2008 KAWASAKI MULE™ 3010 4X4 DIESEL
The unbeatable utility vehicle
Diesel power, MULE ruggedness and power steering
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Adding some finesse to its muscular worker
horse, Kawasaki fitted the hard working Mule™
3010 4x4 Diesel with electric power steering
(EPS) for 2008. Already a proven hand with its
reliable and stout diesel engine, automatic
transmission, tilting cargo bed, and selectable
four-wheel drive, this MULE just got more
comfortable and easier to use.
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 by the system. The system
works immediately and doesn’t put a power drain
on the engine. It operates as soon as the
ignition key is turned to the “ON” position.
The Mule 3010 4x4 Diesel utility vehicle
features a rugged grille, headlights and rounded
fenders like its 3000-series siblings. Body
panels of the cab are made of durable, colored
plastic to help hide scuffing. The front hood of
the Mule 3010 Diesel can be lifted with the
touch of a button to reveal a large storage
space, which also has convenient D-rings to
secure cargo and the two lever latches make
opening and closing the tailgate easy. Located
beneath the front bumper are winch-ready tabs
for an easy installation of a winch.
The Mule 3010 4x4 Diesel powerplant is a
liquid-cooled, 953cc three-cylinder diesel
engine that produces high torque at low engine
rpm. Air for the engine is drawn through an
intake located at the top of the cab frame and
passes through a cyclone-type air cleaner,
reducing dust intake.
The diesel engine is matched to the Kawasaki
Automatic Power-Drive System (KAPS) a
continuously variable transmission (CVT) that
features a high and low range, reverse, and
helps keep engine rpm in the most efficient
range for any selected vehicle speed, load, or
terrain and 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, improve heat dissipation, as well as the
use of a thick, strong drive belt and sheaves
with high silicon-type material.
The KAPS also features a high-flow cover that
helps cool the CVT while providing superb splash
protection and water-proofing. This reliable
system is combined with a dependable,
low-maintenance shaft drive to transmit power to
a dual-mode rear differential that can be locked
to maximize traction, or unlocked to minimize
ground disturbance when making tight turns. The
operator can also select four-wheel drive for
extra pulling power in difficult conditions.
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.
Controls on the Mule 3010 4x4 Diesel are also
easy to operate. The high/low-range,
forward/reverse shift lever and the lever for
selecting four-wheel drive operation are all
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 Diesel 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 Diesel utility vehicle can
carry up to 1,100 pounds in its steel cargo bed
and can tow up to 1,200 pounds. Other standard
features include a 5.3-gallon fuel tank, spin-on
oil filter and a U.S. Forest Service-approved
spark arrestor in its muffler.
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and distributes Kawasaki motorcycles, ATVs,
personal watercraft and utility vehicles through
a network of more than 1,500 independent
retailers, with an additional 7,700 retailers
specializing in power products and general
purpose engines. KMC and its affiliates employ
nearly 2,400 people in the United States, with
400 of them located at the Irvine, California
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2008 KAWASAKI MULE™ 3010 4X4 DIESEL
(Features, Benefits, Specs)
Features and Benefits
- Liquid-cooled, three-cylinder diesel
engine produces incredible torque and
exceptional fuel economy
- New Electric Power Steering (EPS) system,
assists the light and precise
rack-and-pinion steering and reduces low
speed turn efforts, bump steer and kickback
from rough terrain
- Perfect for commercial job sites where
diesel fuel is readily available
- Continuously variable transmission (CVT)
features high and low ranges, and reverse,
giving the driver the right “gear” for every
job and extra pulling power when needed
- Selectable four-wheel drive gives the
operator extra traction in adverse
- Dual-mode rear differential can be
“locked” for even more pulling power, or
unlocked when traveling across delicate
- Durable rear differential with a large,
2.50mm-diameter pinion shaft and 10mm ring
gear mounting bolts
- MacPherson strut long-travel front
suspension and DeDion rear suspension can
handle heavy loads, yet provide a smooth
ride when the cargo box is empty
- Four wheel drum brakes are self-adjusting
and feature extra sealing for protection
against mud, dust and debris
- Bench seat provides comfort for two
- Steel cargo bed can carry up to 1,100
pounds and tilts for quick unloading
- Can tow up to 1,200 lbs. with optional
Kawasaki towing hitch
- Muffler features a U.S. Forest
Service-approved spark arrestor
- Meets roll over protective structure (ROPS)
2008 Kawasaki Mule™ 3010 4x4 Diesel
Engine: Four-stroke, liquid-cooled,
three-cylinder, overhead valve diesel
Bore x stroke: 72 x 78mm
Compression ratio: 24.8:1
Air filter: Snorkel-type with cyclone-type
two-stage dry replaceable element
Oil filter: Automotive-type spin-on canister
Ignition: Compression with glow plugs for
Electrical: 12V DC, 52 amp-hour battery, 40
Transmission: Kawasaki Automatic Power-Drive
System (KAPS), with reverse, dual range,
Final drive: Shaft, selectable four-wheel
drive with dual-mode rear differential
Exhaust: Muffler with USFS-approved spark
Tires: 23x11-10 tubeless
Front suspension / wheel travel:
Independent, MacPherson strut / 3.9 in.
Rear suspension / wheel travel:
Semi-independent, DeDion axle with leaf
springs and shocks / 2.8 in.
Steering: Electric power steering assisted
Brakes: Four-wheel hydraulic drums, sealed
Fuel capacity: 5.3 gal.
Dry weight: 1,510 lbs.
Overall length: 112.6 in.
Overall width: 57.5 in.
Overall height: 76.0 in.
Wheelbase: 73.6 in.
Ground clearance: 6.9 in.
Roll over protective structure (ROPS): This
structure meets ROPS requirements for
wheeled tractors under SAE J1194, 7.1.1,
7.1.2, and 7.5. This structure also meets
FMVSS 216 Roof Crush resistance requirement
Cargo bed dimensions (LxWxH): 46.3 x 51.6 x
11.3 in. / 15.6 cu. ft.
Load capacity: 1,632 lbs.
Cargo bed capacity: 1,100 lbs.
Towing capacity: 1,200 lbs.
Turning radius: 11.2 ft.
Top speed: 25 mph, governed
Instruments: Parking brake warning light,
coolant temperature warning light, horn, 12V
DC outlet, (2) 5/21-watt taillight/brakelight,
(2) 35-watt sealed-beam headlight,
Color choices: Woodsman Green
Wholesale distributor: Kawasaki Motors
9950 Jeronimo Road
Irvine, Calif. 92618
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