* Small Engines Big Fun *
In addition to the work chores of powering construction, agricultural, and lawn equipment, small gas engines power fun recreational vehicles, such as go karts, mini-bikes, ATV's, and snowmobiles.
Small Engine Marques
Today's top-selling small engine brands include Briggs and Stratton, Honda, Tecumseh, Kohler, and Kawasaki. But over the years, many small engine manufacturers have come and gone, such as Clinton, Lauson, Wisconsin, and others.
Vintage Small Engines
Never assume that an old, rusted, non-running engine is junk. You would be surprised at how many small engines can be refurbished and re-purposed into a second life!
Small Engine Repair
If you're on a budget, or you just like to do things yourself, small engine repair can be very rewarding. Tools needed to work on small engines include basic hand tools along with a few specialty tools.
Make your small engine projects enjoyable by giving yourself ample work space, proper tools and supplies, and a realistic time limit.
Should I Remove The Governor?
By allowing the engine to rev higher, removing the governor unleashes more power. But this should be done in conjunction with (at least) a less restrictive air filter and exhaust, or not much will be gained.
Changing the carburetor jet and installing heavier valve springs are the next steps for even more performance.
Read: Small Engine Performance
Use Proper Oil
Check your engine manufacturer's suggestions; most small engines require oil specifically designed for air-cooled equipment. Most automotive oils manufactured after 2009 do not meet these specifications. This results in higher operating temperatures and reduced engine life.
Change oil at recommended intervals (or once a year minimum).
You Can't Beat Fun!