2008 Kawasaki Ninja EX650 Oil Change

Getting the oil changed in a Kawasaki motorcycle only takes a handful of tools and minutes, and like any other maintenance job, it needs to get done.

Watch the video above and follow the steps below to do an oil change on a 2008 Kawasaki Ninja 650 motorcycle.

Kawasaki Ninja 650 oil change

Tools and Supplies – Kawasaki Ninja EX650 Oil Change

  • Ratchet and extensions
  • 17mm socket
  • 6mm Allen
  • 64mm oil filter wrench

NOTE: We changed the oil in a 2008 Kawasaki Ninja EX650, but the steps are the same or similar for all Kawasaki motorcycle models.

Kawasaki 10W-40 motorcycle oil

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How to Change the Oil in a 2008 Kawasaki Ninja EX650

Step 1. Remove the oil fill cap to help the crankcase vent properly when draining out the oil.

Kawasaki Ninja EX650 oil change fill cap

Step 2. Position a drain pan under the motor, then remove the 17mm oil drain bolt and crush washer from the underside of the engine.

Kawasaki Ninja 650 oil drain bolt

Step 3. Inspect the crush washer for wear and replace it if necessary. 

NOTE: Replace the crush washer every 3-4 oil changes regardless of its condition to prevent leaks.

Step 4. Reinstall the 17mm oil drain bolt and crush washer, and torque the bolt to 22 foot-pounds.

Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle oil change

Step 5. Remove the three 6mm Allens and two push pins holding the lower faring on the motorcycle in place, followed by the faring itself, to access the oil filter.

Kawasaki Ninja 650 oil change service

Step 6. Position a drain pan under the oil filter and remove the old oil filter using a 64mm oil filter wrench.

Kawasaki Ninja EX650 oil filter change

Step 7. Lightly oil the gasket on the new oil filter, then install the new filter and torque it to 12 foot-pounds.

Kawasaki Ninja 650 oil filter

Kawasaki Ninja 650 oil filter installation

Step 8. Fill the engine with 2 quarts of Kawasaki 10W40 motorcycle engine oil

Kawasaki Ninja 650 EX oil change service

NOTE: You can use oil from any manufacturer, as long as it’s a formula designed for a wet clutch system.

Step 9. Reinstall the oil fill cap and run the engine on idle for 3-5 minutes to circulate the oil within the motor.

Kawasaki Ninja 650 oil fill cap

Step 10. Shut off the engine, and let it sit for another 3-5 minutes so the oil fully settles and you can get an accurate oil level reading.

Step 11. Read the oil level on the sight glass (located on the right side of the motorcycle, close to the rear brake). The oil level should be between the upper and lower markings beside the sight glass. Top off the oil if necessary and you’re done.

Kawasaki motorcycle oil change level

As noted, the steps for changing the oil on a 2008 Ninja 650 are the same or similar for all Kawasaki motorcycles. However, if you want to see another oil service done on a newer model Kawasaki 650, watch the video below to see how to change the oil in a 2018 Kawasaki Ninja EX650



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