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Old 01-26-2011, 09:38 PM
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37 HP Kawasaki model FX1000V

Ok, lots of questions here...

Do ya'll know if Kawasaki is having problems with their 37 HP engine? I'm referring to the FX1000V carbureted model...

Are any of you out there running this engine? If so, how many hours do you have on it and what problems have you had with it? If you've had problems, what were they? Did your dealer or Kawasaki cover it under warranty?

How would you say it is on fuel consumption? Good, Bad, Ugly?

To those of you who own, previously owned, use, or have previously used this engine, WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT TO ANYONE?

I'd Greatly Appreciate your input and/or any information you have on this.

**Not intending to have this thread get blown out of proportion**

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Old 01-26-2011, 11:44 PM
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I've got a Ferris IS3100Z 37/72, but it's the one with Fuel Injection. The fuel injection sips fuel considering its a 37 hp powerplant with a 72 deck. It gets right around 1.8 gph. The only thing negative I would say about this engine is that sometimes on start up it will blow out some blue smoke for 2-3 seconds then quit. But sometimes it won't do it for a few days, but then somedays it will do it everytime you start it. Its really wierd. Kawasaki tells me that thier big block engines (29 to 37 hp) have the "tendency" for the rocker arms to become "slightly" misaligned on start ups. Which would make total sense. But it makes me iffy sometimes. But now since kawi came out with a 3 year warranty on their four stroke engines, thats some good re-assuarance. Other than the start-up thing I love the engine. Its a total powerhouse...I wouldn't hesitate to buy another
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Old 01-27-2011, 09:00 AM
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I've got a Ferris IS3100Z 37/72, but it's the one with Fuel Injection. The fuel injection sips fuel considering its a 37 hp powerplant with a 72 deck. It gets right around 1.8 gph. The only thing negative I would say about this engine is that sometimes on start up it will blow out some blue smoke for 2-3 seconds then quit. But sometimes it won't do it for a few days, but then somedays it will do it everytime you start it. Its really wierd. Kawasaki tells me that thier big block engines (29 to 37 hp) have the "tendency" for the rocker arms to become "slightly" misaligned on start ups. Which would make total sense. But it makes me iffy sometimes. But now since kawi came out with a 3 year warranty on their four stroke engines, thats some good re-assuarance. Other than the start-up thing I love the engine. Its a total powerhouse...I wouldn't hesitate to buy another
Thanks for your reply. About how many hours would you say you have on the engine?
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Old 01-27-2011, 10:36 PM
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Anybody else care to chime in on this long thread? lol
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Old 01-27-2011, 10:40 PM
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Do a search. Yes they have had major problems
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Old 01-28-2011, 07:41 PM
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Thanks for your reply. About how many hours would you say you have on the engine?
I got around 231hrs so far....just got it last year
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Old 01-28-2011, 11:05 PM
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I got around 231hrs so far....just got it last year
Do you use a synthetic engine oil?
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Old 01-29-2011, 09:20 PM
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Do you use a synthetic engine oil?
At the time kawasaki had a deal going where you buy a product with their FX series engine and bought a case of oil with it, kawi would extend the warranty two years....4 years total. I jus had to have my dealer register it at the purchase. So I used the Kawasaki 10w/40 oil. Non-synthetic.

I'm kinda surprised with all the complaints on the Kawi big blocks. Even somebody said stay away from kawi FX series all together?!?! I got a guy who bought a ferris with the 34hp big block kawi with 1200 hrs and it has the same problem as mine with the smoke but its been a beast for him. He runs a mulch kit with gator blades and its a carbed model. But he loves it as much as I do mine. Hopefully I don't run into these problems. My best friend has a 25hp kawi FX with 2750hrs and it runs like it did new.
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I've got a Ferris IS3100Z 37/72, but it's the one with Fuel Injection. The fuel injection sips fuel considering its a 37 hp powerplant with a 72 deck. It gets right around 1.8 gph. r
Really an 09/2010 model had EFI? first i've heard of that but guess i just wasnt paying attention! you have any photos?
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Well mine apparantly has dropped a valve.
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