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Re: Mule owners

Postby Brute 23 » Thu Sep 06, 2018 2:12 pm

cowgirl8 wrote:So tell me your thought on the one we have. You should have waited until I
was able to get the model instead of telling me it's not a problem. We use our side by sides. They go out early in the morning and get back at dark. Son has been taking it way off so it wasn't here for me to get the model type. I told you that but you kept going on and on.


I knew by your description of the air box pulling air from down by the wheel you had a Pro. Plus, you talked about it in some threads a while back... but I didn't want to speak for you. ;-)

The location of where it pulls air and adding a snorkel will not solve if you have a bad seal around your air filter. It may help keep the filter a little cleaner but will not change dirt getting in to your motor thru a bad seal in the intake system.
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Postby Brute 23 » Thu Sep 06, 2018 2:20 pm

I wish I could see a pic of how much dirt was actually in there. In all honesty, most motors over time that I have seen in dusty conditions end up with some dirt in that intake. Frequent oil changes help keep contaminants out even if the oil is not necessarily bad. Look at you MAS on your trucks over time and what all accumulates on them.

I had a honda rancher that I took the seat off one time and the k&n filter was just laying in the air box. :lol: no telling how long it ran like that. That was like 12 years ago. It still runs like a top.
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Re: Mule owners

Postby cowgirl8 » Thu Sep 06, 2018 2:23 pm

So after all that. The snorkel has a filter. That then goes through another they added to it and then it goes through the original filter that is well greased. If dirt goes through I'll eat it. Did you know about this problem?
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Re: Mule owners

Postby cowgirl8 » Thu Sep 06, 2018 2:24 pm

It was obviously enough dirt to really worry my husband on a piece of 13,000
dollar atv that was less than a year old.
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Postby Brute 23 » Thu Sep 06, 2018 3:00 pm

No, I had not seen complaints about dirt getting past the filter. I even specifically searched that after seeing your thread. I have seen complaints for Kawasaki pulling air by the rear tire. Running a Ranger and the old 3010 right next to my Pro I can say the the filter does not get any more visually dirty on the Pro than the others. They all get dirty fast in our conditions.

I don't blame yall for being concerned. Be sure to call Kawasaki on it. The dealer probably didnt. They do actually take those calls seriously and log them.

I know some guys that met with some Kawasaki reps on a ranch down here. They were telling me the Kawi guys didn't understand why they had so many complaints for not having a horn. They showed them how they use horns and sirens to call the cattle up. The Kawi guys also said they had a lot of complaints about the tail gate. They guy were telling them for farmers, ranchers, land owners your tail is your chair, your lunch table, your work bench, etc when your out in the field. They said the Kawie guys took a lot of notes and asked for their thoughts on what could be improved. Kawasaki actually has some letters out where they specifically address that they build the Mule for farmers, ranchers, land owners, etc... not the sport or mudding crowd. I hope to get on one of those ranch meeting next year to give some input.

Let us know how the snorkel works out. Im curious which brand yall used. I have never wanted to give up the bed space. Ive seen some now that come up in the back seat.
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Re: Mule owners

Postby cowgirl8 » Thu Sep 06, 2018 3:48 pm

It's taking up no room. Just runs along the side. After the 10th when I have internet I'll post a picture of it.
The Kawi guys visited a friend of ours. He owns a bunch of them. He had the same complaints we had early on, it's too loud. Forget about having a conversation while it's running. Which is sad because we bought it to take people out to see our ranch. Another complaint for me is it's not comfortable. I'm 5'9 and my feet barely touch the floor in the front passenger seat. I keep a small stool there to put my feet on. Driving isn't a problem but the front passenger is. We bought this one over the kabota because the kabota is too slow. We would have gotten a Deere but they were too expensive. They go fast.
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Re: Mule owners

Postby Brute 23 » Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:00 pm

Ya the diesel mules are significantly louder than the gas. I went dead set on buying a diesel because of bulk tanks and its easier to transport. After riding in both the gas was too quiet to pass up. We nv, thermal, and run dogs out of the gas one. They are one of the quietest on the market. The diesels for all the brands are louder though.

The complaint about the seats are pretty common for most people you height. That why 6'3 guys like me feel so comfortable in them. :)

I test drove most of the new brands a couple months ago when we bought the new PRO. I had pretty much a blank check to get ever I wanted for the ranch.

The Polaris 1000 is very peppy but has 3 drive modes and a bunch of other non-sense. For the size the cab did not feel roomy. They turn like a bus and cost like $20K.

The Can Am 6 seater is nice IMO. It would probably be my #2. Its another $20K unit.

I have always liked the JD seats and layout but the 6 seaters are huge. I would take the single bench in a heart beat.

Kabota has some IRS units now with the CVT. That would be on option also. Kubota is a good brand all around IMO and there is one on every corner. I would not own one of the hydrostatic ones.

I ended up buying the ranch a PRO like mine and we put one in the budget for next year. The size and dependability is hard to beat. I can whip the PRO, with the two bench seats, all around in the cattle pens, thru the barn, and in the brush. I would not be able to do that with the 6 seaters from the other brands.

