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Use This to Keep Mud Off Your ATV, Dirt Bike and More

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Keep Your ATV Clean and Ease Clean-up

If you spend your time racing down muddy trails or forging questionable terrain on your ATV, UTV, dirt bike, off-road truck or snowmobile (well, snowy trails for the latter), AMSOIL Mudslinger is about to be your best friend.

This handy product will literally change your post-mudding experience. And, trust me, we know mudding. From sponsoring GNCC races on muddy courses in West Virginia, Indiana and elsewhere, to going off-road with Brad Lovell, the AMSOIL crew gets down and dirty with the best of them. So, we formulated Mudslinger with us and other mudders in mind.

What is Mudslinger?

Mudslinger is an aerosol that provides a protective, non-stick layer of armor against the accumulation of mud, dirt and snow on ATVs, UTVs, dirt bikes and snowmobiles. It makes removing mud and dirt with low-pressure water easy while protecting against UV rays and keeping equipment looking pristine. If you haven’t tried this standout product, here are a few ways (and reasons) to add it to your cart today and use it all year long.

The best cleaner to keep mud off your ATV/UTV or dirt bike

Mudslinger can help keep mud off your ATV/UTV or dirt bike. Here’s what a few riders and racers of off-road vehicles and powersports equipment have to say.

@moto_synthetic: “I like getting my bike dirty, but I really don’t like cleaning it very much. Applied it to the rear wheel before the ride since that seems to be the dirtiest part of the bike most people see. Went for the ride, got the bike filthy, came home and washed it up. Probably 98% of the dust came off with using just the hose. This stuff works great for people who love getting their bikes dirty but hate cleaning them like me!”

One of our sponsored race teams, Twisted Monkey Racing, said… “We are excited to try it out today to help keep the dirt and mud off the car during the triple crown race.”

Restore ATV/UTV, snowmobile or dirt bike luster

The sun’s UV rays slowly rob your powersports equipment of that light-new shine we all love. Mudslinger not only helps prevent accumulation of mud, dirt and snow, it provides a protective layer to counteract the damaging effects of UV rays. Its unique formulation restores, cleans and shines plastic, fiberglass and painted surfaces. Just spray it on a clean surface, allow it to sit for 15 minutes, then wipe off the excess with a lint-free microfiber towel for a brilliant shine.

Keep snow from sticking to your sled

Mudslinger is great for preventing the accumulation of snow, too. Before you take your snowmobile out on your next ride, apply Mudslinger anywhere you want to avoid snow buildup. Just make sure not to spray the seat or windshield.

Keeps car and truck tires clean

If you’re wondering if Mudslinger keeps tires clean, the answer is a resounding “Yes.”

Mudslinger can work on your daily driver or your prized car. Spray it on your tires to restore luster but also prevent the buildup of mud and snow. We recommend spraying it right after washing your car for the most protection.

Former NFL wide receiver and current outdoor enthusiast Jeff Janis uses it to keep the wheels clean on his truck and Chevy Camaro.

 

Protect your snowblower from sticky snow

Winter means snow. Heavy, wet snow can plug the chute on your snowblower, wasting time and trying your patience. Not only that, freeing a blockage from the chute while the snowblower is running is dangerous. Before the snow hits and you pull your snowblower out, spray a coating of AMSOIL Mudslinger in the chute to help keep the snow flying all winter.

Protect your lawnmower

As AMSOIL Preferred Customer @bturner250 found, you can use Mudslinger to keep your lawnmower clean. After using Heavy-Duty Degreaser and a water hose to remove built-up gunk and grime, he sprayed Mudslinger post-wash to protect his engine. “The engine literally looks brand new.”

Remember that next time you hit the rummage sales and find an old lawnmower with a good motor that just needs a little TLC.

How do you use Mudslinger?

Plenty of this Mudslinger is available in our Sioux Falls store at the Tea Exit (Exit 73), or at Stan Houston’s on W. 12th St. See the AMSOIL wall near the parts department.  I believe Power Brokers also keeps this product in stock.

7 Tips to Add Life to your ATV or UTV

CV Boot protecting joint on ATV

ATV/UTV Maintenance: 7 Tips to Maximize Your Machine’s Life

ATVs and UTVs aren’t cheap. And neither should be your approach to maintenance if you want your machine to deliver peak performance and last for years.

Fortunately, ATV and UTV maintenance boils down to a handful of relatively simple practices any do-it-yourselfer with basic tools can accomplish.

Here are our top 7 ATV/UTV maintenance tips.

Check/change the oil

Let’s dispense with the obvious: Check your motor oil frequently and change it according to the recommendations in the owner’s manual.

Changing the oil and filter is especially important in ATVs and UTVs used for hard work or aggressive riding.

