Kawasaki Prairie 360 4×4 Specs and Review 2022

Kawasaki Prairie 360: The 2000s witnessed some of the most inventive and impressive four-wheelers to appear on the ATV landscape. 

These vehicles were equipped with a rugged appearance, a V-belt transmission an array of upgrades, and big-bore attitudes. This was also the case with this model, the Kawasaki Prairie 360.

Kawasaki Prairie 360

Its name refers to the Kawasaki Prairie 360 4×4 is an ATV for a utility that was produced between 2003 and 2013 as a smaller variant from the Prairie 650. 

It was often referred to as”the miniature Prairie,” the model had an engine driven by belts, KEBC(TM), and differential lock features – making it a popular workhorse and weekend racer.

In addition to its upgraded instruments, the features upgraded on the vehicle offered customers and knowledgeable aficionados with an idea of what’s to come for UTVs in the near future:

EBS Long-travel suspension and robust, mid-sized quads are the rages on the current ATV market. Take a look and revisit the humble origins of this dual-purpose, very popular four-wheeler.

Kawasaki Prairie 360

Mini Prairie Mini Prairie

The Kawasaki Prairie 360 Team Green offered the capabilities of its model ATVs in a small mid-sized quad that was less than half the cost. 

It could be described as a smaller, less expensive version of Kawasaki’s VTwin pioneers, the Prairie 700 and 650 4×4.

It isn’t an easy feat especially because its name implied that it was a comparable engine (which it didn’t it did not have – the Prairie only had a single carb). It was not as well-equipped as Kawasaki’s most advanced off-road vehicles.

Despite these limitations, however, the four-wheeler broke an entirely new path in the ATV market by offering top-of-the-line features that were previously only available in massive 700-class beasts. 

It came with a brand new 362-cm3 power mill with sealed rear disc brakes as well as a brand-exclusive motor brake controller, variable front differential control, and driveline options that can be selected. 

The angular lines, the square headlights, and the simple design made it look rugged. Kawasaki first introduced 4WD trims in the year 2000 and then 2WD models later in this same period.

Although Kawasaki’s Kawasaki Prairie 360 inspired off-roaders to its higher-end cousin, it held its own with regards to appearance and performance. In the end, the inability to run a V-Twin motor really did not matter.

Riders were impressed by the 4×4 and what it offered. Consumers were able to own an impressive machine, without the most impressive driving abilities. 

Also, the adventurers were enthralled by the quad’s camo trims as well as low-range pulls, making this vehicle a great hunting companion as well as a joy to drive.

Kawasaki Prairie 360 Specifications and Features Engine and Lubrication

There is a slight boost in torque and power production of the Kawasaki Prairie 360 compared to other Kawi 300-class machines. 

The 4×4 also has a Urethane air filter made of foam that is distinct from competitors’ air filtering systems. 

Although it’s not a speed demon, however, the Prairie 360 was pretty quick considering its size, hitting as high as 55 mph if you have the proper modifications and treatments.

KVF360A/B/C Models
Engine Type 4-Stroke SOHC
Cylinder Arrangement Single cylinder
Engine Brand, 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 13.5 L or 3.6 US gal (reserve: 3.8 L/1 US gal)
Bore x Stroke Ratio 80×72 mm (3.15 x 2.83 in)
Compression Ratio 8.3:1
Starting System Electric/recoil
Displacement 362 cm³ / 22.1 in³
Maximum Power 21.1 hp/21.4 PS (15.7 kW @ 7,000 RPM)
Maximum Torque 26.1 Nm (2.66 kgf-m, 19.2 ft-lb) @ 4,500 RPM
Top Speed 45-55 mph (72.4-88.5 km/h) – owners’ claim
Lubrication Forced lubrication (wet sump)
Engine Oil & Quantity 1.5 L (1.59 US quarts) w/ filter
1.74 L (1.84 US quarts) w/out filter
2.3 L (2.43 US quarts) when completely dry
SAE 10W-40 w/ API grade of SJ meeting JASO T903 MA
SAE 10W-30, 10W-50, 20W-40, 20W-50 – depending on ambient temperature

Drivetrain

A dual-range CVT transmission, which includes reverse (eventually known as Kawasaki Automated Powerdrive System (KAPS) in 2011 as well as later Kawi ATVs) manages the shifting. 

