Yamaha Outdoors Tips — ATV Tool Kit

By Bob Humphrey

Proper upkeep and maintenance can help you avoid many of the possible reasons for a break down, but you still may encounter circumstances beyond your control. Furthermore, other riders in your group may not be as conscientious, or you may encounter someone else broken down along the trail. In any case, it’s always a good idea to carry a tool kit when riding.

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Your rig came with a basic tool kit consisting of wrenches, pliers and screwdrivers that will fit most of the fasteners and fixtures. You should always carry it with you, and check periodically to make sure all the tools are in it. Occasional use could result in tools being misplaced or missing.

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Multi-Tool - Without question, a multi-tool is one of the most useful tools you can carry. The various blades and implements can be used for an array of trail repair jobs.

Lube - A small squirt can of WD-40 or other lubricant can help silence squeaks or loosen tough nuts.

Pressure Gauge - You’ll want to check pressure periodically, especially on long rides. You may also want to adjust pressure on varying terrain, letting air out on loose sand, then refilling at the next service station.

Quick Fixes - A few cable ties and a roll of duct tape can sometimes come in handy for a quick fix on hoses or loose parts that will at least get you back to the trail head or the closest service station.

Navigation - A compass should be considered mandatory. A GPS and/or smart phone with GPS and mapping capability are also quite handy, particularly if you break down and need to determine the shortest direction to reach assistance. You may also want to carry a charger to ensure neither of the latter two run out of power.

Wipes - Rags, paper towels or toilet tissue will suffice, but wet wipes are a better option for cleaning areas for closer inspection and repair, and cleaning up after a repair job. Carry a few in a ziploc bag, which also might come in handy for other uses.

Survival Kit - Like insurance, you hope you never need it, but it’s nice to know it’s there if you do. And with the minimal space required, you’d be foolhardy not to carry a basic survival kit containing the following basic items: flashlight, signal whistle, fire-starter, lighter or waterproof matches and a knife. You may also want to add things like a space blanket, parachute cord, protein bars and miscellaneous first aid items.