Winter Warriors: How to Outfit Your SxS with CA Tech for Cold-Weather Rides

Whether you’re looking forward to the challenge of snowy trails or your idea of winter is that the desert has finally cooled down enough to enjoy riding with your friends, winter weather can present a unique set of challenges for side by side riding, no matter how or where you do winter.

Winch Bumpers and Pull Plates

Getting stuck is always a fun adventure up to the point where it’s not fun at all anymore.  If you find yourself stuck in the snow, that time can come a lot faster than you think.  It can also get dangerous to be stuck out in the cold.  The best way to handle it is to have the right tools at hand to get unstuck as quickly as possible.

Having a winch on board is a great way to get unstuck in a pinch.    Our Polaris RZR Pro R and Turbo R bumper is a great way to keep your rig safe and protected, and still allow for a winch in the times when you need it.  Bolting it on is straightforward, and leaves space for most UTV winches. 

If winching isn’t an option, and you have to lean on a friend (or even a nice stranger) to help you out of a predicament, you’ll want to have a good Pull Plate, like our RZR BAMF Pull Plate ready to rock on your side-by-side.  The modular design accepts a tow hook, a tow loop, and a hitch receiver - allowing you to adjust based on the recovery tools you use most, or what’s handy at when you need to rely on it.

You don’t want to spend hours stuck on the trail, and you definitely don’t want to spend hours stuck in the snow. Get ahead of it, and be ready for what the winter season brings.

Battery Trays and Isolators

There’s no better time to throw a bigger battery in your rig than before your first winter trip.  Cold weather can really pull the power out of your battery when it sits, and cold starts don’t make it any easier.  CA Tech underhood battery trays and isolators will help to ensure you’ve got power on demand when it’s time to get going.  The isolators will help you maintain power levels, no matter the conditions.  Don’t get stuck at camp when it’s time for fun.  Make sure you’ve got the power to get the party started.

Storage Solutions

Keeping everything stowed safely can be a great key to a good time on the trails, no matter the weather.  Stow extra layers, hand warmers, jumper boxes, and more in your Packouts, and then use our CA Tech Packout Racks to keep everything you might want when you’re out on the trails.  Maybe it’s an extra thermos of hot coffee on those early mornings, or maybe it’s backup blankets you keep on hand in case of a true emergency. 

Speaking of which - when you’re talking about winter riding, it’s extra-important to keep some first aid supplies and your 10 Essentials handy.  The last thing you need is to be hurt, without cell service, in the middle of nowhere, with the sun getting low, and a chill in the air.  Plan ahead, pack up, and load those packouts up without worrying about how to keep your stuff contained.

Door Panel Inserts

If you’re out slinging mud and snow, you’re bound to wind up a little bit soggy if you don’t plan ahead.  Add some RZR PRO XP door inserts from CA Tech, and you can keep the moisture on the outside of your rig.  If you’re not in a snowy climate, it’ll help to keep the wind chill down, too.  No matter where you wheel, there’s no easier change to make to your ride to maximize your comfort when you’re out on a chilly trail.


Lastly, we can’t miss the opportunity to talk about layering up before you head out for the winter trails.  If you’re lucky, a CA Tech Hoodie is all the winter wear you need, but for most of us, it’s just a great start to layering up when it’s time for some winter riding.

Throw in a hat to help keep the heat in when you don’t have a helmet on, and you’re out of your side-by-side.  Like the saying goes, “stay warm, ain’t gotta get warm.”  That is the saying, right?

Keeping your rig running it’s best and looking great and when you’re out on the trails, shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg. If you’re looking for advice, need help with an install, or just don’t know what parts you might want to check out next, CA Tech has the experts on hand with the info you need. Give us a call at 423-790-0230 or shoot us an email at - we got your back.

Leave a comment


Your cart is currently empty.