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Location: Fallston, Maryland
Re: Kawasaki v-twin 18 hp.
I'm starting to not like Stabil. I seem to get a surge at the mid range on the throttle but nowhere else when no Stabil. Add Stabil and its more pronounced. Fresh gas again and its better. The JD dealer told me the red Stabil doesn't work in ethenol, use the blue one.
I think mine is a governor adjustment required but get worse with Stabil. I'm gonna use my Seafoam next time or some dry gas. This 10% ethenol crap seems to be screwing a lot of small engines up. It soaks up moisture and that could be your icing problem. I have found operating the Kawasaki FD590V 18hp liquid cooled for 20 years that the carburator is quite sensitive to anything other than absolutely clean and adjusted properly.
Just my opinion,
2004 GX345 w/ diff lock, 48C mulch compatible deck, 42" thrower
1998 345 w/42" thrower, 48" blade, 30" tiller, 48" mulch compatible deck, Johnny Bucket JR.
1967 Simplicity 2010 w/blade, very heavy roller, thatcher, aerator
1978(ish) Simplicity 7016 w/ 20hp Kohler Command including 50 amp alternator to run lights, wiper and heater for steel cab, 36" thrower mod. to 42", 42" deck