Kawasaki FC290V

Kawasaki FC290VThe Kawasaki FC290V is a 286 cc (17.45 cu-in) single-cylinder air-cooled 4-stroke internal combustion small gasoline engine with vertical shaft manufactured by Kawasaki Heavy Industries LTd., for general-purpose applications.

The FC290V engine has an OHV (overhead valve) design; cast-iron cylinder liner; reciprocating balancer; float type carburetor with fixed main jet; flywheel magneto transistor type ignition system; mechanical governor; low tone muffler; recoil starter with an automatic compression release. The engine could be equipped with an electric starter and 12V (3A, 5A or 13A) charging coil. The engine uses a semi cyclone-type air cleaner with a dual element and splash type lubrication system.

Bore and stroke are 78.0 mm (3.07 in) and 60.0 mm (2.36 in), respectively. Compression ratio rating is 8.4:1. The Kawasaki FC290V motor produced 9.1 PS (6.7 kW; 9 HP) at 3,600 rpm of horsepower and 18.7 Nm (1.91 kg·m; 13.8 ft·lb) at 2,400 rpm of torque.

General information

Engine Specifications
Model FC290V
Type 4-stroke, OHV, single cylinder
Displacement 286 cm 3 (17.45 cu-in)
Max. horsepower 9.1 PS (6.7 KW; 9 HP) at 3,600 rpm
Max. torque 18.7 Nm (1.91 kg·m; 13.8 ft·lb) ta 2,400 rpm
Carburetor Float type with fixed main jet
Cooling system Forced-air
Ignition system Flywheel magneto transistor type
Lubricating system Splash
Starting system Recoil or electric starter
Fuel used Unleaded gasoline (octane number 86 or higher)
Fuel tank capacity 2.2 L (2.3 US qt)
Fuel consumption 265 g/HPh
PTO shaft rotation Counterclockwise (from PTO shaft side)

Dimensions and Weight

Kawasaki FC290V
Length 453 mm (17.8 in)
Width 363 mm (14.3 in)
Height 394 mm (15.5 in)
Dry weight 21.6 kg (57.5 lbs)

Service Information

Maximum speed 3,600 ± 100 rpm
Idle speed 1,500 ± 150 rpm
Cylinder compression 5.0 kg/cm2 (70 psi)
Valve clearance
Intake valve 0.15 mm (0.006 in)
Exhaust valve 0.15 mm (0.006 in)
Oil system
Oil type 4-stroke or an equivalent (SF, SE, SD)
Recommended oil SAE 10W-30, 10W-40
Oil capacity 1.1 L (1.2 US. qt)
Ignition system
Spark plug gap 0.7-0.8 mm (0.028-0.031 in)
Ignition coil air gap 0.3 mm (0.012 in)

Tightening torque specs

Tightening torque specs
Cylinder head 24 Nm; 2.4 kg·m; 17.7 ft·lb
Connecting rod 20 Nm; 2.0 kg·m; 14.7 ft·lb
Flywheel 86 Nm; 8.7 kg·m; 63.5 ft·lb
Crankcase cover 26 Nm; 2.6 kg·m; 19.2 ft·lb
Oil drain plug 23 Nm; 2.3 kg·m; 16.7 ft·lb
Valve clearance lock nut 20 Nm; 2.0 kg·m; 14.7 ft·lb
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  1. Kawasaki FC290V where is the oil filter? I’ve looked at schematics and torn my John Deere GX75 apart looking for it. Does a splash lubricating engine not have an oil filter?

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