There are a wide variety of aftermarket accessories available for ATV owners, but these 17 are must-haves! Each of these ATV, buggy or quad bike essentials will enhance your safety and enjoyment on the trail.
- 1. Spare Tire and Mount
- 2. Tire Repair Kit
- 3. Winch
- 4. Tow Strap
- 5. First Aid Kit
- 6. Fire Extinguisher
- 7. Flashlight
- 8. Multi-Tool
- 9. Map & Compass
- 10. Emergency Contact Info
- 11. Light Bar
- 12. Whistle
- 13. Air Compressor
- 14. Tool Kit
- 15. Extra Gas
- 16. Cable Ties
- 17. Rack & Cargo Net
- Are there any ATV Accessories We Are Missing?
1. Spare Tire and Mount
If you ride often, it’s inevitable that you’ll get a flat tire at some point, and always at the worst time. Be prepared by carrying a spare tire and mount with you on every ride.
That way, if you do get a flat out in the wilderness, you can quickly and easily change it out without having to call for a tow. You’ll probably have no phone signal anyway.
Make sure to choose a tire that’s the right size, matching the other ones on your ATV.
2. Tire Repair Kit
Even if you have a spare tire, there’s always a chance that you could get a flat in a spot where changing it out is not possible. Sometimes it even makes sense to repair a tyre to get you out of a pinch as quickly as possible and to somewhere more appropriate for swapping a tyre out.
That’s why it’s also a good idea to carry a tire repair kit with you. This way, you can patch up the tire and get back on the road without having to wait for a tow.
If you ride a heavy ATV on the trail, and you get stuck in the mud or snow, a winch can literally be a lifesaver. It’s also great for pulling your ATV out of tough spots if you get a bit stuck.
Choose a winch with a capacity that’s appropriate for your ATV’s weight, and make sure to get a mount that’s specifically designed for your ATV model to ensure safety and effectiveness.
4. Tow Strap
If you have a winch, you’ll want to attach it to part of your ATV that’s designed to take the strain. Plus there may be times when you need to tow your ATV with another vehicle or pull your friend’s ATV out of a tight spot.
Whether you’re stuck in the mud or just need a helping hand up a steep ascent, a tow strap can come in handy. Make sure to get a strap that’s rated for the weight of your ATV.
5. First Aid Kit
The first aid kit should probably be the number 1 accessory, and god forbid you ever find out why. You never know when you or one of your buddies might need first aid, so it’s always a good idea to have one on hand.
Make sure your kit is stocked with basic items like bandages, antiseptic wipes, and pain relievers that are all in date. You may even find simple things such as plasters a very handy thing to have if you’re on a long trip.
6. Fire Extinguisher
If you ride in areas where there’s a risk of wildfires, it’s important to carry a fire extinguisher. This way, you can quickly put out any fires that you may accidentally start. Choose an extinguisher that’s rated for Class B and C fires.
Beside this, ATV’s aren’t indestructible, its not completely unheard of that you might catch a fuel line on a jagged branch, which then sprays fuel onto a hot exhaust manifold, and suddenly your faithful ATV is ablaze and you’re stranded in the middle of nowhere.
You can get fire extinguishers that mount safely to the roll cage on your ATV, they can even enhance the look.
If you find yourself stuck in the dark, a flashlight can be a lifesaver. Choose a flashlight that’s bright enough to light your way, but not so bright that it will blind you. A headlamp is a great option because it frees up your hands.
The flashlight will come in especially handy when you find yourself doing emergency ATV repairs in the trail. Even in day time a torch can really help you see into mechanical areas of your vehicle to fix or diagnose something.
Part of most adventure-minded folk’s every-day-carry, a good quality multi-tool is always useful to have on hand, especially when you’re riding in remote areas.
It can come in handy for making repairs, tightening bolts, and more. Choose a multi-tool that has the tools you need most, like a knife, pliers, and screwdrivers.
9. Map & Compass
It’s too easy to rely on your technology as a map these days, but phones can be easily broken, go flat, or be without useful signal.
If you’re riding in unfamiliar territory, it’s important to have a trust old paper map with you. This way, you can find your way back to civilization if you get lost, no matter what. Choose a map that covers the area where you’ll be riding and don’t forget your compass, which will make using it a lot easier.
10. Emergency Contact Info
Make sure you have emergency contact info with you at all times. This way, if something happens to you while you’re riding, someone will be able to get in touch with your emergency contacts.
Include your name, address, and phone number, as well as the numbers for your local police and hospital. Keeping this in your wallet is also a handy way to raise the chances of it being returned if lost. I like to keep this information in there at all times for this very reason.
11. Light Bar
A light bar is a must-have if you plan on doing any night riding. It will help you see the trail ahead much more clearly, increasing the speed which it can be traversed. It will also make you more visible to other adventurers such as motorcyclists, quad bikers and other ATV enthusiasts.
Choose a light bar that’s bright enough to light up the trail but make sure its correctly mounted and angled so you can avoid blinding yourself when you use it. Modern LED light bars are highly recommended, and there are plenty of budget options that are surprisingly powerful.
A whistle can be a useful tool if you get lost or separated from your group. It can help you signal for help, and it’s also a good way to scare off any wildlife that may be lurking around.
13. Air Compressor
If you ride in areas where there’s a variety of different terrains, an air compressor is a must. To maximise traction you will find yourself needing to lower tyre pressures for certain surfaces, but if you do this you can guarantee you will need to raise them again when you get back on the flat to avoid the tyre coming away from the rim and losing pressure.
A compact air compressor which plugs in to your ATVs 12v power system is the ideal solution to this,
It can also help you inflate your tires if they get low, and it’s also useful for inflating other items like pool floats and beach toys.
14. Tool Kit
A tool kit is always handy to have on hand, especially when you’re riding in remote areas. It can come in handy for making repairs, tightening bolts, and more. Many ATVs come with a tool kit, in a roll for example and we’d strongly recommend keeping it with the vehicle and not transferring them into your workshop tool chest.
If your ATV has no tool roll, make sure to choose a tool kit that has the tools you need most, like 10mm spanners, pliers, and screwdrivers.
If you’re an avid ATV rider, you may also need some tools to keep your ATV running its best. They can help you keep your ATV running smoothly, and they can also be used for making repairs. Choose a set of tools that includes all the basics, like a wrench, screwdriver, and pliers.
15. Extra Gas
If you’re riding in an area where there are no gas stations, it’s a good idea to carry extra gas with you. You never know what kind of detour you may have to make, and getting caught short on gas can be terminal on a long trail.
Taking a jerry can with some additional fuel means you won’t have to worry about running out of gas and being stranded. Make sure to store the gas in a safe, secure place on the vehicle, away from any hot engine parts.
16. Cable Ties
What can’t be fixed with cable ties? The answer is; not much.
A handy pack of cable ties could be the difference between getting your ATV home or not. They’re useful for a huge number of things when used conventionally, and even more things when used unconventionally.
If you need to do a temporary repair on something to get you home, the chances are cable ties will be your weapon of choice. Paired with strong duct tape, you will be an unstoppable force.
17. Rack & Cargo Net
If you need to carry any gear with you, a rack is a great way to do it. It will free up your hands and make it easier to transport your belongings. Choose a rack that’s big enough to hold everything you need, but not so big that it will hinder your movement.
A cargo net is a great way to keep your gear secure while you’re riding and makes your rack even more versatile. It will help prevent your belongings from falling out, and it will also make it easier to access them. Choose a net that’s made from strong material and that has a tight weave.
Are there any ATV Accessories We Are Missing?
Do you have a favourite ATV accessory that we didn’t include? Let us know in the comments below!