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Re: JD 317 Repower

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11-20-2012 08:37:49

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The most popular repower for older hydrostat garden tractors is the Briggs Vanguard, followed by the Honda engines.

If you are stuck on a diesel, you might look for ideas at a 332, which is a little Yanmar diesel in the same footprint as the 317. I know a couple guys have put Kubota engines from refrigeration units in garden tractors but I don't have a link to give you.

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11-21-2012 07:26:31

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 Re: JD 317 Repower in reply to steve_in_mo, 11-20-2012 08:37:49  
Thanks for the responses guys. Before I pull the engine. Can the pressure feed cranks be purchased? If so maybe I can swap cranks out and rebuild the original engine. Any thoughts?

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11-21-2012 16:38:46

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 Re: JD 317 Repower in reply to smokeshow, 11-21-2012 07:26:31  
There are other differences in the blocks. The Series One cannot be made into a Series two. Inadequate oil pump, oil galleries, pressure relief valve etc.

go to the Kohler web site, download the manuals and compare oiling systems.

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11-21-2012 09:41:09

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 Re: JD 317 Repower in reply to smokeshow, 11-21-2012 07:26:31  
A good machinist could drill the crank you have but you still wouldn't have much oil flow or pressure. A Magnum 18 is very similar to a Phase II KT-17 with electronic ignition. That's an easy changeover.

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