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  Kawasaki ATVs
2008 Kawasaki Utility Vehicles
2008 Mule™ 3010 Trans4x4™ Diesel

The original transforming utility vehicle adds power steering to its repertoire

Kawasaki introduced the diesel version of its successful MULE 3010 Trans4x4® last year. This unit mated the extra power and convenience of a diesel engine with a four-wheel drive off-road utility vehicle that allows the user to transform it from a four-person 4x4 to a two-person with an extended cargo bed 4x4 in a few quick steps. For 2008, Kawasaki upped the ante again — and added electric power steering (EPS) to the versatile MULE 3010 Trans4x4 DIESEL.

The new EPS offers a more comfortable and controlled ride by reducing steering effort at low speeds and harnessing its electric motor’s inertia to dampen out most of the bump steer and kickback caused by impacts to the wheel. Electrically driven, the motor is controlled by an ECU that uses input from a vehicle speed sensor and torque sensor to determine the amount of assistance provided. This system doesn’t put a power drain on the engine and works immediately — available as soon as the ignition key is turned to the “ON” position.

This off-road work horse features a fully automatic transmission with two or four-wheel drive options, and takes only a moment to convert from a two to a four-person ride. While the cargo payload expands from 400 to 800 pounds in the two-person configuration, users have the ability to select between cargo and personnel carrying needs, depending on the specific job-at-hand.

This versatility, coupled with the legendary reputation of Kawasaki’s liquid-cooled, three cylinder diesel engine makes the MULE 3010 Trans4x4 DIESEL an immediate winner.  The overhead valve design of the engine maximizes efficiency while the cast iron block and head ensure extra durability in all types of usage.  Producing 38.3 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2,800 rpm, this unit has low-end pulling power to spare for the most rigorous of needs.

The Kawasaki Automatic Power-Drive System (KAPS) is a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that helps keep engine rpm in the most efficient range for any selected="true"="true"="true"="true" vehicle speed, load, or terrain. The CVT yields a wide drive ratio spread for ample pulling power and quick acceleration. Strength and durability are aided by large torque converters which maximize belt engagement area, improving heat dissipation, as well as the use of a thick, strong drive belt.

Tuned specifically to accommodate higher payloads, the KAPS also features a high-flow cover that helps cool the CVT while providing superb splash protection and water-proofing. Sheaves with high silicon-type material add to this unit’s increased durability, and an adjustable belt deflection and open sided drive pulley provides better cooling for longer belt life.  

The MULE 3010 Trans4x4 DIESEL also features a torque converter air filter that uses an efficient intake cooling fan to draw sufficient air into the CVT. Wear is reduced by cooling the converter with filtered air, courtesy of a special air cleaner that uses an easily replaceable filter element.  

The engine air cleaner is a cyclone-type Donaldson unit with a replaceable paper element. This design is effective and needs less frequent cleaning, even through repeated MULE utility vehicle use in extremely dusty off-road conditions. The MULE is equipped with a gauge that indicates when the filter should be changed.

Helping the filter stay clean and last longer—especially in the rugged conditions for which this Kawasaki was built—the engine air and converter cooling air are drawn from the top of the cab frame, where there’s less dust.

Among this MULE many attributes are a dual-mode differential, limited slip front differential, two-speed transfer case for the four-wheel drive, independent strut-type front suspension, DeDion rear suspension, and four-wheel, self-adjusting sealed hydraulic drum brakes.

An improved ride—in conditions that often times cry out for comfort—comes courtesy of the 23-inch tires with stiff sidewalls, improving both off-road function and providing added ground clearance. The rear wheel bearings use two rollers in one large bearing, providing added durability.

Kawasaki takes pride in the owner usability attached to all of its products, and this MULE is no exception. The simple, easy to operate controls for the MULE 3010 Trans4x4 DIESEL are all dash-mounted. In addition to the shift mechanism, they include a new digital hour meter, a horn, a 12-volt DC outlet with 10-amp capacity, and a speedometer. A parking brake and coolant temperature warning light are in plain view, and the MULE has a sealed glove box, and an open dashboard storage area.  

