Almost every little kid has discovered true enjoyment from jumping into pools of rainwater, making mud pies or ruining a new pair of sneakers in a recently formed mud puddle. Mud has forever enticed both humans and animals alike to frolic in it, whether out of necessity or just for play. While it’s one thing to take a stroll in the muck bare foot, it’s an entirely different adventure to drive a vehicle into it – it’s a much bigger commitment! Sure, mud riding is not for everyone, but it’s hugely popular and downright entertaining when done correctly.
In order to succeed in the slop and enjoy it, we have a short list of Can-Am parts and accessories to help you and your Can-Am ATV and side-by-side vehicle conquer the mud. This style of riding requires proper preparation for man and machine, a stable mentality, strategic driving and, finally, meticulous cleaning and maintenance.
1. Snorkel Kits
For both hard-core recreational boggers and competitive racers, snorkel kits are a must have accessory. We offer kits for both the ATVs and SSVs. Purpose built for tackling muddy conditions, the comprehensive ATV Snorkel Kit comes complete with an extended air intake and new extended CVT inlet and outlet exhaust conveniently integrated into the upper gauge pod cover. This optimal location puts the intake and exhaust outlets as high above the mud as possible.
2. Radiator Relocator Kit
The Radiator Relocator Kit for certain Can-Am ATVs repositions the radiator to a top mount position to greatly reduce cooling performance loss due to muddy conditions. The kit reuses the radiator, but includes the necessary hardware and hoses for the relocation.
3. Mudguard Kit
Think of the ATV Mudguard Kit as way to protect both you and others from flying mud and debris. The thermoformed plastic fender extensions (except 715001764 – made of injected plastic) fit seamlessly with the stock plastic for a larger, more protective swath to reduce the amount of spray reaching the driver and passenger.
4. Mud Tires
When you’re dedicated to going deep, an obvious addition to any ATV or SSV platform is a full set of mud tires. Choose between the mud-proven 30-inch Gorilla Silverback mud tires found on the Outlander 1000 X mr and Maverick 1000R X mr or the mud-ready 28-inch MAXXIS Mudzilla treads found on the Outlander 650 X mr. Both tires feature extreme traction, tall lugs, biting edges, integrated cleaning grooves and more. Check for proper vehicle fitment before ordering.
5. WARN Winch Kits
A winch is a must for anyone serious about exploring the mud. We offer fully sealed WARN winch kits, from the XT15 (rated at 1,500 lbs; 680 kg rated) up to the SSV-specific RT40 (rated at 4,000 lbs; 1,814 kg) for ATVs and SSVs. The versatile and consumer-friendly winches, which feature a convenience hand-held remote and integrated dash/handlebar rocker switch, are standard on XT, XT-P, Limited and X mr models.
6. XPS ATV Cleaning Kit
Mud riding isn’t all about fun. There is the chore of cleaning and maintaining your vehicles once you’re done playing in the soup. The kit includes one 32-ounce bottle of biodegradable and non-toxic XPS ATV Cleaning Kit that helps remove mud and dried-on dirt. A bottle of finishing spray for a clean, polished look and two Microfiber drying towels are also included. The machine-washable towels, which hold seven times their weight in water, are perfect for drying and polishing.
7. RIDING GEAR
From blue jean overalls to chest waders, we’ve seen people wear all sorts for riding gear when they ride in the mud. But we prefer to dress more appropriately for our battle with the bogs. We offer several mud-specific wearables. We also highly recommend you invest in a comfortable, approved helmet and eye protection while mud riding.
- Mud Jacket
Choose between the Bayou Jacket and the simpler-but-effective Mud Jacket for making your upper torso more mud resistant. Both jackets offer the Can-Am logo, waterproof construction and strategic venting.
- Mud Pants
We suggest you add a pair of mud pants to your mud-riding wardrobe. Like the jackets, we have both the Bayou Mud Pants with adjustable suspenders or the waterproof PVC Can-Am Mud Pants, which have an elastic waist and are available in two colors.
- Neoprene Mud Boots
The Can-Am Neoprene Mud Boots are 100% waterproof polyurethane and designed to be lightweight and comfortable for walking and riding. The sole features an aggressive, durable tread pattern for superior traction. They come in various sizes and two color choices (black or Next G-1 Camo).
Additional Mud Riding Tips
When it comes to riding safely in the mud, we also offer this dirty dozen (tips).
- Always use common sense and know your surroundings
- Never ride alone
- Ride only in legal, approved riding areas
- Respect the environment, stay on the trails and tread lightly
- Know your state and local laws
- Exercise caution when riding in mud
- Learn proper throttle control
- Be prepared for the unexpected (read: flats, mechanical failure, etc.)
- Understand your vehicle’s limitations and operator’s guide.
- Practice safe winching techniques
- Always wear a helmet, eye protection and proper riding gear
- Follow all ATV and SSV warranty and maintenance guidelines