3) PORTABLE POWER SOURCE
Some UTVs have the battery mounted in an out-of-the-way place,
so it’s hard to get at the battery posts with jumper cables if your
battery goes dead. A portable power source (PPS) is the answer, and
Antigravity has several kits. We have had great luck with our XP- 10
kit ($199.99). When our Ace 570 went dead, we used the accessory
power strip under the front rack to jump-start it to life. Antigravity’s
newest PPS is the Micro-Start Sport ($99.99), which is stout enough to
jump-start a 5-liter V- 8, and it also has several cords to charge GoPros,
phones and all USB devices. Antigravity also has lithium replacement
batteries for UTVs and ATVs ($109.99–$399.99).
6) TOW STRAP/WINCH
A tow strap has many uses, and we’ve used
straps as jacks more than once. Strap high on the
cage and lift the wounded UTV up on two wheels.
Rock crawlers also strap for safety when on really
off-camber obstacles or to prevent endos on steep
inclines. A winch is even better, and we’ve used
both to put UTVs back on all fours.
Many companies now offer lithium power supplies, and we’ve jumped several
dead batteries with our Antigravity XP- 10 PPS without recharging it. It will also
charge all of your devices in a pinch.
We’ve used straps for way more than towing, and a
couple of people can keep your UTV right-side up on
extremes cambers and grades with a strap. They can even
replace a jack in a tire change.
Maps are great if your battery goes dead, but most people depend on
hand-held GPS units. Can-Am and Polaris have Limited Editions that
come standard with GPS, but the new Ride Command RZR XP 1000
LE takes tracking to the next level. Through the Ride Command app,
you can track everyone on your ride. If you have a spare tire or bed storage, side mirrors are a must, and
they’re required for street-legality in Utah. Our “Mirror Buyer’s Guide”
was in the October 2015 issue and is posted on UTVActionMag.
com, and Assault has upgraded to the B2 Bomber mirror since then
(reviewed January 2017).
4) GPS/MAP & COMPASS
At Dove Springs over Thanksgiving, Kern County sheriffs
were handing out trail maps, but that’s pretty old school.
Garmin and other GPS producers have most areas and
trails in their Global Positioning System databases, and
Polaris has a cool trail-map app for phones. Garmin even
makes watches and video cameras (see the Garmin VIRB XE
product test in the January 2017 issue) with route-tracking
capabilities. Trail leaders should be so equipped. They should
also stop at each turn or intersection until the next UTV sees
them so nobody gets lost.
The new RZR XP 1000 Ride Command LE has a backup
camera with video display. All other UTVs should have some
sort of mirror for safety while in reverse. In Utah, side mirrors
are required for UTVs to be street-legal. Even UTVs with
center rear-view mirrors need side mirrors if a cooler or spare
tire obstructs the view.