Nissan KA Engine

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About Nissan KA Engine

Nissan Motors uses a simple method for naming their engines series. And KA family engine is the most popular one as part of an engine they were created. There are 3 variant in the Nissan KA engine series, the KA20DE, the KA24E, and the most powerfull one KA24DE.

The KA engines is a series of four-stroke inline-four gasoline piston engines manufactured by Nissan. The engine were offered in 2.0 and 2.4 L. To minimize costs, the engines blocks were made from cast-iron, while the cylinder heads were made of aluminum. Nissan KA engine was commonly used in light trucks and SUVs.

KA20DE vs KA24E vs KA24DE



The KA20DE was a DOHC 16-valve engine produced from June 1999 through August 2007. These engine was mainly used in Japanese Domestic Market commercial vehicles.



The KA24E was a SOHC 12-valve engine produced from July 1988 through January 1997. It uses Hitachi sequential electronic fuel injection, and features cast steel connecting rods, a half-counterweighted forged steel crankshaft, and a cast aluminum cylinder head.



The 2.4 L (2,389 cc) KA24DE built in Mexico and used in many Nissan cars and trucks. For those of you that are in the drifting scene, should be familiar these engine. The KA24DE is very similar to the KA24E. As the KA24E is SOHC with three valves per cylinder, the KA24DE is DOHC with 4 valves per cylinder and shim-over-bucket valve actuation.

Nissan KA20DE Engine

The engine breakdown code:
KA – Engine Family
20 – 2.0 Liter Displacement
D – DOHC (dual overhead camshafts)
E – Multi Point Fuel Injection

KA20DE Specification

  • Bore × Stroke: 86 mm × 86 mm (3.39 in × 3.39 in)
  • Max power: 120 PS (88 kW) at 5200 rpm (Caravan E24/E25, Atlas F23); 125 PS (92 kW) at 5600 rpm (Datsun Truck D22)
  • Max torque: 169 N⋅m (125 lb⋅ft) at 2800 rpm (Caravan E24/Atlas F23); 171 N⋅m (126 lb⋅ft) at 2800 rpm (Caravan E25); 175 N⋅m (129 lb⋅ft) at 3200 rpm (Datsun Truck D22)
  • Valve Configuration: DOHC, 16 valves
  • Compression ratio: 9.5:1

Cars Have a KA20DE

  • 1999.06-2007.06 Nissan Atlas (F23)
  • 1999.06-2001.04 Nissan Caravan (E24)
  • 2001.04-2007.08 Nissan Caravan (E25)
  • 1999.06-2002.08 Nissan Datsun Truck (D22)

Nissan KA24E Engine

The engine breakdown code:
KA – Engine Family
24 – 2.4 Liter Displacement
None – SOHC
E – Multi Point Fuel Injection

KA24E Specification

  • Bore × Stroke: 89 mm × 96 mm (3.50 in × 3.78 in)
  • Max power: 134 hp (100 kW) at 5600 rpm (Navara/Hardbody(D21) 134 hp (100 kW) at 5200 rpm)
  • Max torque: 206 N⋅m (152 lb⋅ft) at 4400 rpm (Navara/Hardbody(D21) 209 N⋅m (154 lb⋅ft) at 3600 rpm)
  • Valve Configuration: SOHC, 12 valves
  • Compression ratio: 8.6:1 (9.1:1 for early 1989 240SX)
  • Timing Chain (not Timing Belt a.k.a. Cambelt)

Cars Have a KA24E

  • 1998–2004 Nissan Xterra
  • 1989–1990 Nissan 240SX
  • 1990–1997 Nissan D21 Truck – (“Hardbody”)
  • 1997-1999 D22 Navara (Australia)
  • 1990-1995 Nissan Pathfinder
  • 1989–1995 Nissan Axxess / Nissan Prairie (not UK except parallel imports for wheelchair conversions post 1991)
  • 1990–1992 Nissan Stanza (USA-spec)
  • 1989–1992 Nissan Pintara / Ford Corsair
  • 1993-1996 Nissan Terrano II Europe

Nissan KA24DE Engine

The engine breakdown code:
KA – Engine Family
24 – 2.4 Liter Displacement
D – DOHC (dual overhead camshafts)
E – Multi-Point Fuel Injection

