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Unread 12-08-2015, 08:45 AM   #1
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Default Clutch options for an 18HP Kohler with the tapered shaft

Hello all, I had a project dropped off to me and It has the 18HP command Kohler with an unkeyed tapered shaft. What are my options? I am not opposed to a jack shaft, but would rather not tear down the engine to turn down the crank. Have i missed a buy and bolt on option?
Thanks in advance for any help. Have a kick bottom day
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Unread 12-08-2015, 02:53 PM   #2
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Default Re: Clutch options for an 18HP Kohler with the tapered shaft

Only best thing u can do it tear it down and have it turned down to a 1" shaft or change the crank out
It isn't to back to take the crank out of these motor there isn't to much to them
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Unread 12-08-2015, 04:30 PM   #3
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Hello all, I had a project dropped off to me and It has the 18HP command Kohler with an unkeyed tapered shaft. What are my options? I am not opposed to a jack shaft, but would rather not tear down the engine to turn down the crank. Have i missed a buy and bolt on option?
Thanks in advance for any help. Have a kick bottom day
Howray
What shaft?

Pictures or measurements.
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Unread 12-08-2015, 07:55 PM   #4
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Default Re: Clutch options for an 18HP Kohler with the tapered shaft

Check ebay for a 1" shaft crank. Seen some go for a decent price.
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Unread 12-08-2015, 08:47 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replys. I will try to get a picture for the Arizona guy. I am here right down the street give or take a little. So the crank shaft out put is a different taper than the clutch that was in a box. So the thickest diameter is 1.450" it is 4.040" long and at the end of the taper it is .750" . Is there any pulleys or sprockets for this taper? Any help or sugestions would be helpful. I mean like sell the engine and buy a crashed motorcycle, different engine? IDK looking for suggestions. Thanks.
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Unread 12-08-2015, 08:54 PM   #6
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Thanks for the Crank replacement advise. So, are the bearings all the same on the rods and or mains. Tearing it down and putting in a crank doesn't sound as bad as turning loose a a machinist on it. Once again thanks for everyones help.
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Unread 12-10-2015, 08:37 PM   #7
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No loose bearings on the rods or mains. Like any other motor, re install the parts in the order they were removed in.
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Thanks for the replys. I will try to get a picture for the Arizona guy. I am here right down the street give or take a little. So the crank shaft out put is a different taper than the clutch that was in a box. So the thickest diameter is 1.450" it is 4.040" long and at the end of the taper it is .750" . Is there any pulleys or sprockets for this taper? Any help or sugestions would be helpful. I mean like sell the engine and buy a crashed motorcycle, different engine? IDK looking for suggestions. Thanks.
They make adapters for the generator cranks.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Crank-shaft-...-/111797596349
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