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Basic Things To Remember Before Racing UTVs

Racing UTVs is always an enjoyable experience. There's something about the thrill of going up and down dunes, rough terrains, and muddy locations. Some consider it as a hobby or a leisure activity, while others treat it more professionally, joining competitions to showcase their racing skills.

Whether you’re a newbie or a long-time enthusiast, it still pays to keep in mind some necessary reminders before you get into UTV racing. These tips can help ensure that you'll stay safe on your journey.

1. Learn The Basics Of How To Jumpstart Your UTV

The last thing you wish to happen while you’re in the middle of the race is to get stuck, a problem that may arise when your UTV runs out of engine power.

How do you get out of such a sticky situation? Well, you better keep these basics in mind:

● The process of jumpstarting your UTV can be likened to that of doing it with a car. Attach the jump cables from a good battery to your bad one. Also, take note of accurately lining the positive and the negative ends.

● If you're jumpstarting from a car, keep the car off while you're trying to turn on the UTV.

● If you're jumpstarting from another UTV or an ATV, start the machine and give it a try for around three to five minutes.

Furthermore, it would be helpful to have the following tools:

● Jumper cables

● Portable jump starter

● General UTV tool kit

2. Be Sure You've Completed The Necessary Permits And Gear

Especially when you're going to join professional UTV races, there's going to be a set of necessary permits and gear that you've got to complete. Not only are these prerequisites, but they're also required for the assurance of your safety. Generally, you'll need to comply with the following requirements:

● Apply for and obtain a valid race license.

● Check to see which UTV race class is appropriate for you. Usually, this is dependent on your age and the size of the vehicle that you're bringing.

Have a race spotter. This person is responsible for ensuring that you're okay. Should you get into any trouble, the race spotter also notifies the organizer. This is also precisely the reason why race spotters are required to have at least two radios--one is for listen-only purposes, such as to listen to the race coordinators, while the other one is for communication purposes

● Wear a fire-retardant, one-piece suit. It should cover you up to your neck, wrist, and ankles.

● Wear a full-face helmet, with a head and neck restraint and appropriate gloves and driving shoes.

3. Do A Dry Run

Even when you've already been racing your whole life, it still pays to do a dry run a weekend before the final race day itself. This applies whether you’re racing with a UTV or any other high-performance car. The ultimate goal isn't only to win, but to finish the race, too. It can be really difficult to accomplish the latter, especially when it involves a track that you haven't gone through before.

In going through a dry run, you're allowing yourself to get a feel as to how your UTV is going to react on the course. You can also practice your handling so you can determine which areas you need to improve on.

4. Inspect Your UTV Thoroughly After Every Race

How you’ll perform in your next UTV race will be highly dependent on how you prepare for it right after the last race. After every race, you need to inspect your UTV thoroughly. Especially when you've gone through rough terrain, you might have lost some important parts during the race or there may be areas that need immediate repairs. When you prepare that early, you've got enough time to order the right parts and troubleshoot certain issues before the next race.

Here are other benefits of a thorough inspection of your UTV:

● You can avoid the "racer’s curse", which usually means finding defective parts only the day before the race.

● It provides you an ample amount of time to thoroughly clean the delicate parts, such as the entire clutch system.

● It gives you enough time to order and replace parts, such as tires, which you can obtain from platforms like compett.org/best/utv-tires/.

5. Check The Requirements For Your UTV

Apart from the requirements that you'll need to comply with as the racer, there are also specific requirements that you need to double-check with regards to your vehicle. This will ensure your safety while in your UTV.

Here's how you can prepare your vehicle for the UTV race:

● Utilize your UTV's stock chassis and maintain its appearance.

● Have a five-point, quick release harness. The ends of your lap belt should be fastened to the roll bar cage. The shoulder harnesses should be coming from the back of the driver's seat.

● Have an aftermarket roll cage.

● Keep all of the A-arm mounting points in their factory or original location, with the positioning precisely as it was when the manufacturer delivered your UTV.

● Have solid doors, and make sure that they're all in good condition. These can serve as your shield of protection in case of any bad falls.

● The left half of the windshield should be covered with a rock guard.

6. Prepare For The Race Fees

Racing UTVs isn’t a cheap hobby. Most races do come with a fee, and for others, it can be a hefty amount. Add this cost up to all the other expenses that you’ll have to pay for in order to prepare your vehicle for the race--that’s quite an amount right there. In most cases, the race fees can go anywhere from 100 to 500 US dollars. Before you spend all the time preparing for one, be sure, too ,that it’s something you can afford.


Racing a UTV is always going to give you that thrill and energy you can’t find anywhere else. But, with this thrill also comes a lot of danger. After all, you’re not just dealing with flat surfaces. UTV races are meant to be done on difficult dunes as well as muddy and murky terrains. This means that in order to have the best race experience and to ensure your safety, you’ll also need to prepare well. Else, you’re in for a way bumpier ride than you’ve ever expected.

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