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post #1 of 13 Old 05-13-2019, 09:50 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone with a Kawasaki twin?

Just looking for reviews or input on these motors. Iíve heard they are very reliable and a great engine. Being used to Briggs motors this Kawasaki is new ground for me.
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I have an FR651V on a Gravely ZT XL 42 zero turn, and, from what I can tell, it was manufactured incorrectly, in that the engine slowly died on me (when the engine got hot, the starter would have trouble spinning the motor, but would start it ok when cold), and when I took it in to the dealer, he claimed I had installed the cooling fan wrong (when I hadn't even removed the engine cover ever), and that the remote air intake I had made for it was too restrictive and made the engine run so rich that fuel was washing the cylinder walls resulting in them being scored (course, later I tested the intake system, and my mod made no difference with the air flow through the carb).

Basically, the Kawasaki engine wasn't assembled right, but the dealer ripped me off.

When I rebuilt the engine myself, the cylinder walls weren't scored or significantly worn, just needed honing for the new rings, and showed that the oil had been super-heated, melting various plastic bits that sit in the oil (the end of the dipstick, the plastic edges of a oil screen just before the oil pump).

I've had a number of other single-cylinder Kaw engines, they also have been solid and reliable, and the only ones that have actually failed were ones that the mower blade directly contacted something unmovable, damaging the crankshaft (as the blade is bolted to the end of the crank). I would not have a problem buying another Kawasaki engine, just never from that dealer (Ar-Jays in Edmonton).
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Just looking for reviews or input on these motors. Iíve heard they are very reliable and a great engine. Being used to Briggs motors this Kawasaki is new ground for me.
I have the FR730V on my Husqvarna, it is a bit thirsty, but seems OK otherwise, I have less than a year on it so I can not speak to longevity. Amazon has the best prices on oil and air filters that I could find. I had a Kohler in my old JD, it just wanted a new plug every year and oil changes and is still going strong after 22 years and I worked that boy hard. B&S was top of the line in the old days but have cheapened themselves to price match Tecumseh in this throw away society.
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Got one on my Dixon... Love it...


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Both my JD X500 and my wife's X530 have Kawasaki twins. They're great engines. The X500 (2008) has close to 400 hours and going strong. The X530 (2015) only has about 100 hours and it is going strong as well.

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Re: Anyone with a Kawasaki twin?

I have had several and now own one on a JD 345 as well as three single Kawasaki engines. They all have been very good engines requiring little work to use as of late. The 345 engine has 800 plus hours and the single have unknown hours but some high.

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Re: Anyone with a Kawasaki twin?

Just to follow up, when I rebuilt my FR651, a positive for Kawasaki is that they offer a gasket kit for it, that included all the gaskets/seals for the engine. The negatives about it are that they made it difficult to find, and they don't link it to the engine, so if you go to the dealer (well, at least a crappy dealer like the one I went to, Ar-Jays), they will tell you "oh, that's not for your engine cuz it doesn't show up in the parts list for it. you need to buy all the gaskets/seals individually." Which only costs about double... When I got the kit, it worked fine, and included gaskets/seals for a number of versions of the FR651V.
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I have had three including the one I have know; no issues with any of them.

I won't buy a new mower that doesn't have a Kaw. I think landscapers prefer them also. I put at least 900 hours (no hour meters) on a JD 170 with 14hp Kaw.
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Well itís good to hear all the positive feedback on the Kawasaki motors.

From what I read somewhere husqvarna stopped using the Kawasaki and is going with a Yamaha replacement. Wonder why this happened. My local dealer just said that the Kawasaki isnít available anymore but didnít say why or what the replacement was..
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Well itís good to hear all the positive feedback on the Kawasaki motors.



From what I read somewhere husqvarna stopped using the Kawasaki and is going with a Yamaha replacement. Wonder why this happened. My local dealer just said that the Kawasaki isnít available anymore but didnít say why or what the replacement was..


My friend owns a small engine shop and sells new Husqvarna with Kawasaki engines? Think they still offer the engine in new units.


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Well itís good to hear all the positive feedback on the Kawasaki motors.

From what I read somewhere husqvarna stopped using the Kawasaki and is going with a Yamaha replacement. Wonder why this happened. My local dealer just said that the Kawasaki isnít available anymore but didnít say why or what the replacement was..
Companies like Husqvarna source engines, etc. based on price and availability. If Kawasaki couldn't provide them with enough engines at the price point they want, they probably went to another manufacturer. That said I've owned my Dixon GT since 2010 without a single problem with the Kawasaki FR730V.
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Re: Anyone with a Kawasaki twin?

My 1999 JD 345 would not start after mowing for about 30 minutes. Seem to recall that the module AM 128906 was the culprit once before. (I think it has to do with the shut off delay?) For about $30. I can replace it again, if appropriate. Does that sound right? Keep in mind, it won't even click when I turn the key and the battery is good, lights work, solenoid for the mower deck clicks on & off. Appreciate any suggestions.
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My 1999 JD 345 would not start after mowing for about 30 minutes. Seem to recall that the module AM 128906 was the culprit once before. (I think it has to do with the shut off delay?) For about $30. I can replace it again, if appropriate. Does that sound right? Keep in mind, it won't even click when I turn the key and the battery is good, lights work, solenoid for the mower deck clicks on & off. Appreciate any suggestions.
My SILís X360 had a module (AM141075) go bad and wouldnít start, no spark (listed at the end of this thread https://www.mytractorforum.com/12-jo...t-no-spark.htm).

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