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May 14th, 2016, 09:33 PM   #1
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buggy cage advice needed..

I am in the process of building a NHRA legal cage manx buggy and need some advice on what bars are required and need to be added to make it certify for 8.50.
Heres a pic of the current cage I am starting with, advice from experienced cage builders wanted, so I don't have to build this twice.
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May 15th, 2016, 04:47 AM   #2
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It's kinda difficult to see with the one pic. You do need a dash bar and door bars. The door bars must intersect the driver's arm between shoulder and elbow.
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May 15th, 2016, 12:42 PM   #3
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heres the dash bar and side bars, currently!

DO I now have to run a cross bar through that bar now to be legal? or does it need to be an "X" bar through that bar?
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May 15th, 2016, 12:56 PM   #4
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as from the first pic I am currently working on my front bars to my beam off the cage as well as going to add a cross bar between them at the firewall area.

The rear cage bars behind the main hoop should be more then enough to pass inspection, since I built them with the intent to later build a funny car cage section around the drivers head.

My other concern was do I need a window net since its an open car and not enclosed like a bug??

I ask since I have been trying to find pics of other buggys cages online, but have had no luck finding them without the body already installed, which makes seeing the cage design a little difficult, especailly from online pics and magazines.

which is why I figured I would post my progress pics up to get advice from people who have actually raced and built cage designs that pass inspect.

So any advice is welcome....
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May 15th, 2016, 08:52 PM   #5
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This is how you do it -- get a NHRA rule book -- it will have examples of the requirements -- ALSO, immediately get in contact with your local NHRA inspector and start communicating with him. He is going to be the guy who certifies you cage, so his is the only opinion you should be listening to!!!!!

Sorry I didn't see this post earlier, I was at Bug-in today and could of taken pictures of several of the glassers that were racing.

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May 16th, 2016, 08:31 PM   #6
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Thank you for the advice.

I have just contacted my local NHRA inspector and sent him some pics of the cage asking him for some of his advice on the build process.

I Never actually though of doing that, since I know 90% of racers are not VW people, so hopefully he can help me directly or at least maybe send me some pics of examples of what I need.

If this was a normal bug body the NHRA rules make it very clear on what bars are required and where, its the Manx/buggy body that has sent me alittle confused on whats actually required to race.

Since the book has like a few different chassis design cages, and non say the exact requirements for a manx body(fiberglass car with no roof)
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Bugs are just not plentiful as they once were, and there are fewer glassers out there.... You'll find they will lean towards you having a cage similar to an altered. And a lot of the guys now are going to the funny car style cage around the driver, but if you're going to be doing any street driving, that can really get into the way!!!!!

With you keeping in contact with the inspector it allows him to do some research as the build progresses and he won't have any issues sprung on him where he would have to make a snap decision. In those cases he'll go with what is safer and maybe not exactly what you have done... With him giving you input as you go along, everybody will be happy when it is done....

Good luck with your build!!!!!
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