Kawasaki Prairie 300 4×4 Specs and Review 2022

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Kawasaki Prairie 300: One of Kawasaki’s best-loved support vehicles is Kawasaki Prairie 300 4×4. 

A specific quad, it appealed to new and off-road riders who wanted to take advantage of the outdoors in a practical non-shift wheeler that had plenty of power.

Kawasaki Prairie 300

Its name suggests that the Kawasaki Prairie 300 4×4 is a rec-utility vehicle that was released to the public in 1999. 

It was designed to complement its larger-displacement models, it came with an automatic V-belt transmission that was fully automated and impressive hauling capabilities as well as 2WD/4WD modes that included the front differential that was limited-slip.

Apart from these characteristics and features, this Prairie 300 was also known for its tough posture, reliability, and rugged appearance features that fans of the Kawie enthusiasts adored. 

Learn more about the specifications along with other attractive features of this easy-to-use all-purpose four-wheeler.

Kawasaki Prairie 300

About the Kawasaki Prairie 300

It was the Kawasaki Prairie 300 4×4 introduced alongside the highly successful Prairie 400 – from 1999 until 2002. 

The concept behind this 300-class machine was to offer big bore features to both enthusiasts and general customers who wanted smaller vehicles that were not driven by gears but still serve as a rec-utility car.

The Japanese manufacturer launched the 4×4 in the form of one of their most valuable ATVs, aiming to increase its share of the biggest sales segment in the market.

Sometimes, it is compared to often compared to Bayou 300, the Prairie 300 utilized a similar 290 cm 3 4 stroke SOHC engine as well as a chassis, tire-wheel mechanism, and suspension components.

The drive system used was the same torque converter (later named Kawasaki Automatic Powerdrive System or KAPS in 2011) similar to the Prairie 400 but tuned to specifically fit the quad’s power output. 

Its features that are shared with its siblings include rear and front composite game racks as well as full-time 4WD, with a lockable front differential.

Revamped Version

Despite having a brief production run The Prairie 300 left such an impression on people who love off-roading, that Kawasaki eventually came out with an improved version of the car – it’s called the Kawasaki Prairie 360.

The vehicle was equipped with K-EBC(TM) with a bigger engine displacement, and a higher top-end speed, while still retaining its predecessor’s other solid features. 

For many, the 360cm 3-inch vehicle was smaller than the giant V-Twins. For those who know Katie riders, this was more like that of the Kawasaki Prairie 300 4-x4.

Kawasaki Prairie 300 Specs & Features Engine

The engine in the 4×4 is extremely powerful and comes with a fuel capacity that isn’t very distant from that of its 360-class rival due to the different engine displacements.

As with other Kawasaki ATVs, it requires a stabilizer for fuel mixed with gasoline, particularly when it is stored in it in the Prairie 300 for long periods to avoid fuel oxidation and the formation of gummy deposits.

Engine Type 4-Stroke SOHC
Cylinder Arrangement Single cylinder
Carburetion System Keihin CVK34
Engine Cooling Air cooling
Engine Fuel Unleaded gasoline of at least Antiknock Index/PON 87 or RON 91, containing < 15% MTBE (Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether)/TAME/ETBE, < 10% ethanol, or < 5% methanol w/ cosolvents & corrosion inhibitors
Fuel Capacity 12 L/3.2 US gal (reserve – 2.7 L/0.71 US gal)
Bore x Stroke Ratio 76×64 mm (2.99 x 2.52 inches)
Compression Ratio 9.0:1
Starting System Electric/recoil
Displacement 290 cm³ / 17.7 in³
Maximum Power 21.1 hp/21.4 PS (15.7 kW @ 7,500 RPM)
Maximum Torque 22.4 Nm (2.3 kgf-m, 16.6 ft-lb) @ 6,000 RPM
Top Speed 35-42 mph (56.3-67.6 km/h) – owners’ claim
Lubrication Forced lubrication (wet sump)
Engine Oil & Quantity 2.4 L (2.5 US quarts) w/ filter; 2.6 L (2.7 US quarts) w/out filter
2.8 L (2.96 US quarts) at disassembly SAE 10W-40 w/ API grade of SJ meeting JASO T903 MA
SAE 5W-30, 10W-50, 20W-40, 20W-50 – depending on ambient temperature

Drivetrain

A dual-range, fully-automatic CVT transmission, which includes reverse it, allows for zero-shift operation for the vehicle. 