Winch mounts are standard on the frame of this all-purpose UV, and users will be able to find their way in all kinds of lighting conditions by using the 35-watt, cat-eye headlights that are activated by the push of a simple dash-mounted button.

2008 Mule™ 3010 4X4

All around performance to carry just about any load


Offering unmatched durability and dependability, the Kawasaki Mule™ 3010 4x4 sets the standard for off-road utility vehicles. The Mule 3010 4x4 offers excellent hauling and towing capacity, with features like selectable four-wheel drive, automatic (CVT) transmission, a four-stroke industrial-grade V-twin engine and a tilting cargo bed.

Larger than an all-terrain vehicle but smaller than a compact pickup truck, the Mule 3010 4x4 provides the perfect solution for those seeking a tough utility hauler for farms, fields and remote locations.

The Mule 3010 4x4 utility vehicle features aggressive styling, a rugged bumper, dual headlights and rounded fenders. The body panels of the cab are made of durable, color-infused plastic to help hide scuffing. The front hood can be lifted with the touch of a button to reveal a large storage space, which also has convenient D-rings to secure cargo. Located beneath the front bumper are winch-ready tabs for easy winch mounting, and a passenger-side grab rail is mounted on the cab frame. Plus, two lever latches make opening and closing the tailgate easy.

A liquid-cooled, four-stroke V-twin engine provides power for the Mule 3010 4x4 and features an air restrictor gauge to indicate when the air filter needs to be cleaned or replaced. Plus, the fuse box and oil dipstick are located underneath the seat for easy access.

The V-twin engine is matched to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that features high and low range plus reverse. Combined with dependable, low-maintenance shaft drive, power is transmitted to a dual-mode rear differential that can be locked to maximize traction, or unlocked to minimize ground disturbance when making tight turns. The driver can also select four-wheel drive for extra pulling power in muddy conditions.

Controls on the Mule 3010 4x4 are easy to operate. The high/low-range, forward/reverse shift lever and the lever for selecting four-wheel drive operation are placed within easy reach on the dash. The coolant temperature warning light is easy to see, and a push-button control activates the headlights. Other standard features include an hour meter, fuel gauge and horn.

The chassis of the Mule 3010 4x4 is a ladder-type frame that rides on a DeDion rear leaf-spring suspension designed to carry heavy loads yet provide a smooth ride when the cargo bed is empty. MacPherson struts handle front suspension duties, while rack-and-pinion steering is light and maneuverable over rough terrain. Four hydraulically operated, self-adjusting drum brakes that are sealed to protect from water, mud and other debris provide stopping power, and 23-inch tires provide a comfortable ride and maximum traction over a variety of surfaces.

The Mule 3010 4x4 utility vehicle can carry 803 pounds in its steel cargo bed and can tow up to 1,200 pounds.

2008 Mule™ 600

The Kawasaki Mule™ 610 4x4 combines the utility of much-larger vehicles, with the convenience and value buyers expect from the single-cylinder utility class. Easy to transport to work or recreation sites, the Mule 610 4x4 is compact enough to fit in the bed of a full-size pickup truck, yet still fully-capable of traversing rugged off-road terrain, thanks to its driver-selectable four-wheel drive.


The Mule 610 4x4 features a single-cylinder engine matched to a continuously variable transmission (CVT), and features a dual-mode rear differential, independent front suspension, swing-frame rear suspension and sealed hydraulic brakes.

The spacious cab features curved body panels and a large-diameter steel tube frame to give the Mule 610 4x4 a clean, modern look, while automotive-type controls and gear selectors are within easy reach on the dash. Luxury features include two large cup holders, a passenger-side glove box, passenger-side grab handle and storage space located beneath the hood.

