❏ For most ATV/UTV commanders,
transporting your machine is a large
part of getting to the place to ride.
There are right ways and very wrong
ways to haul your precious cargo.
The most important part of the job is
the hardware you use to secure your
toys, and for most of us, that means
various types of tie-downs. They come
in different strengths, types and sizes,
so we thought we would take care of
the research for you and present this
One of the basic, useful attributes
to some tie-downs is the addition of a
soft strap. It was originally designed to
be wrapped around aluminum handlebars so metal hooks wouldn’t ruin
them through scratching and denting.
We often find ourselves using the soft
straps to hook around frames and
cargo racks as well. Make sure to not
secure a soft strap to any sharp edges;
The best way to tie an ATV down is to utilize parts of the
frame or cargo racks if your quad has them. Using the built-in
soft straps on the tie-downs stops the possibility of damage
to the ATV. Make sure you have straps that pull the quad in
the front and in the rear, never straight down since that will
not give you a secure hold on the quad.
There are right and wrong ways to transport your ATV, and
this is one of the wrong ways to do so! We give them credit
for wanting to go ride so badly, but there are many things
that can go wrong in a situation like this.
What you need to haul your ATVs
Many people believe standing an ATV on its end is bad for the
quad. For transportation purposes, it’s okay to do so as long
as you let it sit for a few minutes before starting it after it’s
back on all four wheels. Make sure to securely tie the quad
down so it cannot move when you’re driving down the road.
By the staff of Dirt Wheels