Best ATV Accessories for Your Budget

Derrek Sigler
by Derrek Sigler

The right accessories can take your ATV to the next level

You bought the ATV you wanted, based off your needs and budget. You really like it, but there are inexpensive ways to make it even better. The accessory aftermarket offers up a wide range of useful products that help personalize and optimize your ATV, making it work better for you. Whether you’re into hunting, farming, leisurely trail rides, blasting across the dunes, or ripping up the track, there are accessories for every machine and every type of use. The best ATV accessories are ones that you can use to increase the enjoyment and performance of your machine. Here are some of our picks for the best ATV accessories for the money and why you should pick them.

1. Editor's Choice: Oxcart Utility Trailer

ATVs are wonderful machines and are very handy to have around. We’ve been using the OX Cart for a while now and find it to be one of the best ATV accessories on the market. It is a cargo trailer with a 12-cubic-foot capacity and a half-ton weight limit. That means this is a seriously tough and heavy-duty cart. Plus is has gas-assist dumping, so you can drop your heavy load where you need it. The dump box also swivels for even more versatility. Oxcart sells accessory wheel kits that give the cart a taller stance and more aggressive tires for adventurous conditions. Our favorite add on is the wheelbarrow kit that turns it into a monster of a wheelbarrow. Pretty helpful around the farm! Easily the best dump cart for your ATV and a great accessory.

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Getting your ATV dirty is a big part of the fun. For some of us, it is the main reason we ride. But a dirty machine only means we need to clean it, and that can be a long and somewhat tedious process. Once you have your machine all spiffed up, keep it that way with a protective cover from Car Covers. The Poly Shield PL 250T polyester covers keep your machine clean and away from rain, snow, ice and even those nasty, harmful UV rays. These covers fit machines from 85-95 inches in length and come with a two-year warranty. Better still is the price. They’re on sale right now for more than half off, making them a budget-friendly product you simply must have.

2. Cheap Protection: Acerbis Uniko Handguards

Handguards do a great job at deflecting wind, mud, rocks and light brush from impacting your hands and controls while you’re riding. If you’re looking for a light-duty guard to give you some protection, these universal-fit guards from Acerbis do a great job, and at a great price. Acerbis has been in the game of making handguards for longer than anyone. The Uniko handguards come with a plastic clamp that is adjustable, and fit near your controls on your handlebars. Being universal, they’ll work for just about any ATV, from sport models, to utility machines.

3. Easy Loading: Black Widow Aluminum Arched Dual Runner Folding ATV Ramps

Have you ever tried to use a wooden plank to load an ATV into the back of a pickup truck? It’s not fun and not exactly safe, although it can be somewhat entertaining to watch. Fortunately, these Black Widow aluminum arched dual runner folding ATV ramps can do the job. They can handle up to 1,500 pounds of load (750 pounds per ramp) and they even fold in half for easy transport. They make transporting your machine much easier and are one of the best ATV accessories anyone can have and they won’t break the bank.

4. Trailside Flat Repair: Stop & Go Tubeless Tire Plugger With CO2

We’ve all been there. Out on the trail, just cruising along and enjoying the ride, when suddenly – Pfffffffffffff! – The gut wrenching sound of a tire going flat. A flat repair kit is one of the best ATV accessories you can have with you. This kit has CO2 cartridges to fill your tire up enough to get you going again, and all the tools to quickly plug the hole. The best part is, this compact kit doesn’t take up much space, so regardless of what kind of machine you’re riding, there should be room to carry it on the ATV with you. It’s cheap insurance against a long walk back.

5. Helping Hands: Kolpin Ratcheting Rhino Grips

Whether you need to hold onto a rifle, fishing pole case, shovel, or any other items that you'd rather not have to tie down to your ATV, a pair of Kolpin ratcheting Rhino grips is a great addition to any ATV.

These grips lock onto your ATV's rack (or any tubular or square bars from 5/8" to 2" in diameter) and offer up to 15 pounds of carrying strength. Features include heavy duty nylon with inlaid rubber texture, quick-release button for one-handed access to your gear, and an indexed ratcheting grip arm that locks on to anything from 1" to 4" in diameter.

6. Get Out Of Jail Free Card: Warn ProVantage 350 Winch

We’ve said it before, but it bears repeating. A winch is one of the best ATV accessories you can have. They are amazing at helping you get into and out of situations that otherwise might seem insurmountable, and they come in handy for other scenarios, too. Warn makes some of the best winches on the market, and right now, you can get a great deal on several models, including this 3,500-pound rated winch that will handle just about anything you should do with an ATV. Since they are electrical, this is an issue where you need to check your warranty. Luckily most of the manufacturers have wiring harnesses for winches readily available. You’ll also need a mount kit for your specific ATV.

