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March 12, 2014

Getting Your ATV Ready for Spring

The recent days of warm weather herald one thing: spring is on its way. That means it’s time to uncover the ATV or UTV and take it out for a ride. But first, there are a couple of things you need to do to make sure it’s in good working order.
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Make Sure There’s Enough Fuel in the Tank

If you’ve been following our tips on how to get your ATV/UTV ready for winter, you’ll know that prepping the fuel tank and filling it fill of gas is one of the things to do. However, an ATV/UTV that’s been sitting in your garage over winter has been largely unattended, and there are a number of things that could have happened:

  • Fuel leak from small, unseen damage when getting it ready for winter
  • Holes or pinpricks somewhere along the line caused by mice, cats or raccoons
  • Insects or water finding a new home
  • General dirt or grit making its way in there
  • Either way, you should check the fuel tank by draining both the tank and carburetor, and then filling the tank with fresh fuel. You may not have enough fuel on hand to fill the tank entirely, but what’s in a jerry can will do until you can.

    Are the Tires Inflated?

    So, your fuel tank is full and good to go, but unless your tires are firm and inflated, you’ll be going nowhere fast in a hurry. Start with a visual inspection of all four. If they look okay, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are; it can mean all four are equally flat. If this is the case, give them a light kick or squeeze to check. They may appear okay, but a bit more air in the tires—and be careful of how much you inflate them because replacing burst tires is a lot more arduous than just slowly inflating them—is probably a good thing after a full season of non-use.

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    Air Filter and Oil

    Now that your ATV/UTV is majorly good, you have to look to make sure it can run smoothly and without overheating or clogging up. Depending on how well you take care of your ATV/UTV the rest of the year, a complete oil change may or may not be necessary. The same goes with changing the air filter. Take a look at it to see how grimy it is. You may be able to get away with just cleaning it off, or you may need a new one (the latter especially goes if you do a lot of desert riding where fine particulate matter can quickly clog it up.)

    Battery and Brakes

    It would be awfully terrible to get in the middle of a great ride and either not be able to stop or have it stopped for you. Your brakes and battery are two of the most important things to make sure you’ve got ultimate control over how long your quadding session goes, so run quick tests to make sure both are in top shape.

    Miscellaneous

    Some of the other things you should be looking at include:

  • spark plug (doesn’t necessarily have to be changed every season)
  • drive chain, to make sure it’s not worn, warped, bent or broken in any spots (also doesn’t have to be changed every season or year)
  • steering rods to see they’re straight and firmly secured in place
  • hand grips
  • fan or radiator so your ATV/UTV doesn’t overheat
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    Now that you’ve got your ATV/UTV in great working order, it’s time to take a look at DuraShield’s line of ATV and UTV covers to keep it that way when you take a rest. Our covers come quickly and of high quality, and there’s free shipping to the lower 48 states.

    April 18, 2013

    ATV / UTV Storage Covers

    Filed under: ATV Covers & UTV Covers — Tags: , , — probus @ 8:40 pm

    Now that it’s time to explore the outdoors with your ATV/UTV again, you need to figure out how to protect your vehicle from exposure to harsh climate conditions. Both ATV covers and UTV covers will protect your vehicle from dust if stored indoors and protect against sun, water, and rain if stored outdoors.

    UTV cover

    Use an ATV / UTV cover to protect your vehicle.

    Why Use an ATV Cover?

    ATV covers can prevent sun damage, outdoor debris, dirt and water from damaging your vehicle if stored outdoors and can prevent damage from dirt and debris while transporting your ATV on an open trailer. Whether you store your ATV in a garage or out in the open, you’ll want to use an ATV cover to make sure your bike keeps looking and working like you want it to.

    Choosing an ATV Cover

    The ATV cover or UTV cover that you choose depends on a few important factors, such as where you store your vehicle, if you plan to trailer with the cover, and what make and model you own.

