1) FIRE EXTINGUISHER & MOUNT
While most people’s first purchase for their UTV is new tires, it should be
a quality fire extinguisher and mount. We really like the Assault Industries
kit with quick-release billet mount (see our product evaluation on page 64)
for $170, because it can be removed very quickly. Maco Custom Metal
Works ( 434-6800) had custom cam-release mounts for First Alert
fire extinguishers on sale at Brimstone’s Paragon. Pure Polaris has Pro
Armor Fire Extinguisher Mount Kits for $79.99. The RV-class 5-B:C-rated
extinguisher is held in a bag with Velcro tube-mount closures. Quadboss
and Moose have a similar holder for your extinguisher for $20. No matter
which you buy, consider it cheap insurance for your UTV.
The more money you put into your UTV, the more you need to protect that
investment with a fire extinguisher and solid yet accessible mount. Moose and
Quadboss make inexpensive ($20) nylon holders, while Assault ($170) and Axiom
($190) make high-end billet mounts with quick-release pins for included extinguishers.
Way back in June 2010, we detailed the top- 10 must-have products to carry in your UTV. Well, a lot has happened since then, with huge strides in UTV technology, aftermarket innovations and OEM fitment. Now, our UTVs perform at much higher levels and are so sophisticated that working on them requires special tools. Some of these must-have lifesavers are now incorporated in our smartphones (GPS, camera, flashlight, etc.), but you may need backups if your Samsung Note 7 suddenly catches fire. So, we’ve listed 12 items that we call the dirty dozen of off-roading.
These are on top of the standard safety equipment (helmet, goggles, gloves, long-sleeved shirt, long pants and over-the-ankle boots) that should be worn
on every ride. Also, if you ride in the dunes, LED whips and lights are must-have items in case some unforeseen problem keeps you out after sunset.
2) TIRE-FIX KIT/AIR COMPRESSOR
Most people buy new tires for their UTVs, and upgrading to 8-ply or
run-flat tires cuts down on flats. Besides, carrying a spare tire adds highly
placed weight and also requires a jack. It’s generally faster to fix flats and
re-inflate tires on the trail. Slime makes several flat-fix and air-compressor
kits that cost around $70. Walmart carries Slime products at a great price.
At the 2014 Rally on the Rocks, we ripped a sidewall so badly that it took
beadlock-ring removal, safety-wire stitches and 27 plugs to fix it. Aerostich
has a cool Mini Compressor for $50 that fits in a small bag and has three
cables for 12-volt power—jumpers, a cigarette-lighter-style 12-volt plug
and battery-post eyelets. It has a 36-inch, latch-on hose, carabiner for
hanging and 6-foot power cord with on/off switch. We have also used a
Dynaplug Pro Inflator ($90) and Pro Tire Repair Kit ($54) with good results.
Flats are inevitable, so a quality flat-fix kit and air compressor are golden, even if
you carry a spare. Aerostich has both covered, and we really like their $50 Mini
Compressor, which we power from the RZR’s accessory strip.