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Carburetor question.

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by SugarHillDawg, Dec 24, 2012.

  1. SugarHillDawg

    SugarHillDawg LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    I was wondering if the fh 500 kawasaki carb is interchangeable with the fh 541? They both are 14 h.p..Are there other prerequisites?
     
  2. piston slapper

    piston slapper LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,329

    I believe they are both 17 hp....
    If the linkages are the same...bolt it on and try it...
     
  3. SugarHillDawg

    SugarHillDawg LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    Thanks! I will check them both!
     
  4. dutch1

    dutch1 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Jayhawk
    Messages: 2,248

    On two random picks of the 500 and 541, the part numbers of the carb were not the same. I didn't do any further investigation so, as Slapper indicates, give it a shot. If the carbs have the same configuration/linkage, it's possible that the only difference may be in orfice sizes of the main jet.
     
  5. SugarHillDawg

    SugarHillDawg LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    Both those motors are 17 horse.Hey Dutch , will the different size jets cause too much gas to go in the chambers and blow up the motor??
     
  6. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,006

    Better of rich than-lean:confused:
     
  7. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    Eh... That depends on how rich. Too much gas will wash the oil off of the cylinder walls and rings.
     
  8. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,006

    Aren't they both 17hp could I be over looking some thing:waving:
     
  9. dutch1

    dutch1 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Jayhawk
    Messages: 2,248

    That shouldn't be a problem.

    If it just happens to be a difference of orfice sizes, it won't be very dramatic.

    With the spec numbers from the two engines, you can go to www.kawpower.com and check for differences in part numbers. Just a shot in the dark, but I'd guess the carb body part numbers will be the same but the jets may be different.
     
  10. SugarHillDawg

    SugarHillDawg LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    I guess i need to brush up on hard scaping. never done it. Thanks for the advise though.:dancing:
     

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