Kawasaki FE290

Kawasaki FE290The Kawasaki FE290 is a 0.29 l (286 cc, 17.45 cu-in) single-cylinder air-cooled 4-stroke internal combustion small gasoline engine with horizontal shaft manufactured by Kawasaki Heavy Industries LTd., for general-purpose applications.

The FE290 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 and recoil starter with automatic compression release (electric starter was available as an option). The engine uses a full pressure lubrication system with oil filter and low oil shut-off system; dual-element air cleaner or oil bath type air cleaner as an option.

It has a 78.0 mm (3.07 in) cylinder bore and 60.0 mm (2.36 in) piston stroke. Compression ratio rating is 8.4:1. The Kawasaki FE290 motor produced 9.7 PS (7.1 kW; 9.5 HP) at 3,600 rpm of horsepower and 18.6 Nm (1.9 kg·m; 13.73 ft·lb) at 2,800 rpm of torque. The FE290G – 1/2 cam gear reduction.

General information

Engine Specifications
ModelFE290D / FE290G
Type4-stroke, OHV, single cylinder
Displacement286 cm 3 (17.45 cu-in)
Max. horsepower9.7 PS (7.1 KW; 9.5 HP) at 3,600 rpm
Max. torque (crank PTO)18.6 Nm (1.9 kg·m; 13.73 ft·lb) ta 2,800 rpm
CarburetorFloat type with fixed main jet
Cooling systemForced-air
Ignition systemFlywheel magneto transistor type
Lubricating systemPressurized lubrication with oil filter
Starting systemRecoil or electric starter
Stoping systemIgnition primary circuit ground
Fuel usedUnleaded gasoline (octane number 86 or higher)
Fuel tank capacity6.0 L (6.3 US qt)
Fuel consumption240 g/HPh
PTO shaft rotationCounterclockwise (from PTO shaft side)

Dimensions and Weight

Kawasaki FE290 D/G
Length363 mm (14.3 in)
Width408 mm (16.0 in)
Height441 mm (17.4 in)
Dry weight30.4 kg (67.0 lbs)

Tightening torque specs

Tightening torque specs
Connecting rod bolt20 Nm; 2.0 kg·m; 15 ft·lb
Cylinder head bolt25 Nm; 2.5 kg·m; 17 ft·lb
Flywheel nut86 Nm; 8.8 kg·m; 63 ft·lb
Rocker arm lock nut10 Nm; 1.0 kg·m; 7.2 ft·lb
Crankcase cover31 Nm; 3.2 kg·m; 23 ft·lb
Oil drain plug32 Nm; 3.3 kg·m; 24 ft·lb
Spark plug23 Nm; 2.3 kg·m; 17 ft·lb

Service Information

Maximum speed4,000 ± 100 rpm
Idle speed1,300 ± 150 rpm
Cylinder compression3.0-4.0 kg/cm2 (42-57 psi) at 600 rpm
Valve clearance
Intake valve clearance0.12 mm (0.0047 in)
Exhaust valve clearance0.12 mm (0.0047 in)
Oil system
Oil type4-stroke or an equivalent (SF, SG, SH, or SJ)
Recommended oilSAE 10W-30
Oil capacity1.1 L (1.2 US. qt)
Ignition system
Spark plugNGK: BP5ES
Spark plug gap0.7-0.8 mm (0.028-0.031 in)
Ignition coil air gap0.3 mm (0.012 in)
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    • Kawasaki began making it in the early 90’s for general purpose applications, they were used in Clubcars, and Mule 550’s 520’s and 500’s
      they stopped around 2004

      • Do you think it would fit in a 1995 club car the currently has a Kawasaki fe290. I’m having engine troubles and I’m looking at this as an alternative for my golf cart.

  1. Hola tengo un motor Kawasaki FE290 y quisiera saber cuál es el sentido de giro del motor del lado del ventilador, le falta arrancador de cuerda, gracias

  2. I have a John Deere Gator with a Kawasaki FE290D engine with a defective clutch. Is it the same engine for golf carts? and also the same clutch.
    Thank you,
    J-P Soumis

  3. The D series doesn’t really mean anything when you’re talking about the FE290 it’s still the same engine & shell .the difference as I know are the way it mounts and gear drives and whatever else it’s used for. The engine is still the same

  4. I a GE 5000A GENERATOR. Working on the carburator. striped the jet. need to figure out what size it is. can you please help?

  5. Where can I find a video on doing the valve adjustment on the FE290. I have a 2002 Club Car, also how can I get somemore power out of the eng/ Thanks

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