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Old 04-25-2013, 06:31 PM
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Converting a 17hp Kawasaki on an ExMark to electric start?

I am interested in converting my recoil 17HP Kawasaki to electric start. I am not interested in buying another walk behind. Has anyone tackled this project before? If so, about how much does it cost and if you did it yourself, can you recommend a good place to purchase the flywheel, starter, ignition switch, solenoid, battery plates, etc. Thanks for any help...
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Old 04-25-2013, 09:07 PM
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You will easily blow past the $500 mark.....

Just a quick look;

Flywheel $160
Starter $230
Stator $55
Regulator $57

Then you still have solenoid-switch-battery-wire/harness-cables-wire connectors and some way to mount the battery......
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Old 04-25-2013, 09:19 PM
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They used to have kits, found one for a Honda, I once was gonna convert a 13 hp Kawasaki. I cant seem to find any Kawasaki kits.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-HONDA-GX...71022343644%26
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Old 04-26-2013, 12:34 AM
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You will easily blow past the $500 mark.....

Just a quick look;

Flywheel $160
Starter $230
Stator $55
Regulator $57

Then you still have solenoid-switch-battery-wire/harness-cables-wire connectors and some way to mount the battery......
My current engine is a FH541V-DS23-R. Where did you get your pricing for parts? I am ok if this goes to the $800-900 range. This is an '07 with only 300 or so hours. The resell will be worth I put in it and a new one with the 52" deck was $7599 at the dealer. I will gladly buy the parts and do the work myself. Thanks for any help.
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Old 04-26-2013, 10:05 PM
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I can assure you a starter on a old machine does not increase the value in my mind. Obviousuly you haven't delt with battery problems, relay problems, starter problems and the associated wiring. These engine are easy to start. Oh by the way all the kaw with starters in my bunch have recoils on the top for good reason. Save you money and buy a workout kit for arm strength.
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Old 04-27-2013, 03:50 AM
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It ain't worth it, what they're trying to tell you, and they're right.
You'd be better off buying gold with that money, literally.
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Old 05-01-2013, 07:09 PM
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I did one of my walkbehinds over the winter that has a 19up and only has about 100 in parts. It deleted all of the safety switches and made my own harness. The flywheel, starter,etc..all came off a 18hp motor on a junk husqvarna rider.
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