For sportspeople and adrenaline chasers, ATVs present an opportunity to spark their interests. ATVs which is an acronym for Auto-Terrain Vehicles, are a low-bracket luxury and thus will cost you a chunk of money on the purchase. As another one of your prized investments, your ATV will need to be well maintained. Taking care of your ATV inner workings and outlook boosts its performance and overall durability.
With the upgrades to technology and machine items, it’s even way easier to service or work on your ATV at home. Be sure to go through your user’s manual for insights into maintenance. ATV adjustments and repairs are also relatively cheaper and not straining on your finances or effort. Here are seven ways you can improve your ATV and get the best out of it:
1. Always Clean
ATVs are kings of tough terrain. Expect them to get dirty and muddy while you have fun. For some people, this signifies how well and far their ATVs can go; Don’t be that kind of an ATV owner. Ensure you clean your ATV thoroughly off mud or dirt after your riding or hunting sessions. That is a sure way to prevent hidden moisture from harming your ATV’s steel. Dirt and mud can also clog up your air filter and other intake parts of your machine if not well-cleaned.
2. Check on the Oil
Oil is the blood to your ATV, and it keeps it running healthier and smoother. Unlike in cars or trucks, changing the oil in your ATV is relatively easier. Oil gets more contaminated with every ride you partake, do regular checks at least weekly and on gas fill-ups. However, you should consider the user’s manual on what oil weight and type to use.
3. Routinely Check on the Air Filter
Your mechanic friends or your machine knowledge certainly knows what is needed for a good engine. Top engines have good circulation and distribution or flow of gas and air for combustion. Air is especially vital to the workings of your ATV’s engine and, eventually, overall performance. Most modern manufacturers change the air filter position to offer less exposure to impurities like dust or water. Even so, still, ensure you always clean and inspect your air filter.
Make it a habitual practice before every race or hunting trip you make. Remember, less airflow means a decrease in the power your ATV runs on. For optimum performance, check on different levels of gas options. Higher octane gas fuels more combustion and, in turn, high performance of your ATV.
ATVs fuels our adrenaline with the rough terrain abilities and speed of the machine. ATV brakes are useful for cautious riders and especially for ATV or quad racers. Some brake models are not built to last through long and tough rides/races. Figure out what brakes are best for you with your dealer. ATV brakes come in two types:
- Organic pads are more bearing and resistant to high heat. They also offer eco-friendliness as the materials are safe to get rid of.
- Sintered pads are the most preferred option on the market. That might be down to their durability and high resistance to friction. For racers especially, sintered pads are a suitable option.
5. Monitor the Bolts, Nuts, and Bore Kits
Your ATV comes with a lot of parts to cater to and care for. The smallest and often ignored bits are the bolts, boots, and nuts. Loose bolts and nuts can easily lead to parts falling off. Something that easily causes distraction and, worst, even an accident. Ensure your bolts and nuts are tightly screwed and holding in place. Boots are the rubber-made protective lining around some ATV areas like your air filter. Stay protective and grease any parts for smoother running.
6. Upgrade Your Bore Kits
For racers, an upgrade to your bore kit adds a cutting edge to your ATV. Bore kits spike up your horsepower by allowing more combustion to take place. Therefore, consider rebuild and upgrade kits for ATV’s better performance levels.
7. Keep Up the Tire Pressure
Less air pressure in your ATV tires means you are in less or an uncomfortable control of your ATV. That also means more chances of ruining other parts of your ATV, such as the rims. It’s always the tiniest of negligence that leads to accidents and incurring more costs. For the best experience, ensure you use a tire gauge with low pressure. Have a backup tire, tire pump, or tubeless kit for patching up when your tires feel low or punctured.
Whether you want to strengthen your ATV or are planning on ATV racing, maintain your ATV well. Regular maintenance will save you the cumulative efforts or upgrades and stress that accompanies it. Habitual and routine checks before and after rides/races are the best way to know your ATV’s conditions.