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Enhancing Your Off-Road Ride

If you ride an ATV, certain performance-enhancing upgrades are a worthwhile investment. Stock equipment is meant to take you the distance. They are great for beginners, but if you’re an experienced rider, you may want to make some tweaks to improve your off-road experience and boost performance. If you’re planning on riding through rough or different types of terrain or looking to add more storage space to your ATV etc…there are many modifications that can help you get the job done.

Some modifications simply enhance performance and the quad’s mudding capabilities. There are many mods that may not be as “exciting” as some, but they necessary additions to prevent damaging your bike and exposing it to the extremes. In this article, we run through some of the best mods to make to get the most bang for your buck.


What Are ATV Modifications

ATV modifications can have a significant impact on the quality of your ride and the performance of your ATV. They can also protect your bike from the harsher elements that you might be riding in, saving you a lot of money in the long run and extending the life of your ATV. If you’re in need of some extra “oomph” in your ride, there are some great accessories and equipment that can help make that happen, too.

Reasons to Modify an ATV

Whether it’s performance-related, safety-related, protection-related or cargo-related, there are many reasons to make modifications: extra grip, damage protection, extra space, extra throttle response or comfort. The list goes on. What you choose to add is really dependent on what you plan on doing with your ATV. Your best bet, if you are unsure, is to discuss it with your local ATV professional.

Most Important Modifications to Consider

Below we list the upgrades we feel will take you far on your ride and ensure that your experience is taken to the next level.


Upgrade Wheels and Tires

Wheels are meant to withstand the pressures of riding in rough terrain. Tires are supposed to provide maximum traction to keep you in control, moving freely and efficiently through deep and rugged conditions and dirt. Keep your eye open for tires with an aggressive tread pattern and absorption capabilities.


An exhaust upgrade will enhance the power of your off-road vehicle. If you’re looking for power gains on the track or trails, or upgrading the sound, an exhaust slip-on can help you in this department.

Racks and Storage

If you’re planning on hauling a lot of equipment, additional racks and storage can make your life a whole lot easier. They can also add some protection by adding another layer of equipment that could protect areas that might cost much more to repair if damaged.


Lights are a must if you plan on doing night rides. High-output aftermarket lights are a great modification. Not only for obvious safety reasons, but better illumination will naturally lead to a better ride.

Track Kit

A track kit can have a major impact in terms of allowing you to use your ATV during the winter months and adding a variety of different terrain options for you to ride on.



When installing bigger tires, your clutches will operate less efficiently because of the change. Normally, increasing tire size by one inch does not cause issues with clutches, but when you go bigger, you’ll want to compliment the change with a clutch kit designed for the tire size you have chosen. This allows the clutch to operate far more smoothly and efficiently.


Front and rear bumpers can add additional protection and style to your ATV. You can find bumpers of all shapes and sizes.

Skid Plates

Shielding the underside of your ATV from being damaged when hitting debris will take you a long way. Skid plates come in either aluminum or shock-resistant plastic. They are custom made to fit your specific ATV.


A winch is an excellent investment. If you’re riding your ATV, there is a good chance you will get stuck at some point. And having the ability to get pulled out of that situation, or pull others out of situations, is a bit of a must.

Investing in Accessories

Accessories can add value to your ATV, but the benefits they offer are tremendous. They will add significant pleasure and additional comfort, safety and ease to your rides, allowing you to focus more on what you truly want to focus on – Your ride.

The Proper Modifications Can Transform Your Experience

Do your research to determine which accessories would complement your riding style best. Muskoka Powersports is happy to offer many tips and give you great advice on what might work for you and your budget, based on your needs and ride preferences.