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Decoding Kohler Engine Model, Specification and Serial Identification Numbers – The Kohler K-series manul Magnum engine model and serial numbers appears on a decal or metal tag that’s attached or affixed to the upper part of the flywheel shroud, or on the carburetor side of the flywheel shroud.
If there’s no tag or decal on the engine, or if the flywheel shroud has been replaced with one from another engine, then there’s no way of fngine the exact replacement parts or the year of the engine.
All you’ll know is the model, specification and year of the flywheel shroud itself.
Therefore, the best way to find the size and model of Kohler engine is to remove the cylinder head and measure the bore and stroke. Otherwise, they are like the small and big block Chevy V8’s, there is no way of knowing for sure simply by looking at it on the outside.
Therefore, I don’t recommend doing this. Kohler changed the “0”, “1” or “2” at sngine end of the model number to indicate that it’s a one or two cylinder engine. The first two numbers of the specification number indicates the engine model. The three numbers and letter following the first two numbers not shown below are the specific variation of the engine to meet OEM specifications. No information is available from Kohler to what these numbers represent.
Engine model codes with a 4th digit of 5 or greater denote Magnum engines.
The letter, or the first two or three numbers of the serial number indicates the kojler the engine was manufactured. The K engine followed in No serial numbers are available these early model engines. InKohler expanded into the recreational vehicle market by beginning to produce 2-cylinder snowmobile engines. InKohler revealed new style and improvements through the Magnum series, complete with electric ignition and “superior” air filtration.
E 1 7 2 4 5 2 example I f seven digit numbers, use the first two digits. Higher RPMs enngine more heat due to friction, which causes greater expansion engihe parts. Note 2 – Champion spark plugs or equivalent. Note 3 – Measure just below oil ring groove and at right angles to wrist pin. Note 4 – 1, RPM generator sets at. Note 6 – Top and center compression rings. Note 7 – Measure just below oil ring groove and at right angles to wrist pin.
Note 8 – Compression ratio depends on which cylinder head is used.
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Note 9 – Use the lesser clearance is for a valve that have been ran for a while, and use the greater clearance is for fresh reground valve faces and seats Ejgine the valve and seat wear into each other, the clearance will be lessened. Note 10 – Use the lesser clearance for manua, to 3, RPM operation, and use the greater clearance for higher RPM or wide open throttle operation. Note 1 – Subtract O.
Note 3 – Measure just below oil ring and at right angles to wrist pin. Note 5 – Top and center compression rings. Note 6 – Use the lesser clearance for a valve that have been ran for a while, and use the enginne clearance for fresh reground valve faces and seats.
As the valve and seat wear into each other, the clearance will be lessened.
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Note 7 – Use the lesser clearance for up to 3, RPM operation, and use the greater clearance for higher RPM or wide open throttle operation. Capscrew Bolt in. Grade 5 – in. Grade 8 – in. Note 1 – Lubricate fastener threads with motor oil. This allow for proper tightness so bolts won’t loosen later.
Torque to in. Note 4 – To prevent rod bolts from loosening, install a split lock washer on each bolt and then torque to specs. Posi-Lock flange nuts doesn’t require a lock washer. Note 5 – Prior to Serial No. Note 6 – Flywheel and crankshaft tapers must be clean and dry. Medium Carbon Steel, Tempered. Kohler Engine Service and Repair Manuals Contains all the information needed to disassemble, repair and reassemble your Kohler engine. There are many variations in bolt patterns and PTO flange configurations between these blocks.
Before replacing an engine block and if possible, the best thing to do is have the original engine rebuilt, then all the original accessories will attach to the original block with no modifications.
But nanual the original kihler block is not rebuildable and damaged beyond repair, another block of the same type specification number will need to be acquired. If interested in purchasing a bare block, please email me several detailed, sharp pictures of your original engine block taken at all sides so I match it to one I may have in stock.
Packaged shipping weight for each bare block is 45 lbs. All of these blocks have an exhaust valve diameter of 1. These have a thicker cylinder wall than ordinary K blocks. There are no other major differences between these two blocks. These blocks have the same size valves, and most external parts will interchange.
