In 2004 Yamaha unveiled the Rhino 660, which started a revolution in the powersports industry. Since then companies like Polaris, Can-Am, and Arctic Cat have all created UTV models that range from hardcore utility machines to high-performance racers that look like miniature trophy trucks. The affordability of these machines made it possible for more people to get into off-road action without worrying about harming their daily driver. UTVs bring more and more people to our sport every day.
Recognizing this, we wanted to put together a buyer’s guide to help new owners increase the safety of their machine with upgrades like seats and safety harnesses and improve the performance and reliability with tires, wheels, and axles. Our list of products includes some of the industry’s best brands. And remember to let these companies know where you found their items, to show your appreciation.
Bolt-Ons & Accessories
YXZ 1000R 2nd Battery Kit
Do you have Yamaha's sportiest UTV in your garage? If you do and you have any aftermarket electrical accessories installed, you need to run a second battery to save your main battery for important functions like starting. A must if you run winches, stereos, and extra lights. MSRP $339.95.
Yamaha Motor Corp.
YXZ 1000R Alternator Kit
If you want to take your electrical system on the YXZ 1000R to the next level, Yamaha recommends that you install this alternator kit. The kit is required if you’re planning on running high-output light bars or winches. Use in conjunction with the second battery kit for a bulletproof electrical system. MSRP $649.99.
Yamaha Motor Corp.
ProVantage 4500-s Winch
When you are stuck in a hole, it pays to have the right equipment. The Warn ProVantage 4500-s is perfect for today’s sport and utility UTVs. The winch features 50 feet of synthetic rope, a three-stage planetary gear train for smooth operation, and all-metal housing and gears for durability. See your Warn dealer for pricing.
XO Trailer Jack
If you have a UTV, you likely also have a trailer on which to haul it, and a trailer needs a strong, reliable jack. The XO Trailer Jack features a magnetic removable side-wind handle and dual wheels on an easy-pivot trailing yoke for easy trailer maneuvering. Take advantage of Ark’s special 10 percent discount with code UTV10. Visit the website for pricing.
UHMW Skidplate Kits
Most UTV owners immediately replace the OEM cage for extra protection but forget about the undercarriage. Factory UTV makes complete, lightweight UHMW skitplate kits that not only protect the chassis of your machine but also have protectors for the A-arms and rock sliders that allow you to easily glide over obstacles. Prices vary by make and model.
ArkPak Portable Power System
Do you explore in your UTV for days at a time? The ArkPak might be something you would be interested in to power your electrical devices while you are in remote locations. It is large LCD monitor displays all battery information and features USB, 12-volt power sockets, a 110-volt power inverter, and 100-amp battery terminals to power your devices. Be sure to take advantage of the special 10 percent discount with code UTV10. Visit the website for pricing.
Power Shot Two Bottle Kit
There is nothing worse than being without air after repairing a flat tire. That is where Powertank comes in with the Power Shot Two Bottle Kit (PTM-0220). One bottle has enough air to inflate six 29-inch tires to 10 psi or even reseat your tire bead with ease. This is the most popular setup for recreational UTV owners. MSRP $259.95.
Lil’ Bubba Recovery Rope
With a breaking strength of 7,400 pounds, the 1/2-inch by 20-foot Lil’ Bubba is one of the best recovery ropes on the market for ATVs, UTVs, and side-by-sides. The surprisingly strong snatch rope can get you out of the toughest situations. Yellow eye color is standard; other colors are optional. MSRP $89.
Gator-Jaw Synthetic Shackle
Stronger than steel! Gator-Jaw synthetic shackles are made from Plasma Rope, the highest-strength synthetic rope available. These superior, flexible towrope connectors are stronger than comparable steel shackles, will not rust, and are so light they float. MSRP $89.
Pro Armor QuickShot Universal Spare-Tire/Accessory Mount
The easiest way to carry a spare tire, jack, and other essentials on your UTV and trailer, the QuickShot mount can be mounted either horizontally (shown) or vertically. An innovative mounting plate allows you to mount hundreds of products in various ways. MSRP $179.95.
IQ3 RZR Dash Kit
Are you a RZR owner who desires a gauge package with more features than the factory offering? Racepak has what you are looking for with the IQ3 RZR Dash Kit. The kit replaces the factory dash panel and gauge with a preprogrammed digital display that easily ties in with the OEM harness. In addition to looking cool, it provides crucial engine input monitoring as well as GPS speed, heading, and time. Units are currently available for the 2014-2016 RZR 1000 and Polaris RZR900. MSRP $1,170.
Wide-Angle Rearview Mirror Kit
Whether you are racing or leading a group of friends on a ride, you always want to see what is happening behind you. These clamp-on mirror kits from Joes Racing ensure that you can see everything you need without having to break the bank or deal with the hassle of welding mounting tabs to your rollcage. MSRP $59.95-$92.95.
