Whether you are looking to do some casual bog-riding here and there or if you are outfitting your SxS or ATV for the nastiest or most competitive swamp circuits, there are many accessories available for improving your off-road vehicle’s mudding capabilities.
Mud tires are a must. The deep tread and angled lugging on these improve traction on slippery muck while enabling “self-cleaning” as the tires shed mud out to the sides. Medium or shallow-tread mud tires often have decent utility on more general off-roading terrain, in case your budget doesn’t allow for purchasing multiple sets of tires and you’re not planning on specializing in mud pits.
Snorkels breathe clean air for the engine, CVT intakes and exhaust in deep mud pits; diff breathers and other vent lines are also musts if you’re going in deep water. Installing CV boot protectors can prevent or lessen axle damage and joint wear providing extra insurance when you’re plowing through a muddy basin or channel with no idea what’s hidden under the surface. Dielectric grease can also help protect electrical connections. Don’t forget a winch: an absolute lifesaver out there in the mud-scapes.
For side-by-side UTVs, keep in mind that full windshields aren’t conducive to mudding, as a couple major splashes can quickly turn your sightlines to nothing. Half windshields or flip-up/tip-out versions are better suited to mud-bogging.