I repowered for my 400 from SEW. You can read my thread: Picking up a 400 Saturday. If i were to do it over i would go with a Kohler command pro or Honda from Repower specialist just based on engines alone. Looks like they don't have the compmaints SEW does but they might not have sell as many kits either. SEW sells a lot.
Im not completely happy with my SEW kit. I replied to a post on WFM about my 400 experience, it was lengthy. I'll see if i can find it.
Thanks Merc. I'll definitely find your thread and check it out. If I can Avoid SEW and still get this done in my budget I definitely will. And I'll give Repower Specialists anther look as well.
I bought a 400 with the Honda in it and it was a marriage made in heaven. Turn the key any time or place and it sprang to life. It came with a black box that did all of the electrical hookups and the rest was a snap. Drive shaft was neat and simple and the only shakey area was the exhaust exit. I would have done it differently but it was fine.
Thanks Inspectorudy. I had a couple of people steer me away from the Honda in Favor of the Briggs, citing issues of reliability and parts availability. I don't know about the parts, but previously I was under the impression that the Hondas were super reliable. I guess it just depends who you talk to. Glad to hear you've had good luck with yours.
I'm considering a repower this winter. Id like to see some pics of tractors with a repower done to it.
OK Skwirl, I'll post some pics when I get it done!
I put a Honda GX630 into my 318. The engine and accessories came from a donor tractor that had been repowered from repowerspecialists.com (so I didn't buy the kit from the myself). It came with an adapter/spacer plate to mount/raise the engine and an adapter for the driveshaft. The spacer plate was thick, heavy, substantial metal. The driveshaft adapter utilized all the bolts into the crank and all of the bolts for the driveshaft. I've seen other adapters in kits and on ebay that did not use all of the bolts. So although I didn't actually deal with repowerspecialists, I give them a thumbs up for quality.
A couple recommendations or things to ask:
Some repower kits change the height of the engine crankshaft. This will require you to use a different length PTO belt.
My GX630/JD318 repower would have required me to cut my engine side cover to accommodate the oil fill cap (repowerspecialists shows a pic of this on their website). I altered my valve cover to avoid this.
I've heard many people complain about mufflers not fitting - requiring you to cut the tractor. I ended up fab'ing my own, but it looks like repowerspecialists has a muffler that would direct fit my 318.
As you compare prices, makes sure it is apples to apples. Do all kits have a new PTO clutch included? New PTO belt? Muffler? Require alterations to the tractor?
Great advice! Thanks. I'm trying to avoid modifications if possible. I can cut and weld and move and fit, but it can be so time consuming! SEW claims their kit requires no mods and drops right in, but I'm tending to doubt them judging from the reviews I've seen.