A UTV’s belt is a critical component that must be maintained, or at the very least inspected, periodically to ensure proper operation. No one wants to end up stranded along the trail or out in the dunes, particularly when checking the UTV belt for wear and replacing if necessary is a quick and easy process. Your driving style, terrain and regularly carrying a heavy load are all things that can contribute to more rapid belt wear.
Getting your ATV or UTV stuck in the big one and spending hours winching, roping, screaming, pushing and laughing to get it out can be entertaining. Some would say it is downright fun, including myself. Not the stuck part, but mud riding in general. Many companies have built themselves a very nice living out of aftermarket parts for this kind of muddy ATV and UTV enjoyment and the guy at the parts counter loves that he has something to do all day Monday when your broken machine comes into the shop. So, in short, it is fun if you can afford it.
Welcome back! As we discussed in Part I of our ShelterLogic DIY Garage on a Budget project, as ATV enthusiasts, we need a place to store our toys. There are many options, but for the money, We liked the options ShelterLogic had to offer and decided to give them a try. We went with with the company’s premium ShelterTech SP series, a wind- and snow-rated permanent structure. Now it’s time to get to building it.
Keeping routine maintenance up on your ATV or SXS is crucial. It is not only important for the health of the rig, but it also keeps your investment running at its best. One thing that does seem to get set aside from time to time is the oil change. Sadly, this is dangerous and somewhat careless if you want an honest opinion. Completing an ATV oil change regularly is important and should not be ignored. There is a little bit of a debate as to the time line for changing engine oil in an off-road vehicle and maybe some of that is carried on the shoulders of how you drive the machine or what type of oil you might use. It has always been our stance that if you are going to be cheap, this is NOT the place to do it.
The weather has been frozen in time it seems for the last few months and riding off-road gets to be even farther from your mind. That is until that one buddy rings your digits and then it is time to get the gear on and head out to the shed to start up old faithful for a day of fun. That is also when the more depressing realizations begin to set in as you have neglected the beast way too long and it has settled into winter hibernation. ATV maintenance is serious business if you ride in the winter.