How to Change the Oil on a Kawasaki KFX450R

A Kawasaki KFX450 oil change keeps the ATV's engine in top condition. Here's how to get it done.

Tools and Parts Needed - Kawasaki KSF450R Oil Change

Tools 

  • 3/8th ratchet
  • 17mm socket
  • #6 Allen
  • Torque wrench

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Changing the Oil on a Kawasaki KFX450R

Step 1. Warm up and circulate the oil by running the engine for a minute or two.

Step 2. Remove the fill cap, which is located on the crankcase cover.

NOTE: Steps 1 and 2 make draining the engine oil easier. 

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Step 3. Drain the old oil by removing the drain bolt with a 17mm socket. The drain bolt is located underneath the unit, and also has a crush washer.  

Kawasaki KSF 450R oil change

Step 4. Use a number 6 Allen to remove the bolts securing the oil filter cover. The cover is located next to the oil fill cap opening from Step 2. 

PRO TIP: A small screwdriver can be used to pry the cover off once you remove the bolts.  

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Step 5. Remove the old oil filter, wipe the old oil from inside the oil filter casing, and install the new oil filter.

NOTE: The rubber grommet on the filter is facing outward. This is important to remember, since the filter is directional.   

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Step 6. Inspect the O-ring inside the filter cover, and replace it with a new one if it's worn out. Otherwise, reinstall it.  

NOTE: These bolts need to be snug, but don’t overtighten them. 

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Step 7. Replace the drain plug and its crush washer. Use a torque wrench to tighten it to 11 foot-pounds.  

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Step 8. Fill the engine with 1.3 quarts of 10W-40 oil.  

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Step 9. Replace the fill cap, then run the engine for a couple of minutes to circulate the oil. Next, check the sight glass to confirm that you have the proper amount of oil in the engine and you're done.   

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