Harold, ahh, the old Kawa bushing problem, what a crock of.... have to buy a whole engine to get a bushing. David is on to this problem and if you put the top in, might as well do the bottom if the engine is apart. David posted awhile back about this and put some good info about bearing material composition,etc. this is a real pain, and a scam and I want to do the same thing cause I have a bunch of these engines and that's all they need too. Keep us posted on progress if you decide to do the bushing replacement, the only problem is the mower is down when you need it, so it doesn't take many days of being out of service to add up what a new engine would cost, and Cow-A-Socky knows this, just a pathetic way to make a buck off us.