Kawasaki Prairie 360 4×4 comes with a driveline switch that allows the user to pick between 2WD and 4WD.

The steering components of your vehicle are quite solid. However, if the steering becomes rough You can replace damaged tie rods using any rod that is aftermarket – but preferably an equivalent of a race type that measures 315 + 0.7 millimeters (12.4 + 0.03 millimeters).

Kawasaki Prairie KVF300B Kawasaki Prairie KVF360A/C, 4×4
Clutch Wet shoe, automatic, centrifugal type
Transmission Type CVT w/ 2-speed plus reverse & KEBC™
Drive System Shaft drive/Belt converter, 29-31 mm Shaft drive, 2WD 4WD Belt converter, 29-31 mm
Primary Ratio 3.122-0.635
Final Drive Ratio 4.375 (35/8)
Overall Drive Ratio 48.474 – 9.859 (high); 75.619 – 15.380 (low); 63.016 – 12.817 (reverse)
Transmission Gear Ratio High – 3.548 (30/26 x 29/18 x 21/11)
Low – 5.536 (36/20 x 29/18 x 21/11)
Reverse – 4.613 (16/12 x 18/16 x 29/18 x 21/11)

Ignition

The quad is equipped with the most technologically advanced electronic DC-CDI ignition that includes electronic starter systems as well as an additional manual recoil starter. 

A starter circuit relay, as well as the battery’s under-seat position, shield these components from debris and water during off-roading.

KVF360A/B/C Models
Ignition DC-CDI (Capacitor Discharge Ignition)
Ignition Timing 10° BTDC @ 1,300 RPM – 30° BTDC @ 5,000 RPM
Spark Plug NGK DPR8EA-9, 0.8-0.9 mm (0.031-0.035 in.)
Alternator Type Three-phase alternator
Rated Output 25 A, 14V @ 8,000 RPM (regulator/rectifier)
36-54V @ 3,000 RPM (alternator)
Fuse 30 Amp (main); 20 Amp (fan/oil cooler); 5 Amp (auxiliary, belt switch)
Battery 12V 14 Ah, YB14A-A2 battery formats
Battery Dimensions (L x W x H) 5.31 x 3.50. x 6.94 in (134 x 89 x 176 mm)

Brakes & Tires

The front and rear tubular wheels are fitted by Dunlop tubeless tires that offer a lot of grip and efficient engine brakes. 

However, if you’re serious about rock-crawling or mudding, Carlisle All Trail ATV Tires (view on Amazon) or GBC Grim Reaper Radial ATV Tires (view on Amazon) are the perfect alternatives to your standard tires.

Kawasaki Prairie KVF300B Kawasaki Prairie KVF360A/C, 4×4
Front Tire, off-road/road air pressure Dunlop KT121 AT25 x 8-12, tubeless
Tire Pressure: 35 kPa (0.35 kg/cm2, 5 psi)
Rear Tire, off-road/road air pressure Dunlop KT405C/KT127A AT25 x 10-12, tubeless
Tire Pressure: 35 kPa (0.35 kg/cm2, 5 psi)
Front Brake Type Dual hydraulic discs
Rear Brake Type Sealed, oil-bathed multi-disc Enclosed wet multi-plate disc

Cleaning the brake components (except disc discs and the hydraulic discs) make sure you use only DOT 3 or DOT 4 brake fluid. You can also use Isopropyl ethanol, as well as ethyl ethanol. 

Do not use fuel oil, gasoline, and any distillate of petroleum because they can cause damage to the rubber components of your brake system. In addition, oil spills are difficult to clean off.

Suspension

The Prairie is equipped with an identical suspension that is used on its sibling, the Brute Force 650. 

The chassis of this model is designed after its big-bore sister, this will not come as a shock to those who ride. 

Anyone who is new to mechanics shouldn’t attempt to demolish or incinerate back shocks on their own because the shocks in the rear are filled with nitrogen gas. 

It is also essential to let the gas out completely by drilling an opening 15 millimeters (0.59 inches) upwards from the bottom of the cylinder while scrapping rear shocks.

KVF360A/B/C Models
Frame Type Tubular, double-cradle
Caster, Trail 2.5°, 15 mm (0.59 in)
Turning Radius 3.1 m (10.17 ft)
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

Dimensions

Its rack, as well as the trailer’s capacity and weight capacities, have significantly increased when comparison of the weight capacities of trailers and racks have significantly increased when comparingPrairie 360 models to other quads of its class. The seat height was designed to allow taller riders to sit comfortably.

