New Polaris RZR Rear Lower Radius Rods

We are excited to release our new, long-awaited Rear Lower Radius Rods for the Polaris RZR 1000, Turbo, 4-Seater, and RS1. When Polaris changed the bolt size from a 10mm to a 12mm for the radius rods, we took it as an opportunity to revamp our previous radius rod design and give them a whole new look.

Polaris RZR Rear Lower Radius Rods

Our new Rear Lower Radius Rods are made of CNC 7075 billet aluminum, so in combination with our new, beefier design, they are extremely strong. Although we typically do not offer billet parts, it was such a perfect fit for the radius rods due to the need for extreme strength while keeping the part lightweight. We finished the look of the radius rods with sleek black anodizing over powder coat so the color will last and add a higher-quality look to the already high-end part.

Another new feature is the spherical rod ends. Previously, we used a spherical bearing with bushings to secure the rods into place. With these new radius rods, we engineered a state-of-the-art spherical rod end that is all one solid piece. The benefit of this is it eliminates the need to replace hardware as frequently due to there being nothing to wear together. This will provide you miles and miles of fun without the headache of constantly replacing rod ends.

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One of the best features of our new radius rods are how universal they are between so many models. They fit the Polaris RZR XP 1000, XP Turbo, 4-Seater, and the RS1. They will work on all year models, although if you have a 2016 and older model, there are some mild modifications and additional hardware that will be needed to mount them, as they are made to work with the larger 12mm mount. To read more on how to install these on the older models, check out our install guide.

These Rear Lower Radius Rods have tested perfectly on the trails. With their extreme max ground clearance features and their ability to withstand high radial load, they are a must have before your next ride.

Don’t get stuck out on the trail! Order now!

Houser Racing’s Polaris RZR RS1 Build

When we heard that Polaris was releasing a single seat SXS with a 999cc engine, we immediately knew that we wanted to take on adding RS1 parts to our line-up. There has been many companies over the years that have tried to put out a good single seater, but we feel like Polaris is the first to really hit the nail on the head. Where the Ace feels like more of a utility quad with a roll cage, the RS1 has the stance and suspension of an XP 1000 2-seater, and is the most agile RZR to date. We have worked tirelessly these past few months engineering and testing to produce the strongest and best looking parts for the RS1.

 

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Roll Cage

We have always been known for the quality, strength, and look of our roll cages. We wanted to bring that same style we have used for the 2-seater when building the cage for the RS1. The cage is a dual hoop design with multi-directional triangular gussets for maximum strength. This allows the cage to take a hard impact at any direction. The cage comes with seat harness tabs, so you can use the OEM harness or an aftermarket one. We went a different route with the roof than we have in the past. We opted for a polyethylene roof instead of aluminum so it is more light weight while maintaining its strength, and stays in sync with the look and aesthetics of the machine. The roof has a recessed light bar pocket that fits up to an 18″ light bar. The cage also comes with mounting holes in the front to fit either our full or half windshield especially designed by us to work with our cage. It pops on and off so installation and removal is a breeze. It was designed to work with the roof to keep water out of the cab instead of allowing the water to splash back in or run in off the roof like other set-ups.

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Front Bumper

Our front bumper really sets the look of the whole build. It has enough coverage to protect the front of the machine without being too bulky. We incorporated the skid plate into the bumper making it extremely durable. The skid plate was designed to protect the front a-arm mounts from hard impacts. Also included is a d-ring for towing, and a section to mount a light bar if desired. The best feature of this bumper is how it is mounted tight against the chassis. This allows the tires to hit before the bumper does when dropping off into sharp ditches or downhills, which makes for a better ride. When the bumper is allowed to hit and dig into the ground, it can cause harsh hits that can injure the passengers as well as damage the front end.

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Tree Bars

When it comes to SXS parts, tree bars have always been our bread and butter. For us, its more than just a nerf bar for the RS1. We designed our tree bar to deflect trees away from the expensive rear suspension components. That way, you can use the tree bars to pivot around trees or take side impacts without the stress of damaging the side of the machine or the shock and trailing arm. The tree bar was also engineered to have multi-directional gussets similar to what we did with the cage, making them extremely strong.

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Maximum Ground Clearance Lower A-Arms

A-Arms have been our specialty for 20 years in the ATV industry. We carried over that same engineering experience when making the RS1 lower front a-arms. The strategically placed cross bars and new ball joint holder design makes these a-arms incredibly strong and a long-lasting part. They also are max ground clearance meaning the a-arm is designed with a bend to give nearly two more inches of clearance perfect for clearing downed trees, rocks, and deep ruts. The ball joints are also a huge upgrade from stock and can withstand the abuse regardless if you are trail riding or racing. Like all of our a-arms, they are externally greaseable and use a needle bearing design on the rear pivot point, and delrin bushings for the forward-most pivot point due to lack of space for bearings. The a-arms are the same width as OEM, so they can be used with the stock upper a-arms.

