Safely Modifying Your UTV

Modifying any type of motorized vehicle requires paying careful attention to specifications. It is always best to ensure that the parts ordered are within the parameters of the specifications set forth by the manufacturer. Over-modifying a UTV can lead to danger, as some modifications may be more than the vehicle can handle.

Lift Kits

UTV parts, like lift kits, are good for a bit of extra ground clearance. This is especially the case when trekking over unstable ground and areas of heavy foliage. The extra ground clearance helps keep the undercarriage of the UTV from excessive damage and fluid tank punctures.
It is important to review the limitations that your specific UTV has before ordering a lift kit to ensure that it is compatible. Using the wrong lift kit can lead to an accident and/or injuries. While some UTV owners use lift kits for functionality, others add the kits merely for looks.

Upgraded Suspension

Suspension is important when off-roading. Additional absorption of shock from rugged terrain helps the driver have better control over a UTV. The addition of an upgraded suspension system is also seen as a safety feature as these systems can often absorb more shock, keeping the vehicle itself more stable. This does help prevent rollover situations, in some cases.

LED Lighting

LED lights are brighter than traditional vehicle lights. It is important to have an LED headlight and tail lights. Better visibility at night helps you see trees, debris and treacherous pathways better. The brake and tail lights help other riders see you better from behind.

GPS Tracking System

Install a GPS tracking system on your UTV. In the event that you are injured, the tracking system will help lead rescuers to your location. This is also ideal for mapping pathways and finding safe trails to ride on. These systems can be mounted right on the handlebar area for easy viewing while driving, similar to use in a regular car or truck.

Going off-road is a lot of fun, but do it safely. Modifications are fun to put on a vehicle too, but they should be done with safety and better performance in mind. Making modifications to your UTV for eye appeal purposes is fine and dandy as long as you’re following manufacturer specifications for safety. Along with added performance parts, make sure that your safety equipment is rated high and fits properly as well.

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