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Old 02-03-2013, 01:52 AM
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new engine

I need a new engine for one of my Dixies. If the shaft is too long on the new one can I put a spacer on top of the pulley rather than have it cut?It appears about an inch too long. Just getting a good deal and hate to spend twice as much
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Old 02-03-2013, 04:28 AM
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I would say yes.

Four years ago I bought a used 22 horsepower Kohler Command for my Great Dane Super Surfer. I found a used motor for $250. No way I could pass it up. Had to at least try. I am no mechanic by any means. There was exactly one inch difference. I put a spacer in and even stuck a level on the belt to make sure. It has worked fine for years. Only thing I should have done was put blue loc-tite on the bolt that goes in the crankshaft. It came out the first time and the electric clutch hit the ground. I hope this helps.
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:02 AM
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I usually put the pulley on first..then the spacer...this ensures that all the pulleys will line up..
If you have an electric clutch...the extra inch may be a problem..
There is usually enough threads in the crank to shorten it an inch...but you have to find a shorter crank bolt.
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Speaking of clutches (hitting the ground or otherwise) I have an Ogura clutch that I replaced a while ago that made the fuse blow. No amount of adjusting would make it work OK. When testing it with a multi-meter it would occasionally read OK other times it would fluctuate. I decided it was dead and replaced it. This fixed the blowing fuse problem. I still have it however. Is there anything in it that is serviceable? What do the pros do with the old ones when they replace them? Does anybody rebuild them? Can you get a "core" charge for them? Do you just toss them, recycle, them, or what??
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:01 AM
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If the clutch intermittently checked ok...you may have damaged wires in the pigtail..
Usually the field windings melt and short out ...initially just pulling too many amps...and progressively getting to the point that they burn up..
They are fairly simple to disassemble so you can check the components..bearing replacement is possible on some of them..
I have fixed a few...but most end up in the scrap pile..
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mark the spot you want to cut the crankshaft, start the engine and hold a hacksaw against the crankshaft. check the thread depth before cutting.

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check the clutch with an ohm meter.

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Old 02-03-2013, 11:29 AM
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I usually put the pulley on first..then the spacer...this ensures that all the pulleys will line up..
If you have an electric clutch...the extra inch may be a problem..
There is usually enough threads in the crank to shorten it an inch...but you have to find a shorter crank bolt.

Wouldn't you need a longer bolt to cover the other inch? Oh,most important where do I find a 1 1/8'' spacer?
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Chopper dealer should stock the spacer washers for the crankshaft...should take 5 or 6..
Install the spacers after installing the stack pulley..the original bolt should work fine..
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Old 02-03-2013, 06:22 PM
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Another thought.What about adding a cooling fan and spacers?
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