Kohler SV541

Kohler SV541The Kohler SV541 is a single-cylinder air-cooled four-stroke internal combustion gasoline engine from the Courage series, manufactured by Kohler Co. The displacement of this engine is 535 cc, (32.6 cu·in) for models SV541-00XX and SV541-01XX or 597 cc, (36.4 cu·in) for models SV541-02XX and higher.

The Kohler SV541 engine has an OHV (overhead valve) design, aluminum head and crankcase with cast iron cylinder liner, micro-polished crankshaft bearings, vertical PTO-shaft, and pressurized lubrication system. This engine is equipped with a carburetor with a fixed main jet and an electronic ignition system.

The cylinder bore is 89.0 mm (3.50 in) for SV541-00XX and SV541-01X engines or 94.0 mm (3.70 in) for models SV541-02XX and higher. The piston stroke is 86.0 mm (3.39 in) for all versions. The compression ratio rating is 8.5:1. The SV541 engine produced 18.2 PS (13.4 KW; 18.0 HP) at 3,600 rpm of horsepower and 43.5 Nm (4.44 kg·m; 32.1 ft·lb) of torque.

The breakdown of the engine code is as follows:

  • S – Courage series
  • V – Vertical PTO shaft
  • 541 – Numerical designation

General information

Engine Specifications
Model Courage SV541
Type 4-stroke, OHV, single-cylinder
Displacement SV541-00XX, SV541-01XX: 535 cm3 (32.6 cu·in)
SV541-02XX and higher: 597 cm3 (36.4 cu-in)
Max. horsepower 18.2 PS (13.4 KW; 18.0 HP) at 3,600 rpm
Max. torque 43.5 Nm (4.44 kg·m; 32.1 ft·lb)
Fuel system Carburetor with a fixed main jet
Cooling system Forced-air
Ignition system Electronic ignition system
Lubricating system Pressurized lubrication
Starting system Electric starter
Fuel used Unleaded gasoline (octane number 86 or higher)
Fuel tank capacity

Cylinder Block and Head

Cylinder block
Compression ratio: 8.5:1
Bore x Stroke SV541-00XX, SV541-01XX: 89.0 X 86.0 mm (3.50 x 3.39 in)
SV541-02XX and higher: 94.0 X 86.0 mm (3.70 x 3.39 in)
Sleeve internal diameter SV541-00XX, SV541-01XX: 89.010-89.035 mm (3.504-3.505 in.)
SV541-02XX and higher: 94.010-94.035 mm (3.701-3.702 in)
Number of piston rings (compression / oil): 2 / 1
Piston pin outer diameter 21.995-22.000 mm (0.8659-0.8661 in)
Main journal diameter Flywheel End Before S/N 3703200003: 44.913-44.935 mm (1.7682-1.7691 in)
After S/N 3703200013: 44.870-44.895 mm (1.7665-1.7675 in)
PTO End Before S/N 3703200003: 41.913-41.935 mm (1.6501-1.6510 in)
After S/N 3703200013: 41.855-41.880 mm (1.6478-1.6488 in)
Cylinder Head
Valve Arrangement: OHV
Valves: 2 (2 per cylinder)
Valve head diameter: INTAKE 37.375-37.625 mm (1.4715-1.4813 in)
EXHAUST 32.125-32.375 mm (1.2648-1.2746 in)
Stem outer diameter: INTAKE 5.982-6.000 mm (0.2355-0.2362 in)
EXHAUST 5.970-5.988 mm (0.235-0.2357 in)

Tightening torque specs

Tightening torque specs
Cylinder head bolt Step 1: 20.5 Nm (2.1 kg·m; 15.1 ft·lb)
Step 2: 41.0 Nm (4.2 kg·m; 30.3 ft·lb)
Flywheel M12: 88.0 Nm (9.0 kg·m; 65.0 ft·lb)
M10: 66.5 Nm (6.7 kg·m; 48.7 ft·lb)
Spark plug 27 Nm (2.75 kg·m; 20.0 ft·lb)

Service Information

Valve clearance
Intake valve clearance 0.127 mm (0.005 in)
Exhaust valve clearance 0.178 mm (0.007 in)
Oil system
Oil type API SJ or higher
Recommended oil SAE 10W-30
Oil capacity 1.5 L (1.59 US. qt, 1.32 Imp. qt.)
Ignition system
Spark plug Champion RC12YC
Spark plug gap 0.76 mm (0.030 in)
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1 Comment

  1. I need to know the crankshaft spec; i.e diameter, length, etc. of the PTO end. I do not see that information on this page. Can you refer me to an official web page with that information please? Thank you.

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