Published on March 20th, 2017 | by Joe
Polaris Scrambler and Sportsman A-Arms and Steering Stem Upgrades from Teixeira Tech
Scrambler and Sportsman Chassis parts designed for the aggressive sport 4×4 riding and racing.
If you own the Polaris Scrambler XP 1000 or 850, or the Sportsman 1000, 850, or 550, Teixeira Tech designs and builds chassis parts for speed-crazed 4×4 enthusiasts looking to improve the handling, strength, and usable ground clearance of their ATV.
Located in Tracy, California, Teixeira Tech designs and builds performance ATV and UTV chassis components right here in the US. We have been testing and using Teixeira Tech’s products for years now and have been extremely happy with their design, function and durability. Teixeira builds chassis parts for Team UXC/Factory Polaris who race Scrambler 1000s and 850s in the GNCC and the Best in the Desert series.
We were fortunate enough to test ride a Scrambler XP 1000 that desert racer and Teixeira Tech owner, Ed Teixeira, built up with a number of his personal long-time sponsors. With few companies serving the chassis needs of 4×4 enthusiasts for hard core sport riding and XC racing, we thought it was very worthwhile to take a closer look at how Teixeira Tech’s products improve Polaris flagship 4×4 ATV models.
WORCS Series A-Arms
Teixeira Tech builds their chassis parts out of Tig-welded 4130 chromoly. Their WX, or WORCS Series A-Arms, featured on this machine are the stock length and are what most of Teixeira’s customers use for cross-country racing. Team UXC uses Teixeira’s -1” XC arms for GNCC, but that setup costs nearly $1,000 more due to purchasing shorter axles.
The Xtreme Ground Clearance lower arm’s reverse gull-wing style design maximizes ground clearance over a wider area. They don’t lift your machine or change the angles of your drive axles, so there is no added wear or stress to the drive line. The lower front arms add two degrees of caster to reduce steering sensitivity and improve high-speed stability. Teixeira Tech sells their XGC lower A-Arms by themselves improving ground clearance and handling while minimizing cost, or as a complete set maximizing strength and rigidity. A full set of front arms come complete with a set of tougher chromoly tie-rods. The rear XGC lower arms come complete with new billet aluminum sway bar linkages that connect to the lower arms with heim joints replacing the more spindly stock hardware. All of Teixeira Tech’s A-Arms use durable, premium quality, Italian made, Frap ball joints. Both the XC and WX A-Arms will fit the Polaris Scrambler 850 or 1000 in addition to the Sportsman 850, 1000, and older 550.
Anti-Vibe Steering Stem
Teixeira Tech’s anti-vibe steering stem raised the bar clamps +2” taller and +3/4” forward putting the low bend, Fasst Company, Flexx Handlebars at a great height for those in the six foot tall range. Teixeira Tech’s billet aluminum handlebar clamp features four position adjustment, ¼ or ½” forward or rearward.
The splines on Teixeira Tech’s stem are said to be stronger and offer over three times the surface contact with the splines on the power steering unit reducing wear and play in the steering over time.
Swapping out the stock handlebars requires you to relocate the Scrambler’s gauges so Teixeira Tech makes their Speedometer relocation mount that mounts them between the rider and the handlebars. The stem and bar clamp will work on some Polaris Sportsmans, but you will have to deal with the complexity of relocating or eliminating your stock handlebar-mounted headlight.
The A-arms and Stem were powder coated to match the red factory Polaris bumper, but Teixeira can powder coat them to match whatever look you’re after.
With the Teixeira A-arms’ added caster, the Scrambler feels a bit less nervous at high-speed. Test rider, Allen Knowles, made none of the common complaints about the power steering feeling overly sensitive. Steering remains very light, but a little less touchy than stock, enhancing straight-line stability on rough trails. This came with no detectable drawback in the Scrambler’s ability to attack tight turns. It will still carve between the trees although you can relax a little more when the trail opens up. The wider area of usable ground clearance provided by the A-arms is helpful in rocky conditions and Team UXC’s Michael Swift tells us that the Teixeira Tech A-Arms withstand abuse better than stock.
The combination of the taller stem with more forward mounted bar camp and flatter, straighter bars added a higher level of comfort and control to the ergonomics. The adjustable bar clamp lets you fine-tune the relationship between the bars, seat, and pegs, to suit your size, or perhaps, for different tracks or trails; more open for fast tracks or trails, and more compact on tight technical trails.
As we have seen with other Teixeira Tech products in the past, build quality is very good. Offering both front and rear arms as lowers only or as a complete set allows you to purchase what you can afford now and build on it as your needs or finances grow. Add the lower fronts to improve geometry, ground clearance, and strength; add the lower rears to add more ground clearance and strength; or go with complete sets at both ends for the most durable setup possible. The strength of chromoly, added usable ground clearance, and improved front-end geometry make Teixeira Tech’s chassis parts the way to go for serious Scrambler and Sportsman pilots looking to go fast or win races.
Manufacturer: Teixeira Tech
|Front A-arms||Teixeira Tech WX Series||$845.00|
|Rear A-arms||Teixeira Tech WX Series||$885.00|
|Steering Stem||Teixeira Tech Anti-Vibe +2/+3/4||$245.00|
|Handlebar Clamps||Teixeira Tech Adjustable||$105.00|
Teixeira Tech Scrambler 1000 Chassis Parts Rating
Summary: As we have seen with other Teixeira Tech products in the past, build quality is very good. Offering both front and rear arms as lowers only or as a complete set allows you to purchase what you can afford now and build on it as your needs or finances grow. Add the lower fronts to improve geometry, ground clearance, and strength; add the lower rears to add more ground clearance and strength; or go with complete sets at both ends for the most durable setup possible. The strength of chromoly, added usable ground clearance, and improved front-end geometry make Teixeira Tech’s chassis parts the way to go for serious Scrambler and Sportsman pilots looking to go fast or win races.