Two-wheel driveline mode selection (for the KVF300 model) and a quick front differential lock contribute to better performance and overall ability to maneuver. The throttle controls as well as an upper lever to brake are located on the right-hand part of the bar.

Its starter, the override, and light/dimmer switches are located on the left. When operating the machine, be sure to stop before changing the transmission. If you do not, shifting the transmission while moving can cause damage to the engine.

Clutch Wet shoe, automatic, centrifugal type
Transmission Type CVT w/ 2-speed plus reverse, automatic
Drive System Shaft drive, 2WD 4WD/Belt drive torque converter
Primary Ratio 4.2-0.81
Final Drive Ratio 4.333
Overall Drive Ratio (Top Gear) 54.675 – 10.541 (high); 76.266 – 14.708 (low); 65.320 – 12.597 (reverse)
Transmission Gear Ratio High – 3.003; Low – 4.190; Reverse – 3.589

Ignition

The fuse and battery are in the driver’s seat, giving the components dirt and splash protection. The battery format YTX14AH -BS works perfectly when used with the quad. However, the YB16CL-B (view the full list on Amazon) models are great substitutes for older Prairie 300 models.

When you connect electronic accessories or headlights from aftermarket sources to your four-wheeler do not exceed the maximum power of those greater than 60W in order to avoid your battery from getting exhausted.

Ignition DC-CDI (Capacitor Discharge Ignition)
Ignition Timing 10° BTDC @ 1,300 RPM – 30° BTDC @ 4,000 RPM
Spark Plug, Gap NGK DPR8EA, 0.6-0.7 mm (0.024-0.028 in.)
Alternator Type Three-phase alternator
Fuse 30 Amp (main); 5 Amp (auxiliary, belt switch)
Battery 12V 14 Ah, YTX14AH-BS battery formats
Battery Dimensions (L x W x H) 5.31×3.54×6.57 in (134 x 90 x 167 mm)

Kawasaki Prairie

Tires & Brakes

Dual disc brakes with hydraulics (front) along with Multi-disc sealed brakes (rear) give an unbeatable Kawasaki Prairie 300 stopping power in all conditions.

Front Tire, off-road/road air pressure Dunlop KT121A AT25 x 8-12, tubeless
Tire Pressure: 35 kPa (0.35 kg/cm2, 5 psi)
Rear Tire, off-road/road air pressure Dunlop KT125 AT25 x 11-10, tubeless
Tire Pressure: 28 kPa (0.28 kg/cm2, 4 psi)
Front Brake Type Dual hydraulic discs
Rear Brake Type Enclosed wet multi-plate disc

Suspension

Other than its turn radius The Prairie 300 shares the same suspension elements similar to that of Prairie 360 4×4.

Its suspension, as well as a wheel drive in the rear and front, are adequate by the standards of yesterday’s times. The front drive is however restricted because of the lack of spring preload adjustments.

Frame Type Tubular, double-cradle
Caster, Trail 2.5°, 15 mm (0.59 in)
Turning Radius 3.5 m (11.5 ft) – KVF300-A; 3.4 m (11.2 ft) – KVF300-B
Front Suspension Type, Travel MacPherson Strut, 170 mm (6.7 in)
Rear Suspension Type, Travel Aluminum swingarm w/ 5-way adjustable spring preload, 180 mm (7.1 in)

Dimensions

Since the Kawasaki Prairie 300 is slightly smaller than its predecessor, the Prairie 360, minimum clearance is lower and is not always suitable for rock-crawling, steep sections.

The quickest solution for this problem is to buy a two-inch kit for lifting (view the item on Amazon) as well as a complete skid plate to guard the lower part of the quad.

