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2010 Kawasaki Mule 610 4X4 XC
2010 Kawasaki Mule 610 4X4 XC

2010 Kawasaki Mule 610 4X4 XC
2010 Kawasaki Mule 610 4X4 XC

– 2010 Kawasaki Mule 610 4X4 XC

2010 Kawasaki Mule 610 4X4 XC

After more than 20 years of service, the Mule name has come to define a whole category of hardworking utility vehicles. For 2010, here’s an entirely new take on everyone’s favorite beast of burden: The Kawasaki Mule™ 610 4×4 XC appears to have been crossbred with Kawasaki’s Teryx™ RUV. Aggressive 26 inch Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 radial tires mounted on 12-inch wheels give it newfound off-road ability—and a slew of upgrades designed to complement its suddenly more aggressive nature, infuse the new Mule XC with something it’s never really been known for: This Mule is cool.


When the MULE 610 4×4 (KAF400A) joined Kawasaki’s line of utility vehicles, the “little” MULE very capably met market needs for lightweight, compact utility vehicles capable of filling a variety of roles. Designed to be compact, comfortable, and classy, it borrowed some of the best technology from Kawasaki’s ATVs and larger MULEs, and wrapped it in elegant, high-volume bodywork.

Joining their ranks in 2010 is a third model. Nicknamed the “Bigfoot” MULE, the MULE 610 4×4 XC features enhanced off-road capability – care of larger, 26” tires and 12” wheels – complimented by a sporty design and graphics. Combined with the dependable performance of the KAF400A, this latest compact utility vehicle opens door to greater potential for leisure activities.


The MULE 610 4×4 XC offers the following improvements over the KAF400A:

Increased Rough-road Performance – Larger wheels and tires better enable the “Bigfoot” MULE to overcome obstacles and traverse rough terrain, such as rock sections.

Wider Track – The larger wheels and tires also result in a wider track, enhancing ride stability.

Higher Ground Clearance – As another by-product of the larger wheels and tires, ground clearance also increased, further contributing to off-road potential.

Increased Ride Comfort – A new seat covered with a revised material offers greater comfort and holding performance.

Sportier Looks – The larger tires, a repositioned front bumper and an exclusive sporty graphics package give the MULE 610 4×4 XC the looks to match its wider range of performance


2010 Kawasaki Mule 610 4X4 XC Details & Features

A New Mule for 2010
o New, extra large 26-inch Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 radial tires mounted on 12-inch wheels give this Mule utility vehicle newfound off-road skills.
o Along with bigger tires comes a 1.3 inch wider track. But this Mule still fits in a full-size pickup truck.
o Larger tires also result in 1.5 inches more ground clearance-now 8.1 inches-for improved rough terrain capabilities.
o Standard skid plates for the front differential, engine and rear diff add protection and greatly reduce the chances of getting hung up on obstacles.
o A new seat, covered in new material for more all-weather comfort, provides a better, more secure perch for the driver and passenger.
o A repositioned front bumper and exclusive sporty graphics give the XC a bold new look to match its new mission.
o A sport steering wheel, lifted from the Teryx RUV, enhances control and appearance.
o Longer front and rear suspension arms provide greater off-road performance.
o A revised brake pedal ratio, stronger master-cylinder mount and new brake shoes provide increased braking performance.
o Stain and scratch-resistant special black texture paint in the cargo bed enhances the whole vehicle’s looks and durability.
o Teryx-style tailgate has a simplified release for easy opening and closing.

Fan-Cooled, Single-Cylinder Engine
o The Mule’s simple, lightweight 401cc four-stroke single is compact, lightweight and extremely durable.
o Overhead valve design provides maximum efficiency, and the Mule’s highly evolved carburetor helps provide excellent fuel economy.
o Fan cooling helps the engine maintain an ideal operating temperature.
o Cab frame air intake draws clean, uncontaminated air for the engine from the top of the cab.
o Raising the exhaust system keeps it high, dry and out of harm’s way.
o An oil temperature warning lamp linked to a crankcase sensor helps prevent overheating.

Easy Starting
o The choke opens the throttle during starting, so the accelerator pedal does not need to be depressed.
o Stepping on the brake pedal allows the engine to be started in gear.

Gear Driven Engine Balancer
o A rotating balance weight moves opposite to the piston, dramatically reducing vibration and minimizing noise and wear for increased comfort and reduced fatigue.

Environmentally Friendly Emissions
o Carburetor settings reduce exhaust emissions, a good thing for the environment.
o Positive crankcase ventilation system recycles blow-by gasses to the intake tract, where they’re burned in the engine.
o A USFS-approved spark arrestor in the muffler greatly reduces fire hazard.
o California models have a check valve on the fuel tank-to charcoal canister connector hose to prevent gasoline from entering the canister when operating on inclines or over rough terrain.

