Honda GV400

Honda GV400The Honda GV400 is a 406 cc (24.8 cu·in) natural aspirated single-cylinder four-stroke air-cooled internal combustion small gasoline engine with a vertical shaft, manufactured by Honda Motor Company for general-purpose applications.

It has an 86.0 mm (3.39 in) cylinder bore and a 70.0 mm (2.76 in) piston stroke. The compression ratio rating is 6.5:1.

The GV400 engine produced 11.2 PS (8.2 kW; 11.0 HP) at 3,600 rpm of maximum horsepower and 24.5 N·m (2.5 kg·m, 18.1 ft·lb) at 3,000 rpm of maximum torque.

The Honda GV400 features:

  • L-head design
  • Transistorized magneto or CDI ignition system
  • Horizontal type carburetor with butterfly valve
  • Centrifugal governor
  • Forced air cooling system
  • Recoil starter or electric starter

General information

Engine Specifications
Engine modelGV400
Engine type4-stroke, L-head, single-cylinder
Displacement406 cm3, (24.8 cu·in)
Max. horsepower11.2 PS (8.2 kW; 11.0 HP) at 3,600 rpm
Max. torque 24.5 N·m (2.5 kg·m, 18.1 ft·lb) at 3,000 rpm
Cooling systemForced air
Air cleanerDual-element
Lubricating systemTrochoid oil pump
Ignition systemTransistorized magneto or CDI
Fuel systemHorizontal type carburetor with butterfly valve
Fuel consumption270 g/HPh
Fuel tank capacity2.3 L (0.61 US. gal. 0.51 Imp. gal.)
Fuel usedUnleaded gasoline (octane number 86 or higher)
Starting systemRecoil starter or electric starter
Stoping systemIgnition primary circuit ground
GovernorCentrifugal governor
PTO shaft rotationCounterclockwise (from PTO shaft side)
Dimensions (L x W X H)
Dry weight

Cylinder Block and Head

Cylinder block
Compression ratio:6.5:1
Cylinder bore:86.0 mm (3.39 in)
Piston stroke:70.0 mm (2.76 in)
Cylinder internal diameter (standard):86.000 mm (3.3858 in)
Piston skirt outer diameter (standard):85.970-86.000 mm (3.3846-3.3858 in)
Number of piston rings (compression / oil):2/1
Connecting rod small end diameter (standard):19.005-19.020 mm (0.7482-0.7488 in)
Side clearance (Top):0.020-0.060 mm (0.0008-0.0024 in)
Side clearance (Second):0.010-0.050 mm (0.0004-0.002 in)
Side clearance (Oil):0.010-0.050 mm (0.0004-0.002 in)
Ring end gap (Top):0.200-0.400 mm (0.0079-0.0157 in)
Ring end gap (Second):0.200-0.400 mm (0.0079-0.0157 in)
Ring end gap (Oil):0.200-0.400 mm (0.0079-0.0157 in)
Crankpin journal diameter:36.951-36.958 mm (1.4548-1.455 in)
Crankshaft center distance:35.0 mm (1.38 in)
Cylinder head
Valve arrangement:L-head
Valve steam diameter (INTAKE):6.955-6.970 mm (0.2738-0.2744 in)
Valve steam diameter (EXHAUST):6.910-6.925 mm (0.272-0.2726 in)
Valve spring free length (INTAKE):42.700 mm (1.6811 in)
Valve spring free length (EXHAUST):42.700 mm (1.6811 in)
Camshaft lobe height (INTAKE):38.500-38.700 mm (1.5157-1.5236 in)
Camshaft lobe height (EXHAUST):38.500-38.700 mm (1.5157-1.5236 in)

Tightening torque specs

Tightening torque specs
Cylinder head (10 mm bolt) Serial number before 2006140:
43-47 Nm; 4.3-4.7 kg·m; 31-40 ft·lb
Serial number after 2006141:
32-38 Nm; 3.2-3.8 kg·m; 23-27 ft·lb
Connecting rod lower cap (8 mm bolt)21-26 Nm; 2.1-2.6 kg·m; 15.6-19.1 ft·lb
Flywheel (16 mm nut)110-120 Nm; 11-12 kg·m; 77-87 ft·lb
Drain bolt (20 mm bolt)40-50 Nm; 4.0-5.0 kg·m; 29-36 ft·lb
Oil pan (8 mm bolt)21-27 Nm; 2.1-2.7 kg·m; 15-19 ft·lb
5 mm bolts, nuts4-7 Nm; 0.4-0.7 kg·m; 2.9-5.1 ft·lb
6 mm bolts, nuts8-12 Nm; 0.8-1.2 kg·m; 5.8-8.7 ft·lb
8 mm bolts, nuts20-28 Nm; 2.0-2.8 kg·m; 14.5-20.3 ft·lb
10 mm bolts, nuts35-40 Nm; 3.5-4.0 kg·m; 25-29 ft·lb

Service Data

Idle speed:1,700 ± 150 rpm
Cylinder compression:8.0 kg/cm2 at 1,400 rpm
Valve clearance
Intake valve clearance:0.06-0.12 mm (0.0024-0.0047 in)
Exhaust valve clearance:0.09-0.15 mm (0.0035-0.0059 in)
Oil system
Lubrication system:Trochoid oil pump
Oil type:Honda 4-stroke or an equivalent (SG.SF/CC.CD)
Recommended oil:SAE 10W-30
Oil capacity:1.2 L (1.27 US. qt, 1.06 Imp. qt.)
Fuel system
Type:Horizontal type carburetor with butterfly valve
Main jet:#105
Float height:6.7-9.7 mm mm (0.2638 in)
Pilot screw opening: K0: 1-1/2 turns out
K1: 2-1/4 turns out
Ignition system
Type:Transistorized magneto or CDI
Ignition timing:20° B.T.D.C
Spark plug: Flywheel magneto type: NGK: BM6A, BMR6A
Spark plug gap: Flywheel magneto type: 0.6-0.7 mm (0.024-0.028 in)
CDI: 0.9-1.0 mm (0.035-0.039 in)
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