Length 2,065 mm (81.3 in)
Width 1,205 mm (47.4 in)
Height 1,145 mm (45.1 in)
Seat Height (Unloaded) 850 mm (33.5 in)
Ground Clearance 163 mm (6.42 in) – rear axle
Wheelbase 1,250 mm (49.2 in)
Track (F/R) 880 mm (34.6 in) / 890 mm (35.0 in) – KVF300-A
890 mm (35.0 in) / 900 mm (35.4 in) – KVF300-B
Dry Weight 274 Kg (604 lbs) – KVF300-A; 256 Kg (564 lbs) – KVF300-B
Carrier Capacity (F/R) 88 lbs / 154 lbs
Vehicle Load Capacity Limit 205 Kg (452 lbs) – cargo & rider weight
Hitch Tongue Weight 40 Kg (88 lbs)
Trailer Weight (including cargo) 499 Kg (1,100 lbs)
Colors Hunter Green, Firecracker Red

When carrying cargo, be sure that you evenly distribute and make sure to centralize the weight (1/3 ahead and 2/3 in the back). Do not carry loads that extend past the rear end of your vehicle.

Exterior

It comes with a double-cradle frame and plastic body that are available in two different colors. The four-wheeler is equipped with handgrips with front and rear fenders and composite utility racks. It also comes with handles, and floorboards that are fully encased.

The Trail Tech 712-118 Black Striker Speedometer Digital Gauge Kit with Volt Meter (view on Amazon) is a fantastic accessory to possess. It can provide the needed equipment that is not present in the quad

Speedometer Standard – KVF300-A
Indicator Lamps Standard
Trip Odometer Standard, embedded w/ speedo
Fuel Gauge Standard
Engine Stop Switch Standard
Oil Temperature Switch N/A
Headlight Semi-sealed beam, 12V 30W/30W x 2 – KVF300-A
Semi-sealed beam, 12V 25W/25W x 2 – KVF300-B
Brake Light/Taillight 12V 27W/8W
Speedometer Light N/A
Indicator Lights (neutral, reverse)

Kawasaki Prairie 300 Pricing

The following table shows the MSRP for every Kawasaki Prairie 300 model and trims available from 1999 to 2002:

Year – Trim – Model Number List Price Retail/Trade-In Values
1999 Kawasaki Prairie 300 4×4 (KVF300-A1) $5,299 $450 – $2,975
1999 Kawasaki Prairie KVF300-B1 $4,499 $260 – $2,375
2000 Kawasaki Prairie 300 4×4 (KVF300-A2) $5,399 $500 – $3,100
2000 Kawasaki Prairie KVF300-B2 $4,599 $300 – $2,625
2001 Kawasaki Prairie 300 4×4 (KVF300-A3) $5,399 $640 – 3,255
2001 Kawasaki Prairie KVF300-B3 $4,599 $485 – $2,825
2002 Kawasaki Prairie 300 4×4 (KVF300-A4) $4,999 $1,005 – $2,435
2002 Kawasaki Prairie KVF300-B4 $4,399 $925 – $2,005

Auction listings for 4WD and 2WD Prairies with a value of between $700 and $3000 with just a few scratches. Certain require minor repairs or battery replacement. They are typically over 2500 hours (those that have under 600 hours are very uncommon).

It is likely that the majority of in-good condition units have been solely used for farming or for patrols in the enforcement department. They are equipped with fresh tires and come with rear and front cargo racks. Some come with stronger market drop baskets (view on Amazon).

For those who have a Kawasaki Prairie 300 and are currently working on an upgrade project, there are older quads on the internet being sold for parts at 300 or lower.

Kawasaki Prairie 300 Problems

Kawasaki Prairie 300 Problems

Carb Problems

Secondhand wheelers are usually afflicted with this problem. It manifests in various signs. Certain owners may be able to notice that their car isn’t turning or is idling in an erratic manner. Other owners may notice fuel leaks and sudden power loss when driving or after releasing the throttle.

The issue is that it can affect any quad that has been abused, Prairies with engines that have been modified or replaced (for an engine that is designed for the same ATV model and make) and ones who have been sitting for a long time have more of a chance of suffering the issue.