KVF360A/B/C Models
Length 2,065 mm (81.3 in)
Width 1,205 mm (47.4 in)
Height 1,175 mm (46.3 in)
Seat Height (Unloaded) 890 mm (35.04 in)
Ground Clearance 195 mm (7.7 in) – rear axle; 250 mm (9.8 in) – the center of the frame
Wheelbase 1,250 mm (49.2 in)
Track (F/R) 890 mm (35.04 in) / 895 mm (35.24 in)
Dry Weight 274 Kg (604 lbs); 272.5 Kg (601 lbs – U.S.)
Carrier Capacity (F/R) 88 lbs / 154 lbs
Trailer Weight (including cargo) 499 Kg (1,100 lbs)

Exterior

The instrumentation was vastly improved from its predecessor, the Kawasaki Prairie 360, although U.S. releases did not include the full range of meters that were standard on models sold across other nations. There were also minor cosmetic changes made to the range during its production.

2WD Prairies were offered in basic colors such as Woodsman Green and Aztec Red and 4×4 models were available as Polar White and Realtree(r) APG(TM) HD(r) camouflage.

KVF360A/B/C Models
Speedometer Standard, except U.S. models
Indicator Lamps Standard
Trip Odometer Standard, except U.S. models
Fuel Gauge Standard
Engine Stop Switch Standard
Indicator Lights (neutral, oil pressure & temperature, reverse, drive belt check indicator, 4WD indicator)
Headlight Semi-sealed beam, 12V 30W/30W x 2
Brake Light/Taillight 12V 18W/5W x 2

If you own a non-U.S. trim you are able to turn the LCD to display the trip meter or odometer by pressing the mode switch located at the bottom of the speedometer. 

It will be clear that you are in “Trip Meter” mode by an oblique decimal place right next to the “tenths” number (the Odometer is not equipped with decimal spaces).

If you’d like to remove the trip count of the unit you purchased, simply press to hold it for at most 30 seconds until the trip count return to zero.

What is the cost?

Kawasaki Prairie 360‘s MSRP Kawasaki Prairie 360 was between $4,599 and $6,499 and remained the same for a long time – not until the KVF360B trims, at a minimum. 

The Camouflage models are the priciest, and then 4WD models. In the table below you can find the complete listing of the Prairie 360 models and their respective costs (Source: Nada Guides and Kelley Blue Book):

Year – Trim – Model Number List Price Retail/Trade-In Values
2003 -2004 Kawasaki Prairie KVF360-A1/A2, 4×4 $5,499 $1,400 – $2,565
2003 – 2008 Kawasaki Prairie KVF360-B1 to B8F $4,599 $1,160 – $3,155
2003 – 2004 Kawasaki Prairie 360 (KVF360-C1/C2), 4×4 Camouflage $5,799 $1,460 – $1,985
2005 – 2008 Kawasaki Prairie KVF360-A3 to A8F, 4×4 $5,199 $1,540 – $3,400
2005 Kawasaki Prairie KVF360-C3, 4×4 Camouflage $5,499 $1,625 – $2,140
2006 – 2008 Kawasaki Prairie KVF360-C6F to C8F, 4×4 Camouflage $5,549 $1,800 – $3,400
2009 Kawasaki Prairie KVF360-A9F, 4×4 $5,349 $2,270 – $3,520
2009 Kawasaki Prairie KVF360-B9F $4,799 $2,005 – $3,195
2009 Kawasaki Prairie KVF360-C9F, 4×4 Camouflage $5,699 $2,410 – $3,520
2010 Kawasaki Prairie KVF360-AAF, 4×4 $6,049 $2,665 – $3,505
2010 Kawasaki Prairie KVF360-CAF, 4×4 Camouflage $6,399 $2,795 – $3,680
2011 Kawasaki Prairie KVF360-ABF, 4×4 $6,149 $2,725 – $3,585
2011 Kawasaki Prairie KVF360-CBF, 4×4 Camouflage $6,499 $2,865 – $3,770
2012 Kawasaki Prairie KVF360-ACF, 4×4 $6,199 $2,805 – $3,690
2013 Kawasaki Prairie KVF360-ADF, 4×4 $6,299 $2,875 – $3,780

In the case of auction listings, the resale price for a pre-owned Prairie is between $715 to $3,425. The 2003 to 2005 Kawasaki Prairie 360 models (pre-loved) generally have the basic parts, with no upgrades, and may require minor repairs, either electrically or mechanically. 

