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I am about to buy some parts for a K-321, piston rings, rods, gaskets, etc. As would be expected, official Kohler parts are much more expensive than after market parts. Any advice? Thanks Rick

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xenon172
We have had good results with after market kits for Kohler K series engines that can be had for a good price on Ebay such as this item 360226969510. The important thing is to have the block measured to make sure that it doesn't have to be bored before you buy anything that includes rings and piston. The same is true for the crank before your buy a rod. Kohler is now way over priced for these parts IMO. Personally I prefer the OEM parts if I can find them at a realistic price.

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ENGINE REBUILD KIT for Kohler 14 hp K321 FREE TUNE UP http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=360226969510&ru=http%3A%2F%2Fshop.ebay.com%3A80%2F%3F_from%3DR40%26_trksid%3Dp3984.m38.l1313%26_nkw%3D360226969510%26_sacat%3DSee-All-Categories%26_fvi%3D1&_rdc=1

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Chris727
In my experience, you get what you pay for. I will only use Kohler parts in the future. Rings seem to be the weak point in the aftermarket parts. Pistons seem to be ok. If you do go with aftermarket, be sure to check the ring gaps before assembling, I've seen them too wide from new.

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427435
Give these people a call. I've bought both Kohler parts and Lombardini parts from them. They have been very helpful (especially tracking down the Lombardini parts), and they discount from list price significantly. Ask for Mike in parts. [url]http://www.psep2.biz/pages/parts/viewbybrand/8/KohlerEngine.aspx[/url]

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SmilinSam
I had a friend of mine rebuild a 14 hp Kohler in my 914 AC last spring. We used aftermarket parts all the way. Ran it all summer, and a few times this winter with the blade and she hasnt flown apart yet.:o)

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