If you suspect you are experiencing this issue If you suspect that you are experiencing this issue, there are some options to pinpoint the issue root:

  • Does your vehicle rev at a high rate while in gear? If so, the issue could be related to the CVT. Remove the clutch cover and check whether your belt is in good working order.
  • Did your vehicle experience many frequent uses? If yes, then check the clutch spring that is your primary and ramps as well as the weights of your quad. Also, determine if these Kawasaki Prairie 300 parts are working properly.
  • Are you able to find any fluid in your floating floats? To determine this it is necessary to determine if the adjustment of floats is in line with specifications (so that fuel doesn’t overfill) Particularly in the event of an overhaul of the carb.

Being aware that the car was properly stored with fuel in the tank could be extremely helpful in this case also. This will require the complete removal of the Kawasaki Prairie 300 carburetor.

taking out all jets and internal components, and thoroughly cleaning them with a proven carb cleaner and the fine-grade copper wire (to clear the circuitry over the pilot jet as well as behind an air screw). If these steps do not fix the problem it is likely that the reason is probably an issue with compression.

Engine Flooded

Sometimes, resolving a carb problem causes this issue and causes Prairie owners in a state of confusion after they’ve completed an extensive clean-up of their vehicle’s carb and components.

Unfortunately, the issue that is different about Kawasaki Prairie 300 carburetors is they don’t come with the option of replacing the float needle seat. Therefore, any scratch or abrasions to the valve’s seat can result in flooding. 

Then, the smaller clip that is attached to the tang of the float and connects it with the needle valve isn’t fitted in the correct way.

It’s also possible that the float and float needles are worn out or the float’s tang is bent while performing work on the carb.

It’s not working

There are cases when fixing a flooded engine is not enough, and the issue with your Prairie 300 turns into misfiring/backfiring. We can all believe that the valve timing is wrong or a badly tuned carb is the cause of the problem, the solution is likely to be replacing your spark plug.

Be aware (with every ATV) that spark plugs with a spark cannot be guaranteed to function correctly. Examining whether the spark plug is wet during the start-up process will show this. If not, it is possible to test the fuel valve, filter, and carburetor float level again. At this point, you might require an additional pair of eyes to determine the issue.

Steering Knuckle Issue

Kawasaki voluntary recalls about fifteen thousand units that comprise Prairie 300/300/4X4, Prairie 360/360 4X4, Prairie 400/400 4X4, Prairie 650 4X4, Prairie 700 4X4 along with Brute Force’s 650/4X4 (2001-2005 versions) due to a flaw in the assembly of the wheel on the front of ATVs.

The ball joint in the recall-affected models is prone to separate with the steering knuckle which results in the loss of steering control as well as a possibility of a rider injury.

There are 39 warranty claims as well as 3 personal injuries claims relate to this issue. To fix the issue dealers throughout the nation have replaced the ball joints and steering knuckles on the KVF300A/B as well as KVF400A/B versions, along with those with steering joints and ball joints and lower A-arms on all other models.

About Kawasaki

Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. is a world-renowned producer of world-class off-road vehicles such as Kawasaki Prairie 300 4×4 and an acknowledged as a leader in the field of ATV.

Established in 1878, this Japanese company began as an importer of parts for shipping firms, and later ventured into other transportation industries and hasn’t ever looked back since then.

Presently, Kawasaki produces quality aerospace and energy systems, hydraulic machines motorcycles, side-x sides, personal watercraft. It also introduces technological new technologies in the marketplace.

Conclusion Final Kawasaki Prairie 300 4×4 Review

Its Kawasaki Prairie 300 4×4 is living proof that you do not require a high-tech four-wheeler for a trip in the wild. This machine offers the basics: driveline selection modes as well as utility racks, an extensive suspension, and even ground clearance. It never feels restricted or lacking. 

It was able to stand on its own and built an ardent following, while also helping its bigger siblings and offering more options to the buyers.

