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External Roll cage

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03 Sep 2017 18:48 #183840 by Paulig174
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Whats the best type of tubing to use to make an external rollcage and will a home pipe bender be good enough to get the nice bends?I want it to be strong enough to project it from rollin but light enough to be carried around as its a daily driver too.it will double as a roof rack.cheers

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03 Sep 2017 19:10 #183841 by jackonlyjack

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03 Sep 2017 19:14 #183842 by TomDK
Replied by TomDK on topic External Roll cage
Most external cages doesn't protect against anything as they don't have diagonal tubing in the main hoop. So have that in mind.

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03 Sep 2017 19:40 #183843 by Busta
Replied by Busta on topic External Roll cage
Roll cages are made from tube. You can't bend tube with a pipe bender- it will kink. Pipe benders are for bending water pipe which is soft, thick-gauge tubing designed for carrying water.
You can make a roll cage from water pipe using a pipe bender but it will either be very weak (pointless) or very heavy, which massively increases the chance of rolling in the first place...

The cheapest tube bender that will do the job is the JD Squared for around £400 plus the cost of the appropriate dies and probably a hydraulic kit, given the size of tubing you will be working with.

Unless you are determined to roll it repeatedly I'd just accept it's a cheap car and if you wreck it you can either re-shell it or fit your kit to another one.

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