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Old 08-27-2014, 08:18 AM   #1
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Tigre cage (ride tech) ??

Hey guys, so my next plan is a roll cage in my fastback. Been looking around for a weld in kit but I keep coming back to this bolt-in kit from ride tech. I love it, but does anyone here have one and if so, what's the feedback? Click image for larger version

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Old 08-27-2014, 07:15 PM   #2
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I would stick to a single hoop, I don't have any experience with mustangs and cages but I've driven more Porsche race cars with all different combos of cages. And every single one seems just too much for the street. Cops seem to give you a harder time and it becomes a major PITA to work on anything inside the car. I do like those forward braces for the unibody, that should stiffen it up pretty well. Again, I would stick to simple a bar with a good subframe setup. The other question is what sanctioning body you race under, SCCA, NASA, etc....


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Old 08-27-2014, 08:15 PM   #3
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As far as racing, it's just a local track that I go to...it's called "icar"it's near Montreal. I'm not setting up the car for any particular category. And I already do have a good setup underneath: subframe connectors, trackbars(welded), sway bars(front & back) and a panhard bar. Plus I'm about 2 inches lower. I just don't want to end up stripping my interior apart, making a big mess for something that won't be rigid enough for my car. That Tigre cage looks great, it's light and I can do it myself.
But I've been told by others that a simple loop like you said, would be sufficient.


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Wellll by the looks of that cage it looks expensive! Haha you can get a tube bender are software for like 350 and then tubes, mine were 20$ for 1.5 .075 dom (i think?)for 15 feet. So if you had the skills and tools it can be cheaper to make your own and make it fit your car. Im kinda iffy on bolt in parts one older cars like ours seems like a lot of time for things to get knocked around so they have to build in a safety margin meaning it wont fit like a glove.
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Old 08-27-2014, 09:24 PM   #5
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It sure is, about 3700$!!! I'll look into the a tube bender. I've got all winter to work on this project. Plus get rid of my back seats and some coilovers in front. The only thing is, I don't have the equipment for the welding. I'm sure I'd be able to do it. Maybe rent a spot at a garage.


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It sure is, about 3700$!!! I'll look into the a tube bender. I've got all winter to work on this project. Plus get rid of my back seats and some coilovers in front. The only thing is, I don't have the equipment for the welding. I'm sure I'd be able to do it. Maybe rent a spot at a garage.


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Hell for 3700 you could screw up a few times!! The way i think of it is if i can do it for 3/4 of the price including tools then ill try it my self. My first welder was a craftsman that plugged into a regular wall socket and no gas required for 120$ i and itll be fine. Thats actually what I used to weld it
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Old 08-27-2014, 09:41 PM   #7
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No kidding. Well my friends I will do the research and give you guys some details on what I found for a do it yourself weld in project. You guys inspired me!! Thanks.


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If your can handle computers look at bend tech? I think thats how you spell it but thats software for building roll cages and stuff. You just put in measurements and it gives you the degrees and tells you how long the tube needs to be.
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Old 08-28-2014, 05:00 AM   #11
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I looked at the cage last night on ride techs site, it looks like you can just get a loop without the door bars. Either way, be sure to get a harness bar and I'd go with a schroth or Simpson 5 point
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Old 08-28-2014, 07:37 AM   #12
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I already have a harness, my friend that had a drag racing fox body gave it to me. So I'm doing research this morning on the benders, but did someone mention something about a gasless unit for welding? Does it do the same quality work that a reg gas unit does?


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I have a lincoln 140 amp mig welder, costs about $450 at lowes. It plugs in to a 110 outlet and can run mig (gas) welding or flux cored wire which doesn't require gas, also can be set up for aluminum. Ive had mine for i years and i love it, its good for everything household. Some of the cheaper welders just dont draw enough amperage to burn in a deep safe weld. Id definitely spend the money on a better welder. Just my opinion and I'm an ironworker/welder by trade so ive done a lot of it!
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My prob is that I live in a condo, charred indoor garage and I've had issues when using higher amp devices. Pain in the butt when everything shuts down all the time. So I need to find a welder that's compact enough and that ideally had no gas.


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Ahh, well they make 115 amp welders but they are really only good for exhuast and sheet metal. I honestly wouldnt trust it on something structural.
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Old 11-29-2014, 06:24 AM   #18
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Well the cage work has finally begun! I didn't go with the Tigre cage. I found someone that specializes in racing cages....here are a few pics of the work. It's going to be a full cage btw. I would consider this a 10 point I guess.
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Old 11-30-2014, 12:55 PM   #19
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A couple of more pics of the inside...Click image for larger version

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Looking good! Looks like a real race car now haha


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Old 11-30-2014, 02:24 PM   #21
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Yup, it's starting to feel like it. Before it looked nice but still very street friendly...not anymore! Lol


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Are there going to be door bars


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Lucky. I'm looking all over and can only find mostly drag race cages for my 2001, and none on chromoly. May have to go with a custom made option.


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Old 11-30-2014, 04:53 PM   #24
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Well we got the laterals that u see next to the seats and I'm gonna have them run a bar at a 45' from the roll bar to the horizontal ones. A triangle I guess, but I still want the car streetable and easy to get into.


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Old 12-02-2014, 12:43 PM   #25
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A front view pic of the car/cage...Click image for larger version

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Old 12-13-2014, 08:21 AM   #26
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The rear X brace is done and you can see the lateral bars are also done. All that's left is the bridges going to the trunk and then I start the heat/sound deadener and reassembly! Click image for larger version

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I couldn't of asked for a better Christmas gift...lol.


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Coming along nicely, and looks beefy as hell!
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Old 12-13-2014, 02:47 PM   #28
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Damn! I bet that is really going to stiffen up the car too! Now just a S/C to offset all the weight of the tubes


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Old 12-13-2014, 04:41 PM   #29
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Haha...I wish! No more engine mods.........not until I build a real race engine, and then we add a S/C!! Followed by a divorce.


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Nice job. Keep up the good work. It's a lot of work but worth it when it's finishedClick image for larger version

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Yup! I can't wait to start my interior. Here's a few more pics of the back. I decided to add a little bit more reinforcement at the back points where the leaf springs are. Click image for larger version

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Old 12-18-2014, 07:17 AM   #32
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...DaddyO, I would of never guessed you had a cage in your car. It looks great BTW, really clean and well finished. I had a chance to move my car in and out of the shop and I already noticed a HUGE difference in the structure of my car. It feels super tight! How does yours handle? Have you hanged a bit of your suspension? Or stock?


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Several years ago I replaced the entire front end with new parts. Then after many miles I changed out the rear. See photos in my profile. With the cage and "Total Control" frame connectors it handled better but the front is new 60's style geometry. I've been looking into an independent front suspension swap. Would like to have the handeling of a modern car. Didn't matter running down the 1/4 mile but corners at speeds is still iffy at best due to oversteer and 60's technology. Would really like to get rid of shock towers. Click image for larger version

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Nice engine! Same here on the suspension, I just replaced with better quality parts but I would love to get a shorter coil over system in front.

The back handles really really great because of that panhard bar from maeir racing...but now obviously I can feel all the inconsistencies of the front end. I also have frame connectors and welded track bars, they made a world of a difference. But again, nice job on your coupe, really nice and clean.


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Thanks. "The Oven" is still a work in progress. IFS would really be nice but between 2 and 6k for parts is still a bit much for me now.
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