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2008 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

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This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the 2008 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R.

The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R is a sportbike in the Ninja series, the successor to the Ninja ZX-9R. Originally released in 2004 and has been updated and revised throughout the years. Engineers used a stacked design for a liquid-cooled, 998 cc (60.9 cu in) inline four-cylinder engine.

The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R crankshaft axis, input shaft, and output shaft are positioned in a triangular layout to reduce engine length, while the high-speed generator is placed behind the cylinder bank to reduce engine width.

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Maintenance Schedule for 2008 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R

Below is the maintenance schedule for the 2008 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R.

The following is the list of maintenance operations and to be done on this motorcycle with a time or distance interval — whichever comes earlier.

The maintenance for the 2008 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R is broken into three sections: Engine Related Items, Chassis Related Items, and Change/Replacement Items.

Periodic Maintenance Chart

1. Periodic inspection (Engine Related Items)

Operation (Engine Items)
Every1000 km (600 mi)6000 km (4000 mi)12000 km (7500 mi)18000 km (12000 mi)24000 km (15000 mi)30000 km (20000 mi)36000 km (24000 mi)
Valve clearance – inspect (e)
Throttle control system
(play, smooth return, no
drag) – inspect (e)
year
Engine vacuum
synchronization – inspect (e)
Idle speed – inspect (e)
KFuel leak (fuel hose and
pipe) – inspect
year
KFuel hoses damage –
inspect
year
KFuel hoses installation
condition – inspect
year
Coolant level – inspect
Coolant leak – inspectyear
Radiator hose damage –
inspect
year
Radiator hoses installation
condition – inspect
year
Air suction system damage
– inspect (e)
Evaporative emission
control system – function
(California) (e)
2. Periodic Inspection (Chassis Related Items)

Operation (Chassis Items)

Clutch and drive train:
Clutch operation
(play, engagement,
disengagement) – inspect
Drive chain lubrication
condition – inspect #
every 600 km (400 mile)
Drive chain slack – inspect #every 1000 km (600 mile)
Drive chain wear – inspect #
KDrive chain guide wear –
inspect
Wheels and tires:
Tire air pressure – inspectyear
Wheels/tires damage –
inspect
Tire tread wear, abnormal
wear – inspect
KWheel bearings damage –
inspect
year
Brake system:
Brake fluid leak – inspectyear
Brake hoses damage –
inspect
year
Brake pad wear – inspect #
Brake hose installation
condition – inspect
year
Brake fluid level – inspect6 months
Brake operation
(effectiveness, play, drag) –
inspect
year
Brake light switch operation
– inspect
Suspensions:
Front forks/rear shock
absorber operation
(damping and smooth
stroke) – inspect
Front forks/rear shock
absorber oil leak – inspect
year
KUni-trak rocker arm operation – inspect
KUni-trak tie rods operation – inspect
Steering System:
KSteering play – inspectyear
KSteering stem bearings –
lubricate
2 years
Steering damper oil leak – inspect
Electrical System:
Lights and switches
operation – inspect
year
Headlight aiming – inspectyear
Side stand switch operation
– inspect
year
Engine stop switch
operation – inspect
year
Chassis:
Chassis parts – lubricateyear
Bolts and nuts tightness –
inspect
3. Periodic Replacement

Change/Replacement Items
Every1000 km (600 mi)12000 km (7500 mi)24000 km (15000 mi)36000 km (24000 mi)48000 km (30000 mi)
Air cleaner element # – replace (e)every 18000 km (12000 mile)
KEngine oil #year
KOil filteryear
KFuel hoses4 years
KCoolant3 years
KRadiator hoses and O-rings3 years
KBrake hoses4 years
KBrake fluid (front and rear)2 years
KRubber parts of master cylinder
and caliper
4 years
Spark plug (e)

Notes:

K: Should be serviced by an authorized Kawasaki dealer.
*: For higher odometer readings, repeat at the frequency interval established here.
#: Service more frequently when operating in severe conditions: dusty, wet, muddy,
high speed, or frequent starting/stopping.
(e): Engine related item

Tyre size and tyre pressure for the 2008 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R

The 2008 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R has the following tyres and tyre sizes standard:

Front:

  • 120/70 ZR17 M/C (58W)
  • PIRELLI “DIABLO CORSA III N”
  • BRIDGESTONE “BATTLAX BT016F J”

Rear:

  • 190/55 ZR17 M/C (75W)
  • PIRELLI “DIABLO CORSA III”
  • BRIDGESTONE “BATTLAX BT016R J”

The manual for the 2008 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R recommends the following tyre pressures (when cold):

  • Front: 250 kPa/36psi
  • Rear: 290 kPa/42psi

General information about the 2008 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R

For the 2008 NINJA ZX-10R, Kawasaki engineers aimed for an ideal superbike with engine and chassis performance capable of satisfying professional racers, combined with top-notch streetbike qualities for mainstream riders. At the heart of this capable package is a new engine tuned for even greater high-rpm performance, without sacrificing the stellar mid-range performance of its predecessor.

With a fully-adjustable 43mm inverted fork and a new swingarm that uses pressed instead of cast beams, the ZX-10R’s track orientated suspension endows the chassis with better feedback. Refinements include adding a Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) coating to the fork tubes for less stiction and enhanced feedback, relocating the springs to the bottom of the fork for reduced oil frothing, and new settings that are better-suited for racetrack use.

Braking duties are handled by radial mounted Tokico brake calipers squeezing new 310mm petal discs which are 10mm larger for 2008, and feature reduced thickness from 6 to 5.5mm for better heat dispersion. The rear is a 220mm petal disc squeezed by a single-piston caliper.

Manual for the 2008 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R

2008 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Maintenance Schedule Screenshot From Manual

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the 2008 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R, which is available here.

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