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I've been enjoying the pictures and discussion in the ATV topic. Since I'm relatively new to ATVs, less than a year in, I'm curious to hear what the must have accessories are for work and hunting.
I already have a plow (primary reason I bought the ATV), winch, front and back rack, and trickle charger. Obviously, I still need a way to mount a bow or bow case.
I have a cheap bow case and just strap it to the rear rack.
While my ATV is in storage over the winter, I keep an automatic trickle charger on it. I ran a permanent two-lead pigtail from the battery that comes out right by the handle bar where I can easily plug in the charger without have to take off any fairings. It has a cap on it when not in use.
Heated grips, receiver for hitch, a fair number of quality stretch cords and ratchet straps, gas cans, good trailer or loading ramp for truck. A front fender bag with a cup/bottle holder is nice. Also a rear bag or box. Good luck with it!
A couple more things that are important to me: A rear view mirror, a hidden key, a gas guage that works, a can of flat-fixit, and some clear goggles.
I like to keep a few tire plugs and a small cigarette lighter type compressor. I've had occasion to use both in the field. And for quick fixes, some Fix a Flat or something similar.
A good helmet is probably one of the most overlooked "accessories" needed on an ATV. I had a roll over behind the house a couple years ago and without the helmet it would've been real ugly.
Great suggestions above. My favorite accessory is my snow plow.
I just added a couple LED headlights to mine - BIG difference.
I put a hard locking trunk on the front rack. It’s made for this purpose. Big enough I keep in there some tools, a bow saw, extra gloves and goggle, mini air compressor, straps, and can hold a few bottles of water. Everything stays dry and relatively dust free.
I built an oversized rack for the front which also acts as a brush (and sometimes big tree) guard. One handy thing I did was put hinges on the big cargo box on the rear. I can tilt the box back ninety degrees than have the full rack exposed for hauling quarters or large temporary loads.
A mirror is a very nice, cheap and simple addition. Wish they had a horn.
I have some of the same acc. as others mentioned. To avoid carrying a portable air compressor for tire inflation, I have a repair kit with tire plugs and C02 cartridges with an adaptor for the valve stem. The whole thing fits in the palm of my hand. I went with a soft bag for the front rack because it collapses when not in use.
I'll be putting custom racks on mine since it came without factory racks. Anyone have suggestions on a good company that builds durable light weight racks?
I do have a helmet and loading ramps, and my ATV actually came stock with a horn.
The tire repair kit with CO2 cartridges is pretty neat. I just ordered one of those and a recovery strap. I probably need to get a storage box or bag.
In addition to the factory racks, I custom made another rear rack to haul stuff.
I also like front fender bags for quick access to gloves, goggles etc.
For my plow, I also made a custom raker bar. This works good for over-seeding or just scratching up topsoil. I added weight to the plow itself with helps in plowing snow and also with the taker bar.
Cnelk, are those rail spikes?
^^^ No, they are 4" Grade 8, 1/2" bolts. I drilled thru the angle and then welded the hex head to the angle