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Hi everybody I've been lurking around here for awhile reading different posts and learning what I can. A couple weeks ago a friend of the wife's called, said she needed money and offered to sell us her non running Prowler. It's a 2010 with 1324mi but it has never had a bath or seen a garage. She said it just quit running a few months ago and didn't know what was wrong. She wanted $500 for it! I told the wife to tell her I was on my way. Got it home and haven't had much time to work on it since we just had a baby last week. I did put a new battery in and checked it over. Had weak spark so I cleaned the plugs and still no start. I give it a little snort of ether and it fired up and ran. Found out it had a broken rear axle and a few other minor issues but I shut it off and went out the next day and it wouldn't start again. I ordered new plugs and I'm going to get them to day. I hope it fixes it. If I can get it running good then I'll start cleaning it up, service it and get a new axle. Are these pretty reliable machines? I mainly will be using it around the farm for feeding and check pastures.
 

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Welcome to the forum! Very good machine that you picked up! Give it a good cleaning, replace all of the fluids with quality brands. It has a wet clutch, so any oil you use must be compatible. Rear axles are available on ebay at half the cost of OEM. Download a service repair manual from K&T lawn (they are free). Get to know the machine, keep your service up and they will provide many hours of service. I use all synthetics in mine, and change the oil about every 600 miles. Synthetics can go up to 1000 miles between changes. The front and real differentials I change out yearly. Belt life on these is pretty good, most belts last at least 3,000 miles, unless they are beat on! Biggest thing I see is that it has sat for a while, get it running and break it in as a new one!
 

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Hi everybody I've been lurking around here for awhile reading different posts and learning what I can. A couple weeks ago a friend of the wife's called, said she needed money and offered to sell us her non running Prowler. It's a 2010 with 1324mi but it has never had a bath or seen a garage. She said it just quit running a few months ago and didn't know what was wrong. She wanted $500 for it! I told the wife to tell her I was on my way. Got it home and haven't had much time to work on it since we just had a baby last week. I did put a new battery in and checked it over. Had weak spark so I cleaned the plugs and still no start. I give it a little snort of ether and it fired up and ran. Found out it had a broken rear axle and a few other minor issues but I shut it off and went out the next day and it wouldn't start again. I ordered new plugs and I'm going to get them to day. I hope it fixes it. If I can get it running good then I'll start cleaning it up, service it and get a new axle. Are these pretty reliable machines? I mainly will be using it around the farm for feeding and check pastures.
Thats a steal for 500 dollars,you have plenty of room to spare as far as money to make it a nice machine.......the xtz 1000 is a power house.......
 

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both the above posts are very accurate ..

my XTZ has over 5000 nearing 6000 .. NEVER any issues with it and over 5000 on the original belt when I changed it out just 'cause.

give the proper servicing to include all fluids [as above RD gave very sound advice] .. keep the air filters clean as these have a poor intake tract IMHO , in dust ya need to clean VERY OFTEN ! ... give it fresh fuel as it probably has contamination or is bad from sitting .. it will take a much larger battery [read the old threads and FAQ's on that] if you use the winch much you might want a larger battery ... don't lug them in high gear pulling a load , use low range .. your tranny and belt will love you.

from the factory they sag with the stock springs .. there are threads here about that and after market ones .. they will haul a bunch with good springs , I have 350 lb springs and for HEAVY USE like a farm rig maybe a 400 of 450 lb spring would be even better .. the bed floor will get hot so maybe a better heat shield will be needed on a farm rig also or if you put you fur family member in there it WILL need some insulation or you'll burn their feet pads.

suggest for sure you get the manual and follow the service procedures and more frequent services if used as most farm rigs are used.

better lights are a help especially using in daylight and evening chores .. might suggest a LED light bar of some good length mounted up high at roof line of just below the roof. also some rear facing LED floods might help ya.

do some reading on tire choice v/s terrain make a big difference as to where the rig will perform for you .. you didn't mention where you are so read up.

welcome to the house and good luck getting things up and running well.
 

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Welcome to the forum! 500 bucks is a steal, hell it cost that much just to put a new set of tires on it.
 

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Hey thanks for all the advice so far. I put my new plugs in earlier tonight and it fired right off. I didn't run it long as I had emptied the tank and didn't have fresh gas to put in. I plan to change all the fluids next. I am the maintenance supervisor at an oil blending and bottling plant so have access to synthetic oils to change out. I noticed the sag in the springs and the poor air cleaner system but haven't had a chance to research yet. I did down load the manual a few days ago but haven't had a chance to look through it. I'd like to give it a bath before working on it but its supposed to be 20 tomorrow and the next couple days. I'm in Southern Illinois so who knows it maybe 60 by next weekend.

What is the best battery or the biggest to use? I put the battery out of my mower in it just to see if it would start. I think it's a 325 cranking amp. The old battery is a 30 amp hour. I attempted to post pictures of the rig but it keeps telling me an error occurred.

I was hoping they were a good machine, I really don't know anybody that has one and never really looked at them. I've eyeballed some other brands but couldn't justify the cost. It will surely be better than my lifted ezgo although it's never let me down but it does have its limits.
 

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Crap! I'll give you $2000 sight unseen and come grab it from ya. You got a deal!!! Wow!!!
 

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Lol Bryan I've had several offers on it already. I figure if I don't like it I'll have a good trade in on something different. I actually felt bad for the woman that I bought it from buts that's what she wanted for it and like the wife said if I didn't buy it someone else would have. The previous owner got a big inheritance a few years ago and pissed it away on toys and such like the prowler and now she's broke and selling it when she needs money. Bad thing is her, her husband and kid didn't take care of anything.
 

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There loss, your gain. Good for you! The motors on these are pretty stout! It will surprise the heck out of you when you get it sorted out! They are easy to work on, and maintained properly will last forever!
 

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I think the stock battery is rated at 350 CCA. Battery size is limited by the mount. There is a section in the Frequently Questions regarding batteries on the forum. I added a second battery to mine, others have added a larger automotive battery by fabricating a mount. Pretty much owner taste on what is right for them. Stay connected, always like new members to beat up on! LOL
 

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Didn't get to mess with the prowler today, too cold. It was all I could do to bring myself to get out and do the feeding. Lol. Anyway I plan to order an axle tonight or tomorrow and best I can tell it looks like both rears are the same. Is this true? Mine looks like the metal cover that is against the differential is different from side to side.
 

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A good tool on this site is a camera. It let's some of these guy's on here get a look at the problems and help diagnose a fix.
And it makes the post worth more! >:) Let's see this 500.00 rig! :laugh: A before and after..............
 

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It doesn't really look like the (I'm assuming) dust cover for lack of a better term is positioned different just is a different diameter from one side to the other. Maybe one has been changed already? Still won't let me post pics for some reason.
 

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Fairmont79 that's the axle I was looking at. I just know some showed for both sides and some said left or right. Think I will pull the trigger on that one and hope for the best.
 

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Machine looks pretty good! Axles are all pretty much the same in the rear through the years. Mine had a turf saver rear end that takes a smaller diameter axle. I replaced it with a locked rear (same as what you have) and ordered the same axles listed. Later model Prowlers used a ball detent style retainer, early models (pre 2011) used a Cir-Clip retainer only.
 
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