Mudding ATVs For Sale

For some, off-roading is a way of life, and one of the best ways to satisfy this desire is with an ATV. These versatile machines were initially popular with hunters and trail riders but have become useful for various industries and have also found popularity with drag racers and mud pluggers.

It all started when the Sperry-Rand Tricart was released in 1968. But it was Honda that took the three-wheeled concept and ran with it, thus setting the path for today’s ATVs. In 1982, Suzuki would become the first manufacturer to sell a four-wheeled ATV, with the debut of their QuadRunner LT125.

Yamaha and Honda also followed suit with their own four-wheeled ATVs just two years later, and Honda went on to dominate the market, ultimately controlling 69% of the ATV market in the United States.

It was no surprise that all manufacturers saw a market for four-wheelers with quite a bit of enthusiasm and started releasing performance-oriented ATVs. A few notable ATVs in this space are the Suzuki LT500, aka “Quadzilla” (1987-1990), and the Yamaha Banshee (1987-2012). The Grand National Cross Country series (GNCC) and ATV National Motocross Championship also began in the early 1980s and continue as two of the premier ATV racing series.

Mudding With ATVs

Mudding, or “mud bogging,” has become hugely popular within the ATV community - to the point that manufacturers produce machines specifically designed for the job. A healthy aftermarket industry caters to this niche by selling mud tires, lift kits, power upgrades, and many other beefed-up components to turn an ATV into a full-on mud plugger.

Let us look at a few things that make an ATV a proper mud machine: Factors like horsepower, suspension setup, and a high mount radiator are just a couple of the critical points to consider. Here are some essential modifications that ATV enthusiasts do before tackling a mud bog.

Mud Tires and Beadlock Rims

Mud tires are a must if you intend to go mudding, as they consist of beefier tread that can grip well in the mud and not clog up like a standard one. Beadlock rims are an essential consideration as they hold the tires in place when you lower your tire pressures.

Air Snorkel and Sealed Air Intake Box

A snorkel will extend your air intake above the standard level, keeping water, mud, and grime from going places it shouldn’t go. Note that the money you spend on a snorkel will be in vain if you don’t back it up with a sealed intake box. This will help to further prevent any water from entering the vehicle through any cracks or joints in the airbox.

Lift Kit and Winch

If you have decided to go for mud tires, the subsequent modification in line would be a lift kit to help those massive tires clear your fenders. It will give you some much-needed ground clearance to tackle mud holes with confidence, and if you do get stuck, a strong winch will come in handy to get you out.

Skid Plates and Relocated Radiator

A skid plate helps protect the underside of your ATV from any potential damage, coupling that with a relocated radiator would help as they are usually located relatively low and can get caked up with mud after a short run.

Performance Clutch Install

A change to mud tires would also result in increased wear and tear on your clutch. An upgrade kit would allow your engine to operate more efficiently.

Power Upgrades

Going mudding with big tires means you need some serious power to get you through. Purchasing an aftermarket exhaust and ECU remap should free up some much-needed power, and if you hunger for more, a big bore kit might be right up your alley.

Mud Grips and Better Foot Pedals

Purpose-made mud grips will help you achieve better control over your ATV when you are covered in mud, and a good set of foot pedals will help you keep your feet planted.

This all might sound like a bit much for those who want to get down and dirty without all the modifications. In that case, here are a few ATVs that you can pick up and go mudding straight away.

Polaris Sportsman XP 1000 High Lifter Edition

The XP 1000 High Lifter is a result of the collaboration between the folks at Polaris and the mudding experts at High Lifter. It runs on 29.5-inch High Lifter Outlaw 2 tires and is powered by a 952cc ProStar Twin-cylinder mill churning out 88 horsepower coupled to a CVT transmission geared perfectly for mud running. Oh, did we mention it comes standard with a 3,500 lb winch?

Can-Am Renegade X MR 1000R

The folks at Can-Am seem to know a thing or two about mud, as their Renegade X is one of the best options for seasoned riders. It comes with 14-inch beadlock wheels shod in 30-inch ITP Cryptid tires, specialized bumpers, extra skid plates, and a high-mounted air intake. All this ATV greatness is built around a 976cc Rotax V-Twin engine that produces up to 89 horsepower. If ever the mud is a little too much to handle, The Renegade also features a standard 3,000 lb. winch.

Can-Am Outlander X MR 1000R

Another offering from Can-Am, the Outlander X is powered by the same 976cc Rotax V-Twin as the Renegade and comes with the same wheel and tire combo. The Outlander has Fox Podium QS-3 shocks for superior handling, and it also comes with extended bumpers and a relocated radiator for extra cooling.