S & W Rollbar Install

All the images below are thumbnails. Clicking on them will bring up the bigger images.

Front Plate
This is the front plate for the rollbar. This is what the door bar will sit on. I used oversized plates for these to span between the rocker panel and the front subframe.
Door Bar
Here is the same plate with the door bar installed.
Hoop Plate
I also used a slightly oversized plate on the hoop corners. I bent the edges up so that they could attach to the rocker panel, the rear seat vertical, and floor. I figured that attaching to three surfaces is better than attaching to one.
Rear Bar
I modified the rear bar slightly, by bending it to meet the floor further forward. Since nothing attaches to the rear subframe past the shock mount, there is no real reason support it further back than this. I figured that supporting the rear subframe closer to the suspension points makes the chassis more rigid.
I used a Miller 130 XP with .030 solid wire and C25 shielding gas to weld my rollbar. While I'm certainly no expert welder, the Miller welder makes it easy for even an amateur to get strong and decent looking welds. I can't recommend this welder enough.

These two pictures show how I modified the way the center downlegs attach to the car. As delivered, S & W designed these bars to sit somewhere on the middle of the floorpan. I didn't see how this benefitted me in any way, and actually considered leaving these bars out until I came up with this idea. The plate that wraps over the tunnel is one piece. This ties both downlegs together and provides significant extra protection against the hoop punching through the floor in the case of a rollover.
These last four pictures give you an overall feel of what the finished project looks like. The seat you see there is a Corbeau Forza II racing seat. At a mere 19 pounds, it is in line with my goal of shaving some weight off the car to make up for the hundred or so pounds that the cage adds.
Overall    Overall    Painted Bar
Seat with harness
Bar by roof    Bar by roof    Overall

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Last updated: Mon, May 15, 2000.
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