If you've never seriously tried hill climbing in your UTV, you should. The risks of climbing an insane hill are high and it's easy to rack up a huge repair bill. But the reward is even greater. Making it to the top of a nasty hill rewards you with an incredible adrenaline rush that few other experiences can match.
So if you're not hill climbing yet, here's a few things you should check off before you get started.
Safety Is Paramount
Obviously, climbing up a huge hill puts you at a big risk of rolling down that hill. And the higher you go, the harder you can fall. That's why it's important stack the odds in your favor when it comes to safety.
First of all, you should always wear a helmet. Makes sure it's a good one that protects your whole face too. That's an easy one to do.
Secondly, get yourself a 4 or 5 point harness. Your standard 3 point harness may not be safe enough for a rough roll down a hill. Trust me, you'll want to stay firmly in your seat when you start rolling.
And finally, you'll want to invest in a reinforced, aftermarket roll cage if you get into anything bigger than beginner hills. If anything is going to squash your cage, it's going to be a long, violent roll from the top of a big hill. And if you squash your cage, well, it's not looking great for you. So before you go big, upgrade that roll cage!
Use Your Machine Properly
So now you've got all your safety requirements met, so let's figure out how to make it up a hill without floundering constantly.
When you're getting ready to go up a hill and you're still on flat ground, you'll want to check to make sure your four-wheel-drive is already engaged. You don't want to flip that switch, then gun it up the hill only to find that it didn't engage and there's only one way back down. So just be sure.
If you're driving a CVT driven machine (like an RZR or a Maverick), you'll want to make sure you keep the machine in low range. If you don't you'll end up wearing out your drive belt fast. Sometimes you might feel like your low range just isn't quite cutting it. Don't worry, you can boost it with a SuperATV ECU Tune. Low range on most vehicles has an artificial limiter the keeps you from going full speed. A tune from SuperATV will cure that.
When it comes to actually driving up the hill, there's not a lot of advice that will help. Of course you want to keep your machine pointed to that top of the hill to the best of your ability, and if you're about to flip over backwards you probably shouldn't hit the gas and send yourself end over end. Other than that, there's not really any advice to give. Your success on the hillside depends on your ability and your experience. No two hills are alike. Even the same hill will change drastically from your first time up to your fourth time up.
The soil composition and consistency changes from state to state and season to season. With enough rides on the same hill the top soil will erode away and you'll be left with dense dirt or clay on top of rocks and roots.
It's insanely variable.
So try out lots of different hills, know your machine, and gain experience. Eventually every hill will start to feel familiar. Soon you'll be conquering massive hills that you didn't think you'd ever see the top of. And your favorite hobby will just get better.
And head over to SuperATV.com to get everything you need to dominate those hills!