Buying Guide for ATV Racks and Baskets

Updated on November 17, 2019
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As an avid fan of four-wheelers, I'd like to share my knowledge on dirt bikes and ATVs.

Dogs in the back of an ATV rack
Dogs in the back of an ATV rack | Source

When you are going to buy an ATV, one of the first things that you are likely to look at would be racks or baskets for your ATV. Since many people buy their ATVs to get away from the normal world and head out for some rural living, having good ATV racks makes a lot of sense.

However, as you have no doubt noticed, the market is full of various different racks to look at, a growing number of options. That's why you should take a look at this guide to buying ATV racks and baskets.

With this guide, you will be able to work out:

  • What matters when it comes to getting a high quality ATV rack.
  • The features you would expect in a modern basket.
  • How to avoid buying a rack that won't perform.
  • How you can use a rack to your advantage.

Why Do I Need An ATV Basket?

Of course, you might first wonder why you would actually need a rack in the first place and what an ATV rack is actually used for. Racks are made specifically for so many different uses, everything from fishing rods to firepower, that you can easily pick up a ATV rack to suited to your need. You can also get more basic styles, that are more like baskets. Everyone has their own preference and choice.

Here are some of the specific reasons you might need a rack:

  • Personal enjoyment, such as for going fishing and/or shooting.
  • A way to move your personal items from place to place when you don't have a car.
  • You have something you need to access quickly on the road Quick access to certain items is required on the road as you travel.
  • You are carrying out some kind of job with your ATV and need to bring tools.

What Are The Different Types of ATV Racks?

Front ATV Racks

These are located at the front of your four wheeler, and are shaped like containers you often see on bikes. They are great for quick convenient hauling of things that you don't mind being visible.

Rear ATV Racks

These are based at the back of your four wheeler and are great for carrying game or any type of luggage that needs to be strapped down to be secure. As you can see from the very first image too, they make for a great space for dogs to hang out too.

Rear Drop Baskets

Again, these are located towards the back of the ATV but also offer a lower section installed at the base of the ATV. These racks allow more load to be fitted, though it still need to be strapped down. These racks sit quite deep within the four wheeler so they give you a lot of potential storage space.

With so many options to pick from, you can spend plenty of time looking around to find some solutions. It’s just about knowing what to look out and what to avoid. Thankfully, we’re about to give you some questions to ask about the rack that you are thinking of fitting onto your ATV.

Is Your ATV Rack Strong Enough?

For some odd reason, you can find it really easy to buy racks that are simply not very strong. You should buy a rack that is strong enough, as you don’t want the items that you bring with you on a daily basis to end up bending or otherwise breaking the rack.

You should try to find the weight resistance of your rack. Take a look at rack tests done by other users. Simply take a look at some of the reviews that you see for the rack, and see if anyone is mentioning that it cannot sustain much weight. If you notice lots of people saying that it bent or did not seem to take the weight very well, then you would be well advised to keep on looking.

Is the ATV Rack Durable?

Another factor that is similar but not the same: how durable is your ATV rack?

A good ATV rack should be able to sustain physical stress without bending, buckling, or snapping. That’s why we recommend that you take a look at the ATV baskets that are known for their durability as much as anything. A rack should be strong enough to take some kind of impact.

Given the terrain that ATVs are usually used on, you might expect to run into a spot of trouble with the vehicle. Durability then becomes key, as it will be the difference in your rig being able to survive a few scrapes and bangs.

How Does It Look?

While by no means the most important part of the process, the style of your ATV rack matters, as it should suit your own needs. For example, buying a gun rack for your ATV when you aren’t going shooting would be counterproductive. Most of the time, this will mean that you are left with a solution that is simply too small to store anything but weapons in.

That’s why we recommend that you look to get a rack that is going to be suitable for more than one activity. While having a rack for carrying things like guns and/or work tools in would make sense, having an all-purpose option is something that we highly recommend. This is much more likely to leave you with a few options for using the ATV, and it will also help you to change up the aesthetics to suit a particular purpose.

Can It Be Used for More than One Project?

Of course, not all ATV racks are going to be made for just one particular process. That’s why versatility is something that you should absolutely keep in mind. It can get you more value for your money.

We recommend reading comments and reviews with an eye to seeing what other uses buyers have put them to. This should go some way to making sure you are left with a rack that you can easily put to good use, giving you a solid solution for most of your trips.

While it might be useful to have specific racks for particular purposes, we really recommend that you take a look at ATV racks that come with a very impressive range of uses. It could be great to have some specific racks plus an all-purpose rack that you can use regardless of the occasion.

How Safe Is Your New ATV Rack?

Look for a rack that will ensure everything stored within is safe during transit. Some racks are literally just like shopping baskets, which makes it likely that the items being stored in it could come flying out!

Naturally, you want to avoid that problem as best you can. Look for racks that can be secured into place without any leeway and have full protection at the top and sides.

With these factors in mind, you should have little to no issue in getting about and simply enjoying your day. If you would like to start enjoying trips on your ATV more, use our ATV racks buying guide. It should help you to work out what you need, and what you should avoid buying. Some racks are suited to one purpose, others are far more versatile. What you choose, though, will be entirely your own choice!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Harry Sheen


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