KA24DE Specification

  • Bore × Stroke: 89 mm × 96 mm (3.50 in × 3.78 in)
  • Displacement: 2,389 cc (2.4 L; 145.8 cu in)
  • Max. power: 155 bhp (157 PS; 116 kW) at 5,600 rpm (Navara/Frontier (D22) 110 kW (148 hp) at 5600 rpm) (Xterra engine: 143 bhp (107 kW) at 4300 rpm)
  • Max. torque: 160 lb⋅ft (217 N⋅m) at 4,400 rpm (Navara/Frontier (D22) 208 N⋅m (153 lb⋅ft) at 3600 rpm) 154 lb⋅ft (209 N⋅m) at 4400 RPM (2000-2004 Nissan Xterra).
  • Valvetrain configuration: DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
  • Compression ratio: 9.5:1 (240SX 91-98), 9.2:1 (Navara/Frontier (D22)), 9.2:1 (Xterra Engines)
  • Timing Chain

Cars Have a KA24DE

  • 2000-2004 Nissan Xterra
  • 1998-2008 Nissan Navara/Frontier (D22)
  • 1991-1998 Nissan 240SX
  • 1997-2000 Nissan R’nessa (4WD model, Japan)
  • 1998-2001 Nissan Presage U30 (Japan)
  • 1999-2001 Nissan Bassara U30 (Japan)
  • 1993-1997 Nissan Bluebird U13
  • Isuzu COMO (Japanese: Isuzu COMO)
  • Nissan Largo
  • The Ford Corsair

Nissan KA24DE Q&A

How much HP does a KA24DE have?

Read in a manual book the ka24de power is rated 140 hp / 160 tq?

Power Output

99 kW (134 HP) at 5,200 rpm
103 kW (140 HP) at 5,600 rpm
105 kW (143 HP) at 4,300 rpm
110 kW (150 HP) at 5,600 rpm
114 kW (155 HP) at 5,400 rpm

Torque Output

209 Nm (154 lb·ft) at 3,600 rpm
206 Nm (152 lb·ft) at 4,400 rpm
208 Nm (153 lb·ft) at 4,000 rpm
208 Nm (153 lb·ft) at 3,600 rpm
217 Nm (160 lb·ft) at 4,400 rpm

Is KA24DE an Interference Engine?

The differance between interferance and non interferance engine: on an interferance motor the valve will move down and ocupy the same space that the piston does when it is at top dead center. Of course they don’t hit because the timing set properly and the crank moves the piston out of the way. A non-interferance motor the valves will not hit the piston no matter where you set the cam.
All the Nissan KA Engine are interference.

Nissan KA24DE Commons Problems & Regular Maintenance

Nissan KA24DE belongs to the simple, reliable and durable enginesJ from the 90-s era. You need just to serve it regularly and use high quality engine oil. On the front-wheel drive of the car it is enough to press the oil pan a little and the oil pressure may fall. If it has happened, then you need to take off the oil pan and to check the state of oil receiver pick up pipe.

You may easily broke KA24DE engine when you using low-quality engine oil. If your timing chain starts making a noise, it is the sign the engine had a problems.

Valve adjustments should be checked every 1200 miles. Piston and crank are forged, and pretty solid, as such the engine can take quite a bit of punishment. It is thought to be bulletproof, subject to proper servicing and in particular regular oil changes.

Replacing the outdated mechanical spark timing with a proper electronically managed solution will make your future tuning mods easier. Pistons are good for power figures around 260hp but going beyond this it makes sense to uprate the pistons, and crankshaft.

We’ve heard of some running power figures of 320hp on stock internals as they are so solid, but we would worry about reliability. Fuelling can struggle at higher power figures, as with most tuning projects your choice of injectors and mapping is vital.

One thing you should know is KA24DE engines have high fuel consumption. As for the rest, their engine reliability is on the highest level.

Nissan KA24DE engine tuning Modifications

To gain some power for cheap, you need the most aggressive OEM camshafts. But first of all, repair your engine, it may be old and worn, put your engine in order.

Basic N/A tuning can net you average increases out of your KA24DE / KA24E engine. The KA24 is a larger displacement four-cylinder motor. It was mainly built with low-end torque in mind. It also uses a long piston stroke to achieve its torque. This prevents it from having the high rev limit that is seen with other Nissan four-cylinder motors.

With the basic bolt-ons, you can expect to see an additional 30 whp depending on the condition of your engine. Don’t expect any huge horesepower gains from inexpensive NA modifications. While it’s possible to reach 200+ horsepower, it will take superior tuning skills, along with pretty deep pockets. Most of this power is had through ECU tuning and custom parts, including cams, ITB’s, larger valves, port and polish, and upgraded valvetrain. A complete engine overhaul is also recommended if any modifications are to be planned.

