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How do I wire a 18hp Briggs & Stratton engine to a craftsman GT5000 lawn mower

I took a 25 hp Kohler Engine off of a (GT5000 Garden Tractor 917.276013) & I am trying to wire a 18hp B&S engine to the chassis. I know which wire is for power but what do I do with all the other wires? The Kohler Engine is discarded at this time.

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I dont have all your anwers. In my experience, Kohler frequently has wires to start, run and stop the engine. They also frequently have a low oil and/or high heat control (engine shut down). Also expect a wire from the charging system. On your tractor, you probably have similar plus 'operator presence' wires. These wires require to you to be sitting in the seat for the machine to operate - a seat switch for example. On my tractor, I can depress the 'brake' (which isnt exactly a brake in fact) and the engine will run when I dismount. However, if the mower is engaged, no matter what, if I get off the tractor, the engine shuts down.

You will have to determine what every wire is for and connect it properly. You may lose some engine 'functionality' or tractor safety features. It is never easy to put a Ford starter on a Chevy. Good luck with your project.

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  • Gary Adkins Dec 04, 2012

    Thanks for your help! I downloaded the wiring schematic on the GT 3000 & the 18hp. I'll follow the wires tomorrow.

  • A Miller Dec 04, 2012

    Good solution ... good luck with your project. Kohler is a good engine, sorry you lost it though B&S, too, is a good engine.

  • Gary Adkins Jan 22, 2014

    I removed all of the old wires & started from scratch with a basic wiring diagram. It works fine! Thanks A. Miller!!!!

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Unfortunately, there is no single manual for this. It depends entirely on what crankshaft the OEM requested be used in the engine. You need to find out the diameter of the crankshaft and any threading to it, direction of the threading, etc. From there, a replacement can usually be found pretty easily. That or contact Briggs customer support (number in your owners manual) with the Model, Type and Code numbers off the engine. From this information they can see how the engine was outfitted for that OEM. Horsepower tells them nothing as those ratings and stickers are often replaced by the OEM and often NOT the information Briggs sends out on the engine.

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