I am repowering my splitter after the 8hp briggs to a sh*t and I have a 5hp briggs that I want to put in it's place. Problem is, the shaft isn't the same length as the old one. there is an aluminum coupling between the engine and pump, but no place to attach on this 5hp. can I just mount the motor to the pump with the lovejoy couplings that were on the old one without the aluminum cover. just letting the pump hang by the hydraulic hose?. Here's a pic of the alulminum cover that was between the 8hp and pump. thanks for any replys.
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