Kawasaki Ninja Service Manual: Piston Ring Thickness Inspection

Kawasaki Ninja Service Manual / Crankshaft/Transmission / Pistons / Piston Ring Thickness Inspection

Use the micrometer to measure at several points around the ring.

Piston Ring Thickness Standard:

Top [A] 0.77 0.79 mm (0.0303
0.0311 in.)

Second [B] 0.78 0.79 mm
(0.0307 0.0311 in.)

Service Limit:

Top 0.70 mm (0.0276 in.)

Second 0.71 mm (0.0280 in.)

Piston Ring Thickness Inspection

If any of the measurements is less than the service limit on either of the rings, replace all the rings.


When using new rings in a used piston, check for uneven groove wear. The rings should fit perfectly parallel to the groove sides. If not, replace the piston.

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 ...

Piston Ring End Gap Inspection
Place the piston ring [A] inside the cylinder (upper crankcase), using the piston to locate the ring squarely in place. Set it close to the bottom of the cylinder, where cylinder wear is low. ...

Other materials:

External Shift Mechanism Removal
Remove: Shift Lever (see Shift Pedal Removal) Oil Pump Drive Gear (see Oil Pump Drive Gear Removal/ Installation in the Engine Lubrication System chapter) Circlip [A] Washer [B] Special Tool - Outside Circlip Pliers: 57001-144 Remove: Shift Shaft Assembly [A] Washer [B] ...

Brake Wear Inspection Inspect the brakes for wear. For each front and rear disc brake caliper, if the thickness of either pad is less than 1 mm (0.04 in.), replace both pads in the caliper as a set. Pad replacement should be done by an authorized Kawasaki dealer. A. Lining Thickness B. ...

Idle Speed Control Valve Actuator Installation
Replace the O-ring [A] with a new one. Apply engine oil to the new O-ring. Install the idle speed control valve [A] as shown in the figure. 10° [B] Tighten: Torque - Idle Speed Control Valve Actuator Retainer Screws: 2.06 N·m (0.21 kgf·m, 18 in·lb) Install th ...