    Where you’re storing your vehicle—outdoors or indoors—makes a big difference when it comes to choosing the right ATV cover or UTV cover for your ride. If you use your garage for storage, you can get by with a more loose fitting ATV cover or UTV cover, but if you’re planning on using the cover for trailering, you’ll need one that fits nice and snug, with plenty of straps to keep it in place.

    Trailerable ATV Covers

    A trailerable ATV cover or UTV cover should be form fitting to prevent the cover from flying off while you’re driving down the road, and to prevent dirt from sloshing up underneath the cover. An elastic hem and straps will help keep your cover in place on the trailer.

    Ventilation and Sizing

    When it comes to choosing the best ATV cover or UTV cover for your vehicle, you should strongly consider choosing a cover with a built-in ventilation system. Without a ventilation system, water can get trapped underneath the cover, so choosing a cover with this feature could allow you to prevent water damage.

    Getting the right size is also something you’ll need to think about. Buy an ATV cover or UTV cover that is made for your specific vehicle and that fits the dimensions listed by the manufacturer.

    ATV / UTV Covers

    Want to keep your ATV or UTV looking and working like new? Prevent weather damage with an ATV cover or UTV cover from DuraShield Covers or Classic Accessories that blocks out dust, debris, and water. Free shipping on all orders to the lower 48 U.S.

    January 21, 2013

    ATV Winter Riding Tips

    Filed under: ATV Covers & UTV Covers — Tags: , , — probus @ 9:23 pm
    ATV cover

    Use your ATV cover as an emergency blanket for winter riding.

    Winter doesn’t have to mean putting your ATV in cold storage. The solitude of a winter landscape can be just as appealing as a summer mud hole. Follow these tips to stay warm and safe this winter on your ATV.

    1. Dress for the weather.

    If you’re riding your ATV in the winter, your first priority is to stay warm. That means dressing in layers and covering any exposed skin, especially your neck under the helmet.

    Wear a full-face helmet (such as a snowmobile helmet) if you have one. You can also wear a bacalava underneath your ATV helmet, along with a pair of goggles to protect your eyes from the cold and snow.

    If you ride often in the winter, you might want to consider installing a pair of heated grips and/or hand guards to keep your hands warm and deflect the wind.

    2. Get off if you get stuck.

    If you hit deep snow and can’t get through, try getting off the ATV, hitting the gas, and walking alongside the ATV. If you stay on the ATV and try to power through, you’ll most likely just end up deeper in the snow. Get off, lighten the load on your ATV, and walk until you hit firm or shallow snow. You can also try airing down the tires, if walking doesn’t work.

    3. Pack an emergency kit.

    When you ride in winter, you need to be prepared for emergencies. Pack an emergency kit, including extra food, water, and dry clothing. Use your ATV cover as an emergency blanket or as a wind break in case your ATV breaks down.

    Always let someone know where you’re going and when you plan to be back. Never ride alone in winter. The risks of hypothermia or becoming disoriented in a snowstorm are too great to risk.

    ATV Covers for Storage

    Need an ATV cover to keep your quad safe and snug during the winter months? Take a look at our DuraShield ATV covers and ATV/UTV covers by Classic Accessories and DOWCO. Free shipping to the lower 48 U.S.

    March 21, 2012

    UTV Cover Instructions

    Filed under: ATV Covers & UTV Covers — Tags: , — probus @ 7:04 pm
    UTV cover

    Protect your UTV from weather and sun damage, dust, and dirt.

    A UTV storage cover protects your UTV or side-by-side from weather damage, sun damage, and dust and dirt buildup. Here are a few tips on how to install, clean, and store your UTV cover so that it lasts for years of use.

    Installation

    Before putting the UTV cover on your vehicle, check the UTV for any sharp objects or corners (such as the windshield, side mirrors, utility rack, etc.) that could snag the UTV cover as you install it.

    For added protection, cover any sharp points with foam or other padding.