KA24DE Tuning Tips

Stage 1 : Sports exhaust, Remap, Panel air filter
Stage 2 : Fast road cam, high flow fuel injector, Ported and polished head, fuel pump upgrades
Stage 3 : Engine balancing, Competition cam, Internal engine upgrades (pistons/head/valves), Adding or upgrading forced induction (turbo/supercharger)

KA24DET ( Turbocharged ) – The Ultimate Guide

Turbocharged KA24DE’s, also known as the KA24DET, have been known to handle 10-12PSI without even breaking a sweat on stock bottom ends.

One of the main questions when it comes to carrying out a KA24DET upgrade is, “Why not just swap out for an SR20DE?”
Nissan SR Engine series aren’t exactly the perfect answer either. They too can suffer from reliability issues and not everyone wants to carry out an engine swap when they’ve already got a perfectly good Nissan KA24DE Engine.

This is the most proper way to increase the power of the engine, as stock internals are quite firm and keep the boost easily.
To build KA24DET, you should buy T3/T04E 50 trim 0.63 A/R turbocharger, turbo manifold, downpipe, intercooler, piping kit, Z32 MAF, wideband O2 sensor, wastegate, BOV, Walbro 255 lph fuel pump, fuel injectors 550 cc/min, Clevite main and rod bearings, MLS head gasket, 3” performance exhaust system, JWT ECU.

This will be enough to gain about 350WHP at 16 psi (1.1 bar).

KA24DE Turbo Kits

  • TOMEI KA24DE Turbo Kit
  • GReddy KA24DE Turbo Kit
  • ISR (Formerly ISIS) KA24DE Turbo Kit
  • Full Race KA24DE Turbo Kit
  • CXRacing KA24DE Turbo Kit
  • XS Power KA24DE Turbo Kit

What’s the Difference between KA24E and KA24DE?

KA24E is a single cam motor and KA24DE is a dual overhead cam. The KA24DE has more horsepower and torque. The KA24E has higher compression ratio. The tranmissions and alot of the accessories are the same. On the KA24E engine the power steering pump mounts on the passenger side of the motor and bolts to the head. On the KA24DE the PS pump is on the driver’s side on the block.

The Power

KA24E = 140 HP, 155 TQ
KA24DE = 155 HP, 155TQ

KA24DE Pros & Cons

Iron block is stronger than aluminum
Greater displacement equates to more low-end torque
Affordable and readily available since it is a USDM-spec engine
Superior bucket-over-shim valvetrain
DOT, CARB and EPA compliant engine
Low factory horsepower
Not originally designed for racing applications
Aftermarket support and development is limited due to lack of initial popularity
Distributor ignition
Long stroke limits redline

Nissan KA Engine Specs

ManufacturerAguascalientes Plant
Yokohama Plant
Also calledNissan KA24
Cylinder block alloyCast-iron
4 valves per cylinder
3 valves per cylinder
Piston stroke, mm (inch)96 (3.78)
Cylinder bore, mm (inch)89 (3.50)
Compression ratio8.6 (SOHC)
9.1 (SOHC)
Displacement2389 cc (145.8 cu in)
Power output99 kW (134 HP) at 5,200 rpm
103 kW (140 HP) at 5,600 rpm
105 kW (143 HP) at 4,300 rpm
110 kW (150 HP) at 5,600 rpm
114 kW (155 HP) at 5,400 rpm
Torque output209 Nm (154 lb·ft) at 3,600 rpm
206 Nm (152 lb·ft) at 4,400 rpm
208 Nm (153 lb·ft) at 4,000 rpm
208 Nm (153 lb·ft) at 3,600 rpm
217 Nm (160 lb·ft) at 4,400 rpm
Redline6,000 (KA24E)
6,500 (KA24E)
6,100 (KA24DE)
6,400 (KA24DE)
6,900 (KA24DE)
HP per liter56.1
Fuel typeGasoline
Weight, kg (lbs)167 (370)
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (mpg)
for Xterra
12.4 (19)
9.8 (24)
11.1 (21)
Turbocharger Naturally aspirated
Oil consumption , L/1000 km
(qt. per miles)
up to 0.5
(1 qt. per 1200 miles)
Recommended engine oil5W-30
Engine oil capacity, L (qt.)4.1 (4.3)
Oil change interval, km (miles)5,000-10,000
Normal engine operating temperature, °C (F)
Engine lifespan, km (miles)
-Official information

300,000+ (180,000)
Tuning, HP
-Max HP
-No life span loss

The engine is installed inNissan 240SX
Nissan Altima
Nissan Pathfinder
Nissan Xterra
Nissan Bassara
Nissan Bluebird
Nissan Caravan
Nissan Hardbody
Nissan Navara
Nissan Pintara
Nissan Prairie
Nissan Presage
Nissan R’nessa
Nissan Serena
Nissan Stanza
Nissan Terrano II
Ford Corsair