If you are tired of having stuff fall out of your UTV when you are tearing up the trails, a Corona, Calif. company may have a solution.
Pro Armor has introduced a new side net system (SNS) for the Yamaha Rhino 450 and 660 (2004-07) side-by-side vehicles.
The system, which uses high-strength nets to completely enclose the side of the Rhino, is designed to keep all belongings in the vehicle. Beyond its functionality, the SNS also makes the Rhino look like it’s ready to race.
The nets are made of heavy duty nylon and are triple stitched to increase strength. They are protected from direct sunlight by a UV coating and Pro Armor says they will last for many years of continued outdoor use.
Utility all terrain vehicles, or UTVs, are continuing to gain more and more popularity among enthusiasts—and manufacturers have taken notice.
Of the seven major ATV OEMs, Yamaha, Polaris, Arctic Cat and Kawasaki have already entered the UTV market with high-powered side-by-side models, and Honda is just about ready with its Big Red slated as a 2009 model year release. That leaves just Suzuki and Can-Am, and you can bet that they’re already at the drawing table.
Many consumers, however, seem to be looking for more than just the stock units the manufacturers are providing.
ATV.com attended a recent industry trade show in Indianapolis, and the amount of aftermarket accessories and modifications available for UTVs was staggering. As far as we could tell, if there was anything at all you wanted to change about the appearance and in some cases even the functionality of your UTV, you could find it here. From something as small as a shifter knob to an entire body kit that would make it pretty much impossible to tell what the original vehicle was from the outside.
As interesting and useful as many of these items are, the thought of spending a lot of money on accessories for a vehicle you just spent thousands of dollars on doesn’t always make a lot of sense. Why spend the time and money changing the look and feel of a vehicle you spent so much time and money picking out?
KLIM‘s Badlands Jacket and Pant have been a hit since their introduction in 2011. Known for their storage capacity, armor system, GORE-TEX Pro Shell weatherproof technology, visibility, reflectivity, and abrasion and cut resistance, KLIM has taken it a step further for 2015.
Built on an updated chassis, KLIM says its new Badlands set focuses on increased comfort , while improving durability and lowering overall weight. Other updates include improved ventilation airflow, zipper pulls and storm flaps that are easier to reach, and increased visibility.
QuadBoss has released its new lineup tires and wheels. Whether you are looking for sporty performance out of an ATV or want to get your UTV to the end of the mud bog, QuadBoss has a little something for just about every rider.ATV and UTV Tires
The QBT447 tire is designed for loose to intermediate terrain. The ¾-inch deep wraparound lugs are designed to provide responsive cornering while protecting the sidewall. As well, QuadBoss says the unique directional tread pattern delivers a smooth ride on hard pack surfaces, and sheds mud when things get messy. These tires are built with six-ply durability and load rated for all ATVs and UTVs.
STI Tire & Wheel has introduced a new and improved Roctane XS tire that features a lighter carcass and a rounded contour designed to enhance high-speed handling.
Two new 14-inch sizes, 28/10R-14 (MSRP: $179.25) and 30/10R-14 ($202.55), are DOT approved for use on paved roads (where legal).
STI Tire & Wheel’s HD6 line of UTV and ATV wheels, introduced in December 2014, are now available in an assortment of vibrant colors with the new HD6 Radiant line.
Available in Radiant Red, Pink, Blue, and Orange, each HD6 Radiant wheel features a clear-coat protective finish, and is available in 14×7 applications. Optional full-coverage center caps fit these wheels as well.
Yamaha has launched a new Wolverine R-Spec Build Your Own (BYO) website providing customers the opportunity to personalize and accessorize their vehicle online and see what it looks like before purchasing.
On YamahaWolverine.com, you’ll find more than 35 accessories for the Wolverine R-Spec, which was unveiled in January and is scheduled for production this month. Wolverines are being delivered directly to Yamaha dealers across the country throughout the spring from Yamaha’s U.S. manufacturing plant in Newnan, Ga.
Showa Corporation has applied for a patent for a very unique ATV seat that changes angle based on input from the vehicle.
According to the patent application, the seat has an “angle adjustment mechanism which adjusts an angle of the saddle-type seat main body with respect to the vehicle body in accordance with a signal from a detection unit that detects a traveling state of the straddle-type vehicle when the straddle-type vehicle is turning.”
Heat Demon says the Can-Am version of its heated UTV steering wheel is now available. This version fits both Commander and Maverick models. Versions made to fit Polaris and Arctic Cat UTVs are already available.
Heat Demon’s heated UTV steering wheel features steel spokes and comes with everything needed for a simple, plug-and-play installation.
ITP has introduced 10 new sizes of UltraCross R Spec tires for Side-by-Sides and Utility ATVs.
Manufactured from the same DNA as its Baja-winning UltraCross R Spec 30-inch tire, the new sizes cover a full range of vehicles, horsepower and terrain applications. The tires feature a unique multi-surface, non-directional tread pattern to enhance traction control on slippery surfaces and 8-ply radial construction for exceptional wear and puncture resistance.
Curtis Industries has unveiled its new cab systems for the Yamaha Viking UTV.