Joes Racing Products
Fire Extinguisher Brackets
One of the most important pieces of safety equipment you can carry on your UTV is a fire extinguisher. In the event of a fire, you might have mere seconds to jump into action. Joes Racing’s fire extinguisher brackets offer a quick-release feature that helps you get the edge over the flames. MSRP $129.95-$149.95.
Joes Racing Products
SXS Pro Seat
Considered to be the industry’s most advanced SXS seat, the Corbeau SxS Pro has features not found on any other brand. Injection-molded foam, plastic harness grommets, and seat-base water drains are just a few of the features that make the SXS Pro the desirable seat for your UTV. MSRP $399 each.
The leader in race ratio communications, PCI has engineered an intercom system with a built in two-way radio. The Comlink RTX allows you to stay in voice-activated communication with your passenger and, at the push of a button, communicate with other vehicles through your choice of high-quality headsets or in-helmet headsets (additional cost). MSRP $699.95.
PCI Race Radios
H-Style 5PT Harnesses
One of the most important upgrades you can do to your UTV is to replace the OEM three-point seatbelts. These five-point harnesses from Assault Industries feature sewn-in straps for superior comfort, easy adjusters, and a submarine strap. They are offered in multiple colors to match your ride. MSRP $139.95.
UTV Sun Visor Set
We use them every day in our vehicles, so it would only make sense to have them in our toys. This sun visor set from Assault Industries features aluminum rollcage clamps that area available in three sizes and are designed for off-road terrain. MSRP $169.95.
The OEM seats in your UTV serve their purpose, but if you drive on the aggressive side or just want more comfort, nothing beats a good suspension seat. Pro Armor’s Sniper lineup consists of seats designed to provide maximum comfort and performance. The seats feature easy pass-through slots for safety harnesses, and seat foams with multiple densities. They can be custom ordered in various colors to match your machine. MSRP $399.95 to start.
MRB2 Media Controller
One of the reasons you get in your UTV is to get away from the world and relax, but there’s nothing wrong with enjoying some music while you do it, right? The MRB2 Universal Media Controller from SSV Works is a dash-mounted control pad that allows you to control your Bluetooth music supply remotely. Pair this with some of the company’s speaker pods and you will be cruising in style. MSRP $149.99.
Universal Six-Speaker Sound Bar
If you want to enjoy your music but don’t want the hassle of mounting special pods or cutting into your dash to mount controllers, the MTX Universal Six-Speaker Sound Bar is for you. At just over 21 inches long, this six-speaker Bluetooth system packs a punch. The supplied universal mounting clamps allow for installation on rollcages from 1 1/2 to 2 1/4 inches in diameter. MSRP $499.95.
UTV Combat Series Mirrors
Assault Industries’ Combat Series mirror is a high-quality UTV mirror machined from a solid block of billet 6061-T6 aluminum for strength and durability. Not only are they very durable and strong but they come in different colors to match your ride. This new, third-generation combat mirror is also fully adjustable like the company’s Stealth mirrors. MSRP $289.95.
Two-Person Car-to-Car Radio/Intercom
If you ride with a pack of vehicles, it really helps to stay in communications between all the drivers, not to mention your passengers. Rugged Radios’ Radio/Intercom Kit (RRP660) gives recreationalist the quality that racers demand at an affordable price. The kit gives you a 50-watt radio that has over 85 preprogrammed channels and eight programmable channel groups, plus a three-year factory warranty. MSRP $1,333.71 to start.
CS-R3 Wired Helmet With RaceAir
Just because you are in a cage doesn’t mean you don’t need a helmet. Aside from offering great protection of your head, the HJC CS-R3 helmet from PCI Race Radios comes custom wired with PCI’s proprietary intercom components. Plus, if you pair it with PCI’s RaceAir system you get a steady stream of clean fresh air pumped into your helmet. MSRP $324.95 to start.
PCI Race Radios
1 3/4-Inch Billet Aluminum 15-LED Dome Light
If you like to play in the dark, this dome light might be just for you. The 15 individual LEDs make sure you can see anything you need to see in the cab. Installation is fairly simple with a little bit of drilling, running wire, and hooking it up to a switch (not provided). MSRP $49.95.
If you own a Polaris RZR, you just might want these doors to be your first upgrade. The RZR doors from Pro Armor are available for both two- and four-seat models in brushed aluminum or powdercoated black. The doors will bolt directly to your RZR with no drilling required. They feature a Slam Latch that makes getting in or out of your UTV as easy as your daily driver. MSRP $549.95 to start.
