Whether you’re driving a Kawasaki Mule or Can Am Maverick, you’ll need the right accessories for an optimal off-roading experience. Here are just seven potential improvements that you can make to your UTV.
Mirrors can be mounted on both sides of your roll cage for maximum visibility. There are even mirrors that can be arranged on top of your side-by-side so that you’ll always know what’s coming up ahead of you and what’s trailing behind you. Not only are mirrors an important safety tool, but they can also improve your overall vehicle handling.
2. Audio System
It’s a common misconception that UTV stereos are only for playing music. They can also be used to deliver instructions, receive messages, follow GPS coordinates and communicate with other drivers on the track. In short, if you’re only using your stereo for blasting Shinedown, you’re missing out on many ways to increase the convenience of your ride.
3. Skid Plates
Some UTVs will come with skid plates already installed on the undercarriage, but there’s a good chance that they’ll be factory-issued and not very strong. You’ll need to replace them if you plan on driving or racing over tough terrain. Whether it’s rocky, muddy, snowy or just filled with debris, you don’t want the ground to tear up your side-by-side during your next off-roading adventure.
4. Storage Spaces
Racks can be added to your roll cage. Containers and compartments can be installed in your vehicle bed. One of the best things about a UTV is that it can transport cargo in a way that motorcycles can’t, so don’t be afraid to create, modify or just take advantage of the storage space in your vehicle. Re-purpose it for your organizational needs.
5. Top Cover
There’s nothing like a rainy day to put a damper on your UTV weekend. If you have some kind of top cover, however, you might be able to salvage your getaway after all. A roof will be the easiest to attach and remove, but it will only cover your head; if you want full-body protection from the elements, think about a cab enclosure that will completely tuck you in.
6. Spare Tires
The worst sound in the world is the sound of a tire puncture when you’re miles and miles from civilization. Try to carry at least one spare with you whenever you’re hitting deep trails into the wilderness. You might also carry a set of heavy-duty wheels if you often switch between regular driving and off-roading; you can change them out as the need arises.
Your UTV may or may not come with doors; it depends on the make and model of the vehicle. If you’ve already purchased something without doors, however, you might want to consider adding them for your own convenience. Not only will they offer protection from things like flying sand and wayward branches, but they’ll also give your passengers a little peace of mind as they ride. If you’ve always wanted to get your girlfriend in your side-by-side, give her some doors first!
These are just a few ways to modify your UTV. You can implement all or none of them; since it’s your vehicle, it’s entirely your choice on how to accessorize it. Have fun!