View Full Version : Converting 17hp Kawi to electric clutch

12-28-2007, 11:07 PM
Have a 52" W/B with a blown motor. I have a working FH500V-BS06 17hp Kawasaki. Need to add a regulator to engage the electric clutch. Anyone done this??

Bill Kapaun
12-29-2007, 03:26 AM
IF the engine doesn't have a regulator, I'd wonder if the charging system on it is adequate to power an electric clutch.

12-29-2007, 07:48 AM
The engine in question from the factory had no stator under the flywheel and no magnets inside the flywheel therefore there is nothing to plug a regulator into.

It could cost as much or a little more than 300 bux to convert this engine over to run a PTO clutch buying new parts.

What brand engine is the blown one (#'s) ?

12-30-2007, 10:09 AM
BLown engine is a Briggs Vanguard

Model # 294777
Type 0108-01 4952
code 900220011

Engine runs but "pops" spitting gas out of the carb. Full throttle under load, smoke and pops badly

12-30-2007, 12:59 PM
that briggs is not "blown" you need to check the flywheel key,then its on to the carb.sounds like it could be fixed cheaply

Bill Kapaun
12-30-2007, 01:10 PM
I'd also check the head gaskets.

12-30-2007, 01:35 PM
Heck, May as well add;

Check the valves first, A non closing intake valve (sticking/out of adjustment) will cause popping and spit fuel out of the carb.....

12-30-2007, 10:44 PM
allright, Took ya'lls advice and pulled the engine off and took it apart. Now remember, the guy who sold me the mower ($400) said that his mechanic told him the engine was shot.

Cylinder #1 - Plug electodes were mashed together. No apparent damage to piston. looks like the plug was dropped before install and not checked. This could cause the misfiring.

Cylinder #2 - Broken rocker arm on exhaust valve.

Head gaskets looked fine but will be replaced anyway. $20 worth of parts. When I get it back together I'll let you know.

12-30-2007, 11:17 PM
Sounds to me like you are going to get off pretty cheap!!! Good luck!!!

12-30-2007, 11:31 PM
his mechanic told him the engine was shot.

Ya gotta wonder how some of these places stay in business....:dizzy:

01-01-2008, 04:15 PM
Ya gotta wonder how some of these places stay in business....:dizzy:
by suckering people---selling them new--then cheaply fixing the old one----seen it one tooo many times--and ya--do they have a silver tongue to stay in bidnes??????????:):)