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  • What are the ATV LIFEGUARDS made from?
  • The "ATV Lifeguards®" are basically made from an aluminium base with plastic segments forming the arc. The BASE ends are from an industrial grade alloy plate with base rails of tempered high tensile extruded alloy. A process called INTERPON TC Industrial Powder Coating, is used on painting the Base, and is oven cured giving a durable, attractive and weather resistant finish. Its total weight is only 14.5kg!

    The SEGMENTS that form the arc are injection moulded. Different types and grades of plastic were researched to find a material with the right qualities, which included; A. Density - for strength and the ability to maintain their shape without crushing or deforming under load. B. The ability to perform in a range of temperatures between -10º to 45º Celsius. C. Weight - To get this down to an acceptable level which was less than 120 grams each.

    The TENSIONING MECHANISM has been designed to be simple, strong and fail proof. All components are Stainless Steel and have been tested to meet strict engineering standards by Industrial Research Engineers in Wellington.

    The CABLES which hold the Segments together are a 12-strand braided rope, made from DSM's Dyneema® SK75 fibres. It has a low elongation of 3.7%, is extremely flexible, and has a breaking strain of 3500kg each.

    The NEOPRENE COVER zips on to cover the segments. It is 5mm thick and made from neoprene, with a wear resistant UV stable nylon fabric each side. The cover gives added protection and padding if coming in contact with the rider.

    The MOUNTING BRACKETS are designed to fit most types of carriers. This includes a flat bar that can be swivelled at any angle, with hooks that rotate 360° to any position. They simply clamp over each end of the "ATV Lifeguards®" and once the hooks are positioned, tighten with a torque wrench to 10ft lbs. or 12 newton metres - this is important as over-tightening could damage your carrier, and/or the hooks.

  • How is it mounted to the quad?
  • The "ATV Lifeguards®" simply clamps to the rear carrier of your Quad, fitting most makes and models. Severe roll over testing has proved that this method is highly effective as the flexible character of the "ATV Lifeguards®" soaks up the impact, and the carrier can easily sustain the forces required. The mounting brackets consist of two flat bars that can be swivelled at any angle, with hooks that rotate 360° to any position. They simply clamp over each end of the 'ATV Lifeguards®' and once the hooks are positioned, tighten with a torque wrench to 10ft lbs. or 12 newton metres - this is important as over-tightening could damage your carrier, and/or the hooks.

    Click here to see a few recommended positions for different styles of carriers.

    PLEASE NOTE - The 'ATV Lifeguards®' fits most makes, but is not recommended for plastic carriers, and is still undergoing testing to find a suitable mounting option for these.

  • Will the ATV Lifeguards fit any ATV or Quad Bike?
  • The ATV Lifeguards will fit any ATV's with a metal carrier, some ATV's have a plastic carrier and it is not possible to fit them with the standard bracket. Please contact ATV Lifeguards for more details.

  • What colours are available for the mounting brackets and Neoprene cover?
  • Standard colours are Red and Black Base/ and Black cover, other colours are available on request.

  • What is the weight of the ATV Lifeguards?
  • The ATV Lifeguard is 14.5kg and comes in a strong sturdy box, with fitting instructions.

  • How easy is it to fit the ATV Lifeguards; do I need to employ a technician?
  • The ATV Lifeguards can easily be fitted by an individual, and there is no need to employ a technician, please make sure that you read the instruction books in detail, and follow the instructions. In any doubt please contact ATV Lifeguards.

  • What maintenance is required with the ATV Lifeguards?
  • It is extremely important that the Pre Tension device is kept at 33 Newton Meters, and that the brackets that attach the Lifeguards to the ATV are correctly tensioned.

  • Has the ATV Lifeguards been tested in roll over conditions?
  • The ATV Lifeguards has been tested under International Testing conditions and relevant documents are available for viewing.

  • How much freight does it cost?
  • Freight costs between $35 to $60 for each ATV Lifeguards. Please see our freight policy.

  • How safe is the ATV Lifeguards when fitted to an ATV/Quad?
  • The ATV Lifeguards REDUCES the risk of serious injury or death, by offering some protection to the rider, please refer to our terms and conditions.

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