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Old 10-13-2013, 05:37 PM
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You don't even know that you NEED OS pistons yet, no?
Any online vendor that deals in Kaw. can get em.http://www.jackssmallengines.com/ Or yer local Kaw. power dealer.
You need to have yer engine code off the sticker. It should be FH500V-AS?? . The two digit AS number is what ya need ( like AS04).
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Old 10-13-2013, 08:08 PM
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Before I would go thru the expense and labor of oversizing the engine...
I would search the internet for the cheapest new FH500v engine I could find..
Just take the gearset out of your block ...and install them in the new engine..
Kawasaki doesn't sell short blocks..
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Old 10-13-2013, 08:32 PM
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The cheapest I've seen is $1000. I'm just not willing to spend that.

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Before I would go thru the expense and labor of oversizing the engine...
I would search the internet for the cheapest new FH500v engine I could find..
Just take the gearset out of your block ...and install them in the new engine..
Kawasaki doesn't sell short blocks..
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Old 10-13-2013, 08:59 PM
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We moving to fast on this engine. Pistons oversize bore it's not the way to go on my opinion. What is the piston and ring to bore clearance
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Old 10-13-2013, 09:17 PM
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I will have to wait to tear it down.

My main goal in starting this thread was to figure out my options and how much it might cost; therefore giving me enough information to make a wise decision. $200 for decent mower is good unless my only option is a new motor.
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Old 10-13-2013, 09:35 PM
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That sounds a lot better
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Old 10-13-2013, 09:47 PM
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I really appreciate everyone's thoughts and advice. I will do a cylinder leak test and then measure my tolerances between cylinder piston and rings. Once I have completed these test I will return with my findings and we can go from there. Thank y'all again.
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Old 10-13-2013, 10:06 PM
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Friend bought a 52" with that engine that smoked on startup for $1500. Used it awhile and it kept bending a pushrod on one cylinder. Bought a new engine for $1500. Took the heads of the old engine and in the one cylinder the head of the piston was all carboned up so I guess it was whacking the exhaust valve when it was open.

My opinion is what do you expect for $200? I wouldn't waste my time trying to rebuild. You're not going to find parts to overhaul an engine that is past it life expectancy. You're supposed to buy a new one.
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Old 10-13-2013, 11:21 PM
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Brantley~
Try this site~ "small engine warehouse" I did a quick search and it shows a shortblock for the kaw~I was able to get a short block for my fh500v last yr through them~
Here's the link to the page, hope it helps~
http://www.smallenginewarehouse.com/FH500V-AS01-SB.html
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Old 10-13-2013, 11:38 PM
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My dad has a 48" scag as well his has a Briggs vanguard 16 hp.

I saw this engine on eBay and thought it might work. What do y'all think?

What would I need to add to it?
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