Due to the smaller cubic inch displacement, which lessens the amount of air that enters the engine, theses engines use a Carter or Kohler 26, or Walbro 52 1. The early K blocks have an exhaust valve diameter of 1. Most Magnum blocks are wide base, and very few are narrow kohlre.
The very early K 10hp blocks have no indentation for installing an upper mount gear starter mounting bolts are below the starter motor. Also, some of these older blocks with flanges have no holes drilled for converting to a narrow base oil pan. But holes can be drilled and tapped. Some blocks have either a drilled or threaded oil dipstick tube hole next to the cylinder, above the crankcase, while others have no hole present.
Some blocks have provisions for a starter-side oil dipstick tube, and some don’t. Some blocks came with counterbalance gears and some didn’t. Some have expansion plugs where balance gear stub shafts can be installed, and although certain blocks have the bosses, some have no holes drilled for the stub shafts. The later model Kohler blocks with Breakerless Ignition and all Kohler Magnum blocks have no provisions for ignition points.
Some blocks have two threaded holes for installing an exhaust pipe flange, and some don’t. Some blocks have provisions to install a mechanical fuel pump, and some don’t.
Some blocks have different bolt patterns on the PTO end, and Gravely blocks have a raised circular flange. Some K blocks with K embossed on the PTO end have a thicker cylinder wall, and some K blocks without the K embossing have an ordinary thickness cylinder wall. The 12 fin K blocks have an ordinary thickness cylinder wall, and the 13 fin K blocks have a thicker cylinder wall.
The Magnum engines are basically the same engine as the K-series. The main differences are, besides the sheet metal that covers the block, the Magnum has solid state ignition, a fixed main jet Walbro carburetor and the starter fastens to the bearing plate instead of the engine block. And there are no provisions for using ignition points. Most of the external and all the internal parts are interchangeable, and most aftermarket high performance parts are interchangeable with either engine.
These all basically have the same external dimensions, with the exception of the 16hp, which has a larger cylinder. Kohler engines are like the Chevrolet small block or big block V8’s.
The main difference with Kohler engines is the bolt patterns on the PTO end of the block. Each block is made specifically for the garden tractor or lawn and garden equipment it goes in.
When replacing an engine block with another, make sure the bolt pattern matches that of the original block so the PTO accessories, braces and brackets can be bolted on with no modifications. The majority of the Magnum hp single cylinder engines have flanges at the base. Therefore, the block will need to be converted into a narrow base by cutting off the flanges on each side and then cut new threads in the holes in the block for the narrow oil pan.
And the other parts that’s needed are: Everything else should fit in the tractor with no problems. Only eight models of the hp Kohler Magnum single cylinder cast iron block engines was manufactured as a narrow base.
The specification numbers for these are as follows: All other hp Magnum engine block specification numbers are a wide base. Any Kohler Magnum single cylinder hp engine would be excellent to pull with. The only problem is, being these come with solid state ignition, with no provision for ignition points, if a steel flywheel is going to be used, a crank trigger ignition system will be needed, too.
Also, if the engine has counterbalance gears, they will definitely need to be removed because one or the other could break, destroying the block and other parts. For most engines, it does absolutely no good to reinstall them. Most Kohler engines don’t come with them and in most engines, they do very little to reduce engine vibration. When left out, the engine should not vibrate more than usual. Being balance gears are made of cast iron material and operate [out of balance] on a single, narrow needle bearing for support, they’ve been known to break and destroy the crankshaft, camshaft and engine block.
I’ve seen this happen to a good engine a few times. Therefore, I highly recommend leaving them out. To convert a Kohler K-series hp engine into a Magnum engine, the parts that’s needed are: The support brackets for the starter are for mounting of the starter solenoid only.
They do not support the starter motor whatsoever. And when installing the bearing plate, the cam pin hole will need to be sealed with clear RTV silicone adhesive sealant because the Magnum bearing plate will not cover the hole.
By the way – I’ve always preferred to use clear RTV silicone adhesive sealant for three reasons: