Just checking in (if anyone cares).. I've had so much going on last few years I haven't been around much. I lost my wife to her Cancer battle and I moved to a country home, ect. Im happy to say My modified Ariens, the one with the 20hp Honda on a 1978 Ariens is still running strong. I think it will outlast me. rarely do I ever need to go over 1/2 throttle..but do at times just for the engines sake. It has never plugged or ever given me any break-downs. That said- it surely will now! It really is awesome watching the rooster tail it makes. easy 50/60ft if not careful. I know old Die hard Ariens guys frown on someone altering a proven old Ariens but I did it for just some fun. I am an old (64.5 YO) Ariens guy and I would never do it to more than just the one. I've had most likely 15 or more Ariens over the years and kept most all of them stock (one other I did go 11hp Honda to be honest). I thought about dismantling the old girl but decided- I'll keep it and pass it onto my grandson. For you folks that started coming here less than few years ago.. The archives has many pics of it in building process. Can't say Im anxious for winter- But when it gets here I'm anxious to go another round at it.