Add protection, comfort and performance to your Defender
When Can-Am started designing the Defender Utility UTV, it knew it had a big hill to climb to take on the reigning king of Utility UTVs, the Polaris Ranger. What the Defender offered was refinement and Can-Am quality, with the machines doing some things better than the Ranger. Can-Am fanatics have made the Defender a popular machine for utility and trail use and the parent company – BRP – ensured that there is a strong accessory market for the machine with a good mix of factory and aftermarket products available to make the Defender a customized beast worthy of calling your own. Here are ten of the best Can-Am Defender accessories available.
1 – Front Bumper
One thing about the Defender that many have noticed is that the front end is very short. One of the most popular Can-Am Defender accessories is an aftermarket front bumper. The thing is, Can-Am worked with Dragonfire to develop a line of accessory products that are so appealing and well-designed that they are the best you can really get for the machine. The Dragonfire Defender front bumper is made from stout, powder-coated steel. It offers outstanding protection without adding width to the machine. It also doesn’t interfere with a winch, and offers ample mounting surfaces for aftermarket lighting.
2 – Camo Wrap
There are a couple of good reasons to consider wrapping your Defender in accessory camo wrap. Perhaps you have a solid-color machine and want it camouflage, or you want an added layer of protection for your plastic. Mossy Oak sells UTV kits that are basically a massive roll of adhesive camo wrap. There is enough to cover your Defender and even wrap some of the accessories. Now, you may be thinking, “Can-Am sells a Mossy Oak Defender. Why not just buy one of those?” Sure, that’s a possibility, but if you do go with the wrap, you’re not stuck with the same camo pattern. We wrapped our Defender with Mossy Oak Bottomland camo and it looks amazing.
3 – Winch
If you didn’t opt for the Defender XT package, which includes a winch, you really need to add one as it is one of the best Can-Am Defender accessories you can get. And if you’re adding one, you might as well go for the gold with a Warn VRX-45S. This 4,500-pound winch is loaded with synthetic rope instead of wire cable. This is the latest design from Warn and it is rock solid. It will be pulling you out of tight spot for as long as you own your Defender. There’s pretty good deals to be had on this winch right now, too.
4 – Half Doors
While most machines come with net doors, they don’t offer much protection from the elements like snow, water and mud. Adding a set of half doors is one of the smartest Can-Am Defender aftermarket accessories you can look into for improving the experience for the driver and passengers. These SuperATV Aluminum Half Doors are offer outstanding value. These beefy doors look sweet and give you a great platform for your machine, especially if you’re also wrapping it with the camo kit. Talk about custom! These doors open from the front, suicide style, and come with all the mounting hardware you’d need. Better still, this set is less expensive than any other half door on the market.
5 – Tires
The Can-Am Defender comes stock with Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 tires. These are some great all-around tires, but if you want something a little more aggressive, you can do what we did and mount a set of Sedona Rip-Saw R/T Radial tires to your Defender. These tires have 1 ⅛-inch deep tread that grips on a wide range of terrain types. We’ve been beating on our set for a while now and they are proving to be great tires in everything from mud, to snow to rocks.
6 – Half Windshield
Windshields are among the most popular Can-Am Defender accessories and there are several styles to choose from. We tend to prefer a half windshield on our Defender as it deflects the wind, cutting down on what hits you in the face on colder morning rides, but they still allow air in and don’t really require a rear panel as well. The Clearly Tough half windshield is made from laminated polycarbonate, so it stays clear and durable for years. These deflectors bolt on easily with brackets and fit tight with a good seal. There are a huge selection of Can-Am Defender accessory windshields available, so shop around to find the one that fits your needs and budget.
7 – Lightbar
UTVs lend themselves really well to additional lighting and an LED lightbar is a great accessory for the Can-Am Defender. You can spend a lot on lighting, but you don’t really have too. Cyclops has been in the lighting business for a while and is widely known for spotlights and flashlights. Its C3 LED lightbars have proven to be pretty durable in our testing and work very well. The best part? You can get a 21-inch dual row lightbar for your Defender for well under $100. If you like to get out early in the morning to get to our hunting stand or just drive into the night, C3 LED lightbars are among the best Can-Am Defender accessories you can find.
8 – Rhino Grips
Kolpin makes some of the most useful Can-Am Defender aftermarket accessories and you really need to add a set of its Rhino Grips to your ride. These handy grips can mount virtually anywhere on your Defender and can hold all sorts of stuff from tools to hunting gear and more. We often carry a shovel or an axe with ours when we’re out on the trail.
9 – Shocks
The suspension on a Defender works really well, but like most stock setups, there is room for improvement. That’s where the experts at Elka come in. They have several different options, but one of the best for the value is the Stage 2 series. These shocks greatly improve the handling of your Can-Am Defender and offer better action over the stock setup. You’ll notice a huge difference when on the trail, yet nothing is sacrificed when you’re using your Defender for work. These are a simplified version of Elka’s shocks, so setting them up is a breeze.
10 – Cooler
The Can-Am Defender was designed with a lot of cargo-carrying options. With the available space, you have room for accessories, like a cooler. One that we’ve been testing that works great is the Cordova 35. This rotomolded cooler has aluminum handles that give you a very secure way to mount the cooler in your Defender. The cooler will retain ice for over five days, so you can have cool beverages for days while out exploring the trails. A quality cooler should definitely be on your shopping list of Can Am Defender accessories.
Can Am Defender Aftermarket Accessories or In-House Accessories
While we’ve focused primarily on Can Am Defender aftermarket accessories, you shouldn’t ignore accessories that come straight from the factory. The engineers at Can-Am have a long list of available accessories and add-ons. And the benefit of buying accessories from Can-Am is that they shouldn’t alter your vehicle’s warranty at all and they will fit your Defender perfectly. Here are a handful of our favorite Can Am Defender accessories that are produced by the manufacturer.
Center Under-Seat Storage Bin: This two-gallon storage bin is completely water tight, so you can fill it with ice and keep your drinks cold. It can also be easily drained and washed.
Cargo Bed Rails – Can-Am also makes these helpful cargo bed rails, which add a tie-down area to your cargo box.
Dashboard Net Kit – Affordably prices and impressively useful, this dashboard net kit helps you secure items in the dash storage area.
Panoramic Mirror – We like to go off-road in groups, which makes having the ability to see behind you very important. Set up your Defender with the panoramic center mirror.
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