    Install the UTV cover by slipping it over the top of your UTV and pulling the cover down on all four sides.

    Cleaning

    To clean your UTV cover, first use a soft brush to remove loose debris and dirt. Then, using a soft brush and lukewarm water, clean the UTV cover by hand washing. Do not use soap, as this may remove the protective coatings added by the factory.

    If desired, you may clean your UTV cover in a washing machine with cold water and no detergent.

    Line dry the cover or machine dry using the “air only” or “delicate” setting.

    Storage

    When not using your UTV cover, store it in the storage bag included with the cover. Make sure the cover is completely dry before rolling or folding it for storage. Keep the cover out of direct sunlight and protected from harsh conditions.

    December 20, 2011

    ATV Cover Care

    ATV Cover

    Replace your ATV cover if the fabric becomes torn or worn through.

    An ATV cover keeps your quad clean and dry during storage and trailering. For the best protection, your cover should be free of debris and snow buildup.

    Washing Your ATV Cover

    The easiest way to clean an ATV cover is to wash it while it’s on your ATV. Use a soft brush to remove debris and hose the cover down with a low-pressure garden hose. Do not throw your ATV cover in the washing machine, and avoid the use of harsh chemicals. Your ATV cover is designed with special coatings that can be compromised by harsh soaps, chemicals, or bleach.

    Storing Your ATV Cover

    Make sure your ATV cover is clean and completely dry before storage. A wet, dirty ATV cover encourages the growth of mold and mildew. Store the cover in a dry storage area, preferably in a temperature-controlled climate.

    Replacing Your ATV Cover

    For the best protection, your ATV cover should be free of rips and tears. If the fabric wears through or you get a hole in the cover, it’s time to replace it or take it to an upholstery shop for professional repair.

    October 26, 2011

    Choosing an ATV Cover

    ATV cover

    An ATV cover should include a venting system.

    Need a cover for your ATV or UTV? Here are some tips on choosing the right quad cover for outdoor storage, trailering, and indoor storage.

    Fabric

    The thickness of an ATV cover is measured by the denier of the fabric. The higher the number, the thicker the fabric is. For example, a 300 denier ATV cover is denser and will last longer than a 200 denier cover. Heavier fabric costs more but will hold up better when exposed to harsh weather conditions and trailering.

    Breathability

    Since an ATV cover that repels water can also trap moisture underneath the cover, it’s important to buy a cover with a venting system. Vent flaps not only allow condensation to evaporate but they reduce wind lofting, which can damage the cover. The vents should be designed to allow moisture to escape without letting rain get inside the cover.

    Trailerable Covers

    If you plan to use the ATV cover when transporting your quad on an open trailer or truck bed, make sure you get a trailerable ATV cover. The fabric should be thick enough to withstand trailering, and there should be plenty of tie downs to secure the cover to the ATV.

    Storage Covers

    If you only need the cover for storage, consider how much your ATV will be exposed to the weather. If you store the ATV outside in harsh weather, look for a heavy duty cover with plenty of tie downs. If you store the ATV inside a shed or garage, a lighter cover will work to keep out dust and dirt.

    May 10, 2011

    ATV Cover and UTV Cover Reviews

    Has held up for me so far in Wyoming winds up to 90 miles an hour. - Andrew

    "Has held up for me so far in Wyoming winds up to 90 miles an hour." - Andrew

    Looking for the best cover for your ATV? Check out these reviews for DuraShield customers for ATV covers and UTV covers.

    ATV Cover (Trailerable)

    “This is a durable 300 poly tarp has held up for me so far in Wyoming winds up to 90 miles an hour. As long as it is strapped around your ATV, there won’t be a chance of you waking up in the morning with a naked ATV.”
    - Andrew A.