The Warn ProVantage 3500 comes with 50 feet of 3/16" wire rope, plow roller fairlead, three-stage planetary gear train, patented roller disc brake, corded remote, and mini rocker control switch with integrated socket. Warn has some newer winch options, but the ProVantage is still a solid choice and you can save some serious cash.

7. Extra Storage: American Trails ATV Saddle Bag

Storage space on your ATV is always a premium, so any time you can add more of it without getting in the way while you ride is a very good thing. Enter the American Trails ATV saddle bag system. This setup is designed to take advantage of the space in front of the rider and provides three separate storage areas and a drink bottle holder. It also comes with five adjustment straps, so you can fit it securely to your ATV. As well, the top storage area is fully padded, so you can carry more delicate items like your phone or a pair of binoculars.

8. Stay Connected: Roam Phone Mount

If you use your phone as a GPS/map and need a secure place to keep it in view, this Roam phone mount is an affordable option worth considering. This particular mount will hold most any phone up to 3.5" wide and clamps onto your front rack or handlebar (or any bar from 7/8" to 1 1/4" in diameter). It also has six points of contact on your phone (two on the sides, and one at each corner), so you can be confident it will stay in place no matter where you point your ATV.

9. Trailside Repair Ready: Tools-2-Go 83-Piece Roll-Up Tool Pouch

There's nothing worse than being stranded on the side of the trail with mechanical issues and not having the tools to fix them. Sure your ATV or UTV comes with a "tool kit" but those are pretty much worthless. This handy tool roll is a must have on our list of best accessories since it has a wide variety of common tools needed to make basic repairs, conveniently stores in a roll-up pouch, and is affordably priced. perfect to strap onto your racks or store in the bed of your UTV, this is definitely something you'll want to pick up.

10. Tough Tow Strap: Smittybilt 2" x 20' Recovery Strap

Nobody ever plans to break down, but in the event you do you'll want a way to either tow or be towed back to your vehicle. The Smittybilt 2" x 20' ATV tow strap is rated for up to 20,000-pounds of pulling strength, features strong double-stitched webbing with dual hoops, and is weather resistant. it comes with a convenient carrying bag and is perfect to pull a broken machine or help get unstuck from the nastiest terrain.

How Do I Select the Right Accessory for My ATV?

This is especially important to take note of if you have a new ATV. Make sure before you spend the money on an accessory, that it doesn’t void the manufacturer’s warranty. Of course it depends on the accessory and the manufacturer, but it is something to take into account. Most dealerships will let you in on a secret. If you’re buying a new machine and know you want accessories before you even take it home, you should have the accessories installed by the dealer if they are warranty-specific items. There’s going to be a small labor charge, especially if you’re not buying the accessory from the dealership.

One of the biggest areas that causes concern is the tire and wheel packages that are often the number one accessory people add on. You wouldn’t think of it, but quite often, if you don’t have an approved tire and wheel combo on your machine, the warranty is toast. Just something to keep in mind.

How Do I Know the Accessory will Fit My ATV?

One other area you should check into before buying ATV accessories is fit. If and ATV accessory doesn’t fit right, you’re not going to get the full benefit from it. It may even become a hazard. There are universal-fit ATV accessories out there. In fact, there are several on this list. Just carefully consider what you’re getting into before you plunk down your hard-earned cash.

Even the best ATV accessory isn’t going to work right if it doesn’t fit. For example, going with huge mud tires may make your machine look cool and even give you more traction than you could ever want. But if they are too tall, you can end up ripping apart your fenders, or worse, your transmission.

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Recent Updates

August 10, 2022: Removed promoted product recommendation

4/12/2022: Updated product links, added new product (smittybilt tow strap and tools-2-go tool kit), added to FAQ and added additional resources.

September 8, 2021: Added a promoted product recommendation.

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Derrek Sigler
Derrek Sigler

Derrek's love for all things ATV started when he was a mere 11 years old, growing up on his family farm. His mom gave him and his sister a choice - get a horse, or a three-wheeler. The sister wanted the horse, and Derrek wanted the ATV. Luckily he won out, and was soon burning up the trails on a Yamaha Tri-Moto 200. By the time he was 14, he had saved enough of his own money by working on the farm and in his folks restaurant to buy a new 4-wheeler. That happened the day he and his mom were driving past the dealership and saw 1987 Banshee. His mom had no idea what he was buying, and he never looked back. He's been riding ever since, and been writing professionally for many years. He has ridden all over North America and been behind the controls of just about every machine out there. And yes, he still has his 1987 Yamaha Banshee.

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