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John Deere 400 K532 20hp with rod knocking

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jack in michigan

02-22-2014 17:45:54
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Hello Guys, I can't say that I am in love with my old 400, but there is no way that I want to part with it. I am looking for any and all advise on what to do. Should I rebuild my old engine, do a repower, and if I were to do a repower which engines would you all recommend?




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OldBuzzard

02-24-2014 18:04:01
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 Re: John Deere 400 K532 20hp with rod knocking in reply to jack in michigan, 02-22-2014 17:45:54  
Here's a crank from a K532 that isn't all that pricy

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Bolens-HT20-20hp-Crankshaft-with-Bearing-and-Gear-/121014676680?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1c2d096cc8



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DelMN

02-23-2014 09:25:44
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 Re: John Deere 400 K532 20hp with rod knocking in reply to jack in michigan, 02-22-2014 17:45:54  
What brand of engine is your 20hp? Is it an Onan?



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jack in michigan

02-23-2014 10:03:40
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 Re: John Deere 400 K532 20hp with rod knocking in reply to DelMN, 02-23-2014 09:25:44  
It is a Kohler K532 20 hp, some say it is a 19.9 hp.



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Traditional Farmer

02-23-2014 04:49:04
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 Re: John Deere 400 K532 20hp with rod knocking in reply to jack in michigan, 02-22-2014 17:45:54  
Those were some of the best engines Kohler ever built,personally I'd try to fix the engine or look for a used one.Although they are an older engine there are some good ones still around I bought one off an Airplane deicer last year that only had about 150 hrs on it.That engine is around 35 years old no way you'll buy a new one now that'll come close to giving that kind of service.



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Steve@Advance

02-22-2014 20:59:11
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 Re: John Deere 400 K532 20hp with rod knocking in reply to jack in michigan, 02-22-2014 17:45:54  
Think I'd start with a teardown and see what's salvageable. Lots of good used parts on Ebay.

Unless it's really trashed, this would be your most economical route, and keep it original!



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jack in michigan

02-23-2014 00:17:33
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 Re: John Deere 400 K532 20hp with rod knocking in reply to Steve@Advance, 02-22-2014 20:59:11  
Steve, That was the plan, but a friend of mine who was helping me dismantle the engine put a severe ding on the crankshaft. The machine shop that I use said they could fix it but it would be cheaper to find another one plus they wouldn't guarantee the work. And another crankshaft would just add to my overall costs. Jack



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El Toro

02-24-2014 06:42:56
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 Re: John Deere 400 K532 20hp with rod knocking in reply to jack in michigan, 02-23-2014 00:17:33  
You may be better off to buy a short block. I did that on a JD 140 tractor. You would need the spec number. It cost $300.00 back then in 1981. Hal



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jack in michigan

02-22-2014 19:53:46
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 Re: John Deere 400 K532 20hp with rod knocking in reply to jack in michigan, 02-22-2014 17:45:54  
I would also like to hear from anyone on the brands they would recommend and the reasons why. Thanks, Jack



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bob 7337

02-22-2014 18:27:55
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 Re: John Deere 400 K532 20hp with rod knocking in reply to jack in michigan, 02-22-2014 17:45:54  
Go look up small engine warehouse. They have good prices and their kits are bolt in



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Bob

02-22-2014 19:25:52
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 Re: John Deere 400 K532 20hp with rod knocking in reply to bob 7337, 02-22-2014 18:27:55  
Trouble is "good prices" still = darned near two grand, with shipping.

I have the same situation with a 400, and am wondering what to do, as well.



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juicybusa2

02-24-2014 07:48:49
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 Re: John Deere 400 K532 20hp with rod knocking in reply to Bob, 02-22-2014 19:25:52  
smallenginesforless has a new kohler mini-block for $899 plus $50 shipping on ebay. 2 available. looks like exactly what you need



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