Add Electric Start to Metro HP

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by Grass-Masters, Feb 22, 2007.

  1. Grass-Masters

    Grass-Masters LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have a 2005 Metro Hp with a 15hp Kawi, My question is can I turn this into an electric start machine without replacing the engine. I have seen thread about people buying an electric start engine, and wiring from there. I was not able to find an answer to this, so any help from the pros would be great.
     
  2. pugs

    pugs LawnSite Gold Member
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    You could but it is probably not worth the effort.

    First thing to check is see if your flywheel has a ring gear or not. Flywheels are not cheap. Electric starters are not cheap. You will need a battery, some type of box to put it in, cables, new key switch, solenoid.
     
  3. EMTDUCK1984

    EMTDUCK1984 LawnSite Member
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    It Can Be Done You Will Have To Buy Alot Of Expensive Part Though I Know You Dont Want To Hear This But Buying A New 17 Hp Would Be The Easiest Option
     
  4. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    We did this on a '95 proline years ago, had nothing left to lose and were just playing around, and got it to work but it cost me $100 in stuff, and things.

    The biggest problem we ran into is you have to weld some type of a bracketed steel box some place to hold that battery, once you get that, you just use a bungie cord or a strap to hold it down, but finding a good location for the battery was our biggest challenge.

    The next thing to remember is the starter switch HAS to be water proof, or it will not last. They're not too expensive, but cheap they're not ($15?) for the switch, and then wire it up.

    Once it's all gtg, it's awesome.
    btw, we never got the charging system to work, so every night the Wb had to get put on a 12v 2-amp trickle charger (or maybe it was 6v, idk..).
    Even then, it was still cool to just push a button.
    That, and you could use the truck with jumper cables to start it as well (yeah, it was 12v lol).
     
  5. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
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    So what is the problem on pulling the rope on a 15hp? In addition to the flywheel you have to have a different housing on the top of the engine and it goes on and on. I think restorob indicated it was in the $400plus range.
     
  6. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
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    Just a little info....

    Starter 130.00
    Flywheel 154.00
    Stator 70.00
    Regulator 44.00
    And still need to purchase or build a wire harness.

    If you didn't mind re-charging the battery over night every couple days you could go just the starter and flywheel and use a Snapper part# 12623 starter button.
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  7. Grass-Masters

    Grass-Masters LawnSite Senior Member
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    That does not seem like a bad price to pay to rid that pull cord.

    Restrorob- Do you know of anywhere I can get the specifics on how to hook this up. Both my walk behinds are pull start so I have no example to go from, and I have never owned an electric start walk behind.
     
  8. EMTDUCK1984

    EMTDUCK1984 LawnSite Member
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    If You Give Me A Spec Number I Can Give Part Numbers
     
  9. Grass-Masters

    Grass-Masters LawnSite Senior Member
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    Alright I just got cleaned up from being in the garage working on one of the other mowers. I will get the info off it as soon as I can. But it is a 2005 Metro HP 48" with a 15 HP Kawi Kai engine if that helps
     
  10. EMTDUCK1984

    EMTDUCK1984 LawnSite Member
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    I Need The Numbers Off The White Tag On Engine Block Number Will Be Something Like Fh481v-as21
     

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