Kawasaki Automatic Power-Drive System (KAPS)
o A simple and lightweight CVT (continuously variable transmission) is fully automatic and keeps engine speed in the most efficient range for any selected vehicle speed, load, or terrain
o Fully automatic transmission features selectable 2
o or 4-wheel drive.
o An open-sided drive pulley cools better for longer belt life.
o Belt deflection can easily be adjusted by changing shim thickness of the adjuster bolt located on the outside of the driven converter.
o A die-cast aluminum belt converter has high silicon content for compactness and light weight, and offers excellent toughness and durability.
o The belt converter case is sealed to keep out contaminants.
o A long-wearing ATV-style double cog CVT belt provides long wear and minimal maintenance.
o The belt converter’s air cleaner cover uses a clip-type clamp for easier maintenance, and a revised sealing method provides an improved seal.
o A maintenance-free sealed bearing unit is used between the front and rear driveshafts.

Dual-Mode Differential
o Locked mode provides maximum traction in difficult conditions.
o Unlocked mode decreases turning radius and minimizes ground disturbance
o great for use on grass.

Rack and Pinion Steering
o Ackerman rack-and-pinion steering provides precise, accurate handling and a small turning radius that facilitates working in tight quarters.
o Rack and pinion system is durable, simple, easy to maintain and helps reduce tire wear.

MacPherson Strut Independent Front Suspension o Long-travel front suspension serves up a comfortable ride, excellent load-carrying capability and excellent terrainability.
o Simple, rugged single A-arm design provides a tight turning radius for extra maneuverability.

Unit Swingarm Rear Suspension
o Unique design places engine and rear wheels on a sub-frame with a mid-point pivot which isolates vibration for a smooth ride.
o Mule 610 4×4 XC’s long-travel rear end can handle heavy loads, yet provides a comfortable ride with an empty cargo bed.

o The front grille includes space for mounting a 3000-pound capacity winch
o Compact, lightweight, and easy to transport to the job, the Mule fits in the bed of a full-sized pickup.
o Durable plastic body panels resist dents, and the Mule 610 4×4 XC’s Super Black finish is molded in for long lasting good looks.

Safety Equipment
o Fully meets SAE Roll Over Protective Structure (ROPS) requirements for wheeled tractors under SAE J1194, 7.1.1, 7.1.2, 7.4, and 7.5, and FMVSS 216.
o Two seat belts enhance safety.
o Speed limited to 25 mph keeps the Mule well within its performance envelope.

Ample Storage
o The front hood opens up to reveal 12.6 gallons of sealed storage space.
o A passenger side glove box is perfect for small item storage.
o Cup holders located at each side of the front hood by the dash keep hydration close at hand.

Tilting Cargo Bed
o A steel cargo bed covered in non-slip paint can carry up to 400 pounds, and tilts for maintenance and cleaning.
o A Teryx-style tailgate with simplified release mechanisms makes loading and unloading easy.

Simple Maintenance o A crankcase oil level dipstick and dual-element air cleaner make maintaining the Mule quick and convenient.

Cab Features
o An automotive style dash features easy-reach controls.
o A standard-equipment hour meter makes maintenance intervals easy to track.
o Fuel gauge and an oil temperature warning light keep track of essential fluids.
o Gear selector for High, Low, Neutral, and Reverse couldn’t be simpler really.
o A differential locking lever and convenient parking brake are simple to find and operate.
o Powerful and stylish 35w headlights let the work day continue after dark.

Popular Accessory Items:
o Under seat storage compartment


2010 Kawasaki Mule 610 4X4 XC Technology

Brakes and Wheels


With its larger wheels and tires, the “Bigfoot” MULE 610 4×4 XC is better able to ride over obstacles, increasing its potential for leisure activities.

Big Feet
26″ Maxxis Bighorn II radial tires contribute to superior off-road-handling. (KAF400A uses 24″ bias tires.) The massive tires also add to the rugged, sporty image.

Newly designed wheels feature larger rims, increased from 10″ to 12″.

Wider track offered by the larger tires contributes to riding stability.

KAF400A vs KAF400D
F: 1,051 mm 1,085 mm
(34 mm wider)
R: 999 mm 1,050 mm
(51 mm wider)

While the track is larger, the body size remains unchanged. The “Bigfoot” MULE can still be transported in the back of a pick-up truck.

Larger mud flaps offer increased mud protection.


Revised brake pedal lever ratio, stronger mount for the brake master cylinder and new brake shoes adopted to suit the larger wheels and tires.

Front and rear brake drum seals are triple-lipped for water and mud resistance.


