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post #1 of 55 (permalink) Old 07-16-2015, 03:43 PM Thread Starter
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Tools and stuff for back country riding

New to ATVing and by the end of the summer I'll probably be heading out into some remote mountain regions for some back country trail riding, and I'm wondering just what kind of stuff/tools etc I should bring along in case of breakdowns/events etc. Short list so far includes a GPS (probably a Garmin Montana 650T), a tire repair kit, and courtesy of my Mom one of those satellite personal locator beacons, probably the ResQLink+ from ACR.

Any other suggestions for stuff that might come in handy?
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post #2 of 55 (permalink) Old 07-16-2015, 03:50 PM
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Billet gas cap
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Tires balanced
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Direction2 Overfenders
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Polaris F/R brush guards
1-up touring rear cargo box
Polaris3"passenger foot risers
Polaris lock & ride small rear box
Polaris 1 inch drop receiver hitch
Zurich 4 year extended warranty
Amerex2.5pound HalotronI fire extinguisher


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Billet gas cap
Sticker delete
Throttle assist
Tires balanced
Billet shift knob
Billet flag mount
Polaris 3500 winch
Polaris twin mirrors
26 inch Kenda HTRs
Polaris F/R brush guards
2 inch drop receiver hitch
Lock & RideŽ Front Cargo Box
Zurich 2 year extended warranty
Lock & RideŽ Rear Cargo Box#2875176
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where in the country r u. If i was riding the back country in the West I would take different things than back country in the East

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A must have.
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Mine2015-850 Touring SP Sunset Red,Bought 5-16-15
Miles=2484
Hours=136.7
Billet gas cap
Sticker delete
Throttle assist
Tires balanced
Billet shift knob
Billet flag mount
Polaris twin mirrors
26 inch Kenda HTRs
Direction2 Overfenders
DXTrigger finger throttle
Polaris F/R brush guards
1-up touring rear cargo box
Polaris3"passenger foot risers
Polaris lock & ride small rear box
Polaris 1 inch drop receiver hitch
Zurich 4 year extended warranty
Amerex2.5pound HalotronI fire extinguisher


Wife's2015-850-SP Sunset Red,Bought 7-16-16
Billet gas cap
Sticker delete
Throttle assist
Tires balanced
Billet shift knob
Billet flag mount
Polaris 3500 winch
Polaris twin mirrors
26 inch Kenda HTRs
Polaris F/R brush guards
2 inch drop receiver hitch
Lock & RideŽ Front Cargo Box
Zurich 2 year extended warranty
Lock & RideŽ Rear Cargo Box#2875176
Ansul Sentry2.5pound dry chemical fire extinguisher
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Don't ride with out this.
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Mine2015-850 Touring SP Sunset Red,Bought 5-16-15
Miles=2484
Hours=136.7
Billet gas cap
Sticker delete
Throttle assist
Tires balanced
Billet shift knob
Billet flag mount
Polaris twin mirrors
26 inch Kenda HTRs
Direction2 Overfenders
DXTrigger finger throttle
Polaris F/R brush guards
1-up touring rear cargo box
Polaris3"passenger foot risers
Polaris lock & ride small rear box
Polaris 1 inch drop receiver hitch
Zurich 4 year extended warranty
Amerex2.5pound HalotronI fire extinguisher


Wife's2015-850-SP Sunset Red,Bought 7-16-16
Billet gas cap
Sticker delete
Throttle assist
Tires balanced
Billet shift knob
Billet flag mount
Polaris 3500 winch
Polaris twin mirrors
26 inch Kenda HTRs
Polaris F/R brush guards
2 inch drop receiver hitch
Lock & RideŽ Front Cargo Box
Zurich 2 year extended warranty
Lock & RideŽ Rear Cargo Box#2875176
Ansul Sentry2.5pound dry chemical fire extinguisher
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Spare Belt
Silicone rubber tape
Air compressor
Flash light
small trouble light, hat lamp or head lamp
Utility knife, spare blades
Test light and volt meter..
Valve stem tool and spare caps
Socket set , 3/8 and 1/4 drive
Side cutters
Channel locks
Telescopic magnetic pickup tool
2 pairs vise grips
1 4in adjustable
1 12in adjustable
Flat screwdriver(s)
Philips screw driver long med and stubby
T25 , T15 drivers
Spark plug socket
Zip ties
Cotter pins
wrench to remove axle castle nut, In case you break a drive shaft,
Garbage bag's (2) and black electrical tape (C/V boot patch) or rain coat
Spare Fuse's,Relay's, head light bulb.
Hex key's .
10ft of 14ga wire
Pepper,just regular table pepper about 5oz , or more ..plugs radiator leaks,blown head gaskets.. get you home.
Tow rope.
Ammo boxes to keep it all dry.

