External to Internal vented carb swap on a Kawasaki

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by stetsonh20, May 8, 2008.

  1. stetsonh20

    stetsonh20 LawnSite Member
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    Hey guys, I have a question...I have a Country Clipper with a 19 hp Kawasaki FH601V with an externally vented carb. The fuel shut off solenoid has gone bad. I can buy a good used internally vented carb(whole) for the same price as the fuel shut off solenoid for my externally vented carb. Other than different air filters, is this an easy swap? I have been told that the internally vented carbs are better than the externally vented carbs. Any ideas or advice? Thanks.
     
  2. stetsonh20

    stetsonh20 LawnSite Member
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    update... I contaced Kawasaki about this question and was extremely dissapointed. The rep would not answer any of the questions citing a contract agreement with the dealer network. The dealer told me to call the number because they did not know the answer! This is as far from customer service as a company can get. Very dissapointed in Kawasaki. Back on the subject-does anyone know where I can find some info on this? I have the number from the internally vented carb. I dont see why it would not work if the correct air filter was used, but the carb does look different from the one that I have now. Any info would be appreciated!
     
  3. jkason

    jkason LawnSite Senior Member
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    You need to talk to a dealer.
    Some carbs are not "swapable".

    You can, however, do whatever you want.
    If you purchase the carb and it doesn't work, don't expect to get your money refunded.
     
  4. stetsonh20

    stetsonh20 LawnSite Member
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    I talked to the dealer BEFORE calling the number. The dealer did not know, that is why I was told to contact Kawasaki. I would have thought that being able to produce all of the neccesary numbers on each carb, they could have told me quite easily if they were interchangeable or not...I guess I am surprised at either the lack of knowledge from my dealer, or the lack of caring from Kawasaki. Anyway, I am going to research this some more, any help is appreciated.
     
  5. jkason

    jkason LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 548

    Go to another dealer. When I was a dealer I seem to remember something about which carbs swap with what.

    Maybe your local dealer is just lazy.
    Kawasaki can't tell you on the phone, because you are not a dealer. They can tell their dealers because they are covered by liability insurance. If they tell you and something goes wrong, there is a potential lawsuit (which they are avoiding by not telling you). So it's not that they don't care, they just don't want to go out of business.
     

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