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#6927703 - 10/21/17 06:59 AM Mule pro fx
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Woodsman

Registered: 09/14/16
Posts: 147
Had another question earlier about gators.... same for the pro Fx models. Anybody have one with 2k hours/15000 miles ? Got to use on briefly, liked it . Curious about longevity. Also, is it belt drive, or direct drive? Thanks

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#6928153 - 10/21/17 05:28 PM Re: Mule pro fx [Re: Midwaytmm]
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Registered: 10/20/17
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Loc: East Montgomery county, Texas
Most MULE models from Kawasaki are belt driven. but they are work horses! Mine lasted 17 years before rebuilding the engine.
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#6931032 - 10/24/17 06:23 AM Re: Mule pro fx [Re: Midwaytmm]
arandy Offline
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Registered: 12/22/08
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Loc: SW Arkansas
Doubt if you will find many if any Mule pro rigs out there with 2k/15k on them as they only came out in 2015. I use my mule most days but not every day and put roughly 300 hours a year on it. In bird season it gets used pretty rough and so far so good. It rides and drives as good as a car but I don't think the Mule Pro off the show room will make it as a real workhorse. You would have to spend some money on underbelly protection and heavier springs for sure because what they come with is a joke. Another thing I don't think will stand up to rough use is the air cleaner system on the diesel. It is not a good system because it is a single filter and it is unhandy to service. Anything used as much as what you do needs a commercial or ag type air cleaning system. Hard to figure why they would make the fuel filter and wko so heavy duty and easy to service every 200 hours and use such a rinkydink air cleaner set up that needs serviced every 50 hours. Mine is a 2016 so maybe they have changed it???

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#6931058 - 10/24/17 06:56 AM Re: Mule pro fx [Re: Midwaytmm]
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Registered: 10/21/08
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Loc: San Marcos, TX
Have you installed skid plates and heavier springs?

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#6931289 - 10/24/17 09:13 AM Re: Mule pro fx [Re: Midwaytmm]
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Registered: 09/13/11
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Loc: Pettytown, TX, US of A
My 2001 Mule 550 has 1997 hours on it and engine was rebuilt at 1991 hours.
It's on second belt and 3rd set of rear tires.
It's used pretty much every day.

If you want one to last a long time and be reliable, resist the following:
Over sized tires/rims which stress the driveline and can make bump steer really bad - it's easy to turn a nice handling toy into a ill handling, top heavy dog that's no fun to drive.
Lift kits which sometimes put the CV joints at extreme angles and make them wear out quickly or break.
Putting on every freeking thing you can find in the catalog that fits and make it a overweight pig.
Don't change/check oil, filters, etc.

It's much cheaper to avoid stuff than to try to run over EVERYTHING.
But what's the fun in that crap?


Edited by Vern1 (10/24/17 09:14 AM)
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#6932581 - 10/25/17 05:30 AM Re: Mule pro fx [Re: 68rustbucket]
arandy Offline
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Registered: 12/22/08
Posts: 234
Loc: SW Arkansas
Originally Posted By: 68rustbucket
Have you installed skid plates and heavier springs?

HD springs yes, skid plate no. My hunting rig when loaded can get pretty heavy so the springs were a must. After the first bird hunt trip I made with it I knew the factory underbelly protection was not going to work so I bolted a piece of expanded metal to the inside of the plastic skid plate to keep most of the debris from getting in the holes. It helped a lot and I'm getting by with it. I'm trying to decide on what to do about a real skid plate. Hoping for more options than are presently out there. What Kawasaki offers as a skid plate is very poorly engineered and would not be effective for my usage.

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#6932617 - 10/25/17 06:39 AM Re: Mule pro fx [Re: Midwaytmm]
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Registered: 10/21/08
Posts: 1768
Loc: San Marcos, TX
Check e-bay. There are some aftermarket skid plate options

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#6932618 - 10/25/17 06:40 AM Re: Mule pro fx [Re: Midwaytmm]
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Woodsman

Registered: 09/14/16
Posts: 147
Good info thank you

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