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The Importance of a Rollcage

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by BigTex, Sep 15, 2001.

  1. BigTex

    BigTex 1/2 ton status

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    Hey guys & gals, I don't know if you've seen these before, but it really opens your eyes. With our lifted, top-heavy rigs, a cage has to be essential. I gotta save my pennies. This thing was rolled at highway speed...

    http://www.fourxdoctor.com/new/4xdoc/rollcage/rolled/02.jpg

    http://www.fourxdoctor.com/new/4xdoc/rollcage/rolled/04.jpg




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  2. BurbinOR

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    I'm actually impressed the hard top survived and is intact. That has always been my only concern - the area behind the drivers 'cage' area - figured a roll at highway speeds would make the fiberglass 'explode'. Maybe he was just lucky.........

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  3. BigTex

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    Yeah, I noticed that, too. Those 'glass toppers are stronger than I thought!

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  4. POWERMAD

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    Wow no doubt I always thought that they would shatter.
    They seem to be alot tougher than I thought.

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  5. Pugsley

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    I've seen a few Blazers and Broncos roll, and usually the tops only split down the center (especially on Broncos - they're alot thinner). Sometimes they'll actually tear away from the body, but even that is rare.

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  6. Pure Insanity

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    A friend rolled his 96 Bronco, and let me tell you, it was as flat as a pancake! The roof just caved in on him above his head. Fortunately he was alone when it happened. He was pinned in the Bronco w/ his head between the dirt and the dashboard, and his hand out in front of him pinned between the hood and the dirt. The glass top stayed on but also caved in obviously.

    The ironic part is he and I are/ were body men, one nite while trail riding I commented on how the cab area being open w/ no back would just collapse, He is a major Ford fan and said "Im sure the designers built in some sort of a rollcage!" I guess they did not. I have seen several Blazers that have held up to rolls and not a single Bronco that has!

    I do plan a full frame mounted cage in mine, hopefully soon.

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  7. coopertwpk

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    Id say the bar saved his a$$ ,the newer ones have the integrel roll but I also have a smitty built behind me I think ill add the front kit and build a ext on the back,the fibarglass topper is actually stonger that the sheet metal front scary isnt it.

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  8. Grim-Reaper

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    Somebody had cut a fiberglas top and said that there is a metal hoop in the back area over the back window.

    It's not my damn planet monkey boy!
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  9. Pure Insanity

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    The glass is not stronger it just pops back into place easier, and doesnt seem too damaged in pics, but up close its nothing but fibers everywhere.

    I get all the exercise I need pushing my luck! [​IMG]
     
  10. shupach

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    i have one welded in, its on hooked onto the frame but its on points like the kick pan and that area behind the seats i've seen alot of people put hoops in. the only weak point is the rear which has a huge plate welded onto the wheel well, buts its pretty sturdy
    i think it will hold up nicely if i ever roll(lets hope not)


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  11. white_knight

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    You're 100% right. A rollcage is one thing I insisted on before driving the rig.
    Saw a roll over last year on a K5 I belive on trail. He went down a 400 foot drop. He had to be aired out. Two collapsed lungs. He survived , but it scared the hell out of me.
    I also took a wilderness first aid course after that incident.

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  12. BigTex

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    Yeah, my next mod is going to be the rollcage. I will probably go with S&amp;W since they seem to have the best prices so far. I wanted to get a 10 point with the extenders to the back for the rear passengers. I emailed FourXDoctor but their prices are pretty steep, starting at 1500 for the Blazers.

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  13. DesertDueler

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    I am building one right now. Since I rolled my Jimmy, I will make sure all my vehicles have cages in them. I have a cage in my Firebird. I guess the next will be the GTO. If you want to see what happens to a Jimmy without a cage, click on my vehicles, then on Blazer pics.

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  14. Goose

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    Having worked too many serious accidents and seeing the damage to that K5, I can say it did not land hard on the top. I'm not saying it was an easy roll, but he/she was lucky it didn't get upside down with very much force. It looks like by the time it was upside down the speeds were much slower than highway, I'd say 30-40. I still don't and won't trust the fiberglass tops or even the steel tops. And with my '73 full fiber top, I'm very carefull. I do have a line on a full cage for a '73-'75 tho'.

    Be careful all
     
  15. Zepplin

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    I just bought a Smittybuilt cage from a member here. Its the cage that protects the front passenger compartment. I can't wait to fit it and see what it looks like in my Blazer.

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