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ztrguy
03-02-2010, 11:20 AM
My engine is shot and the dealer is suggesting a new short block or new engine. Price is about $2000 difference between the two. What would you guys do?

grassman177
03-02-2010, 11:32 AM
depends on what it is on, and how long you think the mower will last. a cheap old mower i would go with the block, a not so older and more expensive mower with more life i would go engine.

ztrguy
03-02-2010, 11:43 AM
How long will that short block last?

MarcSmith
03-02-2010, 11:43 AM
engine is an easier swap, more like a plug and play but short block is easy enough as well if you are mechanically inclined. even if the mower is only a few years old, I'd still short block it... you are getting the important part (engine) new...

ProStreetCamaro
03-02-2010, 12:01 PM
Lap the valves and stick the heads on the new short block. Same thing as a new engine. There really isnt much to these engines.

ztrguy
03-02-2010, 12:02 PM
engine is an easier swap, more like a plug and play but short block is easy enough as well if you are mechanically inclined. even if the mower is only a few years old, I'd still short block it... you are getting the important part (engine) new...

That's kinda what I was thinking. The mower has over a 1000 hours on it, but it is in really good shape. Looks better than most mowers with 250 hours.

pugs
03-02-2010, 01:48 PM
My engine is shot and the dealer is suggesting a new short block or new engine. Price is about $2000 difference between the two. What would you guys do?

$2000 difference? What engine is it?

Most of the larger air cooled gasers top out around 2000 for the engine itself.

grassman177
03-02-2010, 01:52 PM
we have done the short block thing but not far off the valves(head) warped and still killed the engine so beware of that possibiltly

JB1
03-02-2010, 01:58 PM
$2000 difference? What engine is it?

Most of the larger air cooled gasers top out around 2000 for the engine itself.

YEP, thats what I'm thinking, pretty pricey.

Mahoney3223
03-02-2010, 03:34 PM
i'd shortblock if possible..

ztrguy
03-02-2010, 05:35 PM
It's the 28hp EFI Kohler

pugs
03-02-2010, 06:12 PM
It's the 28hp EFI Kohler

Ahh, ok in that case there could be a pretty big difference in price. You may want to just call around and check prices on shortblocks vs complete engine replacements just to get an idea. However dont forget to factor in that a shortblock will have more labor involved in swapping parts over from the old to the new while either option involves r/r the engine.

Still seems a bit pricey to me but I admit to having not looked up the EFI's a whole lot. New engine comes with alot of new electronics while the shorblock uses the old ones.