If you’ve never taken your UTV to the sand dunes, you are seriously missing out. With the right dune accessories, good times are sure to follow.
Taking your UTV out into the dunes for some sand flinging fun is something every UTV owner should do at some point. If you’re serious about the sand, you can do a few simple tricks to make your machine perform better and increase your good times. You don’t have to go crazy to have a good time, but we have some ideas in mind for dune accessories to help you get started.
You have to be safe to have fun, first and foremost. It’s hard to enjoy yourself if you’re bleeding and your machine is wrecked. Check out these dune accessories that will help keep you safe.
You need to have a whip flag mounted to your UTV. This is a must and most every place worth riding will require one. This helps let others know where you are and reduces the chances of having accidents. LED lighted whips are popular as a custom touch, providing added visibility at night.
Riding in the dunes be hot. Really hot. Even in the winter, it can get very hot out on the sand, and this can lead to fire hazards when you least expect it. Having a fire extinguisher on hand reduces the risk of a fire getting away from you, and either causing a machine to burn up, or a wildfire outbreak, something nobody wants. A proper mounting kit ensures that the extinguisher doesn’t bounce around and it ready to go and in working order when you need it most.
When you get stuck, you will be happy to have a winch to get your out. Getting stuck in the sand is rough, as it is hard to get out once you’re really buried. Plus, if you have a winch, you can be the hero to others stuck in the sand.
After safety, the most important thing to look at with your ride is reliability. You can shred the sand if you’re in the shop, and you don’t want to have a breakdown out in the middle of the dune sea. These dune accessories will help ensure your machine will be ready to ride as hard as you are.
The number one issue that comes up as a reliability issue with sand riding comes from the air filter. Sand has a nasty way of getting inside the engine and that is not only bad, but also expensive. At the very least, you need to have a clean, and properly oiled air filter. At the higher end of the filter spectrum is replacing the stock setup to reduce the hoses and other tubing to cut down on the chances of a failure. This lets your engine breathe and ensures you a fun time driving the dunes.
Speaking of keeping things clean, your motor oil is the lifeblood of your machine, and riding in the sand puts a heavy tax on your lubricant. The heat and strain from the wheel spin can lead to issues, so always use a high-quality synthetic oil and do a fresh change before any serious sand adventure.
After you have a safe and reliable machine, you can add some performance parts to make the trip more exhilarating. Do you need these dune accessories to ride in the sand? No. But if you add them, your machine will perform better.
In the sand, momentum is your friend. Most general tires will get some amount of traction in the sand, but if you want optimal traction, the best dune accessories are paddle tires. There are several different variations of paddles, but most tend to go for classic straight paddles. A word of advice, though. If you get stuck with paddles, you’re STUCK! Spend some time getting used to driving with paddle tires before you go crazy.
Adding light bars, rock lights, light pods and more is not only popular, but sensible. Stock headlights do a decent job, but adding lights can really keep the path in front of you visible. The more light you’re putting out in front of you, the more enjoyable a night ride is. It’s also safer. Make sure the output from your machine can handle the amount of lights you add and then go crazy. Every serious sand driver has multiple lights added to his or her machine.
Adding an exhaust can help your machine breathe a little better, as well as give you a cool, deep sound. They also add a custom look. Be sure you get one that has a USFS-approved spark arrestor, like this kit from Flowmaster. Even on the dunes, only you can prevent fires.
The quickest way to get more performance out of your machine is through the electrical system and by use of a control module. This allows you to play with the timing, fuel management, throttle system and so much more. You get total control over your engine’s performance and it turns your stocker into a sleeper that lets you take full advantage of all that horsepower you paid for.
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