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I really hate to ask so many questions to everyone, because I don't know much about this stuff, but sometimes I just have to. Last week I ordered the parts for my Briggs motor and came up with some questionable prices. One in partucular, a 3-1/16 w/.03 overbore piston came in at $83.90. I also got a rod,the wrist pin(which didn't even arrive), a gasket set, and an electronic ignition. Together it came to about $170. Is this really the actual price for this stuff? Another question I have is about the crankshaft which I recently wrote in about. One type of these motors uses a bushing where the crank and the block meet(the 23D). The other motor I have uses a bearing instead. I was told that they won't interchange and that you need the correct crank for the correct block. Is this also true? The only reason I ask is that I am dealing with a very nice gentleman who has a crankshaft. His is out of a 243431 Briggs motor and I didn't know if it would work or not. Whew! Hope you didn't get bored and thanks to anyone who replies! Brad

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JonetteP
Hi Brad, I just got done looking up a piston for a 16 hp B&S. It is bored .030 also. The list price is 114.95. I don't think this is out of line. Rods usually run 38.00 to 46.00, a gasket set is around 20.00 and I am not sure on the wrist pin or the other parts you ordered. I do know that if this engine is put together correctly and the oil is changed regularly, it will run a long long time. My two cents.

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Dutch
Brad, I’ve NEVER rebuilt a small engine, so I’ll defer to those with expertise. The following is my experience with larger engines. 1) Either study manuals and gain knowledge, or rely on a professional. Sometimes engine components will interchange, other times not, and still other times if one component is changed other components must be changed also. 2) Whenever possible, have the professional supply the parts he’s installing. It becomes expensive when a job goes bad and the machinist blames the assembler, the assembler blames the parts, and the parts supplier blames everyone else. 3) Parts prices vary by supplier and whether the parts are OEM or aftermarket. Shop around, and know what you’re actually buying.

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ka9bxg
Just got done putting a 12 hp together.Had to get it bored .030 over and the piston with rings came to over $130 now that is expensive.The only reason that I fixed this engine is that it came with the tractor and My Dad bought it new in 71( daughter called it old blue seat) he used swiming pool plastic on the seat. Parts are not cheep but if you have to spend $200 every 30 years I would think it is cheep.Good luck putting it together.Bob

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