It has come to my attention that there is a difference between what I consider clean and what most people who take their ATV or UTV to a dealer to sell thinks is clean.

After walking across the parking lot to see what was for sale in the “gently used” section of the local dealer, I noticed that every one of them needed a real cleaning. It dawned on me that some people just may just not know how.

Contrary to popular belief, the act of cleaning an ATV or UTV is not just a water hose and bar of soap. Keeping this in mind I have come up with a few tips to get your off-road companion in shape that might just help you impress yourself or your buddies.

These five tips are more of a guide to learning the art of taking better care of your machine. I have prepped race machines for years and one thing I always pride myself in is a clean look on the starting line. Even if my machine isn’t the fastest, you wouldn’t know it by its looks!

A good cleaning will also help if you should ever take your machine to that dreaded “used lot” at the local dealer and try to sell it. People want to know that what they could potentially buy has been cared for. So take your time and focus on the details. Before long you will get a routine and feel a lot better about your four-wheeler.



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  • Brett

    The super clean purple cleaner will etch aluminum if left on a couple of minutes, making it harder to clean in the future. Clear Dawn dish soap is one of the best cleaners I have found .  

  • 570thrasher

    What mag wheel cleaner do you recommend?

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