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When it comes to powersports, raw power is important. After all, if there were no high top speeds and accelerations that pin you to the back of your seat, where would the fun be? But more important than fun and excitement is safety. If you’re not safe when riding your side-by-side, you may not have many chances to do so. This is why we here at Everything Can-Am Offroad are staunch proponents of safety gear such as Can-am Defender harnesses and Can-am Defender seat belts. Be it a retractable 4-point harness like the ones used in the X3 or the added protection of a 5-point harness in the back for the kiddos, we’ve got what you need to stay unharmed in the event of an accident on the trail. Some riders don’t like the stock Can-am seat belt, complaining that it cuts into their neck and doesn’t feel very secure. For those of you with more to love, seat belt extenders are a great option to lengthen the stock Can-am seat belt, ensuring comfort while still staying safe. And if you don’t want to swap out seats in order to run a 5-point harness or aftermarket UTV seat belt, Can-am Defender harness bars make installing aftermarket Can-am Defender seat belts and harnesses an absolute breeze. Side-by-side companies like Tusk and Pro Armor are well-known in the industry for their DOT rated seat belts and harnesses. Their UTV seat belts and harnesses have undergone meticulous testing and scrutiny, so you know you’re getting the best of the best.
And once you have your aftermarket UTV harness or 4-point seat belt installed, you’ll likely be wanting to delete that annoying stock seat belt sensor. Sure you can just plug your old seat belt in and run it behind your seat, but there are other options out there. You can buy a Seat Belt Sensor Override device that also doubles as a beer opener, or you can open the buckle up and tie wrap the switch closed — free and you don't have to deal with the seat belt being behind you. Alternatively, you can also clip the small wire going to the seat belt buckle and connect the two wires together with a scotch lock. Simply cut the wire, twist the live ends together, and tape it up, it’s that simple. At the end of the day, though, safety is a must. And while it may be annoying or cumbersome to always be wearing a UTV seat belt or Can-am Defender harness, the trade-off is worth it. Because should the unthinkable happen — and sadly it often does — you surely want to minimize as much risk as possible, taking fate into your own hands and living to ride another day!