Kawasaki Jet Ski SX-R (2017+) Simplified Maintenance Schedule

Kawasaki Jet Ski JS1500 SX-R LHS diagonal studio

This is the maintenance schedule and service intervals for the Kawasaki Jet Ski SX-R, Kawasaki’s stand-up watercraft powered by a huge near 1500cc engine.

Kawasaki first announced the Jet Ski SX-R in 2016 for the 2017 model year.

The Kawasaki Jet Ski SX-R is powered by a 1,498cc inline DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine. driving a 3-blade impeller and high efficiency 148mm axial-flow single-stage jet pump.

Maintaining your Jet Ski SX-R is a blend of maintaining any other watercraft and a motorcycle.

You have to periodically

  • Flush the cooling system, and the bilge line and filter
  • Lubricate everything to prevent corrosion
  • Check everything to make sure it’s not leaking, replacing any suspect parts
  • Change the engine oil and filter
  • Inspect the valves

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What to use to service your Kawasaki Jet Ski SX-R

If you’re doing a basic service on your Kawasaki Jet Ski SX-R, you will need the following items.

PartKawasaki Jet Ski SX-R spec
Engine oilKawasaki Performance 4-Stroke Jet Ski watercraft oil, or another SAE 10W-40 oil with API SG or higher, JASO MA rated oil.
Oil filterOEM part for the oil filter is 16097-0007. You can also use a Hiflofiltro HF204RC.
Spark plugsNGK CR9EKB, plug gap 0.7-0.8mm
BatteryDead battery? Swap it out with a Yuasa YTX20L-BS
Cable lubricantUse Protect all cable life to maintain your throttle cable and keep it rust-free.
Kawasaki Jet Ski SX-R maintenance items

Maintenance schedule for the Kawasaki Jet Ski SX-R

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Kawasaki Jet Ski SX-R.

It’s derived from the schedule in the manual, but simplified to be easier to read.

Maintaining your Jet Ski SX-R is mostly about

  • Every use, flush the cooling system
  • Inspect everything to make sure they’re not leaking or seizing
  • Every 25 hours, do a series of basic checks to make sure it’s breathing, fueling, and starting correctly.

You only have to change the oil every 50 hours, and inspect the valves every 100 hours.

Every X hours2550100Or every
Flush cooling systemXAfter each use in salt water
Lube jet pump bearings and seals; inspect and replace bearings/seals if necessary (*)X (*)XYear
Flush bilge line and filterX
Inspect all hoses, hose clamps, nuts, bolts, and fastenersX
Replace fuel hoses5 years
Inspect throttle control systemX
Clean throttle boreX
Lubricate throttle body cable fitting at throttle bodyX
Lubricate throttle body control cable and throttle cable fitting at throttle case (Protect all cable life)X
Lubricate steering cable ball joints and steering nozzle pivotsX
Lubricate handlebar pivotX
Clean fuel pump screenX
Inspect fuel vent check valveX
Inspect/clean air box drain capsX
Inspect/clean inside of air boxX
Inspect spark plugs. Replace if necessary (CR9EKB)X
Inspect battery terminals and charging conditionX
Replace engine oil (Jet Ski watercraft oil)XYear
Inspect/tighten engine mount boltsXYear
Inspect hull drain screws (replace if necessary)X
Replace engine oil filter (HF204RC)X
Inspect/adjust valve clearancesX
Inspect impeller blades for damageX
Inspect/replace coupling damperX
Inspect throttle shaft spring (replace throttle body if necessary)X
Inspect steering cableX
Inspect drive shaft holderX
Inspect evaporative emission control systemX
Kawasaki Jet Ski SX-R maintenance schedule

Manual for the Kawasaki Jet Ski SX-R

The above maintenance schedule is derived from the one in the Jet Ski SX-R’s manual.

You can get the maintenance schedule from Kawasaki here.