The MULE 550 is Kawasaki's
smallest utility vehicle, but its reputation for dependability
and affordability have made it one of the best selling utility
vehicles in the industry.
Built for both off-road work and recreation, the MULE 550 utility
vehicle shares many design features with its larger MULE 3000-series
siblings, including a bench seat, automotive-type controls, a
tilting cargo bed and a host of accessories available through
Kawasaki MULE dealers.
The MULE 550 is powered by a durable 286cc single-cylinder, air-cooled,
four-stroke industrial engine that features an air intake located
high in the cab frame in order to draw from the cleanest, driest
and coolest place for strong performance and less maintenance.
Other maintenance-saving features include a spin-on oil filter,
dual-element air cleaner, visible battery and electronic ignition.
Plus, the MULE 550 comes equipped with a quiet, large-volume
muffler with a U.S. Forest Service (USFS) approved spark arrestor.
The four-stroke engine is matched to the Kawasaki Automatic Power-Drive
System, Kawasaki's continuously variable transmission, which
features forward and reverse gears. Power is delivered through
dependable shaft drive to a dual-mode differential that can be
"locked" for maximum traction or unlocked to minimize
ground disturbance when making tight turns.
The engine for the MULE 550 utility vehicle produces plenty of
power to haul most load requirements in light commercial, industrial
or farming applications. An 882-pound vehicle load capacity allows
it to carry more than 350 pounds in the tilting cargo bed, and
it can tow up to 900 pounds with an optional Kawasaki tow hitch.
The MULE 550 has extra-large front mud flaps to provide plenty
of splash protection for the occupants sitting on the wide, two-person
bench seat. The seat has separate bottom and back cushions, hip
restraints on each side and seat belts for two. Plus, the forward/neutral/reverse
shift lever is conveniently located beside the seat within easy
Other features include light and accurate rack-and-pinion steering,
four-wheel suspension and four-wheel brakes. Plus, the bench
seat flips up, allowing easy access to the fuel tank and engine
- Durable 286cc single-cylinder,
air-cooled, four-stroke industrial engine has proven performance
- Kawasaki Automatic Power-Drive System with forward, neutral
and reverse gears makes operating the MULE 550 simple.
- Dual-mode differential can be "locked" for maximum
traction or unlocked to minimize ground disturbance.
- Dependable shaft drive is quiet and requires minimal maintenance.
- Rack-and-pinion steering is light and accurate.
- Full suspension provides a smooth ride yet can handle heavy
- Four-wheel brakes provides abundant stopping power.
- Cargo bed can carry more than 350 pounds.
- With an optional Kawasaki tow hitch, it can tow up to 900 pounds.
- Muffler comes with USFS-approved spark arrester.
Type: Four-stroke, single-cylinder
Bore x stroke: 78 x 60mm
Carburetor: Mikuni BV24-18
Cooling: Forced air
Ignition: Transistorized electronic
Kawasaki Automatic Power-Drive System (KAPS) automatic torque
converter; forward, neutral, reverse
Final drive: Dual-mode rear differential
Front: Tubeless 22 x 9-10
Rear: Tubeless 22 x 11-10
Front: Independent A-arms with adjustable shock absorbers
Rear: Unitized swing-axle with shock absorbers
Four-wheel hydraulic drums
Wheelbase: 66.2 in.
Overall length: 103 in.
Overall width: 50.9 in.
Overall height: 70.5 in.
Ground clearance: 6.3 in.
Turning radius: 10.5 ft.
Load capacity: 882 lbs.
Bed capacity: 353 lbs.
Towing capacity: 900 lbs.
Dry weight: 785 lbs.
Fuel capacity: 4.2 gal.
Hour meter,(2) 35-watt sealed-beam headlights, (2) 5/21-watt
* Price and specifications subject to change