Kawasaki Ninja Service Manual: Piston Ring, Piston Ring Groove Wear Inspection

Kawasaki Ninja Service Manual / Crankshaft/Transmission / Pistons / Piston Ring, Piston Ring Groove Wear Inspection

The rings should fit perfectly parallel to groove surfaces.

If not, replace the piston and all the piston rings.

Piston Ring, Piston Ring Groove Wear Inspection


Piston Ring/Groove Clearance Standard:

Top 0.03 0.07 mm (0.0012
0.0028 in.)


Second 0.03 0.06 mm (0.0012
0.0024 in.)


Service Limit:

Top 0.17 mm (0.0067 in.)

Second 0.16 mm (0.0063 in.)

Piston Wear Inspection
Measure the outside diameter [A] of each piston 5 mm (0.20 in.) [B] up from the bottom of the piston at a right angle to the direction of the piston pin. If the measurement is under service ...

Piston Ring Groove Width Inspection
Measure the piston ring groove width. Use a vernier caliper at several points around the piston. Piston Ring Groove Width Standard: Top [A] 0.82 0.84 mm (0.0323 0.0331 in.) Second [B] 0.8 ...

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Connecting Rod Installation
NOTICE To minimize vibration, the connecting rods should have the same weight mark. Big End Cap [A] Connecting Rod [B] Weight Mark, Alphabet [C] Diameter Mark [D] (“” or No Mark) NOTICE If the connecting rods, big end bearing inserts, or crankshaft are replaced with new ones, select ...

Coolant Level Inspection
Situate the motorcycle so that it is perpendicular to the ground. Check the coolant level through the coolant level gauge on the reserve tank located to the left of the engine. The coolant level should be between the “F” (Full) and “L” (Low) level lines. A. Reserve Ta ...

Air Cleaner
A clogged air cleaner restricts the engine’s air intake, increasing fuel consumption, reducing engine power, and causing spark plug fouling. This motorcycle’s air cleaner element consists of a wet paper filter, which cannot be cleaned. The air cleaner element must be replaced in acco ...