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The Best ATV Accessories: Are Yours Warranty-Approved?

Feb 15, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Rusty G.

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The Best ATV Accessories: Are Yours Warranty-Approved?

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First, double-check your warranty.

New to powersports? Let’s spend some time exploring ATVs and some of the popular ATV off-road accessories on the market. I’ll warn you, though, some of these accessories might look sick on your custom ATV, but if they aren't covered by the terms of your warranty, you'll end up regretting them, big time.


I just bought my first ATV. What’s next?

First, spend some time quality time with your ride before you get to the nitty-gritty of customizing it. Then, ask around, and do some research to find out how you can make your ATV feel like your own. 

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I’ve decided to customize my ride! Now what?

You’ll want to determine the pros and cons of your endeavor before you make any investments. Why? Because some of these shiny new ATV accessories might end up coming back to bite you in the, well, you know, down the road. Don’t be one of those overzealous first-timers who spends loads of time tricking out his or her ATV, only to find out they’ve just voided the manufacturer’s warranty.


Which custom ATV mods put me at risk of voiding the warranty?

The custom ATV parts that could compromise the terms of your warranty are often the ones not manufactured by the dealership you bought the vehicle from. In some cases, even allowing someone who isn’t affiliated with a dealership to install mods will null the warranty. Take a look at these specs in the “Warranty Policies” of Yamaha, Honda, and Kawasaki:

  • Yamaha: “Yamaha products purchased from retailers other than Yamaha Authorized Dealers (whether via the Internet, or otherwise) will NOT be covered by Yamaha’s warranties, and U.S. service centers will not repair such products under warranty.”
  • Honda: “A Honda Protection Plan covers you for mechanical failures as a result of defects in materials or factory workmanship [...] however, tires, batteries and accessories are not covered.”
  • Kawasaki: “Repairs performed by, and parts and service received from, an entity other than an authorized Kawasaki dealer” are excluded from coverage.

You might be surprised to learn Kawasaki’s warranty plan doesn’t cover Kawasaki products engaged in racing or competition. At the end of the day, when it comes to ATV accessories, you’d be doing yourself a favor reading the fine print. Even knowing the Terms and Conditions before you invest in an ATV could help you determine which brand is the best fit for you and your riding needs.  

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So what are the best ATV accessories?

I’ve looked around and found some of the best four-wheeler mods and accessories on the market, and each one is designed to either enhance your ATV’s performance or to protect the rider:

  • Tires and wheels are often not covered by the dealership's warranty policy, so keep that in mind when you purchase. Also, make sure the tires you buy aren’t too big; sure, bigger tires mean a bigger presence, but they could lead to damaged fenders if you aren't careful.
  • Handguards, chassis skid plates, and/or swing-arm guards are all designed to deflect the elements (wind, mud, rocks, and other debris) from the undercarriage of your ATV. It’s important to protect the underbelly of your ATV (unless you’re fond of long walks home, that is).
  • Nerf bars provide a base that protects the rider’s foot and ankle from coming into contact with the elements, rear tires, or passengers. Keep in mind, nerf bars are typically used for competitive riding purposes.
  • Airbox lid and/or Jet Kit can increase your ATV’s performance by 1) keeping debris out of your engine (which increases airflow), and 2) ensuring the fuel-to-air ratio is optimal.
  • Aluminum folding ATV ramps are not only portable, but much safer than using wooden planks. Some folding ramps can handle as much as 1,500 pounds of load, which is ideal since the average sport ATV weighs about 500 pounds (and that doesn’t even include any accessories you might’ve added).
  • Flat tire repair kit is a great ATV accessory to have on hand. Make sure it’s portable, though; you don’t want anything weighing you down while you’re riding!

 

My advice? If you’re buying a new machine and know you'll want to upgrade it with ATV mods and accessories later on, consult the dealership and see if they can install them before you take it home (and make sure they’re warranty-approved!). There might be a small labor charge, but there will be less headache for you down the road!

 


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Rusty G.

Written by Rusty G.

I live to go off the beaten path. Whether it's about ATVs, UTVs, or dirt bikes, I write fun and interesting off-road articles that teach and hopefully inspire you to hit the trail or the track.

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