Roll Cage Install

S&W Racecars Mustang Roll Cage installed by VRN Welding
Since I am putting in a regular amount of time each year at the track and road racing events I figured it was time to get a roll cage installed. I reached out to S&W racecars. They are experts in racing Roll Cages. They have a new website dedicated to the Mustang market. You can find this Mustang roll cage there on that site. I am very happy with the install as well as how the car feels with the extra stiffness of the roll cage.
 GMC_5849 I took the Mustang to VRN Welding for the instal. Vince has a shop and a racer himself. He and his crew did an amazing job of welding this roll bar in. 
DSC01034 The first step of this massive project is of course is to pull the interior. The back seat is very easy to pull.
DSC01036 Then the heavy part, the front seats.
Mustang Roll Cage Installed by VRN Welding Here is a shot of the bottom of the seat.
DSC01038 Then to pull up the carpet. 
S&W Racecars Mustang Roll Cage installed by VRN Welding You need to pull up the doorsill plates.
DSC01054  Then you can pull the interior panels.
 GMC_5830 Then long holes need to be cut into the rear deck. This is to accommodate the long tubes.
GMC_5831 Here is the drivers side.
Mustang Roll Cage Installed by VRN Welding And this is the passengers side.
Mustang Roll Cage Installed by VRN Welding  Here are the rear bars as they came from S&W. Notches cut.
GMC_5866 Here they are getting test fitted
DSC01040 The floor is prepped for the bottom of the main hoop
GMC_5820 the Main hoop is test fit. 
S&W Roll Cage Primer and paint. Flat black of course.
GMC_5818  Then the welding can begin.
Mustang Roll Cage Installed by VRN Welding The rear mounting point is prepped. you have to remove all material that is not metal.
GMC_5871 The guys at VRN took the extra time to shape the base plated to conform to the shape of the Mustang body. This offer extra strength.
S&W Racecars Mustang Roll Cage installed by VRN Welding Then the mounting plate is welded. The tube is used for grounding. It is later removed.  
DSC01055 The rear bars are slid into place. 
 DSC01056 Then they can be welded in place.  The part of the body is much stronger than welding the rear bars to the wheel tubs. Plus it will offer more rigidity.
 DSC01059 Here is the rear drivers side welded in place.
 DSC01068 After welding you need to primer the bare metal.
 DSC01069  Then you can touch up the black on the bars.
DSC01058 Same process with the front hoop.
 DSC01070 The bars are welded to the hoop before the hoop was welded to the floor.
S&W Racecars Mustang Roll Cage installed by VRN Welding Vince at VRN again went the extra mile to come up with a convenient away to install a removable pin for the hoop’s center bar. 
 S&W Racecars Mustang Roll Cage installed by VRN Welding Most bar kits have pins on the inside but then they leave a huge notch that is very inconvenient. So Vince drilled and sleeved the main hoop and the fabricated a bracket for the center bar.  
 S&W Racecars Mustang Roll Cage installed by VRN Welding Vince also put a small extra bend into the main hoop so that it follows the contour of the car. So from the side you can not see the roll cage.
 S&W Racecars Mustang Roll Cage installed by VRN Welding Notice top right we placed some clear 3M tape so the seat belt would not rub off the paint.
 S&W Racecars Mustang Roll Cage installed by VRN Welding  Here you can see the two top bars going all the way back.
 S&W Racecars Mustang Roll Cage installed by VRN Welding Here is the rear mounting point passengers side.
 S&W Racecars Mustang Roll Cage installed by VRN Welding Here is the rear mounting point drivers side. 
 S&W Racecars Mustang Roll Cage installed by VRN