Independent MacPherson strut-type front suspension allows each wheel to track over uneven ground for maximum traction with light steering effort. Minimal wheel camber change throughout the suspension stroke contributes to stable handling.

Longer-length suspension front and back (F: +28 mm; R: +40 mm) adds to the off-road performance


Increased ground clearance (38 mm greater than KAF400A) due to the larger wheels and tires make it easier to clear obstacles.

Skid plates for the front differential, engine and rear differential are fitted as standard equipment. Centre skid plate greatly reduces the chance of getting stuck when driving over obstacles.



Storage and Carrying Capacity
Front bonnet opens to reveal a spacious 48-litre sealed storage area.

Passenger-side glove box provides additional sealed storage.

Right and left cup holders located on either side of the bonnet.

Tough cargo bed features a steel diamond-plate bottom and a load capacity of 181 kg (400 lb).

Special texture black paint used in the cargo bed is highly stain- and scratch-resistant, contributing to both looks and durability.

Tailgate has a simple release system (same as that of the Teryx) for easy opening and closing.



Sporty new graphics exclusive to the 610 4×4 XC distinguish it from its hard-working brothers.

Revised front bumper is positioned 30 mm further forward, ensuring adequate clearance for the larger tires and adding to the sporty image.

Sporty steering wheel from the Teryx contributes to appearance.



Ackerman rack-and-pinion steering provides precise, easy handling, and a tight turning radius while reducing tire wear.

15.5 litre fuel tank gives the fuel-efficient MULE 610 4×4 XC ample operating range.

Parking brake lever operates a mechanical internal expansion type brake for the rear wheels.

Dual headlights (12 V, 35 W) throw plenty of light for night-time exploring.

Optional trailer hitch has 1,100 lb towing capacity.

Optional winch mount accommodates Warn 3000 or Super Winch 3000.

Other optional parts include: under-seat storage compartment, electromagnetic speed sensor, speedometer, plastic hardtop, windshield, cabin, headrests, and numerous steel guards.


Like the KAF400A, the MULE 610 4×4 XC features selectable 2WD/4WD. Belt-driven automatic transmission with a Hi-Lo dual-range transfer case offers excellent off-road riding capability. Two forward speeds to choose from lend flexibility when hill-climbing with a heavy load.

Limited-slip front differential also contributes to good handling over rough terrain, providing great traction with low steering effort.

Rear differential lock allows rear wheels to be locked for maximum traction in mud or snow. Ground disturbance is minimized when unlocked. Oil seal improves water/mud resistance.

Torque converter air cleaner with easily replaceable filter element reduces torque converter wear by cooling it with filtered air taken in through the overhead frame (as per the engine intake).

Die-cast aluminium belt converter has high silicon content for compact size and light weight, while also offering excellent toughness and durability.

By changing the shim thickness of the adjuster bolt located on the outside of the driven belt converter, the space between the fixed and non-fixed sheaves can be changed to adjust the belt deflection.

For long wear and minimal maintenance, a tough, ATV-type double-cog belt is used.

Belt converter case is sealed to prevent entry of dust and water.

Belt converter air cleaner cover uses a clip-type clamping method (previously screw-type) to further facilitate maintenance.

Revised sealing method for the upper surface of the belt converter air cleaner filter element improves sealing performance.

Maintenance-free sealed bearing unit used between front and rear drive shafts.




Powering the MULE 610 4×4 XC is a 401cc, 4-stroke, OHV, air-cooled Single. Compact, lightweight and durable, the engine is extremely reliable.

Overhead valves designed for efficient running and good fuel economy are durable and operate quietly.

Highly efficient carburettor delivers excellent fuel economy.

Higher ground clearance results in a higher muffler location for increased flood resistance. Relocating the exhaust opening to the bottom of the muffler body increases drainage performance.

The engine’s air supply enters the air cleaner box via a snorkel intake routed through the tubing of the overhead frame, ensuring the engine is provided with a steady supply of clean air, even in dusty operating conditions.

Crankcase breathers fitted to route blow-by back to the intake pipe for cleaner exhaust emissions.

Oil temperature warning lamp linked to a sensor on the crankcase helps prevent overheating.

Engine can be started in gear if the brake pedal is depressed.

Vehicle speed restricted to 40 km/h (25 mph).


New seat material has superb elasticity, offering increased comfort and holding performance. The material is also resistant to cold, allowing it to maintain its suppleness when temperatures drop and reducing the chance of tearing/ripping when exposed to cold temperatures.

Shift lever, 2WD/4WD selector and differential lock lever are all located within easy reach on the automotive-style dashboard.

Top-release seat belt sockets are user-friendly.

