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Feels like my tractor is only at half the power

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I just changed out my cylinder head and rods. I cut grass for about 1 hr and now it seems like I'm only getting half the power. I took off valve covers on both sides and all looks ok. 1 spark plug was dry and jet black with soot the other was damp and gray looking. I have a Briggs & Stratton 24 hp els725 ohm engine. Muffler sounds a little muffled too. Engine sounds weak not like when running good. Any ideas.
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The rods were bent and the seal on the spring was out. Yes the push rods. The spark plug works just checked that. I'm seeing light black exhaust coming out too.
are you saying here that it will run on each cylinder when other is grounded out?
I just put a used tec vtwin on a friend's mower and I got some backfire and miss . I used my laser temp gauge on the exhaust pipes and found one was not hot so i knew that cylinder was not working.
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