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15 ways to modify your UTV

Transform your side-by-side utility vehicle into a customized machine perfect for chores and country fun.
  • Multi-purpose machine

    <I>By Laurie Bedord; Photography By Dean Schoeppner</I><P>
    There's certainly no shortage of options when it comes to accessorizing your UTV. With the help of Iowa State University graduate students Kevin Peyton and Keith Webster, our sister publication, <I>Successful Farming magazine</I>, accessorized a 2011 Polaris Ranger Diesel to make it the most multipurpose machine possible. Here's what the UTV looked like before.<br><I>Before adding any accessory or attachment to your UTV, check to make sure it won't void the warranty on your machine.</I><br>

    Date Published: April 20, 2012
    Date Updated: May 3, 2012
  • Hood rack

    These devices don't just separate equipment from cargo in back; they let you carry more. "Hood racks or hood baskets are a great way to expand storage," says Peyton. Seizmik's Hood Rack not only offers added storage but also tilts down so you can leave it on if you need to get under the hood. <BR>
    Price: $299.95. Donated by Seizmik (www.seizmik.com).

    Date Published: April 20, 2012
    Date Updated: May 3, 2012
  • Side-view mirror

    There are several side-view mirrors on the market that are very functional and attractive. Seizmik's adjustable mirrors are easy to install, have a tough housing that resists damage, can be folded in when not in use, and feature shatterproof tempered glass. <BR>
    Price: $59.95. Donated by Seizmik (www.seizmik.com).

    Date Published: April 20, 2012
    Date Updated: May 3, 2012
  • Rearview mirror

    The Lock & Ride 3-Panel Rearview Mirror offers a broad view of what's behind you as well as four-way adjustability.<BR>
    Price: $99.99. Donated by PURE Polaris (www.purepolaris.com).

    Date Published: April 20, 2012
    Date Updated: May 3, 2012
  • Windshield

    "A windshield is important from a safety standpoint, but it needs to be selected carefully," says Peyton. Full windshields can cause a swirling effect that draws dust into the cabin. so half, flip-up, or tilted windshields are a good choice. The VersaShield is a full, lower, and upper windshield in one. It is made of impact-resistant optical acrylic, which the maker says is scratch-resistant. The VersaShield was chosen for our UTV because you can ride with the lower section as a half windshield. You can also use the upper section for ventilation yet still block wind and dust, or you can use both sections for full windshield protection. <BR>
    Price: $299.99. Donated by Seizmik (www.seizmik.com).

    Date Published: April 20, 2012
    Date Updated: May 3, 2012
  • Light bar

    A light bar is a great add-on, since it provides such increased visibility. Just make sure the one you choose will work with other accessories you install like roofs and windshields. The Seizmik UTV Light Bar is a pre-runner-style light that protects lights and windshield from overhead damage. The flip-down design lets you lower the bar to make it through low-clearance spaces.<BR>
    Price: $349.99. Donated by Seizmik (www.seizmik.com).

    Date Published: April 20, 2012
    Date Updated: May 3, 2012
  • LED headlights

    "A headlight conversion kit would enhance the lighting system," Peyton notes. The standard headlights that came with our UTV were converted to Polaris's LED Headlight Kit, which produced significantly brighter light.<BR>
    Price: $449.99. Donated by PURE Polaris (www.purepolaris.com).

    Date Published: April 20, 2012
    Date Updated: May 3, 2012
  • Center console

    This device combines the convenience of cup holders with locking storage in the cab. It holds drinks steady without spilling when you're driving over rough terrain. It keeps your keys, wallet, or cell phone secure and dry in the weatherproof-sealed, locking storage compartment.<BR>
    Price: $95. Donated by Seizmik
    (www.seizmik.com).

    Date Published: April 20, 2012
    Date Updated: May 3, 2012
  • Winch

    "The Polaris Integrated 4,500-pound Winch Kit seems to be the best option in this category over universal receiver-hitch winches," says Peyton. <BR>
    Price: $699.99. Donated by PURE Polaris (www.purepolaris.com).

    Date Published: April 20, 2012
    Date Updated: May 3, 2012
  • Rear brushguard

    "A rear brushguard makes sense on the Ranger. It looks nice and protects the vehicle," says Peyton. <BR>
    Price: $149.99. Donated by PURE Polaris (www.purepolaris.com).

    Date Published: April 20, 2012
    Date Updated: May 3, 2012
  • Roof

    A roof on a UTV is a welcome accessory for both sun and element protection. The Polaris Sport Roof is made of black polyethylene and attaches easily with vibration-reducing P clamps. The flat design keeps the roof 1/2 inch above the cab frame.<BR>
    Price: $299.99. Donated by PURE Polaris (www.purepolaris.com).

    Date Published: April 20, 2012
    Date Updated: May 3, 2012
  • A-arm guards

    A-Arm Guards provide great additional undercarriage protection. These Polaris A-Arm Guards are made of weather-resistant aluminum to protect the suspension from damage. Vents allow mud, water, and debris to drain. <BR>
    Price: $149.99. Donated by PURE Polaris (www.purepolaris.com).

    Date Published: April 20, 2012
    Date Updated: May 3, 2012
  • Headache rack

    "An open, slotted, or expanded metal panel that mounts to the roll bars behind the seats would be a good safety improvement," says Peyton. The Polaris Headache Rack is steel mesh and gives excellent protection without compromising rear visibility. <BR>
    Price: $299.99. Donated by PURE Polaris (www.purepolaris.com).

    Date Published: April 20, 2012
    Date Updated: May 3, 2012
  • Bed lift

    Removing loads from the bed is made much easier by installing a Ranger box lift actuator.
    Price: $499.

    Date Published: April 20, 2012
    Date Updated: May 3, 2012
  • Smartphone holder

    RAM Mount makes it easy to put your electronic device where it can be easily accessed and operated. The RAM Composite Twist Lock Suction Cup Mount for the iPhone is a good choice.<BR>
    Price: $60. Donated by Cedar Rapids Tire (www.cedarrapidstire.com).

    Date Published: April 20, 2012
    Date Updated: May 3, 2012
  • Tires

    "The factory-installed tires on the Polaris Ranger Diesel were Carlisle AT489 X/L tires," says Joe Greving, owner of Cedar Rapids Tire. "These tires are fine for some all-terrain purposes. But for on-farm use, Terracross tires offer extreme-duty construction in six ply, which includes increased sidewall and tread rubber thickness for improved puncture protection."<BR>
    Price: ITP Terracross 26-9R14 ($130 each) and 26-11R14 tires ($140 each). ITP SS312 wheels to enhance the look ($80 each) Donated by Cedar Rapids Tire (www.cedarrapidstire.com).

    Date Published: April 20, 2012
    Date Updated: May 3, 2012
  • Our tricked-out UTV

    This is a great wish list for designing the ultimate UTV. Because accessorizing can get expensive, you need to determine how you'll use your UTV. That will help narrow down your shopping list. The expense is a lot easier to justify when you know you're going to get some use out of those add-ons.

    Date Published: April 20, 2012
    Date Updated: May 3, 2012

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