For many utility vehicle owners, the engine is the most enticing feature of the Mule 610 4x4. The air-cooled, single-cylinder four-stroke engine displaces 401cc and accelerates with authority, and includes a cooling fan to help it maintain an ideal operating temperature. Equally important, the engine features an enrichening system that partially opens the throttle during starting, thereby eliminating the need to apply the throttle. It also features a 25 mph maximum speed governor.

The Mule 610 4x4 transfers its power through the CVT, which features durable materials in the converter and a long-lasting drive belt to match the engine’s acceleration and hill-climbing performance. With its high and low range forward gears, plus reverse, the sturdy transmission can be started in any gear, provided the brakes are applied.

The Mule 610 4x4 utilizes dependable, low-maintenance shaft drive and features a dual-mode rear differential that can be locked to maximize traction on adverse terrain. It also includes selectable four-wheel drive and features a limited-slip front differential.

The Mule 610 4x4 rides on MacPherson strut front suspension, while rear suspension duties are handled by a unit swing-axle. Triple-sealed hydraulic drum brakes at all four wheels provide ample stopping power, and large 24-inch tires provide improved off-road handling. A plastic front differential/axle guard and steel rear differential guard are standard, helping to protect important powertrain components.

To light the way in darkness, the Mule 610 4x4 features the same 35w gourd-style headlights as the Kawasaki Brute Force™ 750 4x4i all-terrain vehicle.

Kawasaki engineers know that hauling and towing are the two most common tasks for any Mule utility vehicle, so they designed the Mule 610 4x4 to carry 400 pounds in its tilting cargo bed. It also features tailgate latches that are easy to fasten quickly and securely. Plus, it can tow up to 1,100 pounds with an optional towing hitch.

Compact style with first class performance

The Mule™ 600 utility vehicle is packed with useful features, yet it is small enough to fit in the bed of a full-size pickup truck. Perfect for farm, ranch or industrial work, and loads of fun for outdoor recreational use, the Mule 600 features a single-cylinder engine matched to a continuously variable transmission (CVT), and features a dual-mode rear differential, independent front suspension, unit swing-axle rear suspension and hydraulic brakes.

The spacious cab features curved body panels and a large-diameter steel tube frame to give it a clean, modern look, while automotive-type controls and the gear selector are within easy reach on the dashboard.

Luxury features include two large cup holders, a passenger-side glove box, passenger-side grab handle and storage space located beneath the hood.

For many utility vehicle owners, the engine is the most enticing feature of the Mule 600. The air-cooled, single-cylinder four-stroke engine displaces 401cc, accelerates with authority, and it includes a cooling fan to help maintain an ideal operating temperature.

Equally important, the engine starts easily due to an enrichening system that partially opens the throttle during starting, thereby eliminating the need to apply the throttle. It also features a 25 mph maximum speed governor.

The Mule 600 transfers its power through a continuously variable transmission, which features durable materials in the converter and a long-lasting drive belt. Plus, the sturdy transmission can be started in forward or reverse gear, provided the brakes are applied.

The Mule 600 utilizes dependable, low-maintenance shaft drive and features a dual-mode differential that can be locked to maximize traction on adverse terrain.

The Mule 600 rides on MacPherson strut front suspension, while rear suspension duties are handled by the unit swing-axle rear suspension. Hydraulic drum brakes at all four wheels provide ample stopping power, and large 22-inch tires provide improved off-road handling.

To light the way in darkness, the Mule 600 features the same 35w gourd-style headlights as the Kawasaki Brute Force™ 750 4x4i all-terrain vehicle.

Kawasaki engineers know that hauling and towing are the two most common tasks for any Mule utility vehicle, so they designed the Mule 600 to carry 400 pounds in its tilting cargo bed. It also features tailgate latches that are easy to fasten quickly and securely. Plus, it can tow up to 1,100 pounds with an optional towing hitch.


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