While it is certainly a workhorse, Kawasaki Mule batteries will eventually need to be replaced. Like most items of this type, their constant power and charging cycles take a toll on its overall health. This means that sooner or later you could be left with a fist full of no-go when it’s time to head out and take care of some work.
Whether you want to admit it or not, a good set of Polaris RZR rock sliders are key to protecting against damage. Without ’em bending the lower edges of our side-by-side while navigating a tight or technical trail is absolutely in the cards – no matter how good your driving skills. This is when a little bit of extra armor comes in handy.
If you’re an owner of this ATV, there’s a decent chance you’ve had to scrounge for a Honda Rancher tire at some point while the thing has taken up residence in your shed. After all, the old saying is absolutely true: if you haven’t gotten stuck or ruined a tire, you’re not trying hard enough out on the trails.
Fess up – without a set of Polaris General rock sliders, most of us will be apt to bash a rock or three on the very edges of our side-by-side while navigating a tight and technical trail. This is where a little bit of extra armor comes in handy. Call ’em rock sliders, nerf bars, or tree kickers – the first time their save your bacon you’ll call them life savers.
The CFMOTO UFORCE 800 (yes, it’s spelled with all-caps) sits squarely in the middle of the brand’s workhorse range. Measuring 117 inches from tip to tail and standing 73 inches tall, it’s just ever so slightly smaller than Polaris Ranger 1000. Given CFMOTO’s price point, there are more than a few of them popping up on trails across the nation.
Every year during riding season, you put your machine through all the mud, water, and dirt the great outdoors have to offer — but when your ATVs and UTVs are off the trail and off duty, they need to be protected from those very same elements. Leaving your machine sitting out unprotected in the beating hot sun, the pouring rain or in the snow during the offseason is a surefire way to cause extensive and costly damage.
Picking up a set of Polaris Ranger mirrors is a smart spend of money if you’re using the rig for anything other than puttering around the farm at 5mph. Even then, it doesn’t hurt to have good views astern when backing the Ranger into your barn after a hard day’s work.
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.
Any ATV or UTV owner worth their salt (or mud, as the case may be) will have some windshield cleaner on hand when they hit the trail. If your rig has a plane of plastic in front of the driver, it’s going to get dirty – full stop. Short of splashing out the big bucks for a wiper/washer from the factory, keeping some UTV windshield cleaner aboard is a remarkably good idea.
Sure, OE manufacturers are adept at making the most out of available onboard space, but adding a UTV cargo box can certainly up its practicality quotient. There are no shortage of shapes and styles of these things, so we’ve assembled an array of different options in the hope one or more of them will suit your needs.
As any fan of the side-by-side industry knows, owners will need to pop for a Polaris RZR belt at some point in the machine’s lifetime. Belt replacement goes for all rigs – not just the RZR – but it is this model on which our article will focus since it is a popular vehicle with a healthy customer base.
Investing in a Can Am Commander roof is one of the smarter ways to spend money when accessorizing your BRP-branded rig. Riders in southern areas of our country can use them to keep the sun off themselves in their Can-Am’s interior, while those of us in the north deploy the things to keep at bay whatever misery is currently falling out of the sky.
I’ve been lucky enough over the years to get to use a few onboard communication systems while driving and riding in a UTV. The ones I used were mostly the type where there is a central unit and you plug into it with a cord running from your helmet. These were nice units, but were basically limited to communications between the passengers and between machines. Using one on an ATV would be difficult with standing and sitting. I think the cable might be an issue. Recently I got my hands on the Cardo PackTalk Bold, and it has completely changed the way I view communications while out on the trail.
Buying a few Honda Foreman 500 accessories is a great way to set your rig apart from the crowd. After all, what’s the point of being a gearhead with the keys to a cool machine if it’s identical to the one your disinterested neighbor owns? Accessories are our way of making a vehicle – including ATVs – uniquely ours.
It’s never been easier to change the color of your vehicle with a product like UTV wraps. Whether it’s an off-road toy or your daily driver, the democratization of wraps has made changing a rig’s appearance much simpler than in the past. Sure, it’s still a process that needs to be taken carefully but the days of mixing paint and finding a dust-free booth are in the past.
Adding a Polaris Ranger bed rack to the rear of your side-by-side is a sure-fire way to increase the machine’s functionality without completely spoiling its ability to have a bit of fun on the weekends. An advantage of adding a Polaris Ranger bed rack is that you not only get additional storage space, but due to their design, you also get extra tie-down points that help provide a helpful dose of extra utility when hauling cargo in your bed.
If you ride in any part of the country that gets more than a few inches of rain per year, you’ll appreciate a Can-Am Commander windshield. Sure, you’ve got a visored lid on your noggin or, at the very least, a set of goggles to go with that open-faced brain bucket. Both of these will technically keep mud and water out of your eyes, but it is still a trial and a half to mop your face every time you pass through a puddle.
One of the great joys in UTV or side-by-side ownership is the vast array of UTV accessories that are available to turn the machine into something all your own. Whether you’re adding these items out of practical necessity for work or you simply like their appearance, aftermarket accessories are the perfect way to stand out from the crowd.
Choosing a set of Kawasaki Mule tires – or rubber for any side-by-side, really – can lead customers down a rabbit hole full of tread patterns and sizing options. For this buyers guide, we’re opting to stick with factory Mule tire sizes but note that the size can vary with different Kawasaki Mule trim options.
Whether you’re blasting through the dunes or tackling gnarly rock crawling trails, upgrading your Polaris RZR skid plate can be one of your best investments. If you haven’t fallen victim to rocks or tree roots puncturing through the thin plastic OE skid plates, consider yourself lucky. It’s not uncommon to see large rocks bust through mediocre stock skid plates and cause damage to the frame, transmission or engine cases, or even have sticks and branches puncture through the floorboards into the cab, dangerously close to its occupants.
Roaring through a desert plain or across the back forty is a barrel of fun – until you get a snootful of dust and spend the rest of your trip hacking up the better part of two lungs. An ATV dust mask that fits well and is made of quality materials is just the ticket to avoid this irritating situation.
Adding a set of ATV nerf bars is often the easiest and best upgrade to make to your ATV. Aside from giving your ride a sport look, they add an element of safety to catch your foot/boot in the event you lose your footing on your pegs. Additionally, if you’re riding or racing with others, they can help to prevent another wheel from intruding into the area of your ATV that can cause a catastrophic wreck. In fact, many race organizations and tracks make ATV nerf bars a mandatory item before you can even consider riding or racing.
The need for replacement Polaris Ranger seats can stem from any number of reasons. Perhaps you don’t like the color of those factory seats, maybe Fido has shredded the stock chairs after jumping in and out of the machine a gazillion times, or maybe you’re simply uncomfortable in the seats that have been in the thing since new.
If you live in a state that allows street legal operation of your ATV or UTV, an ATV horn kit is an absolute requirement. Horns are the best way to make your presence known to distracted drivers and pedestrians as well as wildlife that may stray onto the highway in front of you. A good ATV horn kit also gives you the ability to get peoples attention to see how much you’re having cruising around town as you wave hi, so why wouldn’t you want to have one installed?