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How Do I Choose the Best ATV Rear Seat?

Jeremy Laukkonen
Jeremy Laukkonen

Some all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) come with rear seats that are too small or uncomfortable, while others have no rear seats at all. It is often possible to replace an uncomfortable seat with a more comfortable design, or to retrofit a one seat model. In order to select the best ATV rear seat for your own personal needs, there are a handful of different factors you may want to consider. The most important consideration is the type of ATV you have, since aftermarket seats are typically designed for use with a limited range of makes and models. You should also make sure to select an ATV rear seat that comes with all of the options you require, such as storage boxes and mounting points for gas cans and other equipment.

Small all-terrain vehicles are typically designed for only one rider, while larger vehicles sometimes have seats that are big enough to accommodate two people. Some ATVs have two seats though, which is typically the most comfortable way to carry a passenger. If your ATV lacks a rear seat, or the seat it came with is too small or uncomfortable, then there are a number of factors you can look at when searching for a replacement unit.

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The first step in any ATV rear seat replacement process is to determine the make, model, and year of your all-terrain vehicle. You may also want to examine the vehicle itself in order to see how your existing rear seat is mounted. Some replacement ATV rear seats will not work with certain makes and models, so it is important to start off with a list of potential choices that will actually fit on your vehicle.

Another important factor to consider is the reason you need an ATV rear seat. If the seat is likely to be used on a regular basis, then comfort should be one of your main concerns. An uncomfortable rear seat will typically result in a very unpleasant experience for your passenger, which can defeat the purpose of riding these vehicles for fun. Other important features to look for are waterproof materials, and footrests for the passenger.

In some cases, you will have to make a decision between adding an ATV rear seat or a cargo box. If you like to use your ATV on extended journeys, but still want the ability to take a passenger, then you may want to look for a unit that includes built-in storage compartments. These ATV rear seats can be quite heavy when fully loaded though, in which case you might want to consider adding a front cargo box to balance the weight load.

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