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to halo or not to halo...that is the question

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by laketex, Jun 26, 2001.

  1. laketex

    laketex 3/4 ton status

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    Ok, I've got a tubing bender borrowed (thanks micheal) and 132 ft of tubing in the floor. I need to build a cage. For the front section, what's the advantages and disavantages of doing a halo over the drivers seats as opposed to the standard downbar off the rear hoop all the way to the floor? I see them both ways and wanted to know which would be stronger in a 4x4 application. Thanks

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  2. Grim-Reaper

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    Well the advantage to the Halo is there are less intersections to deal with so less chance of failure at those points. The down side is it is much harder to fit it tight to the roof than a hoop with down legs and cross bar at the winsheild. For high speed I would do the Halo but for slow trail riding where 99% of the rolls are a flop on the side or 1 roll the other way will be fine. I also feel it looks better and easier to build. Just make sure the welds are good and you tie into a heavy body support or as close as you can to one if you can't go to the frame. top of the rear fenders isn't a good area. they will fold. all the way into the back corner and right above the cab mounts are best.

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  3. Stephen

    Stephen 1/2 ton status Moderator Vendor

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    I would choose a way that's easiest to get a full round weld on. I used a halo type with individual legs in the front, mainly to fit the cage tighter to the half cab and match the windshield frame a little better. I was able to tip the entire front section of the cage toward the rear and remove it from the truck to weld it, then installed it and welded the rear hoop on in the truck. I spaced the hoop behind the seats back enough that I had good stinger access between it and the half cab.
    bottom line, pick which is easier for you to bend accurately and fab easily.

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  4. Michael

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    Yeah...now get off the dang computer and go bend some tube!! [​IMG]

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  5. Burt4x4

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    I have the halo style. The guy that built it for me did allot of cages for dirt track race cars and sprints. He claims that most all the racers he built cages for wanted a halo cage. My cage fits nice and snug with the hardtop or soft top. Someday I want to add a rear halo to it for more rear seat protection.

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