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Racer Tech RZR 800 Roll Cage Extension Install/First Impressions

Discussion in 'Project RZR Installation Articles' started by bluesmanjesse, Mar 12, 2013.

  1. bluesmanjesse

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    Racer Tech RZR 800 Roll Cage Extension Install/First Impressions

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    The Racer Tech RZR 800 Roll Cage Extension is a modular 3 piece roll cage extension/rear bumper for all 2 seat RZR 800 Models. The kit is supplied with Racer Tech's rigid mount rear bumper and two tube extensions which clamp around the top bar of your factory roll cage and bolt to the rigid mount rear bumper. This design helps to add strength and rigidity to your RZR as well as an added level of protection. The kit comes with all the necessary hardware need to bolt it to your RZR.

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    The kit is 100% bolt on with no special tools required and can be installed by anyone with basic mechanical skills. This is a very well designed kit that is easy to install because Racer Tech did all the hard work for you. The first step of the install is to mount the rigid mount rear bumper. You will need to remove the nylock nut from the top of your rear shock on each side, these are utilized by the braces on the bumper as an additional mounting point. You will then slide the bumper into place from the bottom behind the rear section of the frame and let it set on the rear shock bolts loosely for now.

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    Then I recommend installing the four bolts that hold the bottom of the bumper, leave these bolts loose until later to make it easier to line up the extension tube bolts.

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    Leave the rear bumper loose and move up to install the extension tubes to the top rail of the factory roll cage. The extension tubes install using a clamshell type clamp that wraps securely around the factory cage tubing. Each clamp uses six socket head cap screws to hold it in place. Position each extension tube in it's approximate location and install the clamshell clamp bolts loosely. The camera flash makes the clamps look green for some reason but I assure you they are black.

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    Now move back down to the joint where the extension tubes fasten to the rear bumper. This is the same style joint Polaris used on the factory roll cage just above the hood. There are two bolts per extension tube, these bolts may align easily or they may require the use of a long punch or round screwdriver to aid alignment of the bolt holes. This isn't a flaw in the Racer Tech kit but rather a result of Polaris not building any two RZRs exactly the same. This is why we have left all the bolts loose on the bumper and extension tubes up to this point.

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    Once you have all four bolts in place at the tube joints, make sure everything is aligned properly and centered. Then you can tighten the tube joint bolts down, then go back and tighten the nuts on the rear shock bolts and the four bolts on the bottom of the bumper. You can then move back up and tighten the six bolts on each clamshell clamp at the top of the extension tubes. That's all there is to it! You now have a safer, stronger, better looking RZR! The rear bumper runs the full width of the rear of the RZR and offers excellent protection. Racer Tech offers the Roll Cage extension powder coated in OEM satin black, or they will do a custom color, or send it in bare steel, whatever best suits your needs. Racer Tech uses all American steel and the entire kit is made 100% in the USA. They also offer modular clamping baskets, spare tire mounts and custom options available by request. This kit is lightweight but it's extremely strong and functional.

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    After installing the Roll Cage Extension we immediately noticed a more connected/solid feel when going down the trails. The visibility out of the back of the RZR when you're strapped into the 4 point harness is not great honestly so when we are trying to navigate tight trails where we find ourselves backing up a lot the full coverage of the rear bumper is great peace of mind! Ironically on our first ride with the kit installed we got accidentally bumped from another rider in our group on a Honda Rancher who slid in the mud. Thankfully the impact didn't even put a ding or scuff on the bumper which is a testament to the quality of the American made materials Racer Tech uses in the kit. We will be doing a follow up review of the RZR 800 Roll Cage Extension after we have had time to use and abuse it out on the trails, stay tuned!
     
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  2. DrMud

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    Nice write up, this is magazine grade article. That was my first choice of bumpers, roll cage combo, but not my wifes. If we ever end upside down, I will remind her that she did not like the better roll cage system.

    Hmmmm. I am worth more dead than alive, makes a person wonder :shocked:.
     
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    Nice review, Jesse. Looks like they're nailing you big with the rzr tax.
     
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    Great write up Jesse! Very professional and informative.....
     
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    great write up Jesse! now go roll that thing over and let us know how it works!! LOL
     
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    Well written and photographed piece, Jesse!
     
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    Great write up Jesse.
     
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    Thanks for the compliments guys, I really do enjoy doing the install write ups. Hopefully this will help a few people out there with their own installs.
     
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