    ATV Cover (Universal Gray)

    “Very reasonably priced and covers my ATV perfectly. It’s made it through one winter with lots of snow and has held up great.”
    - J. Watson

    ATV Cover (Camo)

    “Great product for the price! I was very pleased with the quality and the fact that it covered my entire Yamaha Kodiak 4 x 4 including the tires with a mounted equipment and gun rack. The free shipping arrived ahead of schedule. Thank you.”
    - Andrew C.

    “Delivered on time and was as described. Held up in a storm that occurred the day after I put it on. I’m happy with it.”
    - R. Adams

    UTV Cover

    “Good Cover and good quality material. Not much more could be said – fits my Rhino just fine.”
    - James R. Bender

    April 26, 2011

    How to Measure for an ATV Cover

    Check the ATV cover dimensions to see if it will fit your bike.

    Check the ATV cover dimensions to see if it will fit your bike.

    Before making your ATV cover purchase, make sure you find the right size cover for your ATV!

    1. Measure the length, width, and height of your ATV. Do not measure up and over the handlebars, windshield, or other parts. Measure in a straight line.

    Take into account any add-ons or accessories that stick out from your ATV that you want underneath the cover. Some accessories may need to be removed before the cover will fit. Most ATV covers are sized to fit ATVs with racks and winches, but they may not work with windshields, snorkels, and other add-ons.

    2. Check the cover dimensions for the cover that is recommended for your ATV. The dimensions of your ATV should fit within the dimensions of the cover.

    Most powersports cover stores provide a sizing chart or product description that lists the ATV make and model along with the size cover recommended for your particular ATV. Use the manufacturer’s recommendation to find the right cover for your bike. Then measure your ATV to make sure the cover will fit before making your purchase. If you have questions about which size ATV cover you need, contact the store’s customer service department with your concerns.

    August 17, 2010

    Choosing a UTV Cover

    Filed under: ATV Covers & UTV Covers — Tags: — probus @ 11:51 am
    This camo UTV cover comes with reinforced grommets and a matching storage bag.

    This camo UTV cover comes with reinforced grommets and a matching storage bag.

    A UTV cover is one of the least expensive ways you can protect your machine from weather damage and general wear and tear. It can save you money in the long run by protecting your UTV from moisture damage, paint damage, and scratches. It can also save you time by keeping your machine clean and free of dust or dirt. The cleaner you can keep your machine, the less often you need to wash it. Just pull the UTV cover off, and you’re ready to ride!

    How to find the right UTV cover:
    1. Decide whether you need a trailerable cover or simply a storage cover. Trailerable covers must be thick enough and durable enough to withstand the forces of high speed travel, and they should include tie down straps and grommets. Storage covers vary in thickness. UTVs stored in a sheltered area may only need a light cover. Outdoor storage demands thick, weather resistant material.
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    3. Measure the length, width, and height of your UTV, including accessories that stick out beyond the length of the UTV, such as racks, brush guards, and other add-ons.
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    5. Compare your vehicle’s measurements with the manufacturer’s cover measurements. If your UTV falls between sizes, purchase the larger cover.

    Note: The UTV cover should not extend all the way to the ground. A few inches of clearance is recommended to allow airflow underneath the cover.

    March 2, 2010

    Storing Your ATV Cover

    Filed under: ATV Covers & UTV Covers — Tags: , — probus @ 12:30 pm

    ATV CoverSince your ATV cover gets a lot of exposure to the elements, it’s important to take care of the cover to make sure it provides the best protection for your ATV or UTV. One of the things you need to know is how to properly store the ATV or UTV cover.

    Before storing your cover for the season, we recommend cleaning it. Brush off any loose dirt and debris, and follow the cleaning instructions supplied by the manufacturer. After the cover is dry, fold it neatly and place it in the storage bag, if included.

    Make sure the cover is completely dry before folding it. Any moisture trapped inside the cover during storage can promote the growth of mildew.

    Store the cover in a dry, protected area away from sunlight. This will help your cover last longer and save you the expense of buying a new one.

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