No matter your off-road vehicle of choice, from utility ATV to a sport side-by-side and everything in between, there are must have tools for any ride. To start, always review your vehicles owner’s manual and become familiar with key service items and associated fasteners. If your off-road vehicle requires a special tool for what could be an at risk repair area, add it to your kit. Beyond that, your ATV or SxS UTV tool kit should be versatile enough to assist you in a wide range of applications. Recommended must have items in your kit include:
- Adjustable wrenches or common sized wrenches specific to your vehicle.
- Regular and Philips screw drivers.
- Zip ties, small roll of flexible wire and duct tape.
- Tire plug kit with manual or 12-volt air pump.
Having common wrenches and screw drivers to possibly repair mechanical failures or make adjustments on the trail are a no brainer. While you can never prepare for all mishaps, having common tools can help you adjust handlebars and controls that get knocked out of position, change a spark plug, remove a tire, or make a suspension adjustment.
The “MacGyver” kit of zip ties, wire and duct tape have endless uses and can be used to “repair” just about anything. With some ingenuity and duct tape, we’ve seen broken control arms mended, cracked plastic repaired and even ripped jackets or leaky boots sealed on the trail with this do-it-all trio.
A flashlight will not only help you with repairs after the sun goes down but can be used to search for a dropped fastener deep within the nooks and crannies of your vehicle.
Lastly, flat or leaky tires are almost inevitable when you ride off-road. A tire plug kit can quickly repair a puncture and get you back on the trail.
Keep in mind, every off-road tool kit can be different depending upon your ATV or UTV and where you ride. Most likely you’ll discover other items you may want to include with each ride. Keep a list and continually refine your ATV or SxS tool kit. Over time, you’ll be a trail hero as others look to you to save the day on future trail rides.