Unless you have pristine sand dunes, scenic mountain trails, or vast open wilderness at your back door, as well as a dealership that offers pick-up and delivery, you’re going to need to trailer your ATV or UTV at some point. I’m going to take a moment to compose myself because I’m betting there is at least one of you out there that has all that. For the rest of us, we have to trailer our machines, and that is going to call for the use of ratchet tie down straps.
To the uninitiated, all you need to start riding an ATV or UTV is to go out and buy a vehicle. Technically speaking, it’s hard to argue with that logic. But in practice, there are a number of things we think every off-roader should have before ever going out for a rip – and an even longer list of things that would be very helpful (or at least nice) to have.
If you’re looking for a replacement for your old, worn-out gear bag, you might want to check out the Ogio Rig 9800. It’s a rugged, durable roller bag, billed by the manufacturer as “perfect for a trip to the track, a trek across the globe, and everything in between,” not to mention the “most elite, fully loaded travel bag available.” Features like a dedicated padded helmet chamber and over-sized wheels designed to traverse any terrain signal the bag’s true intent as the ultimate gear bag for outdoor sports enthusiasts, but in truth, the Ogio Rig 9800 is a multi-use rolling duffle, just as at-home at the airport as it is at the trailhead.
Amazon Prime Day for ATV and UTV owners can mean awesome deals on tools, riding gear and accessories. We will do our best to compile all of the best Amazon Prime Day deals here that make the most sense for ATV and UTV owners, enthusiasts, and garage mechanics everywhere.
There are a few brands that become synonymous with the product, so much so that when people think of that product, the brand name pops into mind first. Like when you think of a sport UTV and you call it a RZR, even if it’s from another brand. To an extent, that is what Rigid Industries has done with the LED light bar. Rigid quickly etched a top spot in the market with high quality products that could handle the abuse off-road driving and riding dishes out. When it comes time to add some lighting to your machine, how do you know what to get? We decided to help you with picking the right Rigid Light Bar and other Rigid Industries lights for your machine.
Motor oil is just motor oil, right? Wrong! Your ATV or UTV requires motor oil just like any other motorized vehicle, but any oil just doesn’t cut it. These machines run at higher RPM, work harder and run harder than your truck does, so specialized oils are definitely called for. What separates motor sports oil from common stuff off the shelf? It’s all about what goes into the blend. Let’s take a look at five of the best motor oil products for your off-road fun.
While working on an ATV or UTV can be rewarding, it can often be frustrating if you do not have the proper tools. Trying to throw a wrench at something does ease your mind’s frustration, but it may not be exactly the right tool for the job. Having spent a large portion of my life working on my own off-road rides, I have found some ATV tools that are life savers… even though they may only get used a few times in their life span.
Welcome back! As we discussed in Part I of our ShelterLogic DIY Garage on a Budget project, as ATV enthusiasts, we need a place to store our toys. There are many options, but for the money, We liked the options ShelterLogic had to offer and decided to give them a try. We went with with the company’s premium ShelterTech SP series, a wind- and snow-rated permanent structure. Now it’s time to get to building it.
Off-road helmets are a must have piece of safety equipment for every rider and passenger. We all know this, too. Anyone who has ever taken a serious spill on an ATV, UTV dirt bike or other fun toy, and had any sort of contact with his/her head, can attest that helmets are truly necessary. Helmet technology has taken massive leaps forward in safety lately. The Multi-Impact Protection System, or MIPS system was adapted by most of the manufacturers, but some have looked to surpass it, looking for ways to offer more protection. One of the latest helmets to offer extended protection is the new Fly Racing Formula Carbon Fiber helmet. We’ve been testing one for a while now and feel it is one of the best carbon fiber helmets you can buy.
Now that we’re reaching the halfway point for 2019, the ATV manufacturers are starting to roll out the new models. As you would expect, there is a lot to be excited about and several major surprises. We have teams in the field working to bring you the full scoop, but here is a preview of the new 2020 ATVs and UTVs from Can-Am, Honda and Yamaha.
Overland adventures are increasing in popularity among ATV and UTV enthusiasts. We can see why – there are more vehicles that can take you way back into the woods to your favorite mountain peak than ever before. Who doesn’t want a little bit of adventure in their lives? For 2019, the annual Overland Expo West event included more ATV- and UTV-specific adventure products than ever before. We were there to get a firsthand look at all of the overland products on hand, each of which are tailor made to make our adventures more fun and safer for everyone in your group!
Whether you’re riding a utility ATV with a single-lever brake system, a machine with independent front and rear brakes, or even a UTV with a single brake pedal, there will come a time during your ownership, that you will need to do some maintenance on your brake system. One thing that you need to check often is the ATV brake fluid levels in your reservoirs. Disc brakes, which are found on most current ATVs and UTVs, are essentially hydraulic systems that operate by a plunger increasing the pressure on the brake fluid. This pressure forces the pistons inside the brake caliper to push the brake pads onto the disc and bring your machine to a stop.
Action cameras exploded onto the scene several years ago and have remained an extremely cool way to capture the memories of your riding adventures. These small, lightweight cameras have completely changed the way video is captured with exceptional video quality, rugged housings and easy-to-use editing software. Just like cell phones, each year new technologies come along that improve these cameras.
Food plots have become as much a part of the hunting landscape as the tree stand, it seems. The use of ATVs and UTVs in making and maintaining food plots is also a major part of that landscape as they are a natural fit and there are a number of food plot implements to help you on your way.
With the summer months just around the corner, it’s time to get things ready for your riding adventures. Having a good ATV or UTV cooler is important for those epic rides. You want to have cool drinks and good food for the stops along the trail. The hot trend these days are the rotomolded, rugged coolers.
Ride off-road long enough and you are bound to damage your CV boot, which can lead to serious axle damage if you don’t take care of it quickly.
Rather than let the dirt or sand destroy your CV joint, the QuadBoss Rapid Repair CV Boot Kit’s cone shaped tool lets you slip a new boot onto your axle and seal it back up without having to pull your axle off. The faster you replace the boot, the less damage is done to the joint.