Does the height of your snowmobile handlebar just not feel right? Do not worry, because this is a legitimate problem, and many people face it.
What causes it is the fact that you might be taller for what the snowmobile handle has been designed for, in which cases, you might have to increase the height of the bar.
Also, you might want to raise the height of the bar, if you stand and ride.
Fix to these problems is indeed a simple one, just grab a suitable bar raiser. In this article, we are going to discuss all of them, so read on to find out more.
Best Snowmobile Handlebar Risers
PowerMadd 45430 PowerRiser 475
PowerMadd’s PowerRiser 475 is a simple choice for people who want a sturdy raiser at a cheap price.
It has a one-piece design, which means that it has more structural integrity than competing parts, and features two pivot points, which allow for positioning the riser from both front and back, while giving you the freedom to position the bar up or down, for getting perfect placement.
The PowerRiser comes in two widths, 3.25” and 4.75”. 3.25” is generally used size for snowmobiles, while 4.75” is generally used for ATV’s and dirt bikes. The good thing here is that both the options allow you to use both 7/8″ (standard bars) and 11/8″ (oversized bars), which other manufacturer’s generally do not do, but you will require 4 separate bars clamps.
Talking about the material of construction, the riser is made from aluminum, which gives it an edge over the competition. It has a width of around 3.5″, which makes it useable for narrow style bar holders.
If your snowmobile’s upper or lower stock bar clamp has a one-piece design, you will require the PM15470, which is a universal bar clamp, offered by PowerMadd.
PowerMadd 45400 Universal Pivoting Riser
If you want a pivot style post instead of your normal flat steering post, PowerMadd 45400 has you covered.
It is universal, just the pre-requisite is that the steering post should be flat. It can be used to raise the bars 3″ in height without needing additional riser blocks.
This model also features a two pivot point arrangement, which allows for positioning the riser from both front and back, while giving you the freedom to position the bar up or down, for getting perfect placement, like the PowerMadd 45430.
Width is around 3.5″, which makes it useable for narrow style bar holders as well.
If you want to further increase the height, additional bar heights are available from PowerMadd, which come in 1”, 2” and 3” height to give you the most suitable and exact height you want.
Powermadd 45590 Adjustable Riser
The 45590 adjustable riser from PowerMadd is an adjustable riser, which lets you lower or raises your handlebar to nearly 3”.
The minimum height of the riser is 4.875”, all the way up to the maximum height of 7.75”
It is particularly useful for people who like to adjust the handle height frequently, in cases such as multiple people sharing a snowmobile, or if you vary between sitting and standing positions.
It is designed for T-style steering posts, but in case if you have a flat top steering post, a pivot adapter needs to be purchased and fitted, which adds another 1.25” to the handle height.
PowerMadd 45490 Black 2″ Riser Kit
This product, the 4549 from PowerMadd is specifically made for the pro taper handlebars used on Polaris sleds.
It can be used to raise the height of the bars approximately 2″, further from which new brake and throttle lines would need to be installed and additional risers to be purchased.
It also reportedly works great on Arctic Cat skis, which feature a one-piece top clamp.
How to Choose Bar Risers for Snowmobile
While choosing bar raiser for snowmobiles, you should keep the following points in mind:
Width is of utmost importance here. The width of riser means how much it is physically wide. Another dimension that we are concerned about is the size of the handlebar, which we will discuss later.
Most snowmobiles have 3.25” wide adapters, but it sure can vary according to model and manufacturer, so make sure to check it before you order one.
Measuring width is easy, just pull out a measuring tape and measure the width of your factory bar mount.
Size of the handlebar
Handlebars come in two configurations, 7/8 inch bars, also called standard bars and 11/8 inch bars, called oversized bars.
The size of the handlebar that we are concerned about here is the outer diameter of the clamp area, which is where risers and bar holders are clamped to, and it can be easily measured again by using a measuring tape, going around the circumference of the clamp area.
11/8 inch oversized bars greatly reduce arm and elbow fatigue and can be a better alternative for people thinking to go for a wide handlebar.
Construction is also a crucial factor, as some constructions have inherent advantages over other techniques.
What we would suggest you to go for, if your sole purpose is to lift the handlebar a little, just go for a monolith construction, with material as aluminum, and it would be a simple, but good choice.
Getting one height can be tricky if you are sharing your snowmobile with someone having a different preference or if you change between riding and standing-up riding.
For these cases, we have adjustable height risers, which usually include a quickly adjust tool, and can be adjusted within minutes to change to required bar height without needing to remove the handlebar assembly every time.
They come costlier than normal ones, but if the adjustable height is what you are after, it is worth the money and saves you a lot of hassle.
Material is also an important consideration, as this goes on to the handle, and if it breaks during operation, it can prove to be a real problem and dangerous for everyone as well.
Quality of screws provided
Some manufacturers cheap on the quality of screws provided, to drive the net cost of the product down.
Thankfully, in most cases, you can repurpose ones that you took out from snowmobile, as they are of very high quality and often include things such as nylon washers and stoppers, which do not come with most of the products.
Additional components required
Some models require other parts to be compatible with some specific bars or snowmobiles, so keep that in mind as it translates to additional cost.
Length of brake and throttle line
Sometimes the length of the brake and throttle line is a bit shorter and this may result in snowmobile not functioning as required.
For this, a simple solution is to buy extenders or a new line, which is longer.
Sometimes what happens is that people find that upon pulling the wire, they can fix the length issue, but in reality, they are just actuating the brake/throttle mechanism by pulling it, so be cautious, otherwise, when you switch on your snowmobile, it will flee without you.
Some parts offer some with a factory warranty, though coverage and duration might vary.
Warranty is a good way of showing confident the manufacturer is in their products and offer you peace of mind, as of it breaks or gets damaged, you can file a complaint and get it repaired, or if not possible, get a new one altogether.
Installation Instructions for Bar Risers
In this article, we discussed how to choose a good snowmobile handlebar raiser and discussed some of the good bar raisers available in the market today.
We sincerely hope that this article was of use to you and would help you make a good choice.