Different people have different needs. There is getting to be less and less difference between most of them like tractors and every thing else.
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Re: Mule owners

Postby cowgirl8 » Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:31 pm

I dream of a diesel 4wheeler... the day I don't have to wrestle with a gas can cant come soon enough. Yeah, I know logically a diesel 4 wheeler doesn't make sense....but dang they can put a man on the moon, why cant I have a diesel 4wheeler. We keep thousands of gal of diesel on hand....even have a regular gas pump for it...My 4wheeler is the only gas run thing we have other than my car and one truck.. I'm always out of gas...but that's a good thing because instead of 12,000 miles it would have 24000...lol..My fav side by side is the gator. We have 2 and they are the most abused things we have out here. And you can even hear the person next to you talk...and their fast...
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Re: Mule owners

Postby Brute 23 » Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:36 pm

cowgirl8 wrote:I dream of a diesel 4wheeler... the day I don't have to wrestle with a gas can cant come soon enough. Yeah, I know logically a diesel 4 wheeler doesn't make sense....but dang they can put a man on the moon, why cant I have a diesel 4wheeler. We keep thousands of gal of diesel on hand....even have a regular gas pump for it...My 4wheeler is the only gas run thing we have other than my car and one truck.. I'm always out of gas...but that's a good thing because instead of 12,000 miles it would have 24000...lol..My fav side by side is the gator. We have 2 and they are the most abused things we have out here. And you can even hear the person next to you talk...and their fast...


Which gators do yall have?

You can get gasoline in 55g drums from your diesel supplier, even ethanol free. Then just drop your pump in it. Also, the metal gas cans with the funnels on them are a little pricey but worth every penny IMO. I don't play that environmental fill cap non-sense.
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Postby True Grit Farms » Thu Sep 06, 2018 9:20 pm

Brute 23 wrote:Ya the diesel mules are significantly louder than the gas. I went dead set on buying a diesel because of bulk tanks and its easier to transport. After riding in both the gas was too quiet to pass up. We nv, thermal, and run dogs out of the gas one. They are one of the quietest on the market. The diesels for all the brands are louder though.

The complaint about the seats are pretty common for most people you height. That why 6'3 guys like me feel so comfortable in them. :)

I test drove most of the new brands a couple months ago when we bought the new PRO. I had pretty much a blank check to get ever I wanted for the ranch.

The Polaris 1000 is very peppy but has 3 drive modes and a bunch of other non-sense. For the size the cab did not feel roomy. They turn like a bus and cost like $20K.

The Can Am 6 seater is nice IMO. It would probably be my #2. Its another $20K unit.

I have always liked the JD seats and layout but the 6 seaters are huge. I would take the single bench in a heart beat.

Kabota has some IRS units now with the CVT. That would be on option also. Kubota is a good brand all around IMO and there is one on every corner. I would not own one of the hydrostatic ones.

I ended up buying the ranch a PRO like mine and we put one in the budget for next year. The size and dependability is hard to beat. I can whip the PRO, with the two bench seats, all around in the cattle pens, thru the barn, and in the brush. I would not be able to do that with the 6 seaters from the other brands.

Different people have different needs. There is getting to be less and less difference between most of them like tractors and every thing else.

My son has been talking about a new 1000cc? Honda side by side that's supposedly the best thing out their right now? It's been out a couple of years now, but I've never seen one.
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Re: Mule owners

Postby Atimm693 » Thu Sep 06, 2018 9:47 pm

cowgirl8 wrote:I dream of a diesel 4wheeler... the day I don't have to wrestle with a gas can cant come soon enough. Yeah, I know logically a diesel 4 wheeler doesn't make sense....but dang they can put a man on the moon, why cant I have a diesel 4wheeler. We keep thousands of gal of diesel on hand....even have a regular gas pump for it...My 4wheeler is the only gas run thing we have other than my car and one truck.. I'm always out of gas...but that's a good thing because instead of 12,000 miles it would have 24000...lol..My fav side by side is the gator. We have 2 and they are the most abused things we have out here. And you can even hear the person next to you talk...and their fast...


Arctic cat makes one. Super Duty 700 is what they call it, I think.
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Re: Mule owners

Postby Brute 23 » Thu Sep 06, 2018 10:07 pm

True Grit Farms wrote:My son has been talking about a new 1000cc? Honda side by side that's supposedly the best thing out their right now? It's been out a couple of years now, but I've never seen one.


Polaris came out with the 1000 recently and Honda has a Pioneer 1000 also. Its nuts. The Honda Pioneer is supposed to be a good machine.

In a perfect world I would have my Pro for working/ hunting and Pioneer 1000 to act a fool in. :kid:
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Re: Mule owners

Postby cowgirl8 » Fri Sep 07, 2018 5:03 am

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cowgirl8 wrote:I dream of a diesel 4wheeler... the day I don't have to wrestle with a gas can cant come soon enough. Yeah, I know logically a diesel 4 wheeler doesn't make sense....but dang they can put a man on the moon, why cant I have a diesel 4wheeler. We keep thousands of gal of diesel on hand....even have a regular gas pump for it...My 4wheeler is the only gas run thing we have other than my car and one truck.. I'm always out of gas...but that's a good thing because instead of 12,000 miles it would have 24000...lol..My fav side by side is the gator. We have 2 and they are the most abused things we have out here. And you can even hear the person next to you talk...and their fast...


Which gators do yall have?

You can get gasoline in 55g drums from your diesel supplier, even ethanol free. Then just drop your pump in it. Also, the metal gas cans with the funnels on them are a little pricey but worth every penny IMO. I don't play that environmental fill cap non-sense.

I'll check into that. 55 gal would last me a season..We just had a diesel tank filled.. I'll have to look at the gators to get models on them. They are older, i'm guessing over 10 yrs old. We bought them new.
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Re: Mule owners

Postby hurleyjd » Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:30 am

Buy one of these might keep you going for a day

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Re: Mule owners

Postby hurleyjd » Fri Sep 07, 2018 7:25 am

cowgirl8 wrote:
TennesseeTuxedo wrote:TWELVE THOUSAND MILES on a UTV?

I know right. I live on that thing for 4 months. The rest of the year I drive either the mile or gator.


What kind of mileage per gallon of fuel does the UTV get.
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