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.
Table of Contents
- 1. Editor's Choice: Oxcart Utility Trailer
- 2. Cheap Protection: Acerbis Uniko Handguards
- 3. Easy Loading: Black Widow Aluminum Arched Dual Runner Folding ATV Ramps
- 4. Trailside Flat Repair: Stop & Go Tubeless Tire Plugger With CO2
- 5. Helping Hands: Kolpin Ratcheting Rhino Grips
- 6. Get Out Of Jail Free Card: Warn ProVantage 350 Winch
- 7. Extra Storage: American Trails ATV Saddle Bag
- 8. Stay Connected: Roam Phone Mount
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.
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.
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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