Top 10 Must Have Side by Side Accessories – Part 2

Here’s Whomoto’s Part 2 of the top 10 must have accessories for your UTV. Check out Part 1 here!

  1. Winch and Winch Mount
  2. Racks/Storage Systems
  3. Full Skid Plate
  4. Doors
  5. Heater

Number 6: Winch and Winch Mount

Whether you need to pull your self out of a muddy situation, help out a friend, or move a heavy load, a winch can be a life saver.  They range usually from about a 3000 lb to 5000 lb rating. We recommend using at least a 4000 lb winch, if you own a relatively heavy UTV or side by side, you may want to go even higher. Another option on many winches is the type of cable: steel or synthetic. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Wire is more resistant to abrasion and can handle heat better. Synthetic rope of the same diameter is stronger and more lightweight.

Number 7: Racks/Storage System

If you carry a lot of gear for work or when out hunting, you may find that there simply is enough space to put everything! yamaha-viking-front-rackAdding a front rack or roof rack can easily double the amount of storage you have on your side by side. If you need quick access to items, we recommend getting a front rack. If, like many of our customers, you use your UTV to refill deer feeders a lot, than a roof rack would be a better choice. You can both store and load the deer feed conveniently form your side by side’s top. Shown on the right is the front rack we make for the Yamaha Viking and Viking VI. Head on over to and see what rack and storage options we have for your UTV!

Number 8: Full Skid Plate

polaris-ranger-900-uhmw-skid-plateDriving through rough terrain can easily damage the underside of your side by side. Adding a metal or UHMW skid plate adds loads of protection and can save you from heavy maintenance costs later on. If you only need protection from from large sticks/debris and occasionally a large rock, a cheaper metal skid plate will work just fine. If you do a lot of rock crawling then UHMW is a must. It is a slick, durable plastic, similar to cutting boards in your kitchen. If you have a metal skid plate and are rock crawling, the aluminum or steel will easily get caught on the boulders. With a UHMW skid, you will slide over more easily. WhoMoto offers aluminum, UHMW, and hybrid options, each custom designed just for your vehicle.

Number 9: Doors

Doors can add a sense of security, look great, and most importantly, more room for stickers! In case of a rollover, these can be a real life saver. Doors can either be half or full. Half doors can be great more affordable option to add some protection. If you live a very cold area or want to completely seal your self off from the elements, we recommend full doors. Construction range any where from metal, to canvas, to gel coat (similar to fiber glass). Add a heater with a full set of doors and you are sure to stay warm and cozy even during the harshest weather. Speaking of which, that leads us right into our last must have accessory!

Number 10: Heater

Combined with a full cab system (front and rear window, top, and doors), you wont even know you’re in a side by side. A properly designed heater provides a clean OEM look and relatively simple installation. Many heaters also have a defrost feature. Helping to remove the ice off of your window. Head on over to our shop and pick the specific heater for your vehicle to make winter more bearable.

Check out Part 1 in case you missed it!


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