Originally Posted by topsites
Yes I realize yours is a Kawasaki.
But a lot of the Kohler engines that are recoil are also setup for ES, the way it works
they build them all the same way (which is ES) and then for recoil they add more parts...
Which is why the recoils are more expensive, but most recoil Kohlers can get hooked to a starter easy.
The problem is two-fold:
One, you need a location for a battery and you'll have to mount a tray for it.
If you don't have such a tray you will have to buy one, I think they run 10-15 bucks.
Then you need two big bad wires leading to-from the battery to the starter, $5-10.
Last but not least you either...
Need a new ignition switch with a 'start' position (and having to rewire THAT!)
Or you can get a push-button do-hickey but it has to be weather-proof and
the only place I know of that carries them is NAPA (and they're like $20!).
So you're looking at about $100 in extra parts, thou I think that's with the battery.
Then the wiring has to be done right, so that it charges.
It's a lot of trouble to go through.
Tecumseh used to include all those parts on the HH100s. All you had to do was add the starter and switch plus battery and wiring.
Another way around it would be to use a Duracell jumppack for your power source. Unlike most jumppacks, it has a switch on it for turning on the boost. 100 amp should be enough to start the engine. It is to turn over an Onan CK twin.