A quality mirror lets you see what’s behind you
You can only drive as well as you can see, and a set of UTV mirrors can be the difference between a fun, trouble-free outing and a day-ruining crash.
Like with any light passenger vehicle, there are basically two different families that all UTV mirrors fit into: UTV rear view mirrors, which mount high-up in the center of the cabin and supply a view of what’s directly behind the vehicle, and UTV side view mirrors, which mount to either side of the roll cage up front so that you can see rearward to either side. Apart from helping you see where you’re going in reverse and alerting you whenever you’re about to be overtaken by another vehicle on the trail, UTV mirrors such as these – especially the side mirrors – are required if you ever plan on taking your UTV out on public roads. In countless counties across the US, side mirrors are even a legal requirement for on-road use.
With all that said, the good news is that there’s an enormous number of well-built, well-designed UTV mirrors on the market, with prices to suit almost any budget. Here, we’ve rounded up the very best mirrors available today, including both side and rear view mirrors.
Lead photo by Polaris Industries
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1. Best UTV Rear View Mirror: Chupacabra Offroad Deluxe
Want a broad UTV rear view mirror that gives you a comprehensive view of the trail behind you? The Chupacabra Offroad Deluxe UTV Rear View Mirror is ready to deliver. It measures a whopping 16 inches across, with 3 inches of vertical height, and the mirror glass is convex to squeeze as wide a view as possible into that area without excess distortion. The mirror attaches to most 1.75” diameter roll cages using dual 10mm aluminum brackets, and once installed, it offers tool-free micro-adjustment, with vibration-isolating rubber to keep the mirror steady even off-road. Some of the more popular models this mirror will fit include the Polaris Ranger 400, 500, 700, and 800, as well as the 2015 John Deere Gator XPX and XUV.
2. Best UTV Side View Mirrors: Kemimoto 3-Way-Adjustable Mirrors
Yes, they’re a bit on the pricy side, but these Kemimoto 3-way adjustable UTV side view mirrors are worth every penny for their 6061 aluminum alloy construction alone. Most side mirrors make do with plastic housings – fine for most circumstances, but prone to cracking after a few accidental impacts. Of course, the construction material of their housings isn’t the only thing these Kemimoto UTV mirrors have going for them; they also feature flexible 3-way adjustability, some cleverly designed super-low-profile roll cage clamps, a fold-in “breakaway” design that helps protect the mirrors from impacts, and two mirror elements per piece: one with a regular field-of-view, and one super-wide convex element for getting the full picture. If you want the best, these might just be it.
3. Kolpin UTV Side Mirrors
Kolpin is a big player in aftermarket ATV and UTV parts and accessories, so it should be no surprise to see the brand’s UTV side view mirrors on this list. Taking after some commercial truck mirrors, these UTV mirrors feature an upright “portrait” orientation, with two mirror surfaces on each unit: one regular field-of-view piece for ordinary use, and one smaller, super-wide piece that almost allows you to “see around corners,” giving you a big-picture look at what’s around your vehicle. The mirrors also feature a rugged fold-in and break-away design, and low-profile mounting clamps that fit well with most UTV windshields and fit roll cage tubing from 1-5/8” to 2” in diameter for a near-universal fit.
4. ATV TEK UTV Mirrors
If there’s one thing that sets these ATV TEK UTV mirrors apart in a crowded segment, it’s their versatility; these mirrors will fit any roll cage tubing from 1 to 2-1/2 inches in diameter, with a low-profile mount design that’s compatible with most UTV windshields, and they boast four-way adjustability so you can achieve the perfect mirror angle no matter what. They even let you choose between “landscape” and “portrait” orientation, depending on what sort of riding you do and where you need the extra field of vision the most. Just as impressive, they boast a “break-away” design meant to fold-in upon impact with a rock or tree branch, and a “return-to-home” feature that allows them to be folded right back out, not to mention sharp aesthetics that look right at home on any modern UTV.
5. Chupacabra Offroad UTV Side Mirrors
If you’re a fan of the Chupacabra Offroad Deluxe UTV Rear View Mirror listed above, you’ll be thrilled to know that the brand also offers this excellent set of UTV side view mirrors. At 4” across and 7.2” tall, they provide a massive viewing area, with a convex shape to fit even more into your field of view, and they’re as durable as you could want, with impact-resistant ABS housings and shatter-proof tempered glass mirror lenses. On top of that, they offer a near-universal fit, with clamps suitable for roll cage tubing ranging from 1-5/8” to 2” in diameter, and they ship with a lifetime warranty against manufacturer defects. Couple that with a safe, convenient breakaway design and effective vibration-insulating measures and what you get is two truly solid, well-priced UTV side mirrors.
6. Kemimoto UTV Rear View Center Race Mirror
A whole lot of mirror for not very much coin, Kemimoto offers this standout value in the UTV rear view mirrors space both for its fantastically low price tag and its near-universal fitment; the easy-to-install butterfly-style clamps that come with the mirror can be adapted to fit either 1.75”- or 2”-diameter roll cages. A set of included anti-slip pads keeps the clamps nice and snug after installation, so you don’t have to worry about the clamps slipping during spirited off-road sessions. As for the optics, this Kemimoto rear view mirror boasts 15” of length and a convex shape for a nice, wide field of view behind the UTV – perfect whether you’re racing, rock-crawling, or just cruising.
How do I mount mirrors on a UTV with a windshield?
Accommodating both a full set of mirrors and a windshield on any UTV can be cause for concern, but it’s worth noting that most manufacturers design their products with the assumption that a large percentage of their customers will want to have both. That said, when shopping for a set of UTV mirrors, keep an eye out for phrases like “low-profile mount” and “windshield-compatible” in order to have the greatest chance of success.
To install, with the windshield in place, first try test-fitting one of the mirror clamps in the preferred location, seeing whether there’s sufficient clearance between the windshield and the roll cage bar for slipping the clamp into place. If there is, you’re golden; just remove the windshield to give yourself maximum space to work the mirrors into place without having to risk scratches or impacts, tighten the mirror mounting clamps down in the preferred spot, and reinstall the windshield. Some adjustment may be necessary to ensure that everything goes back together without interference.
If there isn’t sufficient clearance between the windshield and your mirror mounts, it might be time to get a little creative. The brand Seizmik, for one, manufactures side mirror mounting brackets for certain Polaris models that use two of the factory roll cage bolts. Depending on the design of your mirror mounts, you might be able to jerry rig your own similar solution, or you might even consider taking a rotary tool and carefully cutting small notches out of the windshield to accommodate the clamps.
If it works, it works.
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