Do I Need New UTV Rear Windows? 3 Factors to Keep in Mind

If you own a UTV, you may be wondering if it's time to invest in a new rear window. You may even be wondering if having a rear windshield is worth it.

UTVs are off-road adventure vehicles, and their rear windows often get subjected to excessive wear and tear. Over time, they may sustain cracks, chips, or other damage, compromising their effectiveness.

Knowing when to replace your UTV's rear windshield will help keep you and your passengers safe and comfortable during your rides.

If you're on the fence about whether or not you need new UTV rear windows, there are several factors to consider. From the condition of your current windows to the level of protection they provide, here are three things to consider before deciding whether to invest in a new rear window for your UTV.

I. Why Rear Windows Matter

Rear windshields are an essential component of any vehicle, including UTVs. They serve important purposes, such as providing visibility to what is behind the vehicle, protecting passengers from the elements, and enhancing the vehicle's overall safety. In the case of UTVs, back windshields are especially important for protecting passengers from debris and other hazards while off-roading.

A person driving a UTV on sand dunes with safety glass rear windows

Types of UTV rear windows

The rear window or windshield for UTVs is an essential accessory that offers protection from the elements, enhances comfort, and may improve the vehicle's overall performance. Back windshields come in various types, materials, and designs to suit different needs, preferences, and specific UTV models. Understanding the differences will help owners choose the best option for their vehicle.

Here's a breakdown of the different types of UTV rear windows:

1. Polycarbonate rear windshields

Polycarbonate is a durable, impact-resistant material that's lighter than glass. It's highly favored for its strength, which can withstand rough terrain and harsh conditions without cracking or breaking.

Polycarbonate windshields offer clear visibility and are often treated with UV-resistant coatings to prevent yellowing over time.

While tough, polycarbonate does scratch more easily than glass, so some models come with hard-coating treatments to resist scratches.

2. Glass back windshields

Rear glass windshields and windows provide a classic, clear look with scratch resistance superior to polycarbonate. They are often tempered or laminated for added safety and durability. Safety glass windshields offer excellent clarity that lasts over time.

Glass may also be treated for additional properties like defogging and UV protection.

Glass windshields are heavier than polycarbonate and might shatter upon severe impact, although safety glass is designed to break into small, less harmful pieces.

3. Soft rear windows

Soft rear windows are generally clear, flexible materials like PVC or vinyl. They are part of soft window kits that often include zippered or roll-up functions for easy opening.

Soft rear windows come with a lot of versatility since they roll up or have removable options, are lightweight, and tend to be easier to install and remove than hard windows. They're a cost-effective option for weather protection.

On the other hand, soft rear windows are less durable than hard windows, prone to scratches, and may become cloudy over time. They also offer less security against theft or vandalism.

4. Vented rear windows

Vented rear windows come in hard and soft materials and include adjustable vents, allowing airflow control within the cabin. The ability to adjust ventilation helps reduce dust swirl and makes it easier to maintain a comfortable temperature inside the cabin while still being protected from the elements.

Vented rear windows may be more expensive due to the venting system's added complexity and require more maintenance to ensure vents operate smoothly.

No matter which type of windshield you choose, make sure you are maintaining and caring for it to increase its longevity. Check out "Your Total Guide To Maintaining and Caring for Your UTV Windshield" to learn how to keep your front and rear windshield in top condition.

A person driving a green UTV on a dirt road with safety glass windshield and rear windows

II. Signs you need a new UTV rear windshield

Over time, wear and tear will take a toll no matter what type of rear windshield you have. The effects of time spent in rough elements add up, compromising your safety and visibility on the road.

Several signs indicate it's time for a replacement. If you notice any cracks or chips in the glass, even if they seem minor, don't ignore them. Cracks can quickly escalate into larger problems, including a shattered windshield.

Similarly, if you start experiencing issues with poor visibility due to scratches, fogging, or discoloration, it's time for a new rear windshield. When you can’t see clearly, your safety and the safety of others becomes compromised. 

If you have tried to fix any damage to your windows but the glass continues to rattle or move excessively, it's a sign the windshield's integrity is compromised, and it is time to replace it. 

III. Considerations before purchasing

Before purchasing a new UTV rear window, there are a few key factors to consider to ensure you make the right choice for your vehicle.

  1. Compatibility with your UTV model

When purchasing a new UTV rear window, it's important to consider the compatibility with your specific model. Not all rear windows are universal. What rear window will fit a Can-Am Defender or a Honda Pioneer probably won't fit a Yamaha Wolverine.

To guarantee a perfect fit, look for rear windows specifically made for your UTV model. This will make the installation process go smoothly and keep you from encountering issues with sizing or alignment.

Plus, a window tailored to your vehicle will provide optimal protection and visibility while out on the trails.

  1. Material and durability

When choosing a new UTV rear windshield, one of the most important factors is the material and durability. The material you choose will impact its longevity, resistance to damage, and overall performance on the trails.

Start by considering the type of terrain you typically ride on. If you frequently encounter branches, rocks, or other potential hazards, you may opt for a more durable material like a polycarbonate or safety glass windshield. These materials are less likely to shatter upon impact and will provide added protection for you and your passengers.

On the other hand, if weight is a concern or you prefer a more flexible option, soft rear windshields made from PVC or vinyl may be a better choice. Soft rear windows are lightweight and easy to install but may not offer as much protection against impacts or the elements.

Upgrade your UTV's back windshield with Terrarider UTV Windshields

When it's finally time to trade in your old rear view windshield for a brand new one, Terrarider UTV Windshields is here to provide you with the quality windshield you need, no matter the type of UTV you have. 

With a wide selection of brands from Arctic Cat, Honda, and Can-Am to John Deere, Kawasaki, Polaris, and more, you'll find what you need to get your UTV back out there, ready for another trail ride or off-roading adventure. 

Keep your UTV in top condition with windshields from Terrarider UTV Windshields. Find the right windshield and gear for your ride today. 

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