The added stress we heap on our machines increases heat. And heat causes oils formulated for standard service to lose viscosity (become thinner). Thinner oil than what your engine is designed to use can fail to develop an oil film of adequate thickness or strength to protect against wear.

Extreme heat also invites sludge and performance-robbing deposits. Sludge can clog oil passages and starve the engine of oil, while deposits can cause power loss due to sticking piston rings.

Changing oil is the best defense against engine wear and power loss. Be sure to upgrade to a good synthetic oil, too.

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Synthetics don’t contain the impurities inherent to conventional lubricants, meaning they deliver better performance and last longer. Their naturally tough base oils resist extreme heat and maintain a strong protective film better than conventional products.

And don’t balk at the higher price, either.

Think of synthetic oil as just another performance upgrade for your machine. You don’t think twice about spending a few hundred dollars on a snowplow or beefier winch. The few extra dollars spent on better oil is nothing by comparison – and it’ll help your machine perform better and last longer.

Change the differential fluid

It’s the same story inside the front and rear differentials.

The extra weight and stress of hard work and performance riding concentrate intense pressure on gears. The lubricant coats the gear teeth during operation, guarding against metal-to-metal contact and wear. The added stress, combined with high heat, can break the fluid film and literally squeeze the lubricant from between the gears, leading to wear.

Change differential fluid according to the recommendations in the owner’s manual. And, like motor oil, upgrade to a good synthetic. It’ll provide improved film strength despite intense pressures to protect gears and bearings in the toughest conditions, helping your machine last for years.

Anyone who’s changed differential fluid knows it can be a hassle: tough-to-reach fill holes, bloody knuckles and gear lube spilled everywhere.

The AMSOIL easy-pack reduces mess, hassle and frustration when changing gear lube. It makes ATV/UTV maintenance much easier, as the video shows.

This is a popular product here in Sioux Falls – Both at the Tea Exit and Stan Houston’s.

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Traditionally, enthusiasts use a gear-lube pump in these scenarios. But that’s one more tool to buy. Plus, much of the gear lube is wasted inside the pump and it makes a mess during storage.

Its flexible design allows you to access fill holes in tight spaces and around obstacles that prevent use of the rigid conical bottles common to the gear-lube market.

Check/change air filter

An engine needs three things to run: fuel, spark and air. Most of us forget about air since we don’t have to pay for it.

But a dirty or clogged air filter can choke off airflow and reduce performance or cause the engine to quit completely.

Here’s an analogy to illustrate: Go outside and run around your house. If you’re in decent shape, it shouldn’t be that difficult.

Now, run around your house while breathing through a straw. Restricting airflow into your lungs makes it much more difficult.

The same principle applies inside your engine. A dirty air filter restricts airflow and reduces engine performance. It also allows debris to enter the engine, which can lead to wear.

Check your owner’s manual for recommendations on how often to change the air filter. Check the filter periodically and change it if it’s excessively dirty.

Pro Tip: Ensure the air filter is firmly seated and correctly installed. If not, the engine will ingest dirt, which acts like sandpaper and scours the cylinders, rings and bearings.

Finally, consider using a pre-filter to extend filter life. A pre-filter is essentially a mesh bag that fastens over the air filter. It captures large contaminants and keeps them from lodging in the air filter, extending its life.

Stabilize the fuel

Gas can break down in as little as 30 days. When it does, varnish forms inside the carburetor, which clogs the tiny fuel passages. Eventually, varnish will prevent adequate fuel-flow and keep you machine from starting.

For best performance, add stabilizer to every tank of fuel. If you know you’re going to burn through a tank quickly, like during a day-long ride, you can skip the stabilizer. But many enthusiasts run on the same tank of fuel for months.

Personally, I use my ATV primarily for hauling firewood around my property, meaning it runs in fits and starts. It’s common to use the same tank of fuel for several months.

Stabilizer inhibits oxidization that occurs when fuel sits for long periods. It helps prevent varnish to keep the carburetor clean and the fuel flowing properly.

Pro Tip: Most gasoline contains ethanol, which can corrode carburetor components and damage rubber gaskets and fuel lines. For best performance use 91-octane, ethanol-free gas. If you use 87-octane gas that contains ethanol, treat it with a fuel additive designed to prevent ethanol problems, like AMSOIL Quickshot. – Also kept at Stan Houston’s on W. 121th ST in Sioux Falls.

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Wash periodically

True, your ATV or UTV is meant to get dirty. But it shouldn’t stay dirty.

Wash off mud and debris, especially after a particularly messy (i.e. fun) ride.

Caked mud and dirt traps moisture, which can hasten rust formation on metal components. It can also pack in around the engine or differentials, which reduces heat-transfer. This causes the temperature to increase, which speeds the rate at which the lubricant oxidizes, or breaks down.

