Kawasaki Teryx Roof Review 0
The rainy season is far from over so we added another level of protection to our 2010 Kawasaki Teryx 750 Sport. A glaring chink in the Teryx’s armor is the cab top – there isn’t any. Side-by-sides of all make and variety come with roll cages, but it’s not standard practice for the manufacturer to bolt on a roof. When it was time to weatherproof our long-term UTV we turned to the Kawasaki accessory catalog and weighed multiple options of plastic and aluminum. Ultimately we settled on the aluminum top with a black finish. At $171.95, the black version is about half the price of the brushed aluminum, and we think it looks better than the bare metal. Another key advantage of the aluminum over plastic is a low-profile design. The door to our garage only has about six inches of clearance on the stock cage and the plastic roof is shaped to where it sticks up considerably more than the aluminum version.
The roof uses thick strips of foam to keep vibration and noise to a minimum against the roll cage. The first step is to do a dry fit and mark where the roof and cage come together. Then lay on the foam using the self-adhesive. The foam sticks well – we put these on in freezing temperatures and only used the exhaust to warm the adhesive and it hasn’t peeled off anywhere. Getting the roof put in place only requires four mounting bolts. The hardware packet includes a quartet of simple brackets which attach at the existing roll cage connection. Simply remove one of the bolts from the cage, put the aluminum bracket in place and replace the bolt with a slightly longer one provided with the kit. Keep all of these slightly loose to make it easier to line up the four holes on the roof. Once the roof is on, cinch down the top bolts and then crank down the cage bolts. Simple.
As expected, the roof does just what it’s supposed to. We’re much happier getting out and coming back to the Teryx in the rain and not having to sit on a wet seat. Coverage is adequate and the drip lips manufactured onto the front and rear edge channel water off to the side. Larger riders might find that it drips onto the edge of their outer leg. This is the only thing we can find wrong with the roof’s design.
The roof blocks more than water. We found it handy at keeping branches out of the cab when wheeling through brush. One slight drawback is that branches get wedged between the front edge of the roof and the cage and wind up coming along for the ride. While this can be annoying, the tradeoff is that there’s less worry about a big branch snagging the cage behind the driver’s range of vision, which is much more of a danger.
Even though it was the rain that got us thinking about a roof, this accessory is useful year-round. The roof is very light and is easily managed by a single person. This aids in installation but more importantly doesn’t add much heft to the machine. Of course the top is good at stopping water coming straight down, but it doesn’t do a whole lot while in motion. If you’re serious about staying totally dry while moving, check out Kawasaki accessories’ full cabs or at least a windshield. The aluminum roof can be used in conjunction with a full windshield so there’s no need to modify anything. Also consider more side protection like solid doors or fender flares, which you can read about in our Kawasaki Teryx Fender Flares Review.
The aluminum top slides right into our parking garage without issue and we appreciate keeping a low profile when ducking under branches out on the trail. Another benefit of springing for the aluminum top is that it should have a longer lifespan than the plastic. Roofs are naturally exposed to the worst elements and just constant beating from sunlight will eventually wear down polymers, so we’re looking forward to even longer-lasting performance. There were times when we’d leave the UTV in the garage and go do chores without it just because it’s a pain to deal with a wet seat. Now it isn’t an issue and the Kawasaki is a more valuable tool overall.