ATVs have something very unique about them. Although just about any complex item you may buy comes with a manufacturer’s handbook, it is seldom essential to actually read the manual. ATV owners, on the other hand, should read the accompanying manual from cover to cover. Proper maintenance and safe operation are essential considerations, and no one knows better than the manufacturers of all-terrain vehicles how to achieve both. There are some helpful tips, however, that are not in the manual, including a few that follow.
Getting your ATV dirty on off-road trails is as satisfying as keeping your ATV in pristine shape, as much as possible. Riding ATVs is an adventure sport, which can get rough and messy. The plastics tend to be the quickest parts of the machine to show unsightly wear and tear. Replacing the pieces can be costly. Here’s a tip your manufacturer won’t tell you because it could mean you don’t have to purchase as many replacement parts. Install a graphic kit while your machine is still shiny new. If possible, cover high-rub areas with clear vinyl. This will keep your quad looking sharp a lot longer. 12-mil vinyl is available at sign shops and from graphics/decal companies.
Your engine and various parts of your ATV can really take a beating. Everything can get extremely wet, as well. You can make your maintenance efforts easier by taking steps to protect electrical components from damage caused by water. Dielectric grease applied liberally to all electrical connections all over your ATV can repel water and keep it from seeping in and causing shorts in the electrical systems.
Tighten Lug Nuts
ATV safety largely depends upon all the parts of your quad being securely attached, but the lug nuts are often dangerously loose, including on a new ATV. During shipment, usually in a crate that’s tightly packed, it’s tough to predict precisely what is going to happen. Apparently, lug nuts often come loose in transit. Aluminum wheels are particularly susceptible to loose nuts. This is a tip gained through experience as an ATV enthusiast. A common experience on ATV trails is for a rider’s wheels to come off.
There is no doubt about it; Learning from quad riders can be as important as reading the manufacturer’s manual. It’s fair to say that both are essential.