However, the 2006 Kawasaki Prairie 360s (until trims in 2008) is in excellent working order, with a lot of modifications and packed with practical aftermarket components.

A vehicle that is valued at more than $2,000 can come with 25-inch all-terrain tires an ATV-TEK FFG2 Gun Rack (view on Amazon) or an ATV backpack for the rear. 

More expensive resales units will have accessories such as a front snow plow base/push tube mounting kit, or the 25-gallon tank sprayer (view on Amazon) that is attached to the back cargo. This could suggest your vehicle endured numerous days of work.

Kawasaki Prairie 360 Issues

Kawasaki Prairie

4WD Doesn’t Engage

The solution to this problem is easy, yet challenging at the same time. Some symptoms, such as receiving an error code that indicates the failure of the Engine Brake Actuator (4WD LED indicator blinking) and the absence of a 4WD light as you switch between driveline modes – could be explained similarly. 

While Ohm readings could give you figures that are in line with the specs checking the speed sensors might yield some different results, which can confuse even experts in mechanics or owners.

Fortunately, I have there is a Kawasaki Prairie 360 manual that can assist in fixing the issue. 

The pink wire that connects to the controller for actuators (terminal five in the diagram of wiring) is connected to the speedometer of the vehicle and its speedometer (green leads) in that they are connected electrically. 

If you are faced with this issue ensure whether your speedometer isn’t damaged or damaged. Repairing your speedo and replacing the actuator controller that is damaged will ensure that your 4WD once more.

Idling Issues

Idling problems are usually experienced by engines with a gummed-up Kawasaki Prairie 360 carb or ones that were left unattended in the barn or garage for a long period of time. 

Adjusting the jets or valves won’t solve the issue and you’ll need to conduct basic engine troubleshooting techniques to pinpoint the source of the problem and remove the issue.

Usually, this requires a thorough cleaning of the carports, the passages, and ports (no requirement for immediate tuning of the carb) and ensuring that it works when the throttle is turned on, as well as making sure that the choke isn’t sticking to. The float bowl is not properly lubricated.

the bowl can be a cause also, as evidenced by frequent hesitations and the necessity to utilize the choke.

Another aspect worth looking into is the time of the problem with idle. If it is able to idle but then cuts out during the throttle, the problem is due to either the main jet being blocked or a malfunctioning ignition part or system.

Defective Fan

Overheating could indicate a variety of issues that could be affecting your wheel. In some instances, it could be due to a problem with your fan. 

A variety of factors could cause your cooling fan to stop functioning for a variety of reasons, including the sensor for the fan installed into the side or the back of the radiator.

Other causes include a failed fuse, or an inoperable plug or pigtail. If you are trying to identify which is the cause and why you’ll need to isolate each part by attaching them to a functioning unit. A faulty plug is a primary cause.

The list below isn’t comprehensive. Other problems reported by owners are wear and tear on converter belts, front suspension, and shock bearings, as well as an insufficient top-end. Prairie 360 also tends to be unstable because of its heavy frame. 

Repairing the machine could be a hassle since certain components are difficult to locate economically. 

But, these aren’t major issues compared to those that were mentioned earlier. Additionally, the majority of the issues mentioned above are self-inflicted or due to the aging of the quad.

About Kawasaki

Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. is the manufacturer of the Kawasaki Prairie 360, is known for its distinctive off-road vehicles, six sides, as well as watercraft. The Japanese firm is well-known for being among the first manufacturers of Enduro-style 4WD ATVs as well as 4WD motorcycles.

 With its numerous contributions to the field of all-terrain vehicles and the riding community, riders, enthusiasts and everyday consumers are sure to get great results from the product line-up of the company. 

Presently, Kawasaki continually presents cutting-edge technology to the masses through its vast production of energy and aerospace systems, hydraulic machines motorcycles, off-road vehicles.

Conclusion Final Kawasaki Prairie 360 Review

The appeal and features offered by Kawasaki’s Prairie 360 are still evident. Kawasaki Prairie 360 still makes it one of the off-roading enthusiasts’ most coveted utility vehicles. 

