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Re: Anyone with a Kawasaki twin?
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).