Now available by popular demand! 🙂 A while back we posted about a prototype ATV tie down system, and we’ve had so many inquiries that we’re now making it publicly available.
The All Steel ATV / UTV Tie Down System
Our tie down system was created with the following in mind:
- Eliminate reliance on nylon straps. They can be cut from rubbing on an edge, or rust to until they’re impossible to work. Plus they’re generally a hassle.
- Use heavy gauge components capable of far more load than will ever be put on them.
- Simplify the process of installation.
Components of the ATV / UTV Tie Down System
This system is flexible enough to work with vehicles that have winches and tow hitches, or that lack one or both. Assuming your machine has a reliable winch, we have a D-ring plate designed to bolt to the bed of the trailer so you can simply winch the front down and go.
Even if you lack a winch or tow hitch, you can still use the lever action mounts to hook to secure mounting points on the ATV or UTV and just lever down both the front and rear.
How It Works
Since the D-ring mount is pretty self-explanatory, we’ll skip right to the lever mount!
The lever mount has two parts:
- A removable lever system that hooks to the ATV / UTV.
- A mounting plate that the lever slides in and out of.
The lever can be removed when not in use, leaving a flat plate bolted to the trailer bed that can easily take the abuse of whatever you’re loading and unloading when it’s not an ATV!
To use it, just side the lever in the mounting plate and attach the chain hooks to the ATV with the lever in the loose “up” position. You’ll need to make sure and remove as much slack from the chain as you can so you can really cinch it down when you push the lever down!
Once you’ve got it nice and snug, push down the lever and stick the pin in to hold it down!
For bonus points, use a padlock instead of the supplied pin!
Tips for Using the ATV / UTV Tie Down System
Installing the D-ring plate and lever mounting plates:
- Since all trailer decks are different materials and thicknesses we don’t include bolts. We recommend 3/8″ Carriage bolts (the ones with the dome tops) at Home Depot.
- The plates were cut with square holes so you don’t need any help from anyone on top when installing them. Just drop the bolt in the hole and go down below the deck and thread on your washers and nut.
- The mounting plates are 18″ wide to ensure they can bolt to multiple boards in the deck.
- In order to bolt them on you’re going to need to drill holes in the deck, so we recommend using a slightly larger diameter bit so you have wiggle room.
- We highly recommend getting nylon lock nuts to make sure they can never slip off.
- Also, don’t forget to use washers! The bigger the better because they’ll keep the bolt from pulling up through the deck.
Placement of the lever mounting plate:
- Since the removable lever slips into the plate for securing your UTV, you need to decide which way to mount it. We recommend mounting it with the open end facing the front of the trailer so they can’t slip backwards.
- Also, if you mount two kits so the UTVs go front to rear you’re going to need the lever mounting plate facing forward because the D-ring plate for the second one will likely be too close to slip the lever in if it’s facing backwards.
Optional Undercarriage Mount Plate
Our standard mounting installation requires 3/8″ carriage bolts with large washers (not supplied) for mounting. For added protection, we now offer a 3/16″ A36 steel undercarriage mounting plate for both the D-Ring and Lever Plates — so you can sandwich your deck material between two steel plates.
Using the system:
- If you use the front tie down D-ring, resist the urge to compress your suspension 100%. 🙂 We winch down to about 50% compression which is more than enough.
- The lever for the rear has two chains with hooks that can be moved to take out slack. When the lever is raised you want the chain to be snug when hooked to your UTV’s hitch. When you shove the lever down it compresses the rear suspension so you can pin it shut.
Final thought – set your parking brakes! If you use a machine without a parking brake you might want to chock a wheel or use a parking mat like this to prevent rocking back and forth strain and loosening of the winch.