Replacing Kawasaki FC420V

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by Longstar, Jul 2, 2004.

  1. Longstar

    Longstar LawnSite Member
    Messages: 62

    I have a locked up Kawasaki FC420V motor on my 36" Scag WB. I have been told that I could buy a Kohler CV15 that would replace it and be a direct bolt on with no modifications. How true is that?

    I am not a gear head, so any suggestions would be welcomed. I would like to replace it with the Kawasaki, but it is a few hundred dollars more than the Kohler. So if the Kohler would fit just fine, and it has a little more HP, then I am all for it.
  2. locutus

    locutus LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Messages: 1,266

    If you are going to "lock up" engines, better a Kholer than a Kawasaki.
  3. Green Care

    Green Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 530

    Push come to shove it may be a hole off you can drill this.

    Not 100% sure make it work or pay.
  4. Jason Pallas

    Jason Pallas LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,335

    Yeah - the bolt patterns are the same for the Kaw and the kohlers.
  5. fixer67

    fixer67 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,098

    Remember to check the crankshaft size and length. The wiring will have to be changed over to match. In fact the wiring may be your biggest problem. I say go for it. For me Kohlers are easier for me to work on than Kaw. Just remember to check that crankshaft.
  6. exmarkdude

    exmarkdude LawnSite Member
    Messages: 62

    I did the same thing and I had to change the electric and that was big deal!

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