First 5 Mods

By Bill "BillaVista" Ansell
Photography: Bill Ansell
Copyright 2014 - Bill Ansell
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Here's a quick look at the first 5 mods I made to my new 2014 Can-Am Outlander 1000XT


Mod Number 1 - Sticker Delete

The first thing I did was remove all the stupid warning labels. I can't stand the things. Not only do they look terrible, but the whole idea of them and what they represent personally offends me. I'm all about personal freedom and personal responsibility - do we really want to live in a society where everything has to be labelled with a dozen warning stickers? I mean. I'm not saying we should kill stupid people - but how about we just do away with warning labels and let the problem take care of itself? I used a hair-dryer to soften them up and then carefully peeled them off.

All, that is, except for this one. This one I left on because it's kinda funny and classic at the same time. If you ride an Can-Am, you'll know what I mean.

Mod Number 2 - GPS Mount

I love to explore on my ATV and can ride for hours and a hundred km or so on a given day, so GPS for navigation and scouting trails is essential to me. I've been using my Garmin Oregon 450 in different vehicles for a couple of years now, so mounting it securely was a must. The RAM Mount mount fits perfectly (and only just) beside the throttle housing / 4WD switch.

Mod Number 3 - RAM Beverage Holder

Since I like to ride for long periods, staying hydrated and refreshed is a must. I've been using the RAM gimballed beverage holder in boats and vehicles for a while now and really like it, so I definitely had to mount one on the new ATV. Oh - ignore the mirror clamped to the hand guard - that mod isn't done / ready yet (I'm trying to figure out if I can retrofit the mirrors from an old pair of Powermadd hand guards to the factory Outlander XT hand guards).

Mod Number 4 - Pelican Storm Cases

Ya gotta have some storage space, especially for those longer adventures. I'm a big fan of the toughness, quality, and sleek low-profile look achieved by using Pelican cases for storage on ATVs. You can read all the details on this mod in this article.

Mod Number 5 - Rotopax Gas Cans

Long rides are more comfortable and easier on the mind when you have extra gas along. I like to use Rotopax gas cans as they are tough, easy to mount, stay secure, and never leak. You can read all the details on this mod in this article.


The Complete Package

So here's how she sits as of now, with the first 5 mods complete:




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