In the past, it was a decade ago that the Prairie 300 was simply a machine that provided the off-roading community an idea of the future offerings of Team Green’s products. 

Today, it is an icon of current standard features like an on-the-fly front differential lock, as well as an automatic transmission. Indeed, the rugged look and simple functionality that is Kawasaki’s Prairie 300 is timeless. Kawasaki Prairie 300 transcends hobbies and generations.

General

Serial Number JKBVFHA145B539717
Stock Number
9733
Year 2005
Category
Recreation / Utility ATVs
Manufacturer
KAWASAKI
Model PRAIRIE 300
Location Sebring, Florida 33872
Condition Used
Hours 770
Description * City of Sarasota surplus * Drove in line, vin- JKBVFHA145B539717, hours read- 770

Is Kawasaki Prairie 360 4×4?

The Prairie 360 Camo has all the great features of the base model, including AWD with a restricted slip front differential, strong engine braking and generous cargo racks. It also comes with high towing power and high towing power.

What is a Kawasaki Prairie 360?

The Kawasaki Prairie 360 4×4 is a utility ATV produced between 2003 and 2013. It was a smaller version of the Prairie 650. This wheeler was affectionately known as the mini Prairie. It featured a belt-driven transmission and KEBC ™ differential lock capabilities. This made it a famous weekend warrior and workhorse.

Did Kawasaki make a 2 stroke quad?

They were popular with all ages because of their lightweight, responsive power, and smooth ride. This ATV is a high-performance sports machine powered by a 249 cm3 liquid-cooled 2-stroke engine with KIPS.

Is a Kawasaki Bayou 220 a 4×4?

The Kawasaki Bayou 220 was introduced in 1988 and is considered the most reliable 4×4 vehicle in its class.

Is Kawasaki Prairie 360 4×4?

The Prairie 360 Camo has all the great features of the base model, including AWD with a restricted slip front differential, strong engine braking and generous cargo racks. It also comes with high towing power and high towing power.

What is a Kawasaki Prairie 360?

The Kawasaki Prairie 360 4×4 is a utility ATV produced between 2003 and 2013. It is a smaller version of the Prairie 650. This wheeler was affectionately known as the mini Prairie. It featured a belt-driven transmission and KEBC ™ differential lock capabilities. This made it a famous weekend warrior and workhorse.

Is a Kawasaki Bayou 220 a 4×4?

The Kawasaki Bayou 220 was introduced in 1988 and is considered the most reliable 4×4 vehicle in its class.

What years did Kawasaki make the Prairie 650?

The 2003 Kawasaki Prairie650 4×4 ATV has been regarded as one of the most well-engineered off-road vehicles since the Prairie series in 1983. According to ATVSource.com, the Prairie 650 V-Twin powered ATV was first designed for farmers and hunters.

What kind of oil does a Kawasaki Prairie 360 take?

The Kawasaki VIN code consists of 17 characters, with each letter symbolising a specific meaning. For example, the Kawasaki VIN codes start with the letter JK, where J stands for Japan (the country of manufacturing) and K stands for Kawasaki, representing the company that manufactures the bike.

How do you read a VIN number on a Kawasaki?

When servicing the Prairie 360, only use specific fuels or fluids. Unleaded gasoline is used by the quad. Kawasaki recommends that energy be rated at 87 or more. Use SAE10W-40 engine oil, Mobil Fluid 424 and Exxon Hydraulic 5560 final gear oil.

What year is my Kawasaki dirtbike?

See the character at the tenth position in the VIN. This character is the year that the bike was made. The surface can be referred to as a letter starting with “A” in 1980 and ending with “2000”.

Are Kawasaki Prairie 650 reliable?

Kawasaki Prairie 650 is one of the most durable and reliable ATVs ever made. The Kawasaki Prairie 650, launched in 2002, is a dominant machine in off-roading. It also introduced many firsts to the public, helping to define the sport-utility segment.

Where is the VIN number on Kawasaki Prairie 300?

Every Kawasaki product has its own VIN. Your owner’s manual is located near the front. It shows the exact location of these numbers for your specific model. These numbers are also on your registration documents. The VIN will be stamped below the handlebars on the steering head.

