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Discussion in 'Carver Yacht' started by Thisisit, May 24, 2013.

  1. Thisisit

    Thisisit Member

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    Can anyone advise if anyone produces aftermarket Kohler ignition parts? I have a 1987 7.5KW model which is begining to show signs requiring a major tune up. In the past I have carefully reconditioned, cleaned, scraped, polished and gapped the ignition parts. It may be time to replace the cap, rotor, points, and wires. The "Authorized Kohler Dealer" wanted a little over $700 for OEM parts! Any ideas?
  2. K1W1

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    Hi,

    How does that compare to a new Genset?
  3. Thisisit

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    I'll play along. About 10% of the cost of a new genset. I just replaced the same parts, minus points on the mains. Came out to less than 2% of the cost of new engines. I think I still have the right to be dissapointed with the unusually high cost of OEM parts for my genny.
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    I had a 1996 40 foot Silverton with a Kohler generator. I believe the model was 8 something. Gas not diesel. The ignition wires looked tired to me. So I decided to replace them. They looked weird to my untrained eye. Not at all like the ones on any car I was familiar with. I called Kohler's dealer who had cheerfully raped me financially in the past. So I was prepared for their quote for new wires. Big bucks!! I returned to my bilge and sat there for the longest time staring at the genny. I stared and stared. Time passed. More time past. EUREKA! I finally saw something that had been there all the time. Molded right into the block were the letters F O R D. I raced off to my Ford parts dept and was told, "Dems not Ford car wires, dems Ford Truck. You gotta go -----. Well you know the rest . Ford Truck had the wires for about half of Kohler's dealer. I tell you this in the hope that you can find parts anywhere other than Kohler - even at a truck parts dept. Good Luck! PS I later found better Kohler prices at a big generator (like the kind building contractors haul around mounted on trailers. ) sales, rental and service company. Check it out in our area.
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    Thanks Bliss

    I knew it was a flat head Ford block that they used in tractors for years. I never thought of going through Ford for the wires. As for the cap, I would be very careful that it conforms to marine specs. It can't be vented and there are other requirements. I will look very carefully at the parts and compare them with the Ford parts. Thanks for the tip.
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    Good Luck!
  7. Capt Ralph

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    Are you running at all? Missing or not making power? That magneto will drive a zap thru a brick. If the cap and rotor are not in pieces why replace them? OR ya just want to throw some money at it and feel good? Magneto points usually last a lifetime unless the condenser has a problem. If the points look dirty, polish them back and replace the condenser with a universal pigtail cap. Those plug wires were solid strand, noisy (static on a radio) but last again forever.
    The weak part of the whole mag unit is the non-metallic gear drive. If the genny is a keeper, start shopping for that gear now.
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    I would call Jim at Wavetop technology. Most knowledgeable generator specialist I have ever talked to. He is friendly and always calls back. Every time I sent him an email he calls me. Great guy! He has had parts for me in the past, and if he doesn't, He will point you in the right direction........

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    This is the place I use. Not sure how your prices compare.

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