An all-terrain vehicle (ATV) can bring a new level of versatility to the farm. Upgrades (beyond the typical storage baskets and toolboxes) only enhance its usefulness. Check out this illustration to see how you can trick out an ATV to suit your needs.
Making your ATV a year-round vehicle is easier with heater zone controllers. Heated areas include handlebar grips and seats (which feature five heat levels and an on/off rocker switch), as well as thumb zones, foot positions and vests. The two-zone controller from Symtec, Inc., has memory settings to maintain your personalized comfort every time you turn on your ATV. Contact: Symtec, (763) 571-9193; www.symtec-inc.com.
For pulling chores on the farm, call on your ATV to tackle the job with a winch. The RT30 model from Warn Industries is compatible with 500-cc or larger ATVs and provides up to 3,000-lb. pulling capacity. The model shown features 50' of durable aircraft-grade wire rope, a hand-held remote and an all-metal, three-stage planetary gear train. Contact: Warn Industries, (800) 543-9276; www.warn.com.
Bolt on to Ditch Out
Farmer-inventor Steve Raguse manufactures trench wheels designed to drain fields of standing water. The speciality wheels bolt on to all ATV makes and models and allow the operator to control the trench depth. Contact: Steve Raguse Manufacturing, (320) 563-8389; www.trenchwheel.com.
Technology at Hand
When you're on your ATV, the best place for your PDA, cell phone or walkie-talkie isn't your back pocket. Installing mounts can keep your mobile technology safe and at hand. The RAM Mount Aqua Box has a touch-through screen that also provides durability in rain and wet conditions. Contact: RAM Mount, (206) 763-8361;
Putting tracks on your ATV extends its mobility through snow and mud. Tracks like these, made
by LiteFoot ATV, will widen your machine, as well as increase
its ground clearance and stability. LiteFoot ATV manufactures five models of tracks for ATV riders seeking higher flotation and greater traction. Contact: LiteFoot ATV, (218) 436-6000; www.litefootATV.com