How to Change the Oil on a Kawasaki Ninja ZX10R

Got nothing to do on a rainy day? Change the oil on your Kawasaki motorcycle!

If your Kawasaki motorcycle is due for an oil change, watch the video above and follow the step-by-step guide below to learn how to change the oil on a Kawasaki Ninja ZX10R.

Tools and Parts Needed – Kawasaki Ninja Oil Change


  • 3/8th ratchet
  • 18mm socket
  • Oil filter wrench
  • Torque wrench

Kawasaki Ninja oil change

Changing the Oil on a Kawasaki Ninja ZX10R

Step 1. Run the engine for a couple of minutes to circulate the oil.

PRO TIP: You don’t need to bring the engine all the way up to temperature, but circulating the oil a little will make it easier to drain.

Step 2. Remove the oil fill cap to allow the engine to breathe properly while it’s draining. 

Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle oil change

Step 3. Drain the oil into a drain pan. 

NOTE: The 18mm drain bolt is located underneath the unit. Don’t lose the crush washer on the drain bolt. 

Kawasaki Ninja ZX10R oil change

Step 4. Replace the drain bolt and its crush washer once the oil has drained. Use a torque wrench to tighten the bolt to 15 foot-pounds.

Step 5. Use your oil filter wrench to remove the oil filter. 

NOTE: Use our Kawasaki Ninja oil pump and filter diagram for reference if you need help finding the oil filter. 

Kawasaki Ninja oil filter

Step 6. Install the new oil filter and use a torque wrench with your oil filter wrench to tighten it to 13 foot-pounds. 

PRO TIP: Spread a little of the old oil around the O-ring on the oil filter before screwing it in to make it easier to remove next time.   

Kawasaki Ninja oil filter replacement

Kawasaki Ninja ZX10R oil filter install

Step 7. Fill the engine with 3.9 quarts of Kawasaki 10W40 motorcycle oil.  

Kawasaki motorcycle engine oil change

Step 8. Replace the fill cap, then start the engine up for a minute to circulate the oil around the engine before you check the oil level.

Step 9. Check the sight glass to make sure your oil level is good, and top off the oil if necessary.  

Kawasaki Ninja motor oil level

The steps for changing the oil on a Kawasaki motorcycle are the same or similar for all models. However, if you want see at an oil change for a different model, watch the video above to see how to change the oil on a Kawasaki Z125.



300V 10W40

300V 10W40



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