Looking to improve your stance while aboard your snowmobile or are you just wanting to be one of those super gnarly ditch banging baddies? Either way we have a snowmobile handlebar riser for you.
In all seriousness, handlebar risers, when used properly, can improve your stance while riding your snowmobile. Improved stance, sometimes referred to as rider positioning, results in a more comfortable riding experience. What that means for you is more time on your snowmobile doing what you love and could potentially mean less trips to the chiropractor.
The purpose of this article is to provide you a list of the best snowmobile handlebar risers. We will discuss the design and function of each in an effort to help you choose the right snowmobile handlebar riser for your needs.
The Best Snowmobile Handlebar Risers
Rox Speed FX – 4’-6” Height Adjustable Handlebar Riser
Are your bars too low, but you do not know exactly how high you need them? Check out the 4 in. to 6 in. height adjustable snowmobile handlebar riser built by Rox Speed FX in Northern Minnesota. These billet risers are sexy. Yeah, we did not think we would ever think of a part for a snowmobile as sexy either until now. They just look good. Take a look for yourself.
Offered in either a matte finish aluminum or anodized black these snowmobile handlebar risers accept 7/8 in. or 1 1/8 in. handlebars and work on any snowmobile with a “T” style stem. If your sled has a flat plate you will need to use Rox Speed FX’s Flat Plate Adapter Tube. Note, these risers do not work with the Ski Doo Gen 4 OEM Mountain Strap on the top side of these bar risers as the bolt holes do not align.
Two quick adjust levers allow you to change the height of your handlebars while out riding. It is that easy. Install is also easy and will only take you a few minutes. Longer cables may be needed depending on how high you set your handlebars. To be safe we suggest checking the length of the cables on your sled before investing in snowmobile handlebar risers.
Retailing at $142.95 USD puts this snowmobile handlebar riser right in the mix with the other handlebar risers that made this list of the best. If your sled requires a flat plate adapter tube it will be another $14.95 USD. Rox Speed FX offers free shipping on any purchase over $50 USD. We feel this riser is priced very fair considering the importance Rox Speed FX puts on producing high quality products. They believe in their products so much they provide a limited lifetime warranty on these snowmobile handlebar risers.
Cheetah Factory Racing – Knucks Snowmobile Riser
Next up we have the Knucks Snowmobile Handlebar Risers from CFR. Manufactured in the heart of snowmobiling country, Whistler, British Columbia, these guys knew what they were doing when they designed this handlebar riser. Like CFR’s handlebars, these snowmobile handlebar risers are built of the highest quality by snowmobilers for snowmobilers.
These snowmobile handlebar risers are CNC machined out of 6061-T06 Aluminum. If you know your metals, you know this is some of the highest strength aluminum around. These risers are ready to be abused. An anodized finish offered in multiple colors along with the laser etched graphics will make your snowmobile look every more flashy that it already does. The laser etched graphics are more than just for looks, the line on the center of the top cap is for helping you adjust your handlebars to your liking.
Not sure yet what height you want to adjust your handlebars to? No worries, the Knucks Snowmobile Handlebar Risers come in a variety of heights including 1.25 inch, 2 inch, 3 inch, 4 inch, 5 inch, 6 inch, 7 inch and 8 inch. With so many height options there is sure to be one that works for you.
The Knucks Snowmobile Handlebar Risers work with either 1 1/8 inch handlebars or 7/8 inch handlebars when used with the anti-slip adapter, which are included with purchase. CFR built these snowmobile handlebar risers specifically for their Boondocker 2.0, Turcotte, Rooster 2.0 or Munster handlebars, but they do work with all aftermarket and stock handlebars. A pivot style steering post is needed for these risers. If your sled does not have a pivot style steering post you will need a pivot tube adapter.
If you are choosing a taller riser than what you already have, it is strongly recommended to check the length of your cables and brake lines before purchasing. Depending on the height of the snowmobile handlebar riser you choose, your snowmobile may require extended length cables. This is vital as cables that are too short will affect the operation of your snowmobile.
Costing a little more than the Rox Speed FX adjustable snowmobile handlebar riser we talked about earlier, the Knucks Snowmobile Handlebar Riser comes in at $148.49 USD. This price is the same no matter what size you get. If your sled requires the pivot adapter tube, that will be an additional $24.99 USD. Compared to similar snowmobile handlebar risers this price seems to be competitive. With that said if you are looking to spend a little less than this, keep reading.
RSI Racing – Flex Adjustable Riser
Choosing the perfect height can be difficult. The Flex Adjustable Snowmobile Handlebar Riser by RSI Racing allows you to adjust the height of your handlebars by simply flipping a lever.This makes adjusting your handlebars quicker and easier than ever. Just flip the lever, adjust the handlebar height, put the lever back to its previous position and you are ready to go.
The Flex Adjustable Snowmobile Handlebar Riser looks like a transformer. Oddly enough that kind of makes sense being it is adjustable. It is offered in two different sizes which are 4-6 inches and 5-8 inches. Both sizes provide infinite adjustability within their respective ranges.
Less stylish than the CFR Knucks Snowmobile Handlebar Risers, the RSI Flex Adjustable Snowmobile Handlebar Risers come in anodized aluminum with black lasered accents. No other colors are available making customizability as far as appearance goes, not a thing. There is no doubt that the RSI risers still look great.
Built to fit 7/8 inch handlebars, but will work with 1 1/8 inch handlebars as well when used with the oversized adapters, which do not appear to be available on their website. Unfortunately RSI fails to mention which style steering post this snowmobile handlebar riser works with or if a certain adapter is needed for a certain style steering post. These are things you should keep in mind while looking into purchasing a riser.
Grab your piggy bank. The RSI Flex Adjustable Snowmobile Handlebar Riser is going to require you to adjust your monthly budget as well. Retailing at $159.95 USD these risers take the top of the podium when it comes to the highest price on this list. Remember, if you are running oversized handlebars you will also need the oversized adapters. We are unsure of what the additional cost on those will be as RSI does not seem to have them.
Fly Racing – Snowmobile Handlebar Riser
Taking spot four on our list of the Best Snowmobile Handlebar Risers is a shorty. The Fly Racing Tech Snowmobile Handlebar Riser is a 2 inch baddie built to take a beating. Like the CFR Knucks handlebar risers these are also made of 6061 T6 aluminum.
We chose to put this 2 inch riser on the list as we are not a huge fan of jacking up the handlebars a whole lot. A smaller riser like this is our favorite choice. The stock bars are actually very well placed and really do not require much changing as they are ergonomically engineered and tested extensively. That does not go to say that a snowmobile riser is not always needed. As we said when we started this article, a handlebar riser can increase conformability while riding and also improve your riding stance. We all have different bodies, therefore different handlebar heights are, at times, necessary for some.
Now let’s get back to it. The Fly Racing Tech Snowmobile Handlebar risers are made for function. Their anodized black finish protects against corrosion and gives them a classy clean look. Black is the only color they are offered in, but that does not stop them from looking good.
These snowmobile handlebar risers work with 7/8 inch handlebars and fit flat top steering posts with 2.25 inch bolt width from center to center. Included with the purchase of these risers is a complete set of stainless mounting hardware. If you are running an oversized bar, the Fly Tech Snowmobile Handlebar Risers will not work for you. Fly Racing says these risers work specifically well with late model Polaris Snowmobiles as well as Arctic Cat Snowmobiles.
You will be able to buy these snowmobile handlebar risers without your spouse even knowing. Only costing $69.95 USD makes these risers the cheapest ones on the list so far. The price point on these is another reason we really like them. If you are looking for a small increase in your handlar height and do not want to spend a bunch of money, these may be the right option for you.
Powermadd – Snowmobile Handlebar Riser
Last, but not least we have the Powermadd Snowmobile Handlebar Riser. This riser like a few others on the list is also machined out of 6061 T6 aluminum and has a black anodized finish with laser etched logos. Since we previously talked about a short handlebar riser we decided to add this 7 inch riser to the list for the guys who like sinking their ditch bangers alongside the nearest county road.
Powermadd designed this snowmobile handlebar riser to be durable and light. It is a direct OEM replacement and they include with purchase all needed mounting hardware. The cutouts on both the top and bottom of this 7 inch handlebar riser allow all wires to be routed through the center of the riser. This helps protect the wires and keeps your snowmobile handlebar assembly from getting clustered.
These snowmobile handlebar risers are made to fit any snowmobile with a 4-4.5 inch T-style steering post. For Arctic Cat snowmobiles that would be anything between oo-16 models with 4.25 inch pivot risers excluding the models with the adjustable riser. They will also work with 94-00 flat top steering post snowmobiles, but will need a pivot adapter kit. They also fit Polaris models between 02-16 and 88-01 flat top steering post snowmobiles, again with the use of the pivot adapter. And finally they also fit on Yamaha snowmobiles but will require the pivot adapter. Ski Doo guys, sorry, you are out of luck on this one.
Retaining at $90 USD these risers are a tad more than the previously mentioned Fly Racing Snowmobile Handlebar Risers, but they also give you 5 more inches. We all know some of you could use that extra length. If a pivot adapter is needed for your snowmobile you will be spending an additional $67.50 USD. That one hurts a little, we know. Being the price gets up there when a pivot adapter is needed we would suggest just going with one of the adjustable options mentioned earlier in this article.
Best Snowmobile Handlebar Risers Concluded
We hope this list of our favorite snowmobile handlebar risers helped you narrow your decisions and provided the information you needed. Although we do not typically add handlebar risers to our sleds we understand the purpose behind them. We do not suggest adding a riser to your snowmobile for looks, but rather for its function. Handlebar risers as we stated at the beginning can improve your positioning while riding your snowmobile and give you the leverage you may not have had without it equipped. To help you choose a good height for your handlebars, stand on your sled with your knees slightly bent in an active riding position. Find where it feels the most comfortable for your hands and measure roughly where that position is from your current handlebars. Let us know in the comments below what snowmobile handlebar you use or choose to get and let us know what you think. Make sure you are following us on any social platform @sledheadzz for all the latest and greatest snowmobiling content. See you on the snow this season!