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Rear Lower Radius Rods

One of the most common parts on a SXS to fail is the rear radius rod. The OEM ones are simply not strong enough to take the abuse of offroad riding. We went all out when designing the radius rod for the RS1. It is made out of CNC 7075 billet aluminum making it extremely strong. Our radius rod is a one-piece direct bolt on solution with no adjustments needed, making installation a breeze. We also designed a state of the art 12mm spherical rod end that is all one piece so it can withstand the high radial load and not wear as quickly as a design with spacers. The extreme curvature allows for maximum ground clearance which is desirable for any type of offroad riding or racing.

Note: Although pictured in bare aluminum, the radius rods will only be available in anodized black. 

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No matter whether you are trail riding, hitting the dunes, or racing, our RS1 set-up is a complete protection solution that maintains the sleek look of the RS1. Every part is designed to provide ultimate strength so your RZR can last you for many rides to come.

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Why We Love The Ez-Lift Grab Bar (And You Should, Too!)

You know that irritating feeling when you are lifting the rear end of your quad up out of a rut or moving it in the garage and it feels like it just keeps going up and up and the tires haven’t even left the ground, yet you feel like the grab bar is nearly up to your chest? Well it drove us crazy too, and it seems to be a nuisance for hundreds of our riders, so we came up with a solution!

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Our EZ-Lift Grab Bar was designed to have a downward angle versus sticking straight out, which provides better leverage for lifting and moving the rear of the quad around. It has been a huge hit among our cross country riders especially. When out racing or riding for long periods of time, you are already wore out without having to lift your quad out of a predicament. With our grab bar, when you get stuck in deep ruts or hung up on a log, it makes it significantly easier to lift the quad while using as little energy as possible.

Another great benefit of our grab bar is how it can assist when loading your quad in the back of your truck. With the downward angle, it allows you to get a better grip and leverage to lift it up and into the truck.

Our EZ-Lift grab bar comes in our standard gloss black powder coat color, and includes number plate tabs. We offer them for the Honda TRX450R, Yamaha YFZ450, and Yamaha YFZ450R.

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The History Of Houser Racing

What led to the beginning of Houser Racing?

When you’re competing on the national motocross circuit and are having difficulty getting your hands on the kinds of top-quality parts you need to adequately upgrade your machine’s performance, what can you do? Well, if you’re anything like the owners of Houser Racing, you simply start to make your own parts! That’s how it started for us back in the late 90s when our main objective was to do what we needed to do to make it into the winner’s circle.

That led to our being asked to produce some of our high-quality parts for a side retailer at the track, which we did. This was the beginning of our new company, Houser Racing, purveyor of top-quality ATV parts and accessories. We have since become a respected, top-name aftermarket ATV parts manufacturer that provides the highest quality performance parts to customers worldwide. We’ve also branched out into aftermarket UTV performance parts and have created a strong following among those looking for that extra edge when competing.

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It’s a family affair! 

Houser Racing is a family owned and operated business. Jeff & John Houser engineer and oversee the day to day operations. Erin Houser, Jeff’s wife, leads the sales team. coordinates all the events, & handles the social media. Although Jeff came into this industry racing ATV’s, he now enjoys riding SXS’s with his wife, Erin, and their kids Brenna and Brayden.

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Polaris RZR XP 1000 / Turbo 4-Seater R2 Tree Bars

We are excited to announce the release of our highly anticipated R2 Polaris RZR XP 1000 and Turbo 4-Seater Tree Bars! Much like our 2-Seater R2 Tree Bars, these are an updated design from our previous tree bar. One of the biggest changes from our old design is that they are now a two-piece tree bar. The biggest complaint we heard about our original one piece design is that the box was too expensive to ship. Now, we can package the tree bars more compact saving half the shipping cost!

So now you are wondering, if they are two pieces they aren’t as strong now right? Wrong! The R2 Tree Bars actually tested to be stronger than our one piece design, and are much easier to mount. The bars simply slide together and then can be attached to the OEM mounting holes.

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The R2 4-Seater Tree Bars will also utilize our Patent Pending L-Bolt Mounting System. You can rest assured that you will have top-notch mounting hardware that will not break off every time you hit the trail like the factory mounting system.

Another exciting change is that we updated the design to follow suit with the R2 2-Seater Tree Bars, giving it a more sleek look while still providing the same ultimate protection. They even feature the discreet bottle-opener gusset on each side, as well as the classic “HR” laser cut on the ends.

No matter whether you are hitting the trails on the weekends or cruising through the dunes or desert, our new R2 Tree Bars are a must have for any 4-Seater! Not only does it protect the sides from trees, but they can protect the passengers from side impacts from other UTVs, and provide a useful step into the machine. And of course, they make the buggy look pretty sharp too! Check out our video below, or if you are ready to order, CLICK HERE.

