Small Engines (Lawn Mowers, etc.)/Honda GXV160cc OHC engine

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Dear Eric

I have a Honda GXV 160 cc OHC engine on a chassis which has rusted out. Will the Honda motor fit on a chassis suitable for a B&S motor? I live in Thailand where the chassis was made but the material was sub-standard. I will be visiting Australia in December and will get a second-hand chassis from a B&S setup if the engines are interchangeable

Many thanks

Colin Rose - Thailand

Answer
Most are interchangable with respect to the engine mounting bolt holes.  The lenght of the crankshaft output is usually the most important spec because if the shaft it too long the blade will be below the mower deck.  Too short can be more easily corrected as they sell special blade adapters.

If you buy a good brand used chasis odds are it will work as most of the better chasis use common specs for the engine/crankshaft.  This way mower manufactures can offer different engine brands on various chasis.

Eric

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Lawnmower Repair . Certified Master Service Technician from B&S. Have 23 years experience on B&S, Lawn Chief, Weed Eater, Echo, Peerless, Wheel Horse, Snapper, Atlas, MTD, McCulloch, Homelite and many other numerous brands. Specialize in electrical repair.

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Born and raised in the midwest. Started tinkering with engines when I was about 14 on my Suzuki RM-80. I began lawn mower repair at a small hardware store. I knew absolutely nothing. I read lots of repair manuals and met an older fellow who taught me many lessons. I continued working on small engines through high school and paid my way through college working on mowers at the same hardware store. Decided to get away from the midwest and mower repair so I joined the Air Force. I repaired air traffic control electronic equipment and ended up in Hawaii where I got a part time job at Small Engine Clinic. I gained a lot of experience from the Small Engine Clinic and had a blast repairing small engines. I then took the Briggs and Stratton Master Service Technician test and earned my MST. I then traveled to Wisconsin where I attended the factory update training seminar and received formal training. Continued working on mowers part time as I completed 20 years of military. Retired from the military on a Friday and continued in the lawn and garden industry the next Monday.

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MAS Aerospace Operations BA Mathematics AAS Electronic Communications AAS Electronic Technology

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