The Curtis cab features all-steel panels, powder-coated 16-guage steel doors, and large windows with dual sliders. As well, with Curtis’ exclusive Quick-Release Latch, you can completely remove the window panel in seconds without tools by simply turning 4 thumb screws.
STI has expanded its Outback tire lineup with more choices for ATV and UTV owners. The new Outback XLT tires add four new sizes, including 30/9-14, 30/11-14, 30/9-17 and 30/11-17. The taller tire profile, offered to fit 14- and 17-inch wheels, is designed for today’s big-bore UTVs.
Pro Armor, in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, has issued a recall notice for its doors that fit 2010-2014 Polaris RZR 800 and 900 models.
According to the recall notice, the latch pin can disengage from the latch and allow the door to open while the vehicle is moving, posing a risk of ejection of an unrestrained rider and impact or laceration hazards.
TrakMotive has been the largest producer of automotive aftermarket CV axles for years, but only recently jumped into the ATV and UTV market. We had a chance to chat with TrakMotive at AIMExpo in Orlando, Fla. about its off-road products.
TrakMotive (also known as SurTrack) told us its ATV and UTV CV axles are engineered to hold up to the most rigorous conditions.
For some riders, the sound of the ATV or UTV engine is not quite enough. The folks at BOSS Audio Systems may have what they’re looking for.
When we stopped by the BOSS booth at AIMExpo in Orlando, Fla., a Kawasaki Brute Force decked out with front and rear marine-grade speakers that certainly caught our attention. These speakers were attached to the front and rear racks, but BOSS Audio Systems also makes speakers that can attach to UTV roll over protection structures.
OTR Wheel Engineering talked to us about the new OTR Tomahawk mud tire when we stopped by its booth at AIMExpo in Orlando, Fla.
The OTR Tomahawk has a fairly striking design, thanks to its unique looking tread and tire texture. We were told this tire was designed for exceptional mud traction and a set of four adorned an Arctic Cat MudPro ATV to drive the point home. The tire offers six-ply construction and OTR Wheel Engineering says that it is a smooth trail rider as well, despite its mud-focussed intentions.
One of the great things about walking the floor at a show like AIMExpo in Orlando, Fla. is checking out innovative products that could help a lot of people. The Shark Kage multi-use ramp falls into that category.
When we first walked by the Shark Kage booth, we didn’t think much of it. It just looked like an ordinary ramp for a pickup truck. However, what we saw next stopped us in our tracks. The ramp was quickly folded up into a bed extender…then a work table. After talking to one of the Shark Kage representatives, we were told it could also turn into a tool box and cargo cover for your truck, as well as a sun shade.
PRP Seats has released what it is calling the first front bench for the Polaris RZR XP 1000.
The GT 50/50 Front Bench features independently removable sides, which is designed to make it easy to access the battery or change the oil. Large harness openings and a quick release pull make removing each seat quick.
Curtis Industries has announced the release of its new heavy-duty utility vehicle plow. The plow ships fully assembled to dealers to reduce installation time and cost.
This plow is powder coated for corrosion resistance and painted in a polished silver-gray finish. It features a 72″ wide x 19″ high adjustable full-trip moldboard with 6″ double-sided cutting edge. It’s designed with a 48″ trip frame and heavy-duty springs to protect the plow and vehicle from ground obstructions.
PRP Seats has just released new aluminum door extensions for Polaris RZR S 900 and RZR XP 1000 vehicles.
Installation, according to PRP Seats, is easy with just a few bolts to add to existing holes in the stock doors. Price is set at $239 for two doors and $449 for four-door models.
Anybody who’s ridden Side-by-Sides long enough, hard enough and over rough enough terrain has longed for a more comfortable place for their posterior. Pro Armor may have the answer with its new suspension seats.
“These suspension seats are designed to give a driver and passenger the most comfort and performance possible,” Pro Armor says in a release. “Using only the highest quality materials and with decades of experience in our sewing and seat department we are sure that once you take a ride in one you will agree it is the best seat in the house.”
MotoPumps has recently made available its new Mini Pro Tire Inflator – a compact, all-in-one, 12-volt-powered air pump designed specifically for UTVs, ATVs and motorcycles.
According to MotoPumps, the Mini Pro is lightweight and easy to use. It is designed to quickly air up tires or even top off suspension components.
Just a year old, the WASPcam brand of action cameras offer consumers multiple options with features other action camera brands don’t have.
While the top end WASPcam has familiar specs (1080p60, 16MP photo, WiFi, waterproof), WASPcam also offers wireless wrist remotes and built-in live viewing displays.
STI Tire & Wheel has introduced its newest creation – the HD5 Beadlock wheels.
“With striking new style and beefed up beadlock hardware, the new HD5 Beadlock wheels from STI Tire & Wheel combine aggressive appeal with proven performance to fit the needs of today’s large-bore UTVs,” STI says in a release.
STI says the HD5 Beadlock wheels feature a 5+2 offset for optimized handling, as well as to help 50-inch wide UTVs maintain their trail stance. Beadlock rings are secured with larger, reinforced hardware for improved beadlock security.