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roll bar covers/pads

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by arizona71, Aug 31, 2003.

  1. arizona71

    arizona71 Registered Member

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    Just put in Smitybuilt roll bar.Looking for padding and covers any ideas or pictures? Thanks
     
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    Summit and Jegs both sell roll bar padding.

    Kris
     
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    I've been looking into it myself. I think it's something that it as important to safety in a roll as the cage itself, so the material needs to be able to absorb and distribute force to keep a head from splittling like a kasaba.

    BCSI SFI 45.1 spec'd roll pads apparently do this pretty well. There is also a new pad with an FIA tag, which I guess is the latest and greatest.

    I think I'm going with these (not cheap but I don't care): BCSI Rated Roll Padding

    See also BCSI: BCSI roll pads
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
    I've been looking into it myself. I think it's something that it as important to safety in a roll as the cage itself, so the material needs to be able to absorb and distribute force to keep a head from splittling like a kasaba.

    BCSI SFI 45.1 spec'd roll pads apparently do this pretty well. There is also a new pad with an FIA tag, which I guess is the latest and greatest.

    I think I'm going with these (not cheap but I don't care): BCSI Rated Roll Padding

    See also BCSI: BCSI roll pads

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    Understand that stuf is to be used wth a helmet. It's design and durmeter is so that it doesn't split a helmet like a egg. bumping you knoggin getting in the back seat...yes it will soften the blow. Trusting that as the only prtection in a roll over.......it will help but only about 5% as much as a helmet would. I keep a bicycle helmet in the truckfor protection if I'm going to do something with a lot of danger. Not as good of protection as a full race or motorcycle helmet but a lot better then a raw mellon.
     
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    Grimmy, is there any other type of padding you know of that would be better for non-helmut use? Some rolls (highway, for example) would be unexpected, so no one would be wearing a helmut...
     
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    Well, as others have pointed out, there's the real stuff, and then there's the cheap way. I got foam rubber padding designed for pipe insulation ... the nice thick rubbery stuff, not the all-plastic crap. Honestly, I'm not so concerned about protecting myself in case of mishap, but protecting my knees and head whilst I'm inside the truck ... solid steel hurts like a mofo when you bang your shins on it /forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif I put 3/4" thick insulation on and then wrapped it with the rubbery pipewrap tape, think that was like 200, 250' worth. I can bang my head on it all day and only say "ouch" a bit /forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif

    Think I ended up using 40 feet for front and rear roll bars, including legs; I happen to know somebody in the insulation business, but I gather wholesale cost woulda been about $70.
     

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