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well...lets face it. These cars are SUPER dangerous. I respect the cars power, and I also dont put myslef in positions for stuff like that to happen. You can buy cage kits from mustangs unlimited or summitt racing and have them installed. I wouldn't do it, but I can understand concern.
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Unless you have a very good seat and good safety harness, I would really consider a roll cage. You can serious hurt your head by hitting the bars unless you are secured in place. I have had about 10 cages built for various race cars and would not use one in a street car unless I had a 5, 6, or 7 point harness and a better than stock seat.
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Well, I have thought about the cage and seats before. Seats are a definite thing to replace. The cage just popped up one day in my mind. But during last year during the presentation where the state trooper comes to the school and shows videos of teen wrecks, made me think. He told us of a person that didn't seem to have any physical damage but was dead. They found out the person snapped their neck. Since my car doesn't have head rests and it only has lap belts I started thinking about safety. I really don't know why I thought about this again.
I have owned a car in the past that had a full 6-pt SCCA legal roll cage in it, and it was my daily driver for much of the time the cage was in it. Cages can be more dangerous in some kinds of accidents than just with a stock car. Cages are typically designed to be used with a fixed back race seat, full race harness, and a driver with a helmet. You'd need to be very careful with putting metal bars close to your unhelmeted head, even if they are padded (and any bars you can come in contact with should be well padded).
I had a couple of serious accidents when I was younger, in one case I rolled a 1981 VW Rabbit (no other cars involved) and I walked away with a mild case of whiplash. In the other case, my Suzuki Samurai was hit by an Escort at 60-65 mph. I hit my head hard on the Samurai's factory roll bar, but walked away with just some scratches, a mild concussion, and whiplash.
I am considering adding a 4-pt roll bar to my Bullitt for track days where the car will see 130+ mph, but if/when I do, it will only see limited street duty, and a race seat and harness will be installed at the same time.
I'm not sure on cost, but my friend Luke with his 66 and I are going to fab up roll cages for our cars. No exact plans on them yet, but as soon as we both get enough practice welding we'll be putting em in. Plus, they help stiffen the car too.
if you get in an accident like the one in the first post in your car...you may certianly be dead...I'm serious. I wont drive my car at night after Labor day in fear of being killed from hitting a deer in it.
like was said, the cages can be safe, but can also be really dangerous, especially if you're a tall guy like me, hitting your head on a rollbar isnt fun. I'd worry about getting a really good seat (dont skimp on safety) and a good harness system before the rollbar