Never used one in a Ranger but a buddy used a similar kit in his Malibu SS. It was a pretty cheap way to go and was legal at the strip. Assuming you know how to weld installing it should be pretty easy. If you can't weld start looking for someone that can. His cage included terrible instructions but it's pretty tough to screw it up because it'll only fit one way. Tack it - check it - check it again - weld it.
Where else can you buy a full Ranger cage for $200 bucks?
Do you have first hand experience with these "cheap steel" cages? You are probably more likely to get impaled by a poorly welded Chromo cage than anything else. You can survive most punctures... doubtful you could survive a crushed skull.
do i have firsthand experience with cheap steel cages? no, i used chromoly and used lots of gussets.
i have, however seen a LOT of terribly designed roll cages as i am also a fan of drag racing, where unfortunately a bar gets called a cage all too often. listen, you will notice i frequently post jokes or sarcastic comments on here. that is how i am. if i offended you, too bad, i guess we cant be friends.
ps when i said cheap steel, i didnt mean mild opposed to chromoly. i meant the cheap galvanized, or exhaust tube cages i see too often.
No harm no foul amigo - and there's no reason to get all riled up - and who ever said I wanted to be your friend?
These cages are made from 1-3/4" .134" wall mild steel tube and the $200 kit cages are 10-point versions that should be more than sufficient for most guys. These aren't fence post cages and this ain't muffler shop stuff. It's a pre-bent and pre-cut cage that when properly welded is NHRA approved - perfect for street queen lid skids.
yeah you tell him jeff. I went to a outlaw drag race a few weaks ago and some people had them in there cars they look really strong if you guset them and weld it right but i didnt see the car jump and go end over end either.
I have never seen one of these NHRA roll cages but I will agree that the "...uhhh, put a bar there....and ummmm, maybe there...and we can hang a coon tail to the tailgate..." that are most often done up are not the safest. There should be some money spent on a set of prints for each vehicle that is guranteed safe ajd then all shops should fall it...building a cage is not a "pride" thing...it is a lifesaver.
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if there were 1 set of prints that all shops used, then some bean bag would get ahold of them, make the cage form bed frames or black pipe and when it breakes the lawsuits would start rolling out. the nhra cages are probably not a bad deal, and they have to be better than nothing if installed some what correctly