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    Engine Upgrade On Deere 165

    I use a 165 with 38" blower for snow removal duty. The 12.5hp Kawasaki just doesn't seem to have sufficient power for the task so I'm swapping it out for the 17hp out of my 180. I removed the engine from the 180 last evening and will likely remove the engine from the 165 tonight.

    Let me know if you need any pics or have questions as I do this swap.

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    Oh yeah, we need pics.
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    Got the 12.5hp Kawasaki unhooked and removed from the 165 this weekend. The 17hp is bolted in but I still have to hook up the fuel line, electrical connections and PTO. Fun way to spend a Sunday.

    The old girl before surgery




    12.5hp Kawasaki Removal



    17hp Kawasaki Bolted In


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    You mean you are going to make me be a member of My Tractor Forum to see the larger versions of the pictures?
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    lol...sorry, didn't realize I could upload pics here. The following pics are here for your viewing pleasure.




























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    Now we're talking. Nice job.
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    Thanks Randy. I think I'm going to use the hood from the 180 because it's in better condition, although neither of them have any damage. I'm also going to swap the larger tires off the 180's rear wheels. Too bad I can't just swap wheels and tires whole.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarNutCass View Post
    Too bad I can't just swap wheels and tires whole.
    Different bolt pattern and offset?
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    The 165 hydro has 1" axles while the 180's Peerless has 3/4", if I remember correctly. The axles are keyed and the wheels are held in place by a snap ring on both models.
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    Finished connecting all the electricals and fuel line this weekend. Took a few tries to get her started but she runs like a champ! I'm going to have to replace one part that I never considered...the crankshaft diameter is bigger on the 17hp Kawasaki vs the 12.5hp and crankshaft pulley is larger on the hydro tractors vs the geared tractors. Sooooo...at the present time I have the smaller pulley on the hydro and I think that will definitely have a negative effect on forward speed.
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