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Hi all,
Was given a JD 110 with deck and cart. Donor bought it new and been sitting in barn for 35 years.
Koehler k181 has little compression. What is ballpark cost to have motor rebuilt? Thinking about swapping with rebuilt k181 if anyone has one for sale
 

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not sure what cost is to have it rebuilt usually do my own.
I'd try to get it running first see how it runs. Parts are still available and they are an
easy rebuild.
biggest cost would be new piston, connecting rods,valves if needed.
couple hundred if those parts are needed.
Ebay has some on there from time to time but watch what your buying
 

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not sure what cost is to have it rebuilt usually do my own.
I'd try to get it running first see how it runs. Parts are still available and they are an
easy rebuild.
biggest cost would be new piston, connecting rods,valves if needed.
couple hundred if those parts are needed.
Ebay has some on there from time to time but watch what your buying
Thank you sir! I’ll check eBay out
 

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I'm in the process of rebuilding my K181 as well and got a pretty complete rebuild kit on ebay. It was $139 and came with a complete gasket set, new piston, piston pin, rings, rod and cap, exhaust valve, main bearings, oil seals, float needle and seat, ignition points, and spark plug. Overall not a bad deal and had almost all the parts I needed except for an intake valve which I got separately. These are all aftermarket but I'd say of decent quality. As Kster526 mentioned parts for Kohler K181s are readily available and many OEM Kohler parts if you don't mind the higher price of factory parts. Like he also mentions, the K181 is an easy one to rebuild. Brian Miller's website, gardentractorpullingtips.com has a wealth of rebuilding as well as hop up info, engine parts, and also offers rebuild services. You can download a free factory Kohler K181 engine service manual as well.
 
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