Jump to content

Greetings from the mountains of Tennessee


Recommended Posts

Retired last February to the Roan Mountain TN area. 

Elevation 4000 feet.

Coldest ever (1982 I think, -30F), deepest snow I've personally measured with a yardstick was 30 inches.

Put a deposit down on a Mule SX a couple of weeks ago. Will I ever see one? The dealer said he's getting one in this month

and one in next month. Didn't know color and I told him color didn't matter.

Intended use. We live in a 'gated' community. Our house is a mile from the nearest country road. The county does a stellar job in scraping/chatting/salting the road, but from our house to the gate

we're on our own.  It does snow here. We've had 2 big ones so far and this time of year it never melts before the next snow piles on top. But snow is rarely the problem. It is ice. It warms up and the

snow melts/refreezes at night. Several of us drive in and out compressing the snow into ice. It compounds itself until the gravel road is just flat out slick.

The wife is still working and it is my job to get here from the house to the gate where we leave her Subaru. I shuttle here to the gate and pick her up in the evening via a 4Runner with studded Cooper Snow Claws.

But a couple of times the ice was so thick and wide across the road I didn't even risk the 4Runner. There are 3 climbs on the 1 mile from the house and that means downhills each with a gnarly turn.

So I was thinking a Mule SX plus U-Grip Pattern Diamond chains on all four tires will make a good taxi from the house to the gate. Also the little Mule can pull a cart full of chat that I can spread in the gnaliest

of places.

Glad I found this forum. Seems to be the most active on Mule SX's I could find.

Already found the thread on fouling spark plugs, important here because in the last 3 weeks we've only had 3 days above freezing.

I'm sure lots to learn!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Similar Topics

    • By Travis
      Many people have issues with the kawasaki FJ400 engine  fouling out spark plugs, after  working on a  few FJ engines and 600 series Mule's with this issue,  i can say the fix for this issue is using a slightly hotter spark plug... the factory recommends a BPR6ES NGK plug.... the Number in NGK plugs represents its heat range and somewhat odd, the lower the number the hotter the plug, at least as far as NGK is concerned. If you have  a Mule fouling spark plugs try installing a NGK BPR4ES spark plug.
      FROM NGK
      A hotter heat range spark plug has an insulator design with a longer heat flow path to the metal shell of the plug. As a result, more heat stays in the ceramic firing end and less is dissipated to the engine. A colder heat range spark plug has an insulator design with a shorter heat flow path to the metal shell of the plug. As a result, less heat stays in the ceramic firing end and more is dissipated to the engine. For a spark plug to function properly, it must have a tip temperature high enough to burn off carbon deposits (self-cleaning) and avoid fouling, while remaining low enough to avoid overheating the ceramic firing end and pre-ignition.
    • By Mark T
      MY 400 is gutless. I would like to know if I can upgrade to a larger engine ?
    • By DLJ
      Have a Hisun 800 it runs for about 35 minutes then stalls. Crank's over but has no spark. Let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes and it starts and runs again for about 35 minutes. Changed the CDI / ECU controller and still does it.
    • By Travis
      View File Kawasaki Mule 550,520,500 Complete service manual
      This is a complete service manual for the Kawasaki Mule 500,520 and 550 models.
      Topics  covered include Brakes, Steering, Electrical system, suspension and fuel system. As well as engine repair procedures and Transmission/Final Drive procedures.
      If you need more information about the engine this manual linked below is chock full of information.
      Thanks goes to @cliffyk for getting these files all  into one PDF format for uploading.
      Submitter Travis Submitted 04/18/2021 Category Kawasaki  
    • By joeam
      I have a 2018 TW450E that runs in my yard and slow good just will not go down the road seems to be running out of fuel where should i start? I have replaced both fuel and air filter drained gas and tried a small auxiliary tank same issue i have ordered a new vacuum fuel pump to try next anyone in Texas that works on these?
  • Create New...