Since you now have an ATV or Side by Side you might be wondering what kind of accessories you might need? This stuff can slip your mind when you’re in the middle of getting an off-road vehicle.
We have compiled a list of all the options I and my customers have run into when out trail riding or even for daily use with their ATV or Side by Side.
You got to have a winch. A winch will get you out of that stuck spot or get your buddy out of his stuck spot. Winches have come down in price and are usually easy to install. Sometimes you’ll need to go to your manufacturer to see if you need a special bracket.
Don’t forget the Mounting Plate.
A good place to keep the beverages and food. There are many types of coolers but the Yeti coolers are great.
It’s also very wise to have a good helmet and riding gear. You’ll need a set of Goggles, Gloves, and a good dusk mask for dusty riding conditions. The best bet is to go to your local dealer or gear shop to pick out the gear that fits you and your riding style.
You’ll need a place to keep your Phone and wallets dry. If you’re not getting dirty or muddy then you’re not riding. A Dry Box like this one works great for keeping your stuff dry and clean when you ride.
12 Volt Air Pump
Having a flat tire can end a trip real quick. I always carry a 12 volt air pump and even a patch kit when I go out riding. Just one sharp rock or even a torn can quickly deflate your tire. Also, it’s easy to forget to pump up your own tires once you left the house so having a pump works out great for you and all the people you ride with.
Strap It All Down
The Cargo Net allows you drape it over the items you’re hauling around while making sure it stays in place. Sometimes ratchet straps can overdo it for smaller items which make cargo nets the best option for smaller loose items.
Music in the Woods
Having music on your ATV use to be a difficult and involved process. It used to be a hassle especially if you wanted it to look good. But now we have companies making speaker systems for ATV and Side By Sides like crazy. The best part is that they actually look good. Here is one I use for my ATV since it was so easy to install.
With all the accessories needed for an ATV or Side by Side, you’ll need somewhere to place it all. If you want it to last and really handle the rougher areas then you’ll need a box like this one.
These boxes are usually super simple to install. Check with your manufactures to see if they offer a box. I know Can AM has boxes that install in literally 3 seconds. This is one of those boxes that install really easily.
Its a really smart idea to carry around some emergency supplies. I always have this emergency kit on my machine at all times. It has everything I would need in an emergency situation. Plus it in a small dry pack so it doesn’t take up much room.
Also, it’s smart to carry a full on First Aid Kit.
But I don’t stop there. A wise old man once told me to always carry a knife. I have one knife for cutting trees and another for general purpose like this one. I’m the kind of guy where you can never have too many types of knives.
As silly as it may sound I also carry some Duct Tape and even some Zip Ties.
Let’s not forget to carry plenty of water when we go riding. The heat from the engine and those hot days can really make you thirsty. I carry one of these jugs on me at all times to keep me plenty full of water.
There have been times when I’ve run out of water, but one of my riding buddies had one these straws that purify the water.
Also, learn to carry some extra rags like this style. The wife loves it and its one of the things you forget about but it’s nice to have.
Many of you may already have a flashlight you carry anyways but this is one I bought and it was stupid cheap. Its probably the brightest flashlight I ever own too.
Having two-way radio may seem a little redundant since everyone has a cell phone, but the places I go there is no cell phone reception. Everyone I ride with have a two way radio like this one which we use to stay in constant contact.
I also carry a Spare Fuel Pack, at least 2 gallons, just incase. Running out of fuel means that either you’ll need to be towed back which consumes the fuel of the machine that pulls you back faster or you’re walking. If you have to walk back then the chances of your ATV being stolen go up, because the criminals carry extra gas for this type of situation.
One of the first things I did when I got my ATV was to place some LED lights on it. LED light is an affordable and super bright way to see whats in front of you at night. Plus I wire mine up to where I don’t need the ATV to be on to use them. Check out LED’s here.
Some of you might think the LED lights wired directly to the battery will drain the battery too quickly. LED’s use far less power than the normal lights on your ATV. Also, I like using my ATV as a generator, so I have it running when doing serious work. I defiantly keep it running when I’m powering my small inverter off of it. It doesn’t hurt to carry a jumper pack like these compact ones here. I also have at home a solar panel that I use to keep my battery alive. The solar panel works great as I don’t have power in my shed.
Since we’re on the topic of plugging things in to our ATV’s 12 volt plug don’t forget to have a 12 volt phone charger that fits your phone.
Apart of the fun is getting stuck and then getting un-stuck. This is why I carry a tow strap with me at all times. Then one day I got stuck where I had no one near and no tree either to winch myself out. Times like that is why they have land anchors.
Loading and Unloading
The great thing about having a truck is that you can easily throw your ATV in the back of it and not have to worry about a trailer. You can get ramps that allow you to drive into the back of your truck. Avoid the cheap plastic ones and get the long aluminum ones like this.
Also, make sure to get some good straps like these to hold your ATV in while towing it.
If your ATV or Side by Side breaks down you might have to do some simple repairs. This is why I carry this exact tool box with me. There could be a time when you’ll need to replace you CVT belt (always good to carry a spare – contact your dealer to get the right one).
If you plan on using your ATV or Side By Side for a real farm like work then you’ll need a trailer.
All The Rest
Bug Repellent – for keeping the bugs off of you.
Mirror – To keep an eye out for the people behind you.
GPS – For when your phone fails you in the middle of a trail or woods.
ATV Cabin – When working when its cold, this offers complete protection from the wind.
Hand Guard – This keeps trees and other objects from tearing up your hands when riding.
Plow – To move snow out of the way. Works great with the ATV Cabin above!
Dry Box – Keeps your phone dry when you go through the mud pits. Also keeps the dust away from it too.
The best cooler in the world – to keep your favorite beverage cold.
Seat Protector – Makes the hard seat more comfortable.
Thumb Helper – Keeps you from wearing your thumb out on the throttle.