Even though it does not have an engine with a V-Twin like its larger displacement sibling it is a mighty machine that is a great trail tamer. 

It is a good performer with a fantastic suspension, as well as powerful power at the price of a reasonable.

Kawasaki Prairie 360 4×4 is everything you need to take pleasure in the wonderful outdoors. What more could you want?

ENGINE SPECS

TYPE air-cooled, SOHC, four-stroke, single-cylinder
DISPLACEMENT 362 cm3
BORE X STROKE 3.1×2.8 in OR 79 mm
COMPRESSION RATIO 8.3:1
HORSEPOWER / KW(hp)/RPM
TORQUE 0/- lb-ft/RPM OR 0 Nm/RPM
FUEL SYSTEM Keihin CVK34 Carburetor

TRANSMISSION SPECS

GEARBOX Automatic, L, H, reverse
CLUTCH Automatic
PRIMARY DRIVE
FINAL DRIVE Shaft, CVT 4WD

CHASSIS SPECS

FRAME Steel double-cradle
FRONT SUSPENSION MacPherson strut / 6.7 in.
REAR SUSPENSION swingarm with single shock, preload adjustment / 7.1 in.
FRONT BRAKE dual hydraulic discs
REAR BRAKE sealed, oil-bathed, multi-disc

DIMENSION SPECS

OVERALL LENGTH 81.3 in OR 2065 mm
OVERALL WIDTH 47.4 in OR 1204 mm
SEAT HEIGHT 35.2 in OR 894 mm
WHEELBASE 49.4 in OR 1255 mm
GROUND CLEARANCE 7.3 in OR 185 mm
WEIGHT 644 lbs OR 292 kg
FUEL CAPACITY 3.6 gallons OR 13.6 L

TYRES SPECS

FRONT AT25x8-12 tubeless
REAR AT25x10-12 tubeless

Is Kawasaki Prairie 360 4×4?

The Prairie 360 4×4 Camo includes all the great features of the base model, including AWD with an RS front differential with limited slip and a strong engine brake, large cargo racks for cargo and good towing power.

Are the Kawasaki Prairie 360 any good?

Conclusion Kawasaki Prairie 360 Review – Kawasaki Prairie 360 Review

While it does not have an engine with a V-Twin like its larger-displacement counterpart, the multi-purpose wheeler is an incredible working horse and a fantastic ride. It is a good performer and a stunning suspension, and a strong powerband for a low cost.

Where is the VIN on a Kawasaki Prairie 360?

The VIN can be found on the left front frame rail behind the wheel.

What year is a Kawasaki Prairie?

The Prairie 400 series was produced for six years, from 1997 until 2002. In the period, eleven models and four trims were made available for sale.

How do I tell what year my Kawasaki Prairie 360 is?

How to determine the Year by VIN on the Kawasaki

  1. Look for your VIN Number on either the rear of the steering head or in the Safety Certification Label, which usually is in or near to or on the top of the steering wheel.
  2. Keep counting the numbers until you get to the 10th. This is the year designation.

Kawasaki Prairie 360 FAQ

1. Is the Kawasaki Prairie 360 good?

While it does not have the V-Twin engine of its larger displacement sibling this wheeler can be described as an absolute working horse and a fantastic trail tamer. It comes with excellent acceleration a superb suspension and a powerful powerband at a low cost.

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

Make sure to use only the right fuels and fluids for working on the Prairie 360. The engine is unleaded and runs on gasoline. Kawasaki recommends using fuel that has an octane level of 87 or greater. In addition, you should use only SAE 10W-40 motor oil as well as Mobil Fluid 424 and Exxon Hydraulic 560 Final gearcase oil.

3. What year is Kawasaki Prairie?

The Prairie 400 series was produced for six years, from 1997 until 2002. In that time, eleven models and 4 trims were introduced for sale.

4. How much does a Kawasaki Prairie 400 weigh?

Prairie 400 is 81.3 inches long, 46.9 inches wide, and 49.4 inches tall, with a seat high at 34.2 inches. The ATV is able to clear the ground by 6.4 inches and its wheelbase is 49.4 inches. It is able to carry a maximum curb weight of 600 pounds.

5. What kind of oil goes in a Kawasaki Prairie 650?

Kawasaki Brute Force 650 SynBlend Engine Oil Change Kit Motul 10W-40 K&N Filter.

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