UTV Service Vehicle

  • UTV Accessory Project

    Three years ago, Successful Farming magazine worked with a team of Iowa State students to deck out a UTV with accessories and attachments ideal for farming. This year, we re-created the project – but with a twist. We accessorized a UTV to become the ultimate service vehicle.

    Photos taken by David Ekstrom.

  • Purdue Team

    Purdue graduate students Jeremy Robison and Jordan Garrity, along with John Lumkes, agricultural engineering professor, helped select the right accessories to expand the functionality of the UTV while still ensuring safe operation and top performance. From left to right: Garrity, Lumkes, and Robison.

  • Thunder Creek Equipment Air N Arc

    Thunder Creek Equipment Air N Arc
    To help tackle more chores, we added an Air N Arc unit from Thunder Creek Equipment. This three-in-one welder, air compressor, and generator allows you to complete minor repairs in the field. All three functions can operate simultaneously, so you can finish repairs quickly and get back to work. Price: $5,826

  • Yamaha Viking Cargo Bed Box and Bed Mat

    Yamaha Viking Cargo Bed Box and Bed Mat
    Keep your grinder, a pneumatic wrench, and any other tools in a handy toolbox in the cargo box. We chose the Yamaha Viking Cargo Bed Box because the narrow width allowed it to fit in the box with the Air N Arc. The bed box was also large enough to hold a variety of tools. A Yamaha Viking Bed Mat was used to make installation of the toolbox easier. Price: $296.95 and $94.99

  • Yamaha RAM Rubber Spotlight

    Yamaha RAM Rubber Spotlight
    Our accessorized Viking had two lighting options. The first was a Yamaha RAM Rubber Spotlight with a 70,000-candle power sealed-beam bulb in a durable, weather-resistant rubber housing. Robison and Garrity put the spotlight on the driver’s side of the machine so it could be easily adjusted. “You can also take it off and shine it around different equipment,” says Robison. Price: $110.95

  • Kolpin 8.4-Inch LED Light Bar

    Kolpin 8.4-Inch LED Light Bar
    The Viking also had a Kolpin 8.4-inch LED light bar. The bar puts out 270 lumens of output per LED and optimizes the light spread and distance for increased visibility. The light bar was mounted to the top of the Viking to improve nighttime visibility. Price: $482.99

  • QuadBoss 3,500-Pound Winch with Synthetic Rope

    QuadBoss 3,500-Pound Winch with Synthetic Rope
    UTVs are all-terrain, but they aren’t invincible. We added a Tucker Rocky QuadBoss Winch in case the Viking got stuck or needed to pull out another piece of equipment. Price: $274.99

  • Yamaha Viking Front Receiver Hitch and Heavy-Duty Brush Guard

    Yamaha Viking Front Receiver Hitch and Heavy-Duty Brush Guard
    A Viking Front Receiver Hitch allowed the use of standard 2-inch receiver hitch attachments. Sporting a heavy-duty brush guard, the Viking could easily drive through tough corn stubble or pastures. Price: $154.99 and $218.95

  • Seizmik Breakaway Side Mirrors

    Seizmik Breakaway Side Mirrors
    With the Air N Arc unit in the back of the Viking, it was difficult to see directly behind. Two Seizmik Breakaway Side Mirrors helped maneuver the UTV when backing up. Price: $59.95 each

  • Seizmik Rearview Mirror

    Seizmik Rearview Mirror
    For when there wasn’t cargo in the back of the Viking, we also added a Seizmik Rearview Mirror. Price: $39.95

  • Moose Full Folding Utility Vehicle Windshield

    Moose Full Folding Utility Vehicle Windshield
    The amount of air in the Viking cab was adjustable due to a Moose Full Folding Utility Vehicle Windshield. The windshield mounts to the roll bar using stainless steel rubber coated mount straps. Rubber windshield pucks attach to the hood to keep the windshield off the hood when it’s folded down. Price: $322.95

  • Yamaha 12-Volt Accessory Plug and Receptacle Kit

    Yamaha 12-Volt Accessory Plug and Receptacle Kit
    While in the cab, a cell phone or a tablet could be powered up with a Yamaha 12-Volt Accessory Plug. Price: $40.99

  • QuadBoss ABT447 Tires and Governor Wheels

    QuadBoss QBT447 Tires and Governor Wheels
    For the Viking, we chose four QuadBoss QBT447 tires with a tough six-ply bias construction and a ¾-inch tread depth that provided extra traction. The tires were matched with QuadBoss Governor Wheels that are built to take the demands of an off-road vehicle. Price: $199.98 for front tire set, $239.98 for rear tire set, and $89.99 for each wheel.

  • Yamaha Viking Chain Saw Mount and Bed Rail Accessory Mounts

    Yamaha Viking Chain Saw Mount and Bed Rail Accessory Mounts
    A dedicated chain saw mount makes a secure location to stow a chain saw. Bed rail accessory mounts were used to install the chain saw mount. Price: $129.99 and $49.95

  • Yamaha Donation

    To complete this project, Yamaha donated a Viking and a selection of Yamaha-brand accessories. The changes we made to the Viking can also be done to other brands of UTVs. Check your owner’s manual before adding accessories.

    • Read this article for accessory installation tips
  • Thank You

    Thank you to Yamaha, Cedar Rapids Tire, Thunder Creek Equipment, Western Power Sports, Tucker Rocky, Parts Unlimited, and Kolpin for the equipment and accessory donations. Learn more about the UTV accessory project in the March issue of Successful Farming magazine and in an upcoming Machinery Show. The finished Viking will be given away in a contest by the Cattlemen’s Beef Board. Learn more at MyBeefCheckoff.com/contest.

The right combination of accessories turns a UTV into the ultimate service vehicle.

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