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roll cage prices/advice

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by sapper, Nov 2, 2001.

  1. sapper

    sapper 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    just did a search and found cages from 200.00 to 1500.00. how much should a good cage cost and what are some things to look for to tell if its good or not?

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    A good cage will be tied into the frame in some fashion. Also some cages mount the seats and seatbelts to the cage which adds to saftey and cost.

    '71 Blazer CST w/ a 400sbc, 4" lift, 36" Supper Swampers, and alot of rust
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    <font color=blue>You can get some prebent tubes from S&amp;W race cars for about $250 but by the time you pay someone to weld them in and tie it to the frame, it'll be closer to a grand. Definetly tie it to the frame, its useless if its just bolted (or worse, welded) to the floor
     
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    Cages vary a great deal in quality and price. Type of material (strength - DOM, HREW, Chrome Molly, etc.), number of attachment points (4,6,8,10,...) and the amount you are expected to do (weld it together, bolt it in, professionally installed, attached to frame, etc.). The "sweet point" for you depends on what you really need and how much time/skill you have to do it yourself. For a slow moving light weigh rock crawler (like a Jeep), an 8 point HREW in 1.5x.120 bolted to a solid floor might be sufficient (I would want more) as long as you don't get too extreme. But for a dune blaster that may roll at 100 mph, most would say you need at least an 8 point from ChM tied to the frame. Do you need integral seats and belts? Five point harness attachments? If you are concerned with weight and don't mind spending more, a cage from ChM weighs allot less than a cage of equivalent strength done in mild steel, but the material is more expensive and requires a different process to fabricate (TIG is best although other methods are available). Number of braces/gussets also makes a difference as does type/quality of padding.

    So, to ask the question flat out like that really makes no sense. How much it will cost depends on MANY things. What you drive, how you drive, where you take it, how important is your safety (kids riding?), how many passengers (size of cage), weight concerns, skill level, concern with appearance,... You have to consider it all to figure out what is right for you.

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  5. sapper

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    Thanks everybody. Baddog the long answer helped. this is something new i want to get done.

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