How can I tell if a VIN number is stolen ATV?

To check if the ATV has been reported stolen, there are two ways to do it. You can check with your local police. A few websites will also check for the databases.

Who makes the best quad?

Honda ATVs have the best reliability. These quads are bomb-proof and have metal gears. These quads are durable and resilient, can withstand harsh terrains, and can continue to kick despite being subjected to abuse. Kawasaki and Polaris are all reliable brands of ATVs.

How do you tell if my motor is 2 or 4-stroke?

A 2-cycle engine uses one fill port and a cap with a fuel pump and oil icon. The oil-to-fuel mix ratio will be indicated on the lid. Each cap on a 4-cycle engine has its fill port. They identify the fuel tank and the oil sump from each other.

Are Kawasaki prairies good?

Conclusion – Kawasaki Prairie 360 Reviews

This multi-purpose wheeler is a great workhorse, and a fantastic trail tamer, despite not having a VTwin engine as its larger-displacement sibling. It has excellent acceleration and suspension.

How do I find out what year my Kawasaki Prairie is?

How do you determine the year by using the VIN of a Kawasaki?

  1. The VIN can be found on the side or near the steering wheel.
  2. Count until you reach the tenth digit. This is the year designation.

What kind of oil does a Kawasaki Prairie 360 take?

When servicing the Prairie 360, only use specific fuels or fluids. Unleaded gasoline is used by the quad. Kawasaki recommends that power be rated at 87 or more. Use SAE10W-40 engine oil, Mobil Fluid 424 and Exxon Hydraulic 5560 final gear oil.

Is Kawasaki Prairie 360 4×4?

The Prairie 360 Camo has all the great features of the base model, including AWD with a restricted slip front differential, strong engine braking and generous cargo racks. It also comes with high towing power and high towing power.

How much oil does a Kawasaki Prairie 400 hold?

The Kawasaki 400 Prairie ATV has a 399cc four-stroke engine. The crank-case contains 2 1/2 quarts of Kawasaki four-stroke ATV engine oil. The ATV doesn’t have an oil filter because it needs to be changed approximately every 15 to 20 hours, according to the owner’s manual.

What kind of oil does a Kawasaki 300 four wheeler take?

Complete Mineral Engine oil 10W-40 Kit to Change ATV KAWASAKI KLF300C1-C16 Bayou. 89-04

Kawasaki Prairie 300 FAQ

1. What years did Kawasaki make the Prairie 300?

The Prairie 300 was released in 1999 and was updated to the 360 in 2003. into the 360.

2. What year was Kawasaki Prairie 360 made?

AKA: The Kawasaki Prairie 360 4×4 is a utility ATV that was manufactured between 2003 and 2013 as a smaller version from the Prairie 650. It was often referred to as”the mini Prairie,” this model had the belt-driven transmission, KEBC(TM), and the ability to lock differentials, making it a popular working machine and weekend warrior.

3. What type of oil does a Kawasaki Prairie 360 take?

Only use specific fluids and fuels for working on the Prairie 360. The unit runs on unleaded gasoline. Kawasaki recommends using fuel with an octane value of 87 or greater. In addition, you should use only SAE 10W-40 motor oil as well as Mobil Fluid 424 and Exxon Hydraulic Final gearcase oil.

4. Does Kawasaki still make ATVs?

All Kawasaki ATVs are sold under their Brute Force moniker, which was first introduced in 2005. Naturally, Kawasaki four-wheelers aren’t limited only to ATVs.  The latest new addition to the range of Kawasaki ATVs and UTVs is the Teryx KRX 1000 Sport UTV which was revealed in 2020’s model year.

5. What years did Kawasaki make the Prairie 650?

The 2003 Kawasaki Prairie 650 4×4 ATV is regarded by enthusiasts to be among the best off-road vehicles that have been available from the time that the Prairie series first came out in 1983. It was the Prairie 650 was the first V-Twin-powered ATV and specifically targeted at farmers and hunters as per ATVSource.com.

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