Re: Crash! simple safety upgrade saved major injury
That's a great picture CJdave -
Shows what potentially can happen.
In this case the rollbar was attached to the body, and the seat belts were also attached to the body. The body formed a nice little safety capsule.
Imagine if it was as above, but the belts were attached to the frame? The belts would cut the occupant in half as they pulled through the floor!
Imagine the belts were attached to the body like above, but the cage was on the frame - it would pull down on the occupants -- they make gopher traps like that.
The lesson -- either ALL the safety equipment - the cage, and ALL attachment points of the belts are attached to the body only, or the body is securely attached to the frame so they cannot separate, or even move. Body mounts are typically rubber with a fairly small bolt through them - into sheet metal.
Frame mounting the cage is great, as long as the body cannot move independantly.
Take a tour around a wrecking yard, it's amazing how many body/frame separations in wrecks you'll see. They may be together now, but you can see on impact they separated a few inches.
Notice car makers attach the belts to the body, and makers like Jeep that put a cage on, it too is attached to the body. There's a reason, and it's not from being cheap.
Next time you buckle up, imagine how you'd feel if your belt just got tighter by only 3 inches!
Take a serious look at yours, imagine the worst, plan for it.
Sometimes you hear folks say "I'm not going to roll it hard," or "I just drive it gently, it's my dailey driver."
What if someone hits you in the street?, or knocks you off the trail." Why would anyone plan a roll or accident - hard or soft?
IT'S YOUR FUTURE -- BE THERE!