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Ronald Hribar

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Ronald Hribar

Finished up with oil change, air,fuel and oil filter change, and new set of sparkplugs. on Start up everything normal, then starts puffing blue smoke out of exhaust. Shut it down and checked for leaks,spills . found nothing Oil level exactly on full mark. pulled oil breather( i think it is an oil separator) off valve cover and cleaned it with brake cleaner.

No more smoke.

Talked to dealer about it. They think head gasket is going. second time for me. They are going to try to replace motor with Vanguard 23 hp

The 30 hp they have now is the Proffessional series. They tell me this motor is not as good as Vanguard.

I would like the 35 hp Vanguard in place, they said muffler would be a problem

Will see Monday what they can offer

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Burntime

I don't know if its true, but I was told the head gaskets were the shipped folded. I have no clue what material they are made of so caveat emptor.

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Ronald Hribar

Originally 27 hp feel 23 is step backward

New Prestige has 30 hp Professional Series

Not as good motor as Vanguard

Have to go 31 or 35 to get Vanguard

No idea what head gaskets were used

Evidently Dealer has had problems before

And has replaced 8 motors with Vanguards

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Brettw
quote:Originally 27 hp feel 23 is step backward

New Prestige has 30 hp Professional Series

Not as good motor as Vanguard

Have to go 31 or 35 to get Vanguard


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Yeah, this commin' from a guy with a big block Hemi or some such thing, bolted into a Sunrunner.....8D

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mtoney

Kohler has really gone down hill in recent years for customer satisfaction with thier engines. At the dealership I worked for, Vanguards were tied with Kawasaki for the commercial ZTR folks, followed by Honda and Kohler a distant third. We could order the ZTRs with thier choice of power plant. I would definatly want equil or greater hp than stock if they go with a Vanguard. Going down in HP would not be an option for me. Good luck. Mike

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PGL

See whether you can talk to those who have had the Vanguards put in and see whether they are happy with the results.

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Ronald Hribar

Talked to two people who had conversion done

They said better fuel economy, easier starting and easier to shut down with out backfire.

And the rest of the story, put mower deck on

lawn had been mowed, but took a trial sweep around

bogged down and really spit out smoke

have not heard back from dealer yet

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