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The overspeed killed the rod, or if not it would have ate up all of the governor weights up to little stubs !!!!! I bet the engine oil screen was full of the debris !!!!!
 
His was a metal one and if you check it was an overspeed, the spring on the adjustable upper setup has changed from time or reset, you always recheck the high and low on a governor setting every year to make sure at tuneup and I always just under shoot the high side setting on all engines CAT, Honda, Briggs, Kohler just by old habits for longevity !!!!! And I check mine twice a year under heavy use !
The gear he showed is not made of metal. Sure looks like nylon or some sort of resin as most later ones are.


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The overspeed killed the rod, or if not it would have ate up all of the governor weights up to little stubs !!!!! I bet the engine oil screen was full of the debris !!!!!
Oil screen? Not on a K series.

Also as has already been said, the governor gear in his pic is nylon.
 
This is what was left of a nylon OEM governor gear in the Magnum 18 twin that is now powering my 682. Fortunately, the pieces harmlessly fell to the bottom of the crankcase. Sometimes, the weights get punched into the block or somehow break the camshaft.

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