower kit in it.  Small Engine warehouse used to use the Honda engines for the 782 before they switched to the Vanguard.  I recall a minor wiring mod had to be made to the kits if it was put in an early serial number 782.


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Posted April 04, 2016 - 07:09 PM

Could that affect the starting system as I did have to bypass the solenoid to get it started.

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Posted April 04, 2016 - 11:36 PM

It did involve starting it but I would hope the po dealt with that. Maybe u just have a bad solenoid?

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Posted April 19, 2016 - 09:30 PM

Update. Changed solenoid . Did not fix problem. Made 3 observations since. The key switch has only 3 positions. Off, on and start. My 1282 has 4 positions. Off,lights, on and start. The headlights come on with the spring loaded start position. Also noticed there is a black rubber starter button below the dash. Any thoughts?

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Posted May 06, 2016 - 09:42 PM

I have been using the rear tiller. I had the 2 side panels attached and the hood and panels got really hot. Is there any way to reduce the heat issue?

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Posted May 08, 2016 - 07:57 PM

Saw another 782 today. It had vented panels on it. Should my 782 also have vented panels?

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Posted May 10, 2016 - 12:48 PM

Saw another 782 today. It had vented panels on it. Should my 782 also have vented panels?

vented panels were never an option so if you saw set then somebody made them. Check between the firewall and the engine, the gap between the two should be sealed so the engine can only pull in outside air so it doesn't recirculate the hot air which will cause it to over heat.

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Posted May 27, 2016 - 12:20 AM

I checked another tractor and you are correct. Mine is missing a black plastic cowling located just to the rear of the engine . It appears that it can be installed from above without disconnecting the engine. Now I need to find one...

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Posted June 13, 2016 - 11:20 AM

Those will get hot, even my 318 JD will get those side panels hot after mowing for awhile, and that is with all the firewall, and its associated insulation all properly installed.  You can get cylinder head temp gauges that have a thermocouple that mounts with the spark plug to watch your head temps.  I have heard that the Honda repowers, when done in a 318JD would tend to overheat if the side panels were left on in hot weather.  Not sure how they faired in the cubs.  Most Cubs I have seen repowered have Kohler Command series Vtwins in them.   MIke



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Posted June 29, 2016 - 05:35 PM

Can you post some pictures of the engine in the tractor?




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