Sturdy, reliable ATV ramps are something that every rider should have in their arsenal. Trying to load your quad onto a truck or trailer without ramps is needlessly difficult and risky, and even if you’re lucky enough to live where you ride, inevitably you’ll eventually need some of our best ATV ramps to load your machine up to take it in for servicing or head off in search of new trails.
When Can-Am started designing the Defender Utility UTV, it knew it had a big hill to climb to take on the reigning king of Utility UTVs, the Polaris Ranger. What the Defender offered was refinement and Can-Am quality, with the machines doing some things better than the Ranger. Can-Am fanatics have made the Defender a popular machine for utility and trail use and the parent company – BRP – ensured that there is a strong accessory market for the machine with a good mix of factory and aftermarket products available to make the Defender a customized beast worthy of calling your own. Here are the best Can-Am Defender accessories available.
For many of us, driving along, even in the UTV, requires some music to make it feel just right. You can easily increase the enjoyment factor of your UTV by adding a stereo system to the machine, but where do you mount the speakers? UTV sound bars are an easy solution to adding the right amount of speakers to your machine. Most top rated sound bars mount on the roll cage and in an easy to mount location up and away from the mechanical parts of the machine. Which one is best for you and your machine? Here are five of the best UTV sound bar options available today and what you need to know about them to see if one is the right fit for you.
The stock tires on most ATVs are designed to perform reasonably well in all types of terrain. Like any part, tires are bound to wear out and need replacing, but what to get to replace the stockers without losing performance in varied types of trails? Fear not! The best all-terrain ATV tires come in a wide range of styles and price points, meaning you can get some replacement rubber for your machine and get back to riding anywhere and everywhere.
Adding a UTV spreader to the back of your rig is a sure-fire way to take a lot of hassle out of lawn care – or any task that requires the broadcast of material, really. This type of machine generally includes some sort of hopper that can be filled with a pellet- or seed-type product, with a distribution system underneath it that spreads out material as you drive along. Spreader – geddit?
Cutting grass is one thing, but if you need to clear out some more extensive brush, you need a brush mower. As you know, your ATV is a versatile machine, and you can get a tow-behind brush mower that can make quick work of everything from weeds, shrubs and small trees, as well as stumps and, yes, grass. There are several types of brush mowers available, from finish mowers, rough cut, flail and more. Which one is perfect for your needs? We’re here to help you decide which of the best ATV brush mowers is right for you.
The Polaris RZR is considered to be one of, if not the best, high-performance UTVs on the market, so why wouldn’t you want a quality set of RZR seats to match? It doesn’t matter if you’re a weekend warrior or a seasoned racer, making a simple change like upgrading your RZR seats can make a huge difference in comfort when you’re behind the wheel. In addition to increased comfort, new seats provide an additional level of customization with different configurations and color options allowing you to infuse your own style into your Polaris RZR.
Comedian Ron White once had a joke about a guy who claimed he could withstand the wind from a category 5 hurricane. White’s punchline was, “It wasn’t THAT the wind was blowing, but rather WHAT the wind was blowing. If you get hit with a Volvo, it doesn’t matter how many sit-ups you can do.” It’s a funny bit, but also really quite true, and it has a bearing on whether or not you think UTV helmets are necessary.
For the UTV driver that wants the best tire that works well in a variety of terrains, we’ve put together a list of the best all-terrain UTV tires on the market. Whether you ride trails or mud, we picked out UTV tires that are perfect for your needs with a wide range of prices your wallet will love.
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.
The Honda TRX250X, formerly known as the TRX250EX, is a nimble handling, peppy running, sporty looking machine that’s great at getting new riders hooked on ATVing. Its reliability allows it to be handed down in families again and again, adding a lot to its value. One of the best things about it is that it’s a machine that younger riders can afford to save up for and purchase. Brand new this ATV costs $5000, but you can find them used for much less.
For many companies the annual Sand Sports Super Show is the perfect event for debuting new ATV and UTV products for maximum visibility and many times customers can take advantage of introductory show special pricing. At this year’s event there were plenty of new items, but even products that have been around for years still deserve recognition. These are our favorite items that were on display at the show this year.
There’s a non-zero chance that, if you own one of these rigs, you’ll be in the market for a set of Kawasaki Mule seat covers at some time or another. After all, they are built for work – the word mule is right there in its name – so the chances of poking a hole in the seat with a screwdriver or dropping a reciprocating saw on its bench is actually pretty reasonable.
A UTV’s belt is a critical component that must be maintained, or at the very least inspected, periodically to ensure proper operation. No one wants to end up stranded along the trail or out in the dunes, particularly when checking the UTV belt for wear and replacing if necessary is a quick and easy process. Your driving style, terrain and regularly carrying a heavy load are all things that can contribute to more rapid belt wear.
If you own an off-road workhorse, chances are pretty good you’ll eventually be in the market for a Polaris Ranger storage box. An engineer for a major side-by-side manufacturer once told us that one of the main customer complaints – by far – is the lack of factory storage in a mass-market side-by-side rig.
My wife and I were cruising down a new-to-us trail with her parents in tow driving their Polaris Ranger. We kept going for a while and it soon became apparent that none of us were sure where we were and cell reception was non-existent. My mother-in-law asked if we were lost, and I quipped, “Can’t be. I have been lost before, and this looks nothing like that place.” My bad joke went over about as well as you’d expect. There were two things that were readily apparent that we needed on that ride – GPS and communication between the machines. What we really needed was the new Garmin Tread that combines accurate GPS and trail maps, along with machine-to-machine communication and tracking. I’ve been using the system now for a while and find it to be more useful than I ever thought it would be.