— No more hot paws —
We like the versatility of today’s UTVs. Multiple seats, capable 4WD systems, great suspension and ample storage are very attractive features to adventurous off-roaders. The cargo area of some machines is just right for bringing along man’s best friends—his dog and his cooler. So, building a better barrier for the constant rising heat through the bed floor is very necessary. Before your next riding trip, we wanted to share a few ways you can protect your best friends from engine heat.
Razorback (RBO) has the most vehicle- and issue-specific products out there. Its Ruff Rider padded heat shield blocks heat and gives your precious cargo extra padding to lie on. Razorback claims the product reduces bed temperature a full 50 degrees where it counts. The top pad is made of 1000-denier Cordura fabric that is rip-, tear-, soil- and stain-resistant. RBO has pads for the Polaris General, RZR 1000, XPT, RZR S 900 and 1000, Can-Am Maverick Sport/Trail, and the CFMoto ZForce. Price is $99–$119. RBO also has plenty of other cargo accessories for these same models. Check them out at www.razorbackoffroad.com, or call them directly at (208) 696-7230.
DEI has a DIY solution that can work with any make or model. Its heat screen is made of Mylar laminated to a glass fiber matting backed with an aggressive, pressure-sensitive adhesive for easy peel-and-stick application. It’s designed to protect against up to 1200 degrees Fahrenheit of direct heat or up to 2000 degrees Fahrenheit radiant heat. So, if applied to the underside of your UTV’s bed in conjunction with any OEM heat shielding, it will cool it considerably. Simply cut and trim to cover body panels and other areas requiring thermal protection. Measuring only .060 inches in thickness, this versatile, thin reflective material adheres quickly and easily to any surface, even or uneven, painted or unpainted.
The heat screen is available in options of 5 square feet (36 x 20 inches) for $58.20 or 10 square feet, (36 x 40 inches) for $126.74. Visit www.designengineering.com or call (800) 264-9472.
Moramoto offers rear bed mats for a large number of the SXS/UTV units on the market. Its testing with the Textron/Arctic Cat Wildcat XX showed a 40-plus-degree drop in temperature with the mat kit installed in the bed using a snap-on infrared thermal tool. For custom bed-only kits, pricing depends on the unit, as the amount of material used changes based on bed size. The mats are offered in numerous colors so you can match the color of your ride. Complete Moramoto UTV kits sell for $479.99–$799.99 through any Tucker dealer. Call directly (877) 254-1145 or visit www.moramoto.com.
The Geiser Performance heat shield mounts to the bottom of the Can-Am X3 bed to reduce the heat coming up from the engine. It has been tested and proven to save your ice a little longer. Includes all required hardware. Price is $53.95. Call (602) 777-1237.