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Old 05-27-2018, 06:26 PM
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So just got my car back from getting caged, and I had to adjust my seat and rails to avoid my helmet contacting the bar (see pic), I've got about 3mm of clearance now, but am concerned that once I get padding installed I'm going to be bumping my head on this thing. Talked with the cage fabricator and he's more than willing to adjust the bars, but I'm wondering in the meantime if it's safe to put onto the track as is (with padding of course). Opinions welcome.

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That looks very low to me. I'd err on the side of caution, head injuries are no joke.
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Im sorry buddy, I'm less and less impressed with Troy's work. First, he forgot my harness bar, then he sold you on the A-pillar upgrade and didn't install it.

As for this halo bar situation. He had to replace my halo bar because it was was too low and close to the inside. I sort of understood he didn't want to cut the CF hardtop, and I'm glad he allowed me to cut it myself. But, your hardtop was already gutted when he duplicated the mistake he mad on mine. Worse yet, he told you the halo bar is okay after you sat in the car and expressed concern about it.

That halo bar needs to run along the outside skin of the hardtop (high and away from your head). I cut away the inner liner on my hardtop and now the bar runs between the outer skin and liner would have been (it encroaches less than actual hard top)
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That looks to be not only too low but also to far towards the center of the car. I would be worried about head/shoulder to ground contact in a rollover through the side window area. (especially without a containment seat)

When I went to drop off my car and meet Kirk Racing in person he sent me back home with instructions for me to cut additional material in this area after he realized I was 6ft tall. I'd strongly recommend selling off the OEM in favor of a carbon top to cut up as aggressively as possible. (or gut the OEM if you are a baller)





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I'd strongly recommend selling off the OEM in favor of a carbon top to cut up as aggressively as possible. (or gut the OEM if you are a baller)
Is there a preferred carbon top for this? I've heard the Forbidden top is so-so.
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Is there a preferred carbon top for this? I've heard the Forbidden top is so-so.

I have the Forbidden. Its crap but it works well enough with race brackets and being clever with foam and tape. My hardtop is notched quite a bit for the cage and to give me as much room as possible. I put expanding spray foam into my hardtop to give it back some rigidity so it isn't flappy.



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Originally Posted by RedCelica View Post
So just got my car back from getting caged, and I had to adjust my seat and rails to avoid my helmet contacting the bar (see pic), I've got about 3mm of clearance now, but am concerned that once I get padding installed I'm going to be bumping my head on this thing. Talked with the cage fabricator and he's more than willing to adjust the bars, but I'm wondering in the meantime if it's safe to put onto the track as is (with padding of course). Opinions welcome.

This is way too low there is is no reason that the top side bars shouldn't be triangulated with the main hoop/cross bar for strength.

Who did this cage?
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Old 05-28-2018, 12:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Sickdayracing View Post
This is way too low there is is no reason that the top side bars shouldn't be triangulated with the main hoop/cross bar for strength.

Who did this cage?
Troy Wilson in Davidson, NC. He did Todd, Joel, Will, and Charlie's cages too, among a few others.

Just posted my OE top FS.
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dan_uk got knocked out after he crashed and his head hit that bar in his car... definitely get it fixed.
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Originally Posted by imstimpy View Post
Is there a preferred carbon top for this? I've heard the Forbidden top is so-so.
Its definitely so-so but their black Friday sale on the double carbon unit is hard to beat from a $/lb perspective. Its what I used in those pictures. I didn't install any of the seals or add spray foam and its been okay doing ~135-140 at RA so far.
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