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Old 09-11-2011, 03:44 AM
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Talking My 35th birthday present...Kawasaki Mule!

Just picked up my new Mule, been wanting one since our golf cart is just not powerful enough to do what we want it to do anymore...not to mention that we need the extra seating since we are expecting our third child. Wife said that this could be my birthday present which is in less than a month.

Thought about getting a jeep but these are so easy to slide in and out of for everyone, even the people in the back that it just seemed to make more sense for me.

Got a little over two hours on her now and I absolutely love it.

Its a 2011 Kawasaki Mule 4010. I added a rear view mirror, windshield with safety glass and vent, a roof, a 2 inch lift and a wheel tire package. I am starting to see that this could be an addiction, its a really fun ride. I am going to launch a boat with it tomorrow, cant wait to put it in four wheel drive and see how she does.

here are a couple pics.



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Happy birthday

Have fun
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That thing is slick dude. I love those. I like the lift on it. I want one for kicking around and for ice fishing. Two miles + of walking in 1' snow dragging 100lbs of shanty and gear gets old after awhile.
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Originally Posted by tinmarine View Post
That thing is slick dude. I love those. I like the lift on it. I want one for kicking around and for ice fishing. Two miles + of walking in 1' snow dragging 100lbs of shanty and gear gets old after awhile.
That's a cool ride! And Tin, that's you getting old friend!
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Nice machine , it might even get into our hunt camp with the extra lift.You'll have to take a pic of the first time you get her stuck so the rest of us can assess it's capabilities.From experience a guy with a four wheel drive will inevitably go over the topWe ice fish the inner bay of Long Point on Lake Erie , pretty much everybody runs with chains or the track conversion on their bikes.
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Nice! I like the ITP wheels and tires, too. Just ordered a set XTR tires and the SS108 rims for my 700 Prairie.
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I want one of those, but couldn't justify spending $7K for my 1 acre yard. I also don't have a place to put it since we keep both of our cars in the garage. Congrats, I'm sure you will find things to use it for that you never thought of.

Can you put a plow on it? I have a 300'+ long driveway with a circle at the end, that's one of the big reasons I wanted one.

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Big toys for big boys!!!

Happy Birthday!
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Thought I'd post some pics of our terrain and machine.
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OP- Great looking vehicle. What is it powered with and what will you use it for?
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Originally Posted by RussH View Post
Can you put a plow on it? I have a 300'+ long driveway with a circle at the end, that's one of the big reasons I wanted one.

Russ
They're awesome for plowing. I can't speak for the Mule specifically, but UTV's in general. I could never plow my driveway with my F-250 because it's too tight to turn around and all. The Commander makes short work of it.

This is my Can-Am Commander with a salt spreader in the bed that turns on/off with the flip of a switch that's mounted up by the steering wheel.



And a plow up front that's controlled by the winch, again from a switch mounted up by the driver.

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Originally Posted by mronzo View Post
Tin, that's you getting old friend!
NEVER!!!!! I will never concede. I will never grow old. Never mind the grey hair that is popping up, the migrating hair (from the top of the head to my back ) and the glasses I need for driving. I still feel like I just got out of high school. Going to my (younger) wifes 20th reunion, really kind of sets you back a little though.
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PLOW???? I live in Houston Texas...for those who asked, can you tell me what a plow is?

We have a lifted golf cart at our bay house (a little over an acre) with the flip flop seat in the back which has been fun to drive around our little community, visit other neighbors, move stuff around our property etc. With the family growing, the golf cart wasn't doing it for us anymore. About to be three kids, admiral, myself and two dogs...needed more room. I looked into limo golf carts but they are pretty darn expensive and considering its still electric and basically cant tow a whole lot it was quickly out.

This will allow us to move trailers around, launch the little stuff, cruise the neighborhood in style (main reason) while having room for everyone. Basically its our fancy golf cart...she probably wont see a whole lot of hard work Its powered by a 617cc liquid cooled V-twin has engine that is electronically fuel injected.

I put almost 4 hours on it over the two days I've had it and let me tell you how enjoyable it was...nothing stops it. It ran those four hours on less than 3 gallons of gas!! It rides smooth as a Cadilac, has power steering, AC blowing cold (we left the front vent open!)

So that's the story...I already have a list of accessories that I would like to acquire for it
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Originally Posted by SirFer View Post
They're awesome for plowing. I can't speak for the Mule specifically, but UTV's in general. I could never plow my driveway with my F-250 because it's too tight to turn around and all. The Commander makes short work of it.

This is my Can-Am Commander with a salt spreader in the bed that turns on/off with the flip of a switch that's mounted up by the steering wheel.



And a plow up front that's controlled by the winch, again from a switch mounted up by the driver.

Sirfir, love those Can Ams!! Cool ride man
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Originally Posted by SirFer View Post
They're awesome for plowing. I can't speak for the Mule specifically, but UTV's in general. I could never plow my driveway with my F-250 because it's too tight to turn around and all. The Commander makes short work of it.

This is my Can-Am Commander with a salt spreader in the bed that turns on/off with the flip of a switch that's mounted up by the steering wheel.



And a plow up front that's controlled by the winch, again from a switch mounted up by the driver.

SirFer, get a lot of snow there in Sarasota?
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Ha! I was thinking the same thing!
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I guess I should have clarified

The Commander lives at our house in Boone, NC, where we've got a few acres of property, few neighbors, a dirt/mud road to get to the driveway, and very snowy winters and we're off the beaten path so the state plow trucks don't come through. If we want out, we plow/shovel ourselves out. Luckily we've got one neighbor with a big Kubota tractor that does pretty well and then another neighbor has a smaller yard tractor so we can follow along behind him and clean up or do the spots that he can't maneuver in.

The Commander didn't get delivered until March of this year so we haven't actually used the plow or salt spreader yet but we used to use a Kawasaki Teryx for the same thing. Hopefully we get some decent snow this winter to put it through it's paces.

Freedbaby, how did the boat launching go? And how do you like the power steering on the Mule? It's the only thing I wish the Commander had. They make aftermarket power steering kits so I might look into it before winter because trying to turn with chains on and pushing a ton of snow would be that much easier..
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Originally Posted by SirFer View Post
Freedbaby, how did the boat launching go? And how do you like the power steering on the Mule? It's the only thing I wish the Commander had. They make aftermarket power steering kits so I might look into it before winter because trying to turn with chains on and pushing a ton of snow would be that much easier..
I would guess my skiff weighs in with trailer about 2800-3000#'s, drug it around the yard like it wasnt there. Pulling it out of ramp, I definitely coulndnt have done without the low gear. I put it out in four wheel low and locked up the axles just to be safe but I am not sure that anything other than the low gear was absolutely necessary.

The power steering is a dream, honestly I couldn't imagine not having it. My wife drives it and loves it because its so easy to steer.

The only part that is a bit tricky is pulling out of the ramp. You almost have to treat the brake like a clutch. When the Mule is in gear and you dont have your foot on the gas, its basically in neutral...it can roll forward or backward. So to pull out of the ramp I had to put my left foot on the brake while giving it gas and slowly letting off brake. I guess I could have done the same thing with the E brake as well.
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I just bough this same mule about 8 months ago with 46 hours on it and am loving it. What wheel and tire pkg dd you put on it? Did you really need the lift kit? It appears not.

Thanx
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That thing is a beast!

Did you get the juicer yet? If so how do you like it?

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