Submerging your ATV into what some may consider impassable muck can bring loads of excitement, but it can also create a mechanical nightmare for those who aren't prepared. We have published numerous machine setup tips for theenthusiast who chooses to dive deep and crawl out the other side without system failure in previous issues of ATV Rider.
Having a tow hitch on your ATV really makes life easier around the house or hunting camp. The same can't be said if you find yourself knee-deep in mud with the hitch dragging the bottom and acting as an anchor. This problem is increasingly obvious when attempting to back up. By removing your hitch before heading out into the mud you can save yourself valuable ride time and the embarrassment of being pulled out by your buddies. It's a free mod and it's very effective.
Press And Release
Now that you have properly serviced and inspected your winch you wouldn't want to burn it up by using it improperly. Winches should be used in multiple short intervals rather than receiving a constant flow of power. This control is at your fingertips, so be kind to your winch if you plan to utilize its quad-tugging power in the future.
Mud and water cause mild steel fasteners to rust and become extremely difficult or impossible to remove without breaking. A vast assortment of fasteners can be replaced with stainless steel hardware to increase the life of your equipment. Small screws and bolts that are easily stripped or damaged are a great starting point. You'll be surprised at the stainless hardware assortment that large Ace Home Centers stock.
Can You Hear Me Now?
Not to state the obvious, but having a way to contact the outside world for help is a must if you plan to venture into desolate swamps or head out on any adventure for that matter. A cell phone can be a lifesaver but, as you already know, electronics and water don't mix. Storing your cell phone in a Ziploc bag is a simple solution to this problem, and it also provides a means of ordering a hot pizza after a long ride.
If you have any tips that you would like to share, we would love to hear from you. Heck, you might even save someone's ride. We'll be sure to give you credit for your remedy here in the pages of ATV Rider Magazine. So get them to us! Email us at email@example.com