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Compared to other UTV’s (*cough cough Polaris Ranger) the Can-Am Defender has amazing stock storage as well as tons of aftermarket storage options. If you didn’t get the Base model or DPS edition, you’re Defender has a little pull-down storage area to the left of the steering wheel that is perfect for just-in-case bullets, garage door openers, cell phone chargers, or even a sneaky beer. The only problem with this storage compartment / ash trey is that if you drill out your cupholders on the dash so they will drain, the water drips right into that compartment. Notwithstanding, other aftermarket accessories are available to maximize both the in-cab and bed storage of the Can-am Defender. Under Dawg storage makes a lot of great Can-am Defender under seat storage boxes that are not very expensive. And the under-seat storage area also works well for a cooler, which can hook to the sides very nicely. The passenger seat on all Can-am Defenders flips up easily, allowing the hook to fit over the tube, but you might find that the drivers seat seems to be solid mounted. With a bit of finesse and persistence, however, you can flip the brackets on the drivers seat so it flips up like the other two. Alternatively, you can buy parts to convert it to a flip up like the DPS model without the seat adjuster.
Like under seat storage, Can-am Defender storage bags and dash nets will also expand your in-cab storage area. And if the your dash storage nets don’t have enough stretch to allow for proper access to the storage space, you can easily modify them before installation so that they work properly. The net is attached to the opening with four plastic “buttons” that are inserted into existing holes in the dash. The buttons are attached to the nets with very short pieces of elastic strip, which quickly fail during use. Simply replace the short elastic strips (only the upper strips) with longer ones and you’ll get way more stretch out of your dash storage net.
Like in-cab storage, you can also optimize your rear storage and increase capacity with Can-am Defender tool boxes, Can-am Defender bed boxes, and Can-am Defender rear storage boxes. Bed extenders work well for hauling as well, but they won’t protect your items like a UTV storage box will. Some riders prefer storage boxes with hinged lids that don’t require them to pop the top off every time they want in it. Other riders are more concerned about finding a bed box that doesn’t interfere with their snorkel system — as they don’t want to turn their snorkels sideways. Some Can-am Defender bed boxes can be mounted to the bed. You have to remove your two front bed hooks and replace them with new brackets. Then drill out your box to mount bolts. The rear center bracket needs to be mounted before that. Then two screws go through the bed. Alternatively, the low-profile UWS toolbox for a Ford Ranger also works well in the Can-am Defender. So regardless of what you’re hauling and where you’re hauling it to, for all your storage needs both in-cab and in-bed, look no further than Everything Can-Am Offroad!