The guy who owns the fab shop that just did the cage in my race car would love to do one. But he's in Portland OR. Prolly not gonna help you out in AZ. He's done some Heeps, and other 4WD stuff. He's pretty much a wizard with cages. If anyone in the NW was thinking about it, his name is Russ Nyberg. The shop is Racetech Fabrication. >>> http://www.racetechfab.com/gallery.html
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Maybe exocage the body to go with the sliders makes more sense. Considering the price of body parts......
Externally-caged 80 would be cool, I still cant' imagine that body damage doesn't stiill occur even with an externaly cage though. Just thinking of a year or two from now when I start taking my son to Moab...
if you put an exo cage on an 80, in my opinion, your going to put so much crap on that thing that you'll want to roll it.
if you want your trip with your son to be safe, then that means you may have to do less demanding trails. seriously, no joke. Think of it this way, your son will have fun when the truck is moving, but if it's all standing around spotting and worse yet, wrenching like on the front end, that he'll likely be totally bored. I've seen it happen on the trail with kids that have gone wheeling before and nothing sucks more, except Gumby's momma, than having a bored kid along on a ride.
Let me clarify just a little more in that I have perfect expectations of the challenges of maintaining interest with the little one, however, in order to wheel, WIFE suggests roll cage as to take son. Thinking proper approval has been given from management to have some fun, so there really are TWO cases here.
having been in one of the three 80 series that went belly up I think the roll cage has some merit and some drawbacks. I walked away from mine (happened on moab rim trail on the way down the z turn) I had my then 3 year old son with me on the trail but I instituted a pucker (as in your hind end) test. If I was at all worried about an obstacle my son was given the boot and walked a section with a freind of mine who was riding with me. I highly recomend this approach to anyone taking the kids on the trail with them.
back to the cage. the biggest factor after driver mistakes (mine) is the amount of weight on the top of these trucks. they are very top heavy for off camber situations. do you really want to throw 100#s more steel in a roll cage right on the top of the truck? I can see the need for protection but am not sure you are not treating the problem and making the symptom worse.
in the case of exo roll cage way too much weight in all the wrong places.
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And does it not really compromise your space? What about the seat reclining?
I was just talking about in the back area. So at least my space would not be compromised However, I can attest to having a spare tire on the roof during CM02 that MAN that 80 sways like a mother on a trail with weight high up!