Winterize Your Ride
One way to make sure your ATV will start in colder weather is to invest in quality fuel antifreeze for your tank. Fuel additives prevent gas lines from freezing up, ensuring that your ATV will start better in cold conditions. It is also a good idea to change the engine oil to a colder weather formula for improved engine performance. While riding in very heavy snow or plowing, be on the lookout for ice buildup around the radiator and brakes. If ice and snow pack around these areas, overheating may occur or the brakes may not function effectively.
During winter months, many riders replace their stock tires with larger diameter tires for more ground clearance and increased traction. Another option is adding a track conversion system to your all terrain vehicle, which enables your ATV to ride on top of the snow, much like a snowmobile. Before using a track system or tire chains, make sure they are legal in your area.
By adding a few accessories you can turn a winter ride into a toasty excursion. Everything from cabs, windshields, heated grips, and hand warmers are available to make a winter ride more enjoyable. Also, be sure to keep your hands and face protected from frostbite by investing in the proper winter apparel necessary to keep you covered and warm on a winter ride.
Clear the Way
While some ATV riders go off-roading, others stay close to home and use their ATV as a valuable tool during the winter months. Jack McGregor, an ATV rider from Jamestown, ND enjoys using his SnowSport All Terrain Plow to clear his driveway.
The SnowSport All Terrain Plow is manufactured by Agri-Cover, Inc., a North Dakota truck accessory company. This utility plow is made specifically for all terrain vehicles and can be used 365 days a year for not only snow removal, but also landscaping projects.
“Plowing out the driveway is one of those tasks that has to get done, so why not have fun doing it. My SnowSport All Terrain Plow has literally turned my ATV into my most valuable winter tool. It’s so easy and fun, my wife and I often fight over whose going to use it,” said McGregor.
The SnowSport All Terrain Plow is perfect for plowing in tight spaces that traditional full size plows can't reach and is terrain-friendly, so you don’t have to worry about it tearing up your grass or landscaping pavers. With no wiring or hydraulics to get in the way, all you have to do is attach the plow and drive. The best feature of the plow is that it doesn’t get in the way of using your ATV this winter. The complete system can be easily installed and removed in a matter of seconds. You can plow your driveway or path, remove the system, and go on a winter ride without any hassle.
The SnowSport All Terrain Plow is available for ATVs, UTVs, and Zero-Turn Mowers and comes in five different blade lengths. It has a three-point angled blade, which allows users to maneuver hard to reach areas in the yard and driveway. The blade connects to your all terrain vehicle by a 1 ½ inch interceptor that slides into a front mount, so there’s no tricky wiring or complicated install. The blade is made of corrosion resistant anodized aluminum, making it easy for anyone in the family to lift on and off the mount. The blade also features a one-inch thick rubber cutting edge designed to improve scraping ability. The manufacturer offers a 3-Year warranty on the system and a 90-Day No Risk Guarantee. For more information, call (888) 463-6214 or visit www.snowsportatv.com.