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Old 11-06-2013, 09:26 PM
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It is a one middle wheeled one converted to two outside wheels.

I'll take more pictures tomorrow. It has been raining today.

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That's a weird 2 wheel velke in the picture.
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Old 11-08-2013, 01:03 PM
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If I use this combination muffler manifold will I have to tune the carb to settings other than stock?
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Old 11-25-2013, 02:42 PM
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Alright I finally got time to work on the mower.

I removed the Kawasaki FH500V-BS09 engine last night. It looks like it was only running on one cylinder. There was a lot of oil dirt buildup on the right cylinder.

What might cause such a large build up of oil?

The first two pictures show the "bad" cylinder and the last picture shows the clean other cylinder.
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Old 11-25-2013, 07:35 PM
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Well got the head off the bad side and the intake push rod is bent in a straighten S.

What might have caused it?

The valve springs both compress?

Would a warped head cause this?

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Old 11-25-2013, 10:57 PM
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Well got the head off the bad side and the intake push rod is bent in a straighten S.

What might have caused it?

The valve springs both compress?

Would a warped head cause this?

Improper or lack of adjusting the valve lash. Overheating is also known to do it. Are you still planning to re-ring it?
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Old 11-25-2013, 11:01 PM
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I am having doubts about boring, new piston and rings, and valve job. I could get that all done for under $250, but I might be leaning more toward getting a Briggs Vangard 16 HP to replace it to be on the safe side.

I am open to any advice or suggested engines to fit my mower.
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Old 11-25-2013, 11:14 PM
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I am having doubts about boring, new piston and rings, and valve job. I could get that all done for under $250, but I might be leaning more toward getting a Briggs Vangard 16 HP to replace it to be on the safe side.

I am open to any advice or suggested engines to fit my mower.
I've been waiting to see if you re-ring your engine because I have a 19hp Kawasaki I have been wanting to tear down for smoking issues too.
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Old 11-29-2013, 09:32 PM
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Well I have decided to forgo rebuilding the FH500 after persuasion from several people. I have decided to replace it with a Kawasaki FS481V-S26, which is what Scag uses on their current 48" belt driven walk behind.

Thanks again for everyone's advice and input.
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