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I have what looks like an older 4x2 gator. I have a vin number. It has very low power and would like to order an engine rebuild kit but cant find my engine type or year and model of the gator. I have attached two pics. I think the vin is W04X2SD001144. Kawasaki sticker is the engine.
 

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I have what looks like an older 4x2 gator. I have a vin number. It has very low power and would like to order an engine rebuild kit but cant find my engine type or year and model of the gator. I have attached two pics. I think the vin is W04X2SD001144. Kawasaki sticker is the engine.
Gator ts 4x2 gas with square headlights, can not really go wrong here tbh as all the fe290d engines are the same
What iam wondering is why you dont put a different engine in though?
Is the engine at all rebuildable.

I have the same gator ts gas and the original engine sucks so bad that i did not even bother looking into repairing or upgrading it.

I worked on a fe290d engine at the shop a month ago aswell and honestly its too much money if you can simply replace it

If youre located in the u.s. i'd simply replace it
 

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I have what looks like an older 4x2 gator. I have a vin number. It has very low power and would like to order an engine rebuild kit but cant find my engine type or year and model of the gator. I have attached two pics. I think the vin is W04X2SD001144. Kawasaki sticker is the engine.
Gator ts 4x2 gas with square headlights, can not really go wrong here tbh as all the fe290d engines are the same
What iam wondering is why you dont put a different engine in though?
Is the engine at all rebuildable.

I have the same gator ts gas and the original engine sucks so bad that i did not even bother looking into repairing or upgrading it.

I worked on a fe290d engine at the shop a month ago aswell and honestly its too much money if you can simply replace it

If youre located in the u.s. i'd simply replace it
You said all fe290d engines are the same? I found a rebuild kit online for$120 comes with pistons and all. Could I just buy any fe290d engine with a horizontal shaft and replace it?
 

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Welp sorry need a bit of a correction, excuse me for using mechanic brain and going a bit too quick sometimes.

Internally all fe290d engines are the same.
The output shaft is the difference.

John deere has a 1:30 taper if i remember correct and then you have all kinds of tapers for different set ups.
This would not really matter for a rebuild kit but does matter when replacing the whole engine.

Now you can source a couple of engines through the internet and also some upgrade engines with a bit more horsepower.
This requires a bit of looking around and iam hoping people here can chime in on this

Thing is that at work i just do original stuff and at home i only do the special custom stuff, my gator ts has a 50hp engine in it so anything between that is a grey area

Edit: trying to keep it short isnt my thing sorry but i guess it is best to first of all open up the engine and see what the problem is.
If its the bore thats worn its a big job, maybe oversized pistons, boring etc.

Look i absolutely hate engine jobs because they cost time and even though i dont get payed per job this still sucks because noone wants to be the guy that works on the machine that costs the company money because its a trade-in or something.
For me that means pressure for someone who does it himself this simply means money.

I remember a customer coming in with a ferris once that ran pretty decent but the customer said it lost power.
Turned out one cyllinder completely exploded and it was still running decent for some unholy reason.
The damage was so bad that we scrapped the thing

So do yourself a favor, open it up, decide if its worth it and go from there.
 

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I'm working on a JD Gator TS. It has round headlights. It has a Kawasaki FE290D-BS28 engine. Warning, all FE290D engines are not all alike. I ordered a gasket/rebuild kit, parts for a different engine arrived. Mine had a 78mm bore, piston actually measured 77.52mm in diameter. The kit I received was for a 84.55mm piston, big difference.

The sticker on the rear of the chassis is "E/NO FE290D42789." I believe that translates to a 2004 gator ts. There is nothing wrong with the piston or rings. Where can I find a gasket kit for this model? I've tried ebay and amazon. Next I'll have to try a local dealer,

Hopefully Pape machinery will be able to help me.

Ideas? Jim
 

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holtzman.james,

Welcome to the forum.

I'd like to suggest you start a new thread with the appropriate title as you'll likely find more meaningful help. Hijacking a thread is not always the best path forward.

One can always look up part availability from JD directly with the link provided below. Once armed with the P/N, suggest searching for suppliers, but would like you to consider using the vendors who support this site. They may even offer a small discount to members.

www.jdparts.com

Keep us posted on your project and please complete any started thread or question with your final resolution even if it was to do nothing.

Again, Welcome and thanks for joining.
 
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