city hunter wrote:
GOLD!!!!!!!!! with silver lip. Would really bring those out, although frankly I like em as is. I dont really like darker spokes on those wheels. Any better pics of the cage? I wouldnt mind caging my car, these things aren't exactly the pinnacle of safety lol.
Yeah! In terms of safety these are ok for when they were stock but when you start modifying them at least a half cage should be necessary. Preserves the body from warping too. although if I were to build a more hard core car I'd do a full D1 style weld in cage. But for this and most street cars a bolt in cage is enough.
The cage in my car is based off the roll bar in the original Safari Rally car. I managed to obtain a copy of the installation manual of it. If you want a copy PM me your email and I'll send you the .pdf
I was just going to go with the orig safari bar design which is 3 pt. Basically a roll hoop and a single down bar to the back in the center. The design is actually ingenious. The hoop is right on top of a chassis crossmember so it forms a nice solid O to keep the car from crushing down on the roof should it roll. The down bar in the middle does not intrude on passenger space so you won't loose any function of the back seats!!
However for the purpose of reinforcing the existing chassis it does not do much so we added a diagonal to add more stiffness and triangulate and a horizontal bar behind the drivers seat as a harness bar for my 3 inch race harness. The bottom bracket bolts to the floor and uses the seatbelt pin to secure the main roll hoop. Added some 'ears' so that the roll bar also ties into the seatbelt anchor pins on the B-pillars, effectively reinforcing the door posts.
The rear shelf by the rear windshield in reinforced by a large quarter inch think plate- Actually the design called for a lesser thickness but it's not easily available- just cut a bunch of holes to lighten it up!
Then added the side bars to tie into the front wheel wells which the the struts ride on and the struts are reinforced by the strut bar. Copied the design from a Cusco cage for an AE86.
Over all it's very solid.
Here's pics when it was just fabricated.