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flatfoot27
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 103
posted February 03, 2005 05:04 PM  
I have a 78 Malibu, I want to set the cage back 6 to 8 inches. Anyone have any comments on this or suggestions? Thanks

joetaylor
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posted February 03, 2005 05:41 PM  
how far back do you want to go

nailngoracing
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posted February 03, 2005 08:25 PM  
comments on what?
If the rulz allow it...then what are you wanting to know?
6 to 8 inches?
if you gonna do it why not mount your seat where the back seat goes?
Lay your cage back and set it right before the rear tires!

racin78p
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posted February 04, 2005 05:15 AM  
Make sure YOU are surrounded by CAGE! Other than that, give 'er ****.

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hobby10k
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posted February 04, 2005 05:36 AM  
I never really thougt about that, but how can you really set a cage back very far? cant in my car, or at least to be safe and attached to the frame

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flatfoot27
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posted February 04, 2005 05:38 AM  
Where does a guy want to set the front post? Do you set the whole 4 point back or do you lengthen your side rails? Is setting your cage back a good deal or is this going to give me problems on the scale? Our rules say nothing about where the cage can be set. I run a Malibu now but want to build a new one and try something different. I run on a real small track, just looking for an edge.

sbc350
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posted February 04, 2005 07:26 AM  
Mine is built on a Monte Carlo chassis, but it should be the same. The rear hoop is mounted just about in the middle of where the rear sear would be. There are two 2" wide extensions coming off the frame that it mounts to where the frame kicks in. I don't have an exact measurement but i'd say the cage is around 6-8" ahead of the rear tires. I'll look for some pics later and will post them.

racin78p
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posted February 04, 2005 07:43 AM  
Front post ahead of your feet flatfoot27!!! Remember, cover your body with CAGE!!! I have some horror stories I could tell you here, but please take my word for it, make SURE your body is surrounded by roll cage (and side plates!!!) I have pics of mine as I was building it, and if you want I can look and see what may help you out here. Let me know, but they are too big to post on this site (can't get them down to size).

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Speedway65
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posted February 04, 2005 09:36 AM  
Our back hoop goes on boxes built off where the back frame kicks in for the wheels.Thats about 3 inchs back from where it starts to go in!

sideways
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posted February 04, 2005 10:15 AM  
I have mine setting on THICK angle and gusseted with 1/2 thick gussets.It will rip the frame before it comes off.Mine is back pass the kick back as well.

kevinwardracing
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posted February 04, 2005 12:42 PM  
A few friends build their cages as you suggest, I'd add one improvment that they don't seem to do but we do on our standard cages -- get some 2" X 3" square tubing and cut off the top of the frame rails on both the driver and passenger side and weld the square tubing into the frames. It really adds strength to the frame and would give a lot more support to the cage. Also note, you'll end up with a long dash. Xing is up to you, but I would.

Mikey14
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posted February 04, 2005 01:25 PM  
Kevin!

I wondered why Lynn was so fast!

dirty58
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posted February 04, 2005 05:39 PM  
set back as far as you can just rember to protect your legs with longer door bars it's hard to race without a left leg

robhbk24
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posted February 04, 2005 06:25 PM  
as far back as poss.i added a kick down to the frame off the front of the cage to protect my feets. if yoour rules don't say you can't you might wanna try offseting the cage to the left. run 2X3 or 2x2 down the right side like a mod and mount the cage to that. i tied mine back into the frame just infront of the rear control arm mount. this cage ended up bout 11 inches narrower than the perimeter style car before it was. less weight, stronger frame, and if you roll down the front straight 3 times in the air and land on the frame with no rear suspension and dent the bottom of the stock frame rail a little bit near where the arm mounts in it won't hurt anything.measurements all came out the same and the car worked just as well if not better afterwards.lolnot that i would know.lol

flatfoot27
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posted February 05, 2005 06:13 AM  
If anyone could e-mail me some pics I would really appreciate it. My e-mail is bmyer@gwtc.net. Thanks

mansfief
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posted February 08, 2005 12:47 PM  
Flatfoot, go to www.cscracing.com and click on roll cages. Then move down to you find the Chevy stocker chassis (#SP-8K). You can see how the bars are on that cage. That is the cage I built. Good Luck, Mansfield

racingfool1
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posted February 08, 2005 06:15 PM  
Building one now that the seat lays against the rear crossmember. The rear cage uprights will be just ahead of the centerline of the rear tire which will put the top bar even with the rear of the roof. We had to cut the roof uprights for the "opera" window so you can get in and out but looks awesome so far. I can't wait to get her sideways and feel it coming around! This one is just for fun though but if you can set back go for it all you can and stay safe otherwise you have built nothing.

    

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