Discount UTV Accessories – Inexpensive, not Cheap!

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You just dropped $20K or more on a new side by side! Probably took a little time to decide you were ready to spend that much, but then you realize there’s no roof, windshield and maybe doors. Also, no spare tire, very little storage and the list goes on. After spending that kind of money, sometimes it’s hard to go spend a bunch more on accessories. I know it’s hard for me! So I wanted to discuss some discount UTV accessories for you today so those who are on a tighter budget can still get some of the necessary protection you need while out on a ride. Now, when I say discount, I mean inexpensive, not cheap quality. I’m sure there are super cheap products out there that will only last a few rides, but who really wants those?

In another article I covered my top 5 accessories for new UTVs which you can read here. Today I want to talk about some of the best inexpensive options in that top 5 list that you might consider.

Windshields                                                                              

As I’ve mentioned in several posts, windshields are one of the first things we recommend getting for your new UTV. I talk about the many windshield options in another post where I break down a few pros and cons of each type. Check that one out here.

One of the least expensive options is going to be a fabric windshield, or screen. I didn’t mention this in my other article, but there are some windshields made of fabric that are basically a tight mesh that will block most things from coming through while still allowing transparency. These windshields are obviously not the best for heavy impact such as big rocks or branches. This style can be found for as little as $50-60, while some more advanced screen type windshields can be several hundred dollars. These are great because they allow airflow while stopping most particles from hitting you. This prevents the negative air pressure in the cab that tends to suck the dust back into the cab.

Another good, less expensive option for a windshield is a half windshield. Half windshields are nice because they don’t cover your entire field of view, so if they get muddy or dirty you can still see just fine. They are meant to deflect the wind up and over the head of the riders taking the dust and debris with it. Most half windshields are made from hard coated poly carbonate material which is more resistant to scratching. Most range from about $100-150 depending on the manufacturer and the machine they are designed for.

Roofs                                                                                        

Getting a roof on your ride is extremely important, unless you want to deal with a gnarly sunburn (I learned that the hard way!). Really the main purpose of a roof is to provide protection from the sun and/or rain. There are some really cool things you can do with more rigid roofs though, like mounting speakers in them and strapping stuff on top of them.

The most affordable option for roofs is again a fabric material roof. These materials are treated to withstand UV from the sun and also repel water when the weather decides to take a turn on you. (See manufacturer specs to verify water resistance.) Fabric roofs are great for providing the basics of protection, shade and protection from rain. Maybe you’re into night rides and don’t want the roof blocking your view of the stars! The fabric roofs are great because they’re quick and easy to remove and replace while you’re out and about, no tools needed for most. On the other hand, they lack the ability to add accessories like the above mentioned speakers. So, if all you’re looking for is the basics, this is a great option and can be found for under $100 for most UTVs.

There aren’t really a lot of inexpensive options for roofs. The next step up is a plastic (polyethylene) roof which bumps the price up a couple hundred dollars. These are still less expensive than the aluminum roofs (usually), but still give you a semi-rigid feel that allows for speakers and accessories. Normally you will need some tools to install and remove the plastic roofs, so changing while out on the trail may not be as easy as the fabric roof. Prices range from $200-400 and up.

UTV Splashing Through Mud Hole

Skid Plates

Most of your side by sides are going to come with some sort of skid plate. That being said, there’s very little coverage provided by the stock ones. They leave the underside of the front seats uncovered along with no protection for the sides where a good rock slider could protect.

I know we’re talking about discount parts, but this is one area where I would spend the money to get a good one. The discount version of a skid plate is what comes in the machine. The step up from that is the polyethylene, plastic type material or aluminum. I like both and the price is actually really similar, but I really like the polyethylene material because it doesn’t get caught on rocks like the aluminum. The plastic tends to slide and allows you to keep moving in those technical rocky sections. I know plastic seems like a less protective material, but manufacturers have designed these to be very strong and will hold up quite well! Good skid plates start around $350 and go up.

Spare Tires and/or Tires Repair Kit

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This one may be a no brainer, but when looking for a spare don’t assume you need a new wheel and tire. There are plenty of people who pull off nearly new tires and sell them for a fraction of the new ones. The same thing is true with wheels. My suggestion is to get on the local classifieds or local UTV dealer and see what you can find.

As for a tire repair kit, get a kit that has tire plugs and don’t use slime or fix-a-flat if possible. Don’t forget an air compressor. They make small compressors that are easy to pack and will get the job done. You should be able to get a repair kit and compressor for just over $50.

Winch

A winch is another area I choose not to go too cheap on. You’ll want one rated for about 3000 lbs or more, especially if you have a 4-seater. Warn has always been one of the most trusted brands in winches, so naturally they’re not the cheapest. Another brand you may consider for a little better deal is Tusk. Tusk makes almost everything for UTVs and they tend to be really good quality for a slightly better price! A winch will still cost a minimum of $200.

Start saving those pennies!

Although we have discussed UTV accessories here, there are hundreds of other accessories out there, and trust me, you’ll constantly find a new one that you can’t live without (just ask my wife). Hopefully this helps you save a little money so you can get some of those personal must-have accessories on your list. Thanks for giving this a read.
What are the best inexpensive accessories you have found? Let us know in the comments!

4 thoughts on “Discount UTV Accessories – Inexpensive, not Cheap!”

    1. Hey Lance,

      Thanks for the read. Yeah, there are some great less expensive accessories out there. Unfortunately some dealers really push the more expensive accessories without even mentioning the other options!

  1. Hi TJ,

    Great article. What are your thoughts about mixing up metal and plastic materials to achieve the best weight proportion of the UTV? I usually prefer robust metal over weak plastic but in this case I am not sure.

    I mean would you actually save some weight or not really and is it important when it comes to UTVs at all?

    1. Hi Eugen,

      Great question! Really the weight difference from aluminum components vs. the plastic is not significant enough to be a concern. For me it’s more of a robustness and functionality. I like a high density plastic (they’ve made these very strong) on the bottom because it slides over rocks better than aluminum which tends to hang on the rocks more. However, on the roof, I like aluminum better because it’s much stronger and you don’t have to worry about UV damage.

      Thanks for questions!
      -TJ

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