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mowerman41
02-26-2012, 07:45 PM
I have a turf tracer with a 17 hp Kawasaki i have to bring it in to get the head gasket replaced I am looking at a ballpark estimate at how much it will cost?
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StihlMechanic
02-26-2012, 08:55 PM
Depends on the model number. Is it an old flathead Kawi or OHV? Are you having the valves lapped, too?

mowerman41
02-26-2012, 09:17 PM
Ohv yes on the valves
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StihlMechanic
02-26-2012, 11:17 PM
This can depend on how the service department bills time, weather it be flagged time or flat rate.
I would quote 3.5 (@$75 per hour) hours to: Remove shroud, muffler, carb, valve cover and head, remove pushrods, remove springs from head, lap valves, reinstall springs, adjust valves at TDC. Only parts would be head gasket and valve cover gasket, intake and exhaust gasket.

mowerman41
02-27-2012, 07:09 AM
Thanks for the help
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BigFish
02-27-2012, 01:42 PM
The KAW flat rate book calls for 3.6 Flat rate times are usually conservative.

piston slapper
02-27-2012, 02:01 PM
Its not like you have to pull the engine....
If the book says so....it must be right.
Maybe I'm just a little more used to heavy repair work.
I've done a bunch of them in under 2 hours ,and resurfaced the head while I was at it.
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BigFish
02-27-2012, 05:17 PM
Actually the book calls for 2.6, I misread.

piston slapper
02-27-2012, 07:48 PM
Actually the book calls for 2.6, I misread.

No big deal. Never been a fan of OEM flat rates.
I always charge for actual time. The flat rates are usually established by
People who have never worked on a filthy engine.
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blmc5150
02-29-2012, 08:26 AM
Wow that got weird.

Back to the original question. I don't know how much of a difference it would be but I just had one quoted for my TT w/ a 23 Kohler and it was gonna be 150-200. Most of that in labor, only about 20 in parts. I ended up havin a buddy do it for 50 bucks and a 12 pack. :-)

piston slapper
02-29-2012, 09:11 AM
Wow that got weird.

Back to the original question. I don't know how much of a difference it would be but I just had one quoted for my TT w/ a 23 Kohler and it was gonna be 150-200. Most of that in labor, only about 20 in parts. I ended up havin a buddy do it for 50 bucks and a 12 pack. :-)

Weird.....No its just winter....

Thats a fair price for replacing 1 head gasket on a kohler 23...about 3 hours...
That would include resurfacing the head and valve work.
Turf Tracers are fun to work with, as the muffler bolts are almost inaccessable without unbolting the engine. Kohler V-twins are more labor intensive than Kawasaki twins.