I bought a Deere gx345 for $700 with a bad motor. It is in great shape 350 hrs but his son ran it with a bad water pump. Supposedly it needs a new short block and some valve work. Unfortunately deere wants $2200 for short block and #&*(!@#&*( Kawasaki stopped making the FD611v-s00 about a year ago with no suitable replace from what I can see. I hate to turn this into a parts machine because it is awesome but $3000 for a motor is not going to happen. From what I have read the replacement is FD731v which wont work without major issues... Hoping someone has advice on what they have done. Any help is greatly appreciated!! I guess briggs makes a suitable replacement but I am a huge fan of water cooled Kaw motors. I have an lx178 I have had 10+ years bought used with bad front tires (so obviously had a ton of hrs) and it still doesn't burn oil. This was going to be my upgrade unfortunately I am at a loss on what to do.