ATV and UTV information

Difference between ATV and UTV

ATV or all-terrain vehicle and UTV utility tasks vehicle are very similar and can be used for similar adventures off-road. However, the ATV isn't made for heavy loads.  ATVs usually are designed for one person, sometimes 2 at the most. They are what we call quads as well, which is an extension of say a motorcycle design.  They don't have steering wheels but handlebars.  ATVs are used for off-road adventures, one per person.  Similar to snowmobiles.  While UTVs are equipped with a steering wheel and can carry multiple people at one time.  They go over the hills, bumps, and threw the mud just like an ATV but are bigger and carry more of a load. They typically have four wheels as you would find on an ATV but sometimes they have 6. 

An ATV is a little more nibble than that of a UTV, as would be expected.  It is smaller and can get around the toughest situations.  Generally, the UTV is faster overall than an ATV.  However, with that speed comes a little less agility at getting around corners. 

Both ATV and UTV are made for off-roading and exploring this great country.  There is plenty to see when you get off-road in various parts of the country.  Off-roading is a wonderful family adventure too.  You can use these sorts of vehicles for riding the sand dunes of West Michigan or exploring the mountains of Colorado.  ATVs are fun with a group of friends that also have ATVs or use a UTV to cart along your friends. The choice of which is best for you really has to do with your personal preference.  They both have their pros and cons.  Weighing those with your expectations will help you come to your answer.

Just remember we have a whole selection of Gator Axles in case you need a replacement axle when the time comes.

ATVs vs UTVs

UTVs generally are more of an investment than ATVs, meaning there is more expensive upfront but also more when it comes to repairs and improvements.  This is something else that you should keep in mind when looking to invest in an ATV or UTV.  Also, keep in mind how you are going to get to your destination.  While UTVs are typically roadworthy, ATVs are not all the time, most avoid riding them on the road.  Usually, people haul their ATV or UTV on a trailer to save on wear and tear of the recreational vehicle.  They are geared to go up against tough terrain and through mud, which isn't necessarily meant to drive down the highway.  

If you are going to trailer it, then you will need something to haul the trailer with and well, a trailer itself.  This investment just got a bit more expensive.  While some ATVs will fit in the back of a truck.  Again, making the ATV a less expensive out of the two options.  Some start with an ATV to see if they are actually going to like to ride.  This is a good starter vehicle as you don't have as much invested, should you find that you don't have the time that you once thought you had.  

Aftermarket ATV- UTV CV axles

Let's go over a little history about ATV -UTV axles.  Originally these were propelled by chains and sprockets or sealed shaft drive systems.  These systems allow the machines to keep most of their power.  They are easy to maintain and very durable, however, they don't go long distances.  This is why there needed to be something different.  The Axle shaft/CV joint combo is the most common of the ATV-UTV CV axle.

These popular vehicles are typically rode for fun.  They can be off-road as well as on the street. During offroad riding, your ATV-UTV will most likely be going over all kinds of uneven and muddy terrain.  While this is a lot of fun to ride off-road, it is also worn and tear on your ATV-UTV CV axle.   When your CV axle goes, you are simply stuck right where you are at.  Because of this, you should probably understand what to look and listen for when your axle is starting to wear out.