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
Type4-stroke, OHV, single cylinder
Displacement286 cm 3 (17.45 cu-in)
Max. horsepower9.1 PS (6.7 KW; 9 HP) at 3,600 rpm
Max. torque18.7 Nm (1.91 kg·m; 13.8 ft·lb) ta 2,400 rpm
CarburetorFloat type with fixed main jet
Cooling systemForced-air
Ignition systemFlywheel magneto transistor type
Lubricating systemSplash
Starting systemRecoil or electric starter
Fuel usedUnleaded gasoline (octane number 86 or higher)
Fuel tank capacity2.2 L (2.3 US qt)
Fuel consumption265 g/HPh
PTO shaft rotationCounterclockwise (from PTO shaft side)

Dimensions and Weight

Kawasaki FC290V
Length453 mm (17.8 in)
Width363 mm (14.3 in)
Height394 mm (15.5 in)
Dry weight21.6 kg (57.5 lbs)

Service Information

Maximum speed3,600 ± 100 rpm
Idle speed1,500 ± 150 rpm
Cylinder compression5.0 kg/cm2 (70 psi)
Valve clearance
Intake valve0.15 mm (0.006 in)
Exhaust valve0.15 mm (0.006 in)
Oil system
Oil type4-stroke or an equivalent (SF, SE, SD)
Recommended oilSAE 10W-30, 10W-40
Oil capacity1.1 L (1.2 US. qt)
Ignition system
Spark plug gap0.7-0.8 mm (0.028-0.031 in)
Ignition coil air gap0.3 mm (0.012 in)

Tightening torque specs

Tightening torque specs
Cylinder head24 Nm; 2.4 kg·m; 17.7 ft·lb
Connecting rod20 Nm; 2.0 kg·m; 14.7 ft·lb
Flywheel86 Nm; 8.7 kg·m; 63.5 ft·lb
Crankcase cover26 Nm; 2.6 kg·m; 19.2 ft·lb
Oil drain plug23 Nm; 2.3 kg·m; 16.7 ft·lb
Valve clearance lock nut20 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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