Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
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Re: Cage Design
There are lots of arguments for and against tying a cage into the frame...they have been discussed ad-nausium elsewhere. But, what I have done is only tie in the front of the cage, just below my feet when I'm sitting in the front seat. So what happens when I roll, is the body separates from the frame in the rear of the tub and as the front of the tub lets go of the frame it slides up the down bars catching me between the top of the roll cage and the tub. The likely hood of this all happening is pretty slim, so I don't plan on pulling it apart and starting over, but like a said, if I had it to do over I would put a plate to the floor on the down bar and not tie into the frame...I might add a bracket under the tub at all 6 mounting places, sandwiching the tub between, but this seems like more work than it's worth.
Andy, I'm not busting on your design, I've read all about how you wheel, and adding to your stock cage is a very good idea. Just think it's a better idea to have a clean functional cage than one that's got all kinds of not very useful stuff added to it.
Which way are the front down bars bent? Do they come up from the floor then bend back to the stock hoop or does it go across the windshield then back down to the floor with spreaders going back to the stock hoop?