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.
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.
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.
Whether you’re looking for a quick, bolt-on styling mod for your side-by-side or you’re wanting to change up to a different set of tires, Fuel UTV wheels represent one of your best aftermarket part options.
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’ve grown tired of trying to remember to grab a portable Bluetooth speaker every time you take off in your Polaris Ranger, you should really consider getting a dedicated Polaris Ranger stereo system.
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?
When you’ve got a good set of ATV tire chains, your riding season doesn’t have to end when the snow sticks to the ground. It just means that you’re prepared for the worst riding conditions that winter has to throw at you, whether it be snow, slush or ice.
Take it from us: You’ll never think you need a good UTV winch until you actually need one. This means that you’re probably already stuck, and being stuck on the trail without a winch is a major buzzkill.
We get it – not everyone uses their ATV or UTV for the sole purpose of bombing over dunes or carving up that path through the woods. Some of us actually use the things for, y’know, actual work. That’s where an ATV cart can come in really handy.
An ATV windshield can be a huge bonus to your riding experience, deflecting dirt, rocks, rain, and other debris so you don’t have to suffer through being pelted repeatedly in the face as you blast down the trail. And although the effects would be tough to measure, putting a windshield on your ATV can also help improve its aerodynamics, deflecting some amount of oncoming air around the rider and reducing drag. Sure, that’s only going to show up at higher speeds, as a modest bump to fuel economy and top speed, but every little bit counts.
The installation of an ATV hitch can greatly expand the versatility of your favorite UTV and ATV by allowing it to pull small trailers, seed spreaders, log skidding arches, and other tools, allowing you get more done around your property. More than just a toy for recreational off-road driving, the ATV, it turns out, is perfectly sized for use on smaller farms and in forested areas, with enough pulling power to do some real work.
Trying to pick the right set of 30 inch UTV tires out of the nearly endless range of options available can get overwhelming fast. Actually, shopping for new tires is always a bit of a chore. With so many different brands, models, and styles to choose from, how can you be sure that what you’re getting will perform as expected, in the particular sorts of conditions you ride in?
If your Polaris Ranger fuel pump is well past due for a replacement, there are tons of great aftermarket options out there. And while you’ll never hear us disparage OEM replacement parts, if you’re looking to save a buck, the aftermarket is a great place to look.
Yamaha’s stellar YXZ1000R sport side-by-side is one of the most capable machines on the trail. Outstanding suspension and handling, coupled with a proven, reliable, high-performance engine makes for a machine that is truly a blast to drive and one that is 100% Yamaha. But we all have something within us – a need for speed. And that’s not just a catchy, Tom Cruise tagline, either. It’s real. We like to go fast!
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.
When it comes to buying tires for your ATV or UTV, most owners struggle with wanting to get the maximum performance without having to spend a fortune. We gathered a list of our favorite SunF ATV tires that show all of their features for those shopping on a limited budget.
When something breaks on your ATV or you run out of gas more than a short jog away from camp, the last thing you want is to be caught without an ATV tow strap in your pack. The good news is there are no shortage of quality ATV tow straps available that can help you get back home again. In fact, the same tow straps that Jeeps and other off-road 4×4 vehicles use will work perfectly well on your ATV or UTV.
The quickest route to completely transforming your ATV’s performance isn’t a suspension lift kit or beefy shocks; it’s new shoes. As the only parts on your vehicle that actually touch the ground, your tires are responsible for an awful lot, ultimately determining how well your ATV can go, stop, and turn. These days, there are more ATV tire options than ever before, making it more possible than ever to find just the right set to suit your budget and performance needs. Yet with so many different models out there, it can be difficult to zero in on a winner. That’s where our “Everything You Need To Know” series comes in, equipping you with all the nitty gritty details you need in order to make an informed choice. Here, we’ll take a look at the Maxxis Razr Sport ATV tire line, discussing its features, available sizes, user reviews, and possible alternatives.
Do you have a Kawasaki Mule fuel pump that has a whining noise that wasn’t there before? Is your Mule struggling to start or stalls intermittently? These early signs of a failing fuel pump are your warning to replace it with one of the quality fuel pumps from our list before you get stranded on the trail.