compass ,Fire extinguisher .... tarp ..to fix in the rain
bug spray , to keep the bugs away, some of it has ether to use as quick start

Can opener
various cans or dried food...
Fixing makes a guy hungry
Bags, dry socks, Make sure the socks fit and the bags fit over you socks and feet, keep feet dry in wet boots
dry gloves
Hand cleaner
first aid kit
..

GPS , and cell phone aint worth a whole lot broke down in the dark , pouring rain and hungry.
You may have to look after yourself , until you get parts or help

If not ...a quart of rum and a 44 mag ....one shot only..

Have fun..
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If your carrying a spare belt you had better have practiced changing it in a nice dry garage with plenty of light. I never carry one because I know Im not a good enough mech to change one in the field. Being able to bypass an electrical circuit is handy and the pepper trick is a good thing. I personally carry extra gas, dry clothes, fire starting material, extra batteries for phone and light, gps. minimum of tools. If I don't trust my machine to get me there and back I don't go. I don't ride hard enough to risk breaking things although accidents do happen. I rode my goldwing across country last year with the tool set it came with and tire plugs and compressor. Over 6000 miles. Didn't break down once. Why, because I knew my bike was in good shape before I left. In my experience flat tires are your biggest concern. Im not saying that tie rods, axles, belts don't break but unless your really mech inclined most of us aren't fixing them out on the trail. Just my opinion.

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Yami, you just described the tool box that I carry around in the back of my 3/4 ton pickup truck. Ain't no way all that is going on an atv.

A couple of basic tools so you can change a belt or a tire and a spark plug. A tire plug kit and compressor. Extra gas and fire starting kit. Folding shovel and a hatchet. Rain gear and light jacket.

You can't carry everything for every possible scenario, so assume and prepare for the most likely. There is only so much most folks can do out on the trail.
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Don't ride with out this.
All joking aside..... this is a good item to have for more than just the obvious reason!! But when "nature calls" it sure is handier then loosing a sock, two socks or a stocking cap!!

I usually carry.....

- Polaris factory tool kit
- Slime tire plug kit
- small 12v air compressor
- channel lock pliers
- tow straps (2) & carabineers (2)
- hooded sweatshirt
- drink & snack
- fuel pack
- fire starter
- Wet wipes & TP
- cell phone

I usually ride with others and on marked trail systems, so I don't bring all the tools needed.... only the essentials to fix a flat and pull me back to camp/trail head.

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Spare Belt
Silicone rubber tape
Air compressor
Flash light
small trouble light, hat lamp or head lamp
Utility knife, spare blades
Test light and volt meter..
Valve stem tool and spare caps
Socket set , 3/8 and 1/4 drive
Side cutters
Channel locks
Telescopic magnetic pickup tool
2 pairs vise grips
1 4in adjustable
1 12in adjustable
Flat screwdriver(s)
Philips screw driver long med and stubby
T25 , T15 drivers
Spark plug socket
Zip ties
Cotter pins
wrench to remove axle castle nut, In case you break a drive shaft,
Garbage bag's (2) and black electrical tape (C/V boot patch) or rain coat
Spare Fuse's,Relay's, head light bulb.
Hex key's .
10ft of 14ga wire
Pepper,just regular table pepper about 5oz , or more ..plugs radiator leaks,blown head gaskets.. get you home.
Tow rope.
Ammo boxes to keep it all dry.

compass ,Fire extinguisher .... tarp ..to fix in the rain
bug spray , to keep the bugs away, some of it has ether to use as quick start

Can opener
various cans or dried food...
Fixing makes a guy hungry
Bags, dry socks, Make sure the socks fit and the bags fit over you socks and feet, keep feet dry in wet boots
dry gloves
Hand cleaner
first aid kit
..

GPS , and cell phone aint worth a whole lot broke down in the dark , pouring rain and hungry.
You may have to look after yourself , until you get parts or help

If not ...a quart of rum and a 44 mag ....one shot only..

Have fun..


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