Mud, leaves and other debris packed against the radiator can also cause the engine to run hotter, reducing efficiency.

Take a pressure washer to your machine if you can. Also, consider using an undercoat product that eases cleanup, such as AMSOIL Mudslinger. It provides a protective layer of armor against mud, dirt and snow, making cleanup with a low-pressure garden hose easy.

Pro Tip: After washing, run your machine so engine heat can dry any water that entered the exhaust or the areas around the spark plug boots and coil.

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Also kept at Stan Houston’s on W. 12th St.

Check coolant level and condition

Here’s another easily overlooked ATV/UTV maintenance practice. It doesn’t help that the coolant reservoir is often buried where you can’t readily see it.

Check the coolant level in the radiator. Inspect fluid condition. If it contains sludge or slime, it’s time for a change. Putting it off can result in debris clogging the narrow coolant passages in the engine and preventing optimum cooling. This can lead to the engine overheating. Engine parts expand when they grow hot, which can result in scuffing and wear.

While you’re at it, check the coolant hoses for abrasions or wear. Replace them as needed before they break and leave you stranded.

Spray all rubber parts and things you need waterproofed with AMSOIL Silicone Spray. Kept at Stan Houston’s and our Tea Exit locations.

Inspect tires, CV boots, etc.

Finally, walk around your machine once a month or so and check the following:

  • Tire pressure and condition
  • CV boots for cuts or leaks
  • Brake line condition
  • Lights
  • Brake fluid level

This can help you spot any issues before they turn into expensive problems. It’s also a good idea to lubricate any pivot points and linkages with a good spray lubricant, like AMSOIL MP. Doing so is a simple way to ensure your machine operates as designed for the long haul.

All AMSOIL Products mentioned above and more located at Stan Houston’s – 3020 W 12th St, Sioux Falls, SD 57104

New ATV/UTV Oil Change Kits Offer Maximum Convenience

ATV Oil Change Kits

New ATV/UTV Oil Change Kits Offer Maximum Convenience

AMSOIL ATV/UTV Oil Change Kits combine everything needed to perform an oil change on the most popular models of Polaris* ATVs and UTVs in one convenient package, including…

To find the correct ATV/UTV Oil Change Kit for your machine, consult the appropriate Product Guide.

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WHY YOU SHOULD UPGRADE YOUR ATV/UTV PROTECTION

Accessories equal weight. It’s common to burden your UTV or ATV with accessories designed to increase power or productivity, especially for UTV owners. Enthusiasts often add roof and door panels, a winch, a plow, skid plates and other accessories. Plus, how often do you haul a load of gravel or pull a trailer or other implement?

This all adds weight, and a good rule of thumb is that extra weight equals extra heat. Heat, in turn, causes lubricants to break down sooner, which places your engine and differentials at risk of wear.

Heat invites engine wear. The oil’s primary job is to form a protective layer on metal parts to keep them separated so they don’t rub together and wear out. High heat from the stress you place on your machine, however, can cause oils formulated for standard service to become thinner (lose viscosity). Oil that has lost viscosity can fail to develop an oil film of adequate thickness or strength to protect against wear.

Plus, high heat invites sludge and performance-robbing deposits inside the engine. Sludge can clog oil passages and starve the engine of oil, while deposits can cause the piston rings to stick or interfere with proper valve operation, leading to reduced engine compression.

Since compression equals power, over time your engine can make less power, limiting your ability to ride or work as effectively as possible. Eventually, deposits and sludge can wreck the engine completely.

Shift to better performance. The story is similar inside the transmission, differential and front drive. All the extra weight and stress of hard work and performance riding concentrates intense pressure on gears. The lubricant coats the gear teeth during operation, guarding against metal-to-metal contact and wear. The added stress, combined with high heat, can break the fluid film and literally squeeze the lubricant from between the gears, leading to wear. As with the motor oil, high heat causes the lubricant to thin, which negatively affects wear protection.

Upgrade to synthetic lubricants. So what’s the solution? Ride more conservatively? Haul lighter loads and work less?

Never. Upgrade to high-quality AMSOIL synthetic motor oil, differential and transmission fluid, front drive fluid and other lubricants, especially if you’ve modified your ATV or UTV for greater power or productivity. AMSOIL synthetic ATV/UTV lubricants don’t contain the impurities inherent to conventional lubricants, meaning they deliver better performance and last longer. Their naturally tough base oils resist extreme heat and maintain a strong protective film better than conventional products.

Think of synthetics as just another performance upgrade. You don’t think twice about dropping a few hundred dollars on a snowplow or work trailer. Over the course of your machine’s life, the few extra dollars you spend per oil change or transmission/differential service is a drop in the bucket by comparison.

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