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Re-power 52" V-Ride

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by ed2hess, Nov 23, 2018.

  1. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
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    The unit has a FX730VA71985 with 2200 hours. It has been burning about half quart 20W50 per 20 hours. It is one of those deals that if I run it until it blows I will have to repower. I think I can get $2500 for it but new one around $6800? My question is what does the numbers 71985 behind FX730VA mean?

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  2. Walker56

    Walker56 LawnSite Silver Member
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  3. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
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    If you can get $2500 I'd let it go and get a new one next spring.
     
  4. BigFish

    BigFish LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Should be able to slap a set of rings in it fer a couple bucks and keep mowin' till it jes plain dies, right?

    A properly done ring/top end job should last ya fer quite a while. Lot cheaper than a new mower.


    Or slap a new motor in it. Still way cheaper than a new mower, right?
     
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  5. jonnystihl

    jonnystihl LawnSite Member
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    I'm with fish. I'd re-ring and mow on.
     
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  6. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
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    turr tigers can make 5000 hrs
    Have you every read about anybody doing that on a Kawasaki? Burning oil don't cause any problem unless oil runs low. I am convinced my Cerma gives me a little safety.
     
  7. jonnystihl

    jonnystihl LawnSite Member
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    If it's burning oil your rings are wore. Compression is down which means power is down. This is the time to do it or you'll lose it all together.
     
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  8. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
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    pretty sure you can't put new rings in these newer kaw.....has to do with finish on bore.....
     
  9. jonnystihl

    jonnystihl LawnSite Member
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    You can do it. Did dealer tell you that?
     
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  10. Breezmeister

    Breezmeister LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from South Jersey
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    Check out the manual. Back in the day Kaw would offer over size rings for rebuilds. I would go up one size and sneak the new rings in, adjusting the end gap as needed. I do not know if they still offer oversize rings.... It can be done.
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