Quads are designed for all types of off-road adventures, but maintaining your vehicle can be difficult. Quad covers may appear to be a nuisance, but they are an essential part of protecting your equipment. Fortunately, selecting and installing the right cover for both your seat and your entire vehicle takes only a few minutes.
Part 1 Measuring Your Quad
1. Extend a measuring tape from the front to the back of your quad on the ground. Place a hard measuring tape on the ground next to your parked quad. Extend the tape from the most forward point on your quad to the back. Make a note of the measurement on a separate sheet of paper so you don’t forget it.
Instead of measuring from tyre to tyre, measure from the parts of your quad that stand out the most, such as the front of the vehicle.
2. To determine the width, run the measuring tape from the left tyre to the right tyre. Set your measuring tape along the far edge of one of your front tyres, then extend it to the opposite tire’s far edge. Take careful measurements so you can get an idea of how wide your vehicle is overall.
This measurement does not include any side mirrors.
If any parts of your quad are wider than the tyres, start measuring from there.
3. Check the height of your quad from the tyres to the handlebars. Place your tape measure on the ground, upright, next to the front tyre. Pull the tap up until you reach the highest point of your quad, which is most likely the handlebars. Make a note of this measurement, as well as your other measurements, so you have a complete set of dimensions.
Tip: Always round up each measurement to the nearest inch or centimetre to make purchasing a new cover easier. For example, if your quad is 81 34 in (208 cm), round it up to 82 in (210 cm), or the nearest equivalent in centimetres.
Part 2 Selecting a Good Cover
1. Find a cover that is the same size as your quad or slightly larger. Check online or go to a specialty store that sells ATV/quad accessories such as covers. Use your measurements to find a cover that will fit snugly over the top of your vehicle. If you can’t find anything that fits the dimensions exactly, go with a cover that’s slightly larger than your quad.
2. If you plan to store your quad outside, get a waterproof cover. Check the product description to see if the cover will hold up in inclement weather. If you intend to park your quad outside, choose a cover that will repel water and keep your vehicle from rusting.
If you have a safe, indoor location to park your quad, a waterproof cover isn’t as important.
3. Look for covers that have UV protection built in. Check the product label to see what kind of protection the cover provides. Look for covers that have extra UV protection built in, which protects your vehicle from the sun’s harsh, harmful rays. If you live in a sunny area or intend to keep your quad outside, you may want to consider investing in additional protection.
4. If you intend to transport your quad, choose a trailer-safe cover. Covers can be difficult to manage when moving your vehicle from one location to another, so it may be beneficial to look for a cover designed specifically for this type of transportation. Examine the product label to see if it says “trailer-safe” or something similar.
You don’t have to worry about this if you plan on keeping your quad in one place the majority of the time.
5. When not in use, stretch and pull the cover over your quad. Drape the cover over the back of your quad, then pull it forward slowly over the rest of the vehicle. Check that the top, sides, and tyres of your quad are all covered so that they are not exposed to the elements. Try to do this every time you store your vehicle to keep it in good condition.
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