April 2nd, 2013 by Jason Giacchino
After a long and obnoxious winter, signs of spring are popping up all over. If you’re like us (and for the sake of your bank account, we certainly hope not), you’re already plotting on the trails you’ve been missing out on for the past few months.
The only snag is mud, mud everywhere! If you fancy yourself a mudder, this isn’t in a bad thing. Trail riders and racers alike however can be lugging on average 150-200 additional pounds of muck on the underside of their ATV.
Weight low on the chassis like this can not only greatly affect handling but it reduces fuel economy as well.
We’ve been experimenting with some low-tech solutions this season and are pleased to share the findings. In a word: foam!
Mud Free Foam Kit from Power Madd – $25
An ATV can collect over 300-pounds of mud in just a single race. This added weight slows you down, effecting your stamina and control. Riders spend a lot of time and money reducing the weight of their ATV and even a little mud can add it all back on.
- Kit contains 3 cut-to-fit sheets, enough for one sport ATV
- Can be used for more than one race
- Can be power washed
- Can be removed when not needed
Dynamite Mud Cap $32.99
Enter the Dynamite ATV Inside-Out Mud Cap, a foam insert that fits on the inside of the ATV rim to keep heavy mud and trail crud out. Bob Marshall owner of Dynamite ATV has come up with a simple yet effective solution to a problem many quad riders and racers face on tracks and trails all over the globe.
These black caps will fit the following 8-inch beadlock rims: Douglas, ITP Trac Lock (no reinforcement ring) and Hiper 9″ rims. Additionally the caps will fit most original DWT rims. The new G-2 Inner Mud caps are also available.
Radiator Foam Sheets $9.99
Having mud pack up on your ATV’s radiator is double trouble: Not only does it add unwanted weight, it restricts critical air flow. A radiator unable to flow air through its numerous nooks and crannies no longer has the ability to cool antifreeze being pumped through it.
-Cut to custom fit
-Will not restrict air flow
-Keeps radiator and engine clean
-Prolongs the life of radiator & engine
-Keeps mud out of cooling fins