Kohler KT17

Kohler KT17The Kohler KT17 is a 691 cc, (42.18 cu·in) natural aspirated two-cylinders four-stroke air-cooled internal combustion small gasoline engine with a horizontal shaft, for general-purpose applications.

Cylinder bore is 79.25 mm (3.12 in) and piston stroke is 69.85 mm (2.75 in). The Kohler KT17 engine produced 17.3 PS (12.7 KW; 17.0 HP) at 3,600 rpm of maximum output power.

The Kohler KT17 features:

  • L-head design
  • Battery ignition system
  • Kohler or Walbro carburetor
  • Centrifugal governor
  • Pressure lubrication system with oil filter
  • Forced air cooling system
  • Electric starter

The Kohler KT17 suffix (engine is available with the following options):

  • S – Electric starter;
  • G – Tapered crankshaft;
  • P – Threaded crankshaft;
  • EP – Electric plant;
  • Q – Quilet model;

General information

Engine Specifications
Engine modelKT17
Engine type4-stroke, L-head, V-twin
Displacement691 cm3, (42.18 cu·in)
Max. horsepower17.3 PS (12.7 KW; 17.0 HP) at 3,600 rpm
Max. torque
Cooling systemForced air
Air cleanerReplaceable, paper element
Lubricating system KT17 (24299 and lower): Pressurized spray system
KT17 Series II (24300 and higher): Full-pressure system
Ignition systemBattery ignition system
Fuel systemKohler or Walbro carburetor
Fuel consumption
Fuel tank capacity
Fuel usedGasoline (octane number 86 or higher)
Starting systemElectric starter, 12V
GovernorCentrifugal governor
PTO shaft rotationCounterclockwise (from PTO shaft side)
Dimensions (L x W X H)
Dry weight53.5 kg (118 lbs)

Cylinder Block and Head

Cylinder block
Compression ratio:
Cylinder bore:79.25 mm (3.12 in)
Piston stroke:69.85 mm (2.75 in)
Cylinder internal diameter (standard):79.375 mm (3.125 in)
Piston skirt outer diameter (standard):79.159 mm (3.116 in)
Number of piston rings (compression / oil):2/1
Side clearance (Top):0.051-0.200 mm (0.002-0.004 in)
Side clearance (Second):0.025-0.077 mm (0.001-0.003 in)
Side clearance (Oil):0.025-0.077 mm (0.001-0.003 in)
Ring end gap (Top):0.2530-0.5820 mm (0.01-0.0229 in)
Ring end gap (Second):0.2530-0.5820 mm (0.01-0.0229 in)
Crankshaft main bearing (new):44.226-44.252 mm (1.7412-1.7422 in)
Cylinder head
Valve arrangement:L-head
Valves:2,(4 valves in total)
Valve head diameter (INTAKE):34.798-35.052 mm (1.370-1.380 in)
Valve head diameter (EXHAUST):34.798-35.052 mm (1.370-1.380 in)
Valve Minimum Lift-Zero Lash (INTAKE):7.11 mm (0.280 in)
Valve Minimum Lift-Zero Lash (EXHAUST):7.11 mm (0.280 in)

Tightening torque settings:

  • Cylinder Head: 20.0-27.0 Nm; 15.0-20.0 ft·lb;
  • Connecting Rods (New): 16.0 Nm; 12.0 ft·lb;
  • Connecting Rods (Used): 11.0 Nm; 8.3 ft·lb;
  • Flywheel Screw: 54.0 Nm; 40.0 ft·lb;
  • Manifold Screw/Nut: 17 Nm; 12.5 ft·lb;
  • Spark Plugs: 14-20 Nm; 1.4-2 kgf·m; 10.3-14.8 ft·lb

Service Data

Valve clearance
Intake valve clearance:0.076-0.152 mm (0.003-0.006 in)
Exhaust valve clearance:0.278-0.354 mm (0.011-0.014 in)
Oil system
Lubrication system: KT17 (24299 and lower): Pressurized spray system
KT17 Series II (24300 and higher): Full-pressure system
Oil type:SF or SG
Recommended oil:5W-20, 5W-30, 10W-30, 10W-40
Oil capacity:1.4 L (1.48 US. qt, 1.23 Imp. qt.)
Oil pressure:More then 3.5 kg/cm2, 50 psi
Fuel system
Fuel pump typeMechanical
Fuel filter typeIn-line
Type:Kohler or Walbro carburetor
Main fuel: Kohler: 2-1/2 turns
Walbro (fixed jet): Not adjust
Walbro (adjustable jet): 1-1/4 turns
Low idle: Kohler: 1 turn
Walbro: 1-1/4 turns
Ignition system
Type:Battery ignition system
Spark plug:Champion RV15YC
Spark plug gap:0.635 mm (0.025 in)
Spark plug torque:14-20 Nm; 1.4-2 kgf·m; 10.3-14.8 ft·lb
Breaker point gap0.432-0.580 mm (0.017-0.023 in)


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1. Kohler twin cylinder engines: Models KT17&KT19 Series II and models KT17, KT19, KT21 service manual. Kohler Co.

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