Sturdy passenger-side grab rail mounted on the cab frame provides additional passenger security in rough off-road conditions.


Super Black




2010 Kawasaki Mule 610 4X4 XC – USA Specifications
US MSRP* $7,799 USD

Engine Four-stroke, fan-cooled single, OHV

Displacement 401cc

Bore x Stroke 82 x 76mm

Compression ratio 8.6:1

Carburetor Nikki 6C1026

Air filter Snorkel-type with two-stage dry replaceable element

Oil filter Automotive-type spin-on canister

Ignition Magneto and transistor

Electrical 12V DC, 14 amp-hour battery, alternator

Transmission Continuously variable transmission with high and low range, plus reverse

Final drive Shaft-driven selectable four-wheel drive, dual-mode rear differential

Exhaust Muffler with USFS-approved spark arrestor

Front Tire Size AT26 x 9R -12 Maxxis tubeless

Rear Tire Size AT26 x 9R -12 Maxxis tubeless

Front suspension / wheel travel MacPherson strut / 3.1 in.

Rear suspension / wheel travel Unit swing axle, adjustable shocks / 3.1 in.

Steering Rack and pinion

Brakes Four-wheel hydraulic drums, triple sealed

Fuel capacity 4.1 gal.

Curb weight 1,051 lbs.

Overall length 108.5 in.

Overall width 52.6 in.

Overall height 73.8 in.

Wheelbase 70.1 in.

Ground clearance 8.1 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) 41.1 x 35.4 x 9.6 in. / 10.9 cu. ft.

Load capacity 926 lbs.

Cargo Bed Capacity 400 lbs.

Towing capacity 1,100 lbs.

Turning radius 11.8 ft. (differential unlocked)

Top speed 25 mph, governed

Instruments Oil temperature meter, hour meter, 35w headlights, taillight and stoplight

Color Choices Super Black

Warranty 12 months

Good Times™ Protection Plan 12 or 24 months

*Note: Specifications and pricing are subject to change.


2010 Kawasaki Mule 610 4X4 XC – Canada Specifications
Canadian MSRP* $9,949 CDN

Type Air-cooled, 4-stroke Single, OHV
Displacement 401 cc
Bore and Stroke 82 x 76mm
Compression ratio 8.6:1
Fuel System Nikki 6C1026
Ignition Magneto & transistor
Starting Electric
Lubrication Forced lubrication, wet sump

Transmission Automatic, forward / reverse
Primary Drive Belt convertor
Final Drive Gear, Selectable 2WD/4WD, Dual-Mode differential
Primary reduction ratio 3.653 ~ 0.794 (belt converter)
Gear ratios: Forward (High) 3.464 (35/24 x 38/16)
Forward (Low) 5.125 (41/19 x 38/16)
Reverse (Low) 4.453 (30/16 x 38/16)
Final reduction ratio 4.000 (64/16)

Type Ladder type, tubular steel
Suspension: front Independent, MacPherson strut
Rear Unit swing
Wheel travel: front 78 mm
Rear 79 mm
Tires: front AT26x9R-12 (Maxxis)
Rear AT26x9R-12 (Maxxis)
Caster (rake) 8°
Trail 40 mm
Steering Angle (left, right) 35° (IN) / 29° (OUT), 37° (IN) / 33° (OUT)

Rear Dual hydraulic drums
Parking brake Dual hydraulic drums
Front Mechanical drum

Overall length 2,755 mm
Overall width 1,320 mm
Overall height 1,875 mm
Wheelbase 1,780 mm
Ground Clearance 205 mm
Seat Height 840 mm
Curb Mass 477 kg
Fuel Capacity 15.5 litres

Maximum power 9.9 kW {13.5 PS} / 4,000 rpm
Maximum torque 30.0 N·m {3.1 kgƒ·m} / 2,400 rpm
Minimum turning radius 3.6 m
Cargo bed load capacity 181 kg
Cargo box (inside) L x W x H 1,044 mm x 900 mm x 245 mm
Seating capacity 2
Maximum permissible load 420 kg
Towing capacity 500 kg

MSRP* $9,949
Colours Super Black
Warranty 12 months

Good Times Protection Plan 12 or 24 months (Kawasaki GTPP coverage begins after the standard limited warranty expires)
* The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price does not include freight, pre-delivery inspection or applicable taxes. The final price is at the discretion of the dealer. Prices and Specifications are subject to change without prior notice.

The specifications mentioned here apply to and have been achieved by production models under standard operating conditions. We intend only to give a fair description of the vehicle and its performance capabilities but these specifications may not apply to every machine supplied for sale. Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. reserves the right to alter specifications without prior notice. Equipment illustrated and specifications may vary to meet individual markets. Available colours may vary by market.