Kawasaki FH500V (494 cc, 17.0 HP) Vertical Shaft V-Twin Engine: Specs and Review

Kawasaki FH500V Engine Specs

The Kawasaki FH500V is a 0.49 l (30.15 cu-in, 494 cc) V-twin 90° air-cooled 4-stroke internal combustion small gasoline engine with a vertical shaft made by Kawasaki Heavy Industries LTd. for general-purpose use.

The Kawasaki FH500V engine has a 68.0 mm (2.68 in) cylinder bore and 68.0 mm (2.68 in) piston stroke. The compression ratio rating is 8.5:1.

The Kawasaki FH500V engine delivered 17.3 PS (12.7 kW; 17.0 horsepower) at 3,600 rpm of maximum horsepower and 37 Nm (3.8 kg·m; 27.3 ft·lb) at 2,400 rpm of torque.

The Kawasaki FH500V engine has a vertical PTO shaft, a V-twin 90° design with cast iron cylinder liners, and valves mounted on top of the engine (OHV).

The engine has a pulse-type fuel pump and a float-type carburetor with a fixed main jet. The motor has a flywheel magneto transistor-type ignition system, a full-pressure lubrication system with a spin-on oil filter, and a dual-element air cleaner.

The engine has an automatic compression release system with a recoil or electric starter (12V solenoid shift starter or Bendix starter are available).

Kawasaki FH500V Engine Specs

Kawasaki FH500V (494 cc, 17.0 HP) Vertical Shaft V-Twin Engine: Specs

Engine Specifications

Type4-stroke, OHV, V-twin 90°
Displacement494 cm 3 (30.15 cu-in)
Max. horsepower17.3 PS (12.7 KW; 17.0 HP) at 3,600 rpm
Max. torque (crank PTO)37 Nm (3.8 kg·m; 27.3 ft·lb) at 2,400 rpm
CarburetorFloat type
Cooling systemAir-cooling
Ignition systemFlywheel magneto transistor type
Lubricating systemFull pressure with spin-on oil filter
Starting systemRecoil or electric starter
Charging system12 Volt – 13A with regulator
Fuel usedUnleaded gasoline (octane number 86 or higher)
Fuel consumption245 g/HPh
Cooling systemPressurized forced circulation type

Tightening torque specs

Cylinder head25 Nm; 2.2 kg·m; 18.5 ft·lb
Connecting rod6 Nm; 0.6 kg·m; 4.4 ft·lb
Flywheel56 Nm; 5.7 kg·m; 41.3 ft·lb
Crankcase cover25 Nm; 2.2 kg·m; 18.5 ft·lb
Intake manifold6 Nm; 0.6 kg·m; 4.4 ft·lb
Valve clearance lock nut7 Nm; 0.7 kg·m; 5.1 ft·lb

Dimensions and Weight

Length, mm (in)425 (16.7)
Width, mm (in)359 (14.1)
Height, mm (in)441 (17.4)
Dry weight, kg (lb)32 (70.5)

Maintenance Data

Maximum speed3500 ± 100 rpm
Idle speed1500 ± 100 rpm
Cylinder compression4.0 kg/cm2 (56 psi) at 500 rpm
Valve clearance
Intake valve0.10-0.15 mm (0.004-0.006 in)
Exhaust valve0.10-0.15 mm (0.004-0.006 in)
Oil system
Oil type4-stroke or an equivalent (SF, SG, SH, or SJ )
Recommended oilSAE 10W-40, 10W-30, 5W-20
Oil capacity (with filter changed)1.8 litre (1.9 US.qt.)
Ignition system
Spark plug gap0.75 mm (0.029 in)
Spark plug tightening torque22 Nm; 2.2 kg·m; 16.2 ft·lb

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