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Old 01-06-2020, 01:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Kawasaki Prairie Neutral and Reverse lights switched

I've got a 2002 Prairie 650 that I recently purchased. It's in good shape and runs great except for one issue. In neutral the reverse light is on and the limiter keeps it from revving too high unless you use the override button, and in reverse the neutral light comes on and it has no limiter. So it's as if in reverse the bike thinks it's in neutral and in neutral it thinks it's in reverse. The machine operates fine so I don't even really mind it, but I'm sure it's probably as simple as switching two wires so I'd like to fix it. Can anyone point me in the right direction as to where these wires are located? I don't have a shop manual and haven't really had time to just sit with the quad and go over it with a fine tooth comb to search it out. I've never had an ATV before that wasn't a single cylinder air cooled old fashioned bike so this 17 year old quad is like the future to me.

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I wonder if thatís a mod people do to eliminate the rev limiter in reverse?
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I wonder if thatís a mod people do to eliminate the rev limiter in reverse?
Yes, a Dynatec CDI box for these machines works miracles. It bumps up the timing a little, eliminates the reverse rev limiter, and makes it so the belt light doesn't put it in limp mode.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Dynatek-Dyn...pe!21102!US!-1
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Yes, a Dynatec CDI box for these machines works miracles. It bumps up the timing a little, eliminates the reverse rev limiter, and makes it so the belt light doesn't put it in limp mode.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Dynatek-Dyn...pe!21102!US!-1
I think what he's saying is that switching some sort of reverse and neutral sensor might be a mod people do as a cheat way to eliminate the reverse limiter. I don't mind that reverse limiter, I'm not trying to eliminate it, I'm just wondering why it works in neutral instead of reverse.
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I got it solved. It was indeed 2 wires that were switched. A couple single wire connectors down by the water pump.
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Yep, like I said, probably a mod so you can rev in reverse without a button. Cool. Glad itís solved
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Nice find!

Congrats on your "new" machine. The Prairie's are a lot of fun, and one of the "sportier" utilities with the solid rear axle.

I have an 03' with full Big Gun exhaust, uni filter, Napa hose mod, cross over intakes, jetted, and the Dynatek cdi. I'm running a pink primary clutch spring and a black secondary spring to pull the heavy 25" Executioner tires. I just put the cheapo 2 inch lift on mine and I'm getting ready to step up to 27's.
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Nice, mine's totally stock which is how I'll probably keep it. I bought it from a Christmas tree farm so it wasn't really ridden recreationally, it just pulled around a little cart to bring people's trees up to the register. The plastics are beat from driving between Christmas trees but mechanically it's in very nice shape. It even had the original (bald) tires on it. It had the motor replaced by the dealer about 300 miles/ 4 years ago because I guess the carb stuck and washed down a cylinder and scored the piston. And the 650 motor was superseded by the 700 in the parts catalog so it's got a 700 motor in it. I'm going to replace the choke springs with the later model springs to hopefully prevent that from happening again. I always park my bikes with the petcock off anyway.
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