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#1 gmcdaniel1964 OFFLINE  

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Posted September 09, 2011 - 12:05 PM

Hey ya'll. New to the forum here. I'm buying a John Deere 185 with a bad engine. The case has a crack so rebuilding is not an option at this point. I know that they don't build the original Kawasaki engine anymore and I don't really care to spend $1300 on a replacement engine from Kawasaki. So, now I'm thinking about repowering it with a Briggs & Stratton 21 HP model. I've done the research and both have the same size footprint for mounting, the same size crankshaft (dia. and length). The only thing I can figure is reconfigureing the exhaust, changing the wiring harness over and possibly the control cables. All of which are not out of the realm of my skills. Just wondering if anyone else had done this and is there anything I might be missing? Thanks

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Posted September 09, 2011 - 01:06 PM

Greg,welcome to the forum,glad to have you with us.

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Posted September 09, 2011 - 01:55 PM

I don't know if anyone else has done the conversion. Sounds like you already have the major items researched and know the answers to those. I think the rest of it will be a piece of cake as far as the wiring and the controls. Please post pics and tell us about your progress as you go.

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Posted September 09, 2011 - 04:43 PM

Thanks for the replies. I'll definitely be taking pictures. I'm gonna use this as my winter project. That way I won't rush myself and I can make sure that I do everything perfectly.

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Posted September 09, 2011 - 06:39 PM

Where is the block cracked. You may be able to use it

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Posted September 09, 2011 - 07:45 PM

Sounds as though you've already answered all your own questions. You've done your homework and I feel you're ready to roll with it. The crank size & length are the main issues....most anything else will be easy enough to alter.

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Posted September 09, 2011 - 07:53 PM

Not sure just yet where the block is cracked.

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Posted September 10, 2011 - 10:11 AM

Well here it is. Only paid $150 for it. It's all complete including the bagger. I found that I may be able to have the crack welded, so I'm gonna check into that before I go the repower route.


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Edited by gmcdaniel1964, September 10, 2011 - 10:25 AM.


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Posted September 10, 2011 - 10:33 AM

Find a good welding shop and they can weld it up. I have repaired a lot of AL. blocks and had no problems with them. Good Luck...

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Posted September 10, 2011 - 10:46 AM

Find a good welding shop and they can weld it up. .



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Posted September 10, 2011 - 05:46 PM

I think the repower is the best option. Why spend time and money on an already problematic engine???????

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Posted September 10, 2011 - 05:49 PM

Re power is always the best, if you have the funds to do it. Keep us posted on how you resolve this.

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Posted September 10, 2011 - 08:24 PM

look for a 160, 170, or 180, they generally go cheap cause there gear drive, rip the motor of it.

there 3 or 4 on kijiji right now for anywhere from 350 to 650

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Posted September 13, 2011 - 07:34 PM

I would look for a similar engine. Possibly from other junked tractors with kawasaki engines. 170, 175, another 185 or 180. 260, 265, gt 275 had the same engines. Look for one or post an ad for one with bad hydros.

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Posted October 31, 2011 - 05:41 PM

Did you come up with a solution yet? I would also keep my eye out for a parts 185 with a good engine and pull it.




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