Get Ready for Winter...10 Things To Do Before the Cold Hits
1) General Maintenance - Winter can be tough on any vehicle. Whether you plan on riding every day or just a couple times, it's important to make sure that your ATV or SxS is properly maintained and ready for the cold. It's good practice to change your oil and oil filters at the beginning of the cold season to prevent possible dirt settlement in the engine or any internal corrosion that might come from old oil sitting in your ride for long amounts of time. Also, don't forget to inspect your frame for cracks or damage. Frame issues are the last thing you want to be dealing with in the bitter cold.
2) Clean Your Windshield - There's nothing like being stuck in a snowstorm and, along with low visibility, your windshield is spotted with dirt. Give your windshield a full service cleaning at the beginning of the season and wipe it down after each ride to prevent dirt or water residue. Just make sure to use proper cleaning materials on plastic windshields to ensure no damage is done. Feel free to give our Parts or Service Department a call for any questions you may have.
3) Treat Your Gas - Fuel stabilizer is a must-have for the winter months. With this addition, you won't have to worry about whether you have good fuel in your ATV or SxS each time you start it up. We recommend using StarTron Fuel Treatment or K100 Fuel Treatment. See our Parts Department for more details.
4) Prep Your Tires - Flat or damaged tires aren't fun, especially in six inches of fresh snow. Make sure your tire tread is sufficient for the worst weather imaginable for your area, or go out and purchase new tires. We have a great selection of Aggressive All-Season and Very Aggressive Mud/Snow tires.
5) Keep Warm - Along with your typical winter weather attire, you should make sure your ATV is decked out with additional gear for severe cold weather. Hand Mitts will not only keep your hands and wrists warm, but also protect against wind, rain and snow.
6) Create Your Emergency Kit - you shouldn't only take steps to prepare yourself before the season, but also make sure you're prepared during every ride in the cold. An emergency kit is a basic necessity for winter survival. Fill up a front or rear cargo box with a basic first aid kit, a flashlight, matches, a compass, spare clothes, a blanket, snacks and a small tool kit for quick repairs.
7) Check Your Power - You'll need plenty of juice to make it through the cold months. It's best practice to put either a brand new or freshly charged battery in your ATV to ensue a full, dependable battery throughout the season. Clean your battery terminals in order to make sure you have a direct connection. If you won't be using your ATV or SxS much (or at all) during the winter, it's a good idea to disconnect your battery and maintain it using either one of our Battery Tenders or Noco Genius Chargers.
8) Check Fasteners on Plow Mount - You don't want your plow to fall off mid-job, so be sure to inspect all of your fastener mounts thoroughly. It's best to check these multiple times throughout the season, as bolts could loosen up at any time throughout the season.
9) Get Your Winch Ready - Winches are a key part of winter riding, whether you're using them for your plow or as a safety precaution. If you go winter trail riding, you're inevitably going to get stuck at some point, whether you like it or not. Your winch is often times your only way out, so it's important to make sure that everything is working and secure.
10) Inspect Your Plow - If you use your ATV or SxS to clear your driveway, be sure to give your plow blade a once-over before the first snow of the season. Make sure to inspect your wear bar and skid shoes in particular. If they have run too low, you're at risk of damaging your plow blade. Don't forget to give your blade a solid wipe-down every now and then to prevent any surface damage.