Kohler K160

Kohler K160The Kohler K160 is a 277 cc, (16.9 cu·in) natural aspirated single-cylinder four-stroke air-cooled internal combustion small gasoline engine with a horizontal shaft, manufactured by Kohle Co., for general-purpose applications.

The cylinder bore is 74.62 mm (2.94 in) and the piston stroke is 63.50 mm (2.5 in).

The Kohler K160 engine produced 6.7 PS (4.9 kW; 6.5 HP) at 3,600 rpm of maximum output power and 13.2 N·m (1.3 kg·m, 9.7 ft·lb) at 3,600 rpm of peak torque.

The Kohler K160 features:

  • L-head (side valve) design
  • Magneto ignition system
  • Carburetor
  • Centrifugal governor
  • Splash type lubrication system
  • Forced air cooling system
  • Retractable or electric starter

General information

Engine Specifications
Engine model K160
Engine type 4-stroke, L-head (side valve), single-cylinder
Displacement 277 cm3, (16.9 cu·in)
Max. horsepower 6.7 PS (4.9 kW; 6.5 HP) at 3,600 rpm
Max. torque 13.2 N·m (1.3 kg·m, 9.7 ft·lb) at 3,600 rpm
Cooling system Forced air
Air cleaner Paper air cleaner (oiled foam precleaner)
Lubricating system Splash type
Ignition system Magneto ignition system
Fuel system Carburetor
Fuel consumption
Fuel tank capacity
Fuel used Unleaded gasoline (octane number 86 or higher)
Starting system Retractable or electric starter
Governor Centrifugal governor
Dimensions (L x W X H)
Dry weight

Cylinder Block and Head

Cylinder block
Compression ratio:
Cylinder bore: 74.62 mm (2.94 in)
Piston stroke: 63.50 mm (2.5 in)
Cylinder internal diameter (standard): 74.6252-74.5998 mm (2.938-2.937 in)
Piston skirt outer diameter (standard): 74.4143-74.3737 mm (2.9297-2.9281 in)
Cylinder head
Valve arrangement: L-head (side valve)
Valves: 2

Service Data

Maximum speed: 3,600 rpm
Valve clearance
Intake valve clearance: 0.15-0.20 mm (0.0059-0.0079 in)
Exhaust valve clearance: 0.43-0.48 mm (0.0169-0.0189 in)
Oil system
Lubrication system: Splash type
Oil type: API SF or SG
Recommended oil: Summer: SAE 30W
Winter: SAE 5W-20, 5W-30
Oil capacity: 1.2 L (1.27 US. qt, 1.06 Imp. qt.)
Fuel system
Type: Carburetor
Ignition system
Type: Magneto ignition system
Spark plug: Champion RJ8C
Spark plug gap: 0.65 mm (0.0256 in)
Spark plug torque: 25 N·m (2.5 kg·m, 18.4 ft·lb)
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