XC Suspension Seat
PRP is a leader in the world of suspension seats. PRP’s new XC Suspension Seat sports an all-new frame and look to keep riders comfortable and stable on the trails. All of PRP’s seats feature a standard mud drain and mount directly to the Polaris RZR factory seat base, though mounts area available for other makes and models too. MSRP $435.
RZR 1000 Stock Door Bag
In UTVs, cab storage space can be sparse and hard to reach at times, especially with the Polaris RZR 1000. That is why PRP made the trick door bags that mount to the stock doors and give you a significant increase in storage for the small items you want easy access to. Made of marine-grade vinyl and rip-stop mesh, they are a must for every RZR owner. MSRP $65 per side.
Dust is the biggest enemy of your engine. Taking extra steps to ensure that your filters stay clean can lengthen your rides and the life of your engine. The S&B Particle Separator ensures that only the cleanest air possible makes it to your filter. The separated dust particles are ejected through a scavenge fan. Field tested and highly recommended, this is a must-have for any UTV. MSRP $399.
UTV Dual Exhaust Systems
When it comes to exhaust performance, Gibson is an industry leader. The company’s unique-looking UTV Dual Exhaust systems offer a significant HP increase while giving your UTV a trick custom look and being 100 percent bolt-on. Available in either black ceramic or stainless finish, these systems come with a USFS-approved spark arrestor and a one-year limited warranty. See your local Gibson dealer for pricing.
Gibson Performance Exhaust
Yamaha YXZ 1000R WR Edition Full Exhaust System
When the most anticipated SxS in the market was released, Weller Racing was at the forefront with performance parts for it. Weller’s bolt-on exhaust system gains 15 hp over the stock unit at the rear wheels, and that’s with the USFS-approved spark arrestor. For maximum performance gains, spend the extra $100 to add the ECU flash at the time of purchase. MSRP $435.
Whether you are crawling through the rocks, playing in the mud, or blasting through the dunes, having your clutch dialed in on a UTV with a CVT transmission is crucial. High Lifter is primarily known for playing in the mud, but the company can get you dialed in for any terrain you are taking on with kits consisting of springs and weights to full-blown overhauls. Prices vary by model.
High Lifter Products
RZR 1000 High-Flow Air Filter
K&N has long been a leader in air filter performance, and now that technology is available for the Polaris RZR 1000. The K&N filter is an OE replacement filter so no modifications are necessary and you are guaranteed to keep your engine free from dust, dirt, and sand with K&N’s six layers of special XD extra-fine-weave, pleated cotton that is totally washable and reusable. Filters are also available for most other popular makes and models. MSRP $100.99.
MXP Bolt-On Performance Intake System
If you are looking for intake performance gains beyond what a standard replacement filter can provide, AirAid is the company you turn to. These intake systems feature a roto-molded sealed air box that improves engine efficiency through increased airflow and features a high-flow washable and reusable air filter to boot. Prices vary by model.
3.0 Podium Internal Bypass Shocks
When you decide that you need to upgrade your sport UTV’s suspension, turn to the company that so many racers do. The Fox Racing 3.0 Podium shocks feature a huge, 3.0-inch smooth-bore alloy body and black anodized, CNC-machined billet components. They are fully adjustable for the optimum performance in every terrain. MSRP $2,797.50.
Minotaur Super Duty Axles
One of the weakest links on UTV drivetrains are the axles. If you bust one while out on a ride, it can ruin your day. Moto Master has designed the Minotaur axles with robust housings, axleshafts, cages, and races to minimize the potential for an axle break. MSRP $549 each.
Moto Master Powersports
Max Clearance Radius Bar
If you own a UTV that has radius rods from the rear hubs to the frame, you already know that those are easily damaged from rocks due to poor clearance and weak material from the factory. High Lifter’s high-clearance radius rods offer more clearance from rocks and debris in addition to being made from thicker steel tubing. Prices vary by model.
High Lifter Products
Tires & Wheels
Baja T/A KR2 UTV Tire
As the dominant manufacturer in desert racing tires, it was only a matter of time till BFGoodrich stepped into the UTV market, and BFG came in swinging. The Baja T/A KR2 tire is designed or superior performance in every terrain you can throw at it. Available in one size (30x9.50-15), the Baja T/A KR2 was meant for business in the off-road community. Contact Jackson Motorsports Group for pricing.
Jackson Motorsports Group
HD5 Beadlock Wheels
When it comes to putting new wheels on your UTV, the HD5 from STI is by far one of the most popular in the business. Available in 14x7, 14x9, and 15x7 sizes, these stout beadlock wheels feature a massive reinforced inner bead lip for durability. You can also customize the look with a wide selection of colored beadlock rings. See your local STI dealer for pricing.
STI Tire & Wheel
Ivan " Ironman" Stewart UTV Tire
If you are brave enough to release a tire named after one of the most respected Baja racers in the world, you better have done your homework. These eight-ply DOT radial tires feature a flat tread design with strategically placed tread blocks for maximum strength and traction. Of course, before they were approved for sale, the Ironman personally tested and gave his approval, so maybe you should give them a shot. See your local GMZ dealer for pricing.
Outback Max Mud Tire
If playing in the mud is your thing, you need a special tire to ensure that you don't get stuck in the slop. The Outback Max is already one of the best mud tires on the market, and STI kicked it up a notch by making it in a 36x10.0-18 size. The eight-ply design and stepped-base lug design minimize tread flex and increase the tires overall strength to ensure that your tires don't fail when you need them most. MSRP: See your local STI dealer.
STI Tire & Wheel
Open Country R/T Tires
Are you a fan of the popular Toyo Open Country R/T tires on your truck but wish you had them on your UTV too? Well, wish no more. Toyo recently added the popular 31x10.50-15 size to the lineup specifically for UTV use. Known for its ability to conqueror terrain from mud to sand, this is a great all-around tire that will satisfy the needs from the most demanding UTV enthusiasts. See your local Toyo dealer for pricing.
M30 Throttle Wheels
Not only do you want the best function, but having your UTV look sharp is equally as important to many. This is why MSA launched the M30 Throttle line of wheels for UTV owners who want to impress. Available in 16x7 and 20x7 sizes, the M30 Throttle lets owners customize their wheels with a variety of interior rings to match their rides. MSRP 16x7, $145 each; 20x7, $215 each.
MSA Offroad Wheels
M28 Ambush Wheels
If you are looking for a tough wheel in a more traditional size, the MSA M28 Ambush is right up your alley. Available in popular 14x7 and 15x7 sizes, these cast wheels are made using the best quality of aluminum before getting micro-machined to ensure a smooth finish and then receiving a thick layer of MSA's new sharp-looking graphite paint. MSRP 14x7, $106 each; 15x7, $118 each.
MSA Offroad Wheels
If you want to take your UTV to the sand, you want a tire that gives you the maximum performance and handling. The EFX SandSlinger is just what you need, with a tri-rib front tire designed for superior turning prowess and rear tires that are offered in both 27- and 29-inch-tall sizes to meet the needs of the new high-horsepower machines available today. See website for sizes and prices.
Growler All Terrain Extra LT/UTV Tires
When you hear the name Pit Bull, you think tough, and the company’s tires live up to the expectation. UTV owners who need a DOT-legal radial tire for their machine now have a choice with the Growler All Terrain Extra. The Growler is a steel-belted radial that has an aggressive design to handle the toughest off-roading conditions. It is available in the popular 31x10.00R15 size. See your local Pit Bull dealer for pricing.
Pit Bull Tires
Fuel Off-Road Lethal D567
When you are looking for elegance in a wheel you turn to a company that specializes in them, and that is what MHT Wheels specializes in. The Fuel Off-Road Lethal D567 is available through them in the popular 14x7 size and features a sleek gloss-black finish with machined accents to make your machine stand out from the rest of the pack. See website for sizes and prices.
Fuel Off-Road Vector D579
If you are looking for sharp looks or tough performance capabilities in your wheels, the Fuel Vector D579 might be just what you want. Available with our without a beadlock ring, the Vector comes in the most popular 14- and 15-inch wheel sizes in an attractive gloss black with a brushed-face aluminum finish. See website for sizes and prices.
Ultracross R Spec
If it is tough enough for Baja, it is tough enough for you. This is the tire that Jonny Angal used on his Polaris RZR to crush the competition in the 2014 Baja 1000. Available in a variety of sizes to suit your terrain and wheel needs, the Ultracross R Spec tire from ITP is hands-down one of the best in the business. See your local ITP dealer for pricing.
ITP Tire & Wheel
One of the most popular tires in the industry just got a little tougher. The Kanati Mongrel has been a favorite of everyone who takes on terrain from desert to sand and even some light mud. To improve on an already good tire, GBC strengthened the Mongrel by giving it a 10-ply construction while keeping weight to a minimum. See your local dealer for pricing.
Storm Series Tornado UTV Wheel
Not only does ITP make some of the best tires in the powersports industry, but it makes the high-quality wheels to mount them on as well. The newest offering to the UTV market is the Storm Series Tornado Wheel. The Tornado features a unique star-spoke pattern with a black finish and machine-beveled edges for sharp looks. See your local ITP dealer for pricing.
ITP Tire & Wheel
DWT has long been known as the leader in ATV and UTV wheel technology, and the Sector three-piece wheel is a prime example of why. This true three-piece wheel is fully serviceable and is available with a beadlock ring or a rolled lip for maximum durability. Available in 12- and 14-inch wheel sizes with numerous offset options and with the quality you would expect from a product made in the USA. See your local DWT dealer for pricing.