If you live in an area of the country that experiences moist or wet conditions, chances are you’re already aware of what causes rust on your vehicles, and how you can prevent it from happening. If not, you’ll want to pay attention and read through this article in its entirety. Doing so could save your unit from extensive damage while saving you thousands in repair costs.
Rust not only threatens to ruin the aesthetic of your RZR; over time, it may compromise the structural integrity of your frame and cause irreparable damage. It can also impact the functionality of important components on your vehicle, such as your brakes, which could make your unit dangerous to operate.
Of course, no one wants this to happen to their unit, right? So how can you prevent it?
There are dozens of best practices you can follow to prevent rust from damaging your Polaris RZR. Below are just a few that can help you protect your UTV easily and efficiently.
Store your unit away from moisture
This is perhaps the best thing any UTV owner can do to protect their investment. Storing your Polaris RZR in a dry, enclosed area will prevent it from succumbing to the damage that moisture can bring. A garage or shed are perfect options. Anything that will protect your unit from the elements is helpful in preventing rust formation.
Clean your unit when riding near salt
Those of you in the colder states already know this: salt is damaging. You should try to clean your unit immediately following your rides, but that is a must if you ride anywhere with salt on the roads.
Depending where you live and ride, you may pick up moisture or salt from the roads that could be damaging to your unit if left alone for too long. So long as the temperatures are not too low or below freezing, your best bet is to clean thoroughly with a hot water pressure washer. Be sure to get the undercarriage as well; washing thoroughly will help wash away all traces of salt to avoid corrosion.
Remove dirt and mud to avoid buildup
Cleaning mud and dirt frequently to avoid buildup is imperative in preventing rust on your Polaris RZR. If left unattended for too long, the moisture in the debris will corrode and create potential damage on your unit or, at the very least, make it unsightly.
The best way to prevent this from happening is to clean your unit as soon as possible. Not only will this prevent rust, but it will also make the cleaning process quicker and easier, especially if you spray it down while the debris is still fresh and wet. There’s nothing more arduous than scraping dried mud off the underbelly of a UTV, right? For that reason, it’s best to get it done sooner rather than later.
Use skid plates to protect the underside of your Polaris RZR
That’s right, there’s an accessory that is built specifically to protect the underbelly of your UTV. Skid plates are often mounted to prevent the frame and undercarriage from being damaged in rocky conditions, which can also act as a shield from scratches or damage that may expose parts of your unit to the elements. Mounting skid plates has the potential to prevent that damage from occurring, thus never giving your unit the chance to form rust.
These are dozens of ways to practice rust prevention. A quick Google search will give you plenty of options, and at least one is bound to be an option for you.
If nothing else, simply try to store your vehicle in a dry and protected spot and keep it clean after every ride. Doing so will prevent opportunities for rust to take hold, thus ensuring that your ride will last you for years to come.