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    I'm torn.

    So I'm in a kinda bad spot at the moment, and I'm torn on what kind of motor to put in the 317.
    After careful consideration I'm going to put either my brother's diesel or my K321 in my 140 (which I need to go get)

    I'm torn between three options:
    Kohler Magnum
    Kohler command
    KT17 series 2

    Pros and cons of both:
    Magnum-Good power, direct bolt in, I have 2 parts engines; Impossible to find in one piece, some parts are wicked expensive, lubrication issues without constant maintenance, needs wiring modified
    Command- Easy to find, parts plentiful, somewhat cheap, direct bolt in*; wiring needs modified, needs remote oil filter, head gasket, valve cover, and valve issues
    KT17 series 2- Somewhat Easy to find, parts are somewhat plentiful, direct bolt in; hard to find not wore out, same issues as magnum
    *Not sure if it's actually a direct bolt in

    Which would be my best option as a teen on a budget?
    1982 John deere 317, powered by Kohler Magnum 18
    1969 John deere 140 "One eyed Larry", powered by Kohler K241, H2 hydraulics
    1963 Burns B-60 Suburban, serial 1328

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    I can’t help you on this but I can reply to move it back up in the order.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mudrig150 View Post
    So I'm in a kinda bad spot at the moment, and I'm torn on what kind of motor to put in the 317.
    After careful consideration I'm going to put either my brother's diesel or my K321 in my 140 (which I need to go get)

    I'm torn between three options:
    Kohler Magnum
    Kohler command
    KT17 series 2

    Pros and cons of both:
    Magnum-Good power, direct bolt in, I have 2 parts engines; Impossible to find in one piece, some parts are wicked expensive, lubrication issues without constant maintenance, needs wiring modified
    Command- Easy to find, parts plentiful, somewhat cheap, direct bolt in*; wiring needs modified, needs remote oil filter, head gasket, valve cover, and valve issues
    KT17 series 2- Somewhat Easy to find, parts are somewhat plentiful, direct bolt in; hard to find not wore out, same issues as magnum
    *Not sure if it's actually a direct bolt in

    Which would be my best option as a teen on a budget?
    It really gets down to your time and talent. Easy to jump on the K321. Great motor, a little under powered for the 317.
    If you can put together a Magnum I'd probably go with that. Do a little research, many Magnum parts are interchangeable with K- series parts. Check some of the pulling sites.
    Download the Kohler rebuilders manual and cruise through that. Also, if you are giving the K321 any thoughts read Dave Kirk's article on Killer Kohler's. You could hot rod the 321 for the cost of the big cam and a gasket set.
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