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im looking for a winter project. i think building a roll cage would be a good one. i was hoping you guys could show pics of the ones you built to help me out with ideas
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thats an awesome design. i like how you incorporated the seat mounts into it
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Tullio, did you have any issues with gun access and being able to fully finish weld all the joints? Did you build entirely inside the cab?

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It's hard to tell but the main hoop is slightly behind the metal roof, so with the fiberglass top taken off, you have all the access you need.

The pieces in the cab were welded while tipped down and then put upright and welded to the main hoop.

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thats a bad ass designed cage. are you welded to the frame? wish i had your skills

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i might do this as well over the winter, looks awesome

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thats an awesome design. i like how you incorporated the seat mounts into it
Thanks! That, in my opinion, is a must. If the cage is secure and the seats are bolted to the floor. What happens if the seats fatigue the floor over years of off-road abuse and become detached? Maybe it will never happen. It makes sense to me to have the seats be a part of the cage. That way, even if the cage becomes detached entirely from the body, you will remain suspended inside.

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thats a bad ass designed cage. are you welded to the frame? wish i had your skills
I am welded to the floor in 8 spots with huge, thick plates. However, I do not have welding skills myself enough to build a cage.

I came up with the specs and design and then had a shop build it for me.

I did my best to eliminate un-needed bends or curves so it would be as strong as possible. Extra bends to make it look nice and go around air vents and such just weaken the overall structure. Also, I had mine built with full 2" DOM and 3/8" thick connections to the body.

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i might do this as well over the winter, looks awesome
Thanks, I appreciate it.


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awsome cage.You have great skill.I wish I had the tools to make one like that.
Well, not exacctly.
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I do not have welding skills myself enough to build a cage.

I came up with the specs and design and then had a shop build it for me.


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You mind sharing what shop did the fab work?
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ok so i decided to do my roll cage out of 2 x 2 x 1/8 square tubing. I'm getting ready to order it but im curious on how much i need. im thinking 4-20' sticks will do the job... should i get more
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Never seen one out of square tubing.
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ok so i decided to do my roll cage out of 2 x 2 x 1/8 square tubing. I'm getting ready to order it but im curious on how much i need. im thinking 4-20' sticks will do the job... should i get more
Please Do Not Post pics when you are done. I dont want some kid coming on here seeing your squire tube cage and thinking he can build that and it will save his life.


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its slightly stronger, easier to cut, weld, and add gussets. plus like you said never seen one out of square tubing.. its different
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Please Do Not Post pics when you are done. I dont want some kid coming
on here seeing your squire tube cage and thinking he can build that and it
will save his life.
"In contemporary American usage as well, squire is the title given to
Justice of the peace or similar local dignitaries."

Yeah for sure, those guys wouldn't help you out in a roll over, they'd
prob'ly just fine you -for- rolling over. :/ And another fine for littering
broken glass and body parts. :/

But, Larry, you saying his roll cage would be worse than -nothing-? ;)

Ok, enough of my stupid crap...

Dan, 1/8" seems awful dangged thin. :(
Convince me it's plenty strong, I'm all "ears". :)
First tho, are you talking about 4140 square tubing or what?

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square tubing is NOT stronger than round. a circle allows any force applied to it to be distributed AROUND the entire structure which is why things such as Airplanes, race level roll cages, your steering system, your entire driveline, are made in a circle. look at how the engine operates...in a rotation. a circle. any geometric figure that has a point (square, rectangle, triangle, etc) will concentrate any force applied to that point increasing the likelihood of failure. while i wont go as far as larry and say dont post it, i will tell you that in my opinion, you're making the wrong decision and anyone who cites your post as inspiration i'll tell the same thing to. but it's your rig, your life. do what you want.
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