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Old 06-01-2012, 05:00 PM   post #1 of 4
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Default Kawasaki FD501V V-Twin question

I may be getting a free LX188 with the Kawasaki FD501V V-Twin engine. Owner says it is not running and may be a manifold problem. Local dealer quoted him a $2000 repair on it.

Question 1 : How hard is it to get to and/or repair the manifold on these things and what could possibly make it a $2000 dollar repair?

Question 2 : Is there a retrofit kit for an Intek? I think I remember reading somewhere there was a kit for replacement of the Kawasaki but would rather keep it original.

Question 3 : Would it be best to keep it original or repower, depending on the condition of the rest of the tractor?

Thanks in advance for any info. I know nothing of Kawasaki water cooled engines. Heck, if nothing else I will have an operational K61 to use in something else!
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Default Re: Kawasaki FD501V V-Twin question

Depends on the manifold...intake, thermostat, exhaust/head issues?

2000 bucks is steep for anything on a rider. Probably nothing major...these were pretty stout engines.
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Default Re: Kawasaki FD501V V-Twin question

Thats what I thought Red. I knew Kawasaki water cooled were supposed to be a decent engine, but thought as with other engines they had an inherent problem that needed to be adressed.

Sort of like my 305 Vortec and the intake manifold gaskets. I was told after about 60,000 miles I could expect problems, and I did. Had to have upper and lower intake manifold gaskets replaced. Now its good for another 100,000 miles or so.
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Intake and carburator are below the radiator and some other cowling for the cooling fan.. I would check for spark because the Kawi Ignitors will cause a no start and do go bad from time to time.. They seem to be fairly complex ( for a small engine ) but workable if you have the time.. Things like water pump require the engine to be removed. Actually the LX188 I just bought had some preventative maintinance work done just before I bought it which included a WP, gaskets and the required R&R and parts to make that happen, and the guys bill was $680.. $2k at a dealer would not supprise me.

That said, these things run quiet. Deck is louder than the engine turned all the way up. And because it is liquid cooled, you can mow at 3/4 throttle if you want to ( I don't ).. Turns almost on a dime. For all that an Intek would not be my choice for a LX188 repower, it would work pretty easy as the FD501V is pretty big
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