5 Simple Tips to Keep Your ATV Clean
After a long day of fun but filthy ATV thrill rides, it's time to clean your prized 4-track machine.
Before you break out the hose and heavy sighs, we have a handful of tips to help you clean and shine up your off-road vehicle. After all, knowing how to clean your ATV is the first step to proper maintenance.
Use an ATV Muffler Plug
Most ATV riders know their machine can withstand water as long as it doesn't enter the exhaust system. Think of it as drinking water too fast and having it accidentally go down your windpipe rather than your throat. Power-washing your mud-covered four-wheeler without closing off the exhaust will have the same painful effect. By placing a simple muffler plug into the exhaust pipe of your ATV, you can get started on the spray down process without fear of causing any damage to your offroad vehicle.
Get an Air Box Cover
Caked-up dirt on your ATV is a sign of how hard you rode it, and the cleaning process is going to take some serious elbow grease. Clearing dirt and debris from the air box is an important step, but not before installing an air box cover to keep water out completely. By investing in a simple air box cover, you're sparing yourself the grief of accidentally spraying water into the carburetor or engine.
Wash with Quality Cleaner and Degreaser
Keeping your ATV looking like new isn't always easy. It's bad enough that it gets hit with rocks, sand and debris, so don't let poor quality soap further age your ride. When you're ready to clean up your machine, choose a high quality cleaner that's tough on dirt without the harmful chemicals.
When black dirt and grimy residue stays on the metal parts after wshing your ATV, the second cleaning product you should keep in the garage at all times is a trustworthy clean-up degreaser spray. Spraying down your chain and sprocket with this stuff saves you loads of time during the cleaning process.
PRO TIP: Keep degreasers away from your plastic parts to prevent peeling and discoloration. Even light chemicals can tarnish anodized aluminum or high polish wheels. If possible, work quickly when using both cleaners and de-greasers on all ATV parts, and aim for one minute or less between soaping the parts and rinsing them thoroughly.
Use a Power Washer
We've probably all relied on the traditional garden hose to wash our ATVs at some point. But if using a hose feels a bit tedious, there's an easier way to thoroughly wash your ATV: using a power washer. Not only can you blast away the hardest dirt or stickiest mud, but you can do it in a fraction of the time!
Imagine getting home exhausted from a hot day riding in the dunes and realizing you now have to rid your ATV of all the leftover sand and debris. You grab the hose to pre-soak your machine and soap it up shortly after. In doing so, you realize the hose wasn't powerful enough to clear all of the sand scratching both the metal and paint. This is exactly why investing in a power washer is a good idea. It wastes less water and cleans your ATV more thoroughly than the old garden hose.
Shine, Seal and Lubricate
Keeping that showroom shine on your machine for life can be done with proper cleaning and care. Once the cleaning and degreasing is done, and your ATV is dry, it's time to shine that baby up! After using a premium cleaner and degreaser, we recommend using a spray polish to top things off. A good sealant and polish will protect against sun damage and repel water while adding a shine worthy of the showroom floor.
There's more room for error than you might think when washing your ATV. Water can damage expensive parts during a seemingly harmless spray down. By following these five ATV cleaning tips, your prized possession will last longer and look better for years to come!