 

The Original Polaris RZR Tree Bar L-Bolt Kit

It all started with our first ever Polaris RZR Tree Bar design. Jeff Houser wanted to not only have the strongest tree bar on the market, but the strongest mounting system. Years have passed and our tree bars have been updated, but our mounting system remains the same.

We always like to offer replacement parts for our products, so we started offering the L-Bolt Hardware Kit by itself as a convenience to our customers. Little did we know, our mounting design would quickly become a popular upgrade for the stock Polaris tree bars as well as many other brands.

Although there are now others trying to replicate our patent-pending design, the Houser Racing L-Bolt Mounting System is still unmatched for its quality, durability, and strength. We machine the bolts in-house to insure the highest grade product while overseeing quality control, and have them special-coated to prevent rusting.

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Of course we would rather have you running our New R2 Tree Bars for the Polaris RZR XP 1000 and Turbo (Because you want your tree bars to be as strong as your mounting system 😉), but we do know our L-Bolt system will work with the Factory Polaris Tree Bars as well as many other brands, and we even did a quick install video for the factory tree bars:

What makes our mounting system so appealing?

  • It is so easy! You can mount your tree bars in 20 minutes or less.
  • They attach to the OEM mounting points
  • You do not have to drill into your frame. Now we do recommend drilling just the threads out for easier installation, but you can install them without drilling if desired.
  • The L-Bolt design is incredibly strong, meaning no more broken off bolts while on the trails!

 

Not convinced just yet? Check out these reviews from our customers!

“Excellent product that worked just as designed. Made it a lot simpler to install and remove tree kickers from my RZR.” – Braden B.

“These are so much better than the factory…! Well worth the money!” – Kyle R.

“I ordered the Polaris rock sliders and everyone said the Polaris mounting hardware was junk so don’t hesitate and go ahead and order the Houser kit and when I got it in, you could tell the difference in quality! Well worth the money and the install was a breeze!!!” – Duke A.

 

Ready to get a set of your own?

Click here for the 2-Seater Kit

Click here for the 4-Seater Kit

Slicast® Caster Adjustment

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One of the things we are best known for, is our Patented SLICAST® (US Patent # US 7,568,711) Caster Adjustment on our ATV a-arms. This adjustment was ground breaking, because it allows you to adjust you caster, separately from your camber. All of our current ATV a-arms are made with this feature included. Here are the top questions we receive about the Slicast® feature:

What does it mean to adjust caster on your ATV?

The caster adjustment is another adjustment for the location of the front wheels. The caster is the tilt of the wheel knuckle, or the location of the top ball joint over the lower ball joint. If the top ball joint is back towards the rear slightly further than the bottom ball joint, the caster is increased or positive. It is difficult to get an exact measurement for your caster if you do not have the Houser Slicast® A-Arms.

How do I change the settings on the Slicast® adjustment? 

You can make adjustments to your caster by adjusting the Slicast® Main Cam piece located by the ball joints on your upper a-arms. Loosen the jam nut, pop out the Slicast® Main Cam piece and turn it to your desired setting. Re-tighten the jam nut and you’re ready for riding.

What setting is best for the riding I do?

We can’t recommend what setting is best for you, it is about what you are comfortable riding. What we do recommend is to take your ATV out for a spin and try multiple settings to see what you like the best. Roll the ball joint all the way forward and ride it, roll it all the way back and ride it, and then put it on “zero” and ride it as well. That way you have a good idea for how it feels at all extremes, and you can fine tune from there.

Generally, motocross riders will turn the Slicast® Cam such that the upper ball joint is moved towards the rear, increasing caster and straight line stability. Cross country and trail riders will move their upper ball joints towards the front, decreasing caster and improving the way the ATV corners.

Note: The caster mostly affects your ATV’s ability to turn corners. If your ATV is set-up for going fast and straight, then adjusting caster for a flat, straight track would be the most ideal situation. When you test drive your ATV after making the caster adjustment, make sure you test it on a track most appropriate to your preferred conditions. Always use extreme caution after making adjustments until you are used to how the ATV turns. 

What are the degree increments between settings on the Slicast® Cam?

When the Slicast® Cam is rotated, the caster is adjusted in increments of .4°. The stock setting for the caster is 0°. Our Slicast® Cam allows you to adjust it to the rear up to -2.4°, or to the front up to 2.4°.

 

Regular Travel VS Long Travel

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Regular Travel  Arms simply means that the a-arms retain the same shock mounting locations as OEM, so you are able to use your stock shocks. This is a popular option for riders who are not wanting to spend the extra money on aftermarket shocks, but still want a wider a-arm.

Long Travel means that the shock mounting location on the lower a-arm has been moved, giving you the ability to mount a longer, aftermarket shock. This is popular among cross country and motocross racers who need that extra travel for a better ride, giving them a competitive edge.

A common misconception about Regular Travel/Long Travel is that it affects the width of the a-arms, which is not the case.