You might love BRAAAP with your morning coffee, but your neighbors and your missing dog don’t. It’s time to tame the beast, save your hearing, and make your UTV quiet.
Or maybe you don’t and you’re just as tired of the noise as your dog. Either way,e we’re looking at what makes UTVs so dang loud and what you can do to make them a little less rowdy. Check it out.
The 4-cylinder, 2.5-liter engine in your grandma’s SUV doesn’t rattle windows the way your 2-cyliner 1000 cc UTV does.
What’s the deal with that? Why are they so loud?
Simply put, UTVs aren’t put together with sound in mind. A consumer car is packed with insulation and vibration-reducing upholstery. It’s a selling point for a compact, but “quiet” isn’t a feature on a UTV.
As a result, the engine is right out in the open, the plastic panels are thin, and the noise is loud for everyone.
As vehicles age, they tend to get even louder. Loose or worn parts will vibrate and rattle louder. And an old exhaust system with corrosion can really amplify the sound you’re already making.
And noise isn’t just annoying—it can cause some real issues too.
There are a lot of reasons why quiet UTVs just makes sense, and why it’s not always good to blast your engine out for the whole world to hear.
This is one situation we can all agree on. Hunting with a UTV is convenient and fun, but it demands a quiet UTV. The louder the UTV, the longer you’re going to have to sit and wait for the game to return or the farther you’ll have to hike to find any.
There’s a time and a place for a brain-rattling roar from your engine. It’s great at the starting line for a race or when you want to catch your buddy unawares with a quick pants-messing rev. It’s not so great when you can’t get away from it on your scenic mountain ride or when all your neighbors scorn you for test driving it around the block. Not to mention, you lose your voice just by holding a conversation while you ride.
You might not think your UTV is that loud, but long exposure to moderately loud sounds can damage your hearing anyway. Riding for 6 hours with an uninsulated engine blaring just a few feet away can ruin your hearing. Maybe not right away, but eventually you’ll be shouting, “WHAT!?” more than you would otherwise.
The word of the day is “noise pollution.” When local, noise-sensitive residents live near a ride spot or in a town where UTVs are street legal, it causes problems.
Ten years ago, side-by-sides weren’t nearly as popular as they are today. And right now we’re on the cusp of our favorite hobby becoming a mainstream pastime.
That means people outside of the hobby that happen to live around popular ORV areas have to listen to more machines ripping through their neighborhoods than ever before.
You can’t ignore them—in America, everybody gets a vote. And places like Moab, Utah and the Oceano Dunes in California are already restricting UTV use citing noise pollution among other reasons.
Perhaps the best reason to consider a quiet UTV is to avoid unwanted restrictions at your favorite riding spot.
It’s not all doom and gloom for your ears and neighbors’ sanity—we know how to make your UTV quieter. Here are a few tried-and-true methods you can use to make any UTV quieter.
Installing an exhaust silencer is a great start to quieting down your UTV. These muffler replacements are relatively inexpensive and very easy to install. They generally give you a beefier muffler and redirect the noise down instead of up and out. It’s not a magic bullet, but you will notice the difference.
Insulating your UTV is a little more of a DIY project than just buying an exhaust silencer. You’ll need to purchase vehicle insulating material like Dynamat and apply it under plastic panels to help dampen vibration. With a little ingenuity and elbow grease, you can quiet down your UTV a lot.
Finally, giving your machine an all-around tune-up can get rid of any extra rattles and vibrations that aren’t supposed to be there. Got old bushings? Replace them. Wheel bearings wearing out? Get new ones. Belts slipping? Time to upgrade.
Go through and tighten your bolts too. Making sure everything is tight and in good working condition will keep the sound down.
If you’re looking for the quietest UTV on the market, nothing beats an electric UTV. The Ranger EV, Hisun Sector E1, and Tracker Off-Road EV are all class-leading electric UTVs that balance power and performance. And they do it all with just the sound of turning gears and a low electric hum.
We understand that a lot of people are nervous about getting an electric UTV. The options are slim and the range is limited. But with commitments from companies like Nikola, Segway, and BRP to make the high performance electric vehicles of the future, the future of electric side-by-sides is looking up.
The electric market’s about to blow up—soon you won’t have to think twice about getting one.
A quiet UTV is the way to go. Whether you’re retrofitting your favorite side-by-side with insulation and an exhaust silencer or thinking about getting an electric UTV, quieting down is a win-win. It will change your experience for the better… and your neighbor’s too.
Why do you want a quiet UTV? Let us know in the comments!