Nissan Z22S

Nissan Z22S engineThe Nissan Z22S is a carbureted 2.2 liter (2,187 cc, 133.45 cu in) straight-four, four-stroke cycle gasoline from Nissan Z-family. The Z22 engine was producted from 1980 through early 1983.

The Nissan Z22S engine features a cast-iron block and aluminum alloy cylinder head with two ignition plugs per cylinder. It has a single overhead camshaft (SOHC) and 8 valves (2 per cylinder).

The Z22S has an 87 mm (3.43 in) cylinder bore and 92 mm (3.62 in) piston stroke with a compression ratio of 8.5:1. It produced 86 HP (64 kW; 87 PS) of horsepower.

The breakdown of the engine code is as follows:

  • Z – Engine Family
  • 22 – 2.2 Liter Displacement
  • S – carburetor

General information

Engine Specifications
Engine codeZ22S
LayoutFour stroke, Inline-4 (Straight-4)
Fuel typeGasoline
Displacement2.2 L, 2,187 cm3 (133.45 cu in)
Fuel systemCarburetor
Power adderNone
Max. horsepower86 HP (64 kW; 87 PS)
Max. torque
Firing order1-3-4-2
Dimensions (L x H x W):

Cylinder block

The Z22S engine has a cast-iron cylinder block, bore is 87 mm (3.43 in) and stroke is 92 mm (3.62 in). The cylinder block, a monoblock specially cast structure, employs the five bearing support system. The pistons are each fitted with two compression rings and a single oil ring.

Cylinder block
Cylinder block alloyCast iron
Compression ratio:8.5:1
Cylinder bore:87 mm (3.43 in)
Piston stroke:92 mm (3.62 in)
Number of piston rings (compression / oil):2 / 1
Number of main bearings:5
Cylinder inner diameter (standard):87.000-87.050 mm (3.4252-3.4272 in)
Piston skirt diameter (standard):86.985-86.015 mm (3.4238-3.4258 in)
Piston pin outer diameter:20.993-20.998 mm (0.8265-0.8267 in)
Piston ring side clearance:Top0.040-0.073 mm (0.0016-0.0029 in)
Second0.030-0.063 mm (0.0012-0.0025 in)
Piston ring end gap:Top0.25-0.40 mm (0.0098-0.0157 in)
Second0.15-0.30 mm (0.0059-0.0118 in)
Oil0.30-0.90 mm (0.012-0.035 in)
Crankshaft journal diameter:54.942-54.955 mm (2.1631-2.1336 in)
Crankpin diameter:49.961-49.974 mm (1.9670-1.9675 in)
Crankshaft center distance:46.0 mm (1.8110 in)

Cylinder head

The cylinder head is made of a light, strong aluminum alloy with good cooling efficiency. Intake valves are 42.0 mm in diameter and the exhaust valves are 38.0 mm.

Cylinder head
Valve Arrangement:SOHC, chain drive
Valves:8 (2 valves per cylinder)
Intake/Exhaust duration:
Valve head diameter:INTAKE42.0-42.2 mm (1.654-1.661 in)
EXHAUST38.0-38.2 mm (1.496-1.4504 in)
Valve length:INTAKE124.38-124.68 mm (4.90-4.91 in)
EXHAUST117.35-117.65 mm (4.62-4.63 in)
Valve stem diameter:INTAKE7.965-7.980 mm (0.3136-0.3142 in)
EXHAUST7.945-7.960 mm (0.3128-0.3134 in)
Cam height:INTAKE/EXHAUST38.477-38.527 mm (1.5148-1.5168 in)
Outer camshaft journal diameter:32.935-32.955 mm (1.2967-1.2974 in)

Maintenance data

Valve clearance (HOT)
Intake valve0.30 mm (0.012 in)
Exhaust valve0.30 mm (0.012 in)
Compression pressure
Standard12.0 kg/cm2 (11.77 bar, 171 psi) / 350 rpm
Minimun9.0 kg/cm2 (8.83 bar, 128 psi) / 250 rpm
Oil system
Oil consumption , L/1000 km (qt. per miles)up to 0.5 (1 qt. per 1200 miles)
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Oil type APISF or SE
Engine oil capacity (Refill capacity) With filter change (2WD/4WD): 4.4/4.2 l
Without filter change (2WD/4WD): 3.9/3.7 l
Oil change interval, km (miles)Every 5,000 (3,000)
Ignition system
Ignition timing (B.T.D.C./rpm)3±2°/650 rpm (2WD MT and AT), 3±2°/800 rpm (4WD MT)
Spark plug Cold: BP7ES, BPR7ES
Standard: BP6ES, BPR6ES
Spark plug gap0.8-0.9 mm (0.03 -0.035 in)

Vehicle applications

ModelYears Produced
Datsun 7201981-1982
Author: Sergei Wers
About: Co-founder and CEO of a multi-brand auto repair shop (engine repair, chassis repair, body repair and painting) for over 15 years. I have been developing internet sites with technical specifications for more than seven years.

ATTENTION! Dear visitors, this site is not a trading platform, an official dealer or a spare parts supplier, so we do not have any price lists or spare parts catalogs. We are an information portal and provide the technical specifications of gasoline and diesel engines.

We try to use verified sources and official documentation, however, differences between sources or errors in entering information may occur. We do not provide advice on technical issues related to the engines operation or repair. We do not recommend using provided information for engines repairing engines or spare parts ordering, use only official service manuals and spare-parts catalogs.


  1. I have a question,, can you use the head off of a z22 on a z24 block? I have an 82 with the original 2.2 and a friend gave ame a block I’m gojng to rebuild out of an 84 that is a 2.4, but has no head so just wondering if they are compatible cam and all?

  2. Z24 cylinder head bolts will fit a z22??? Or where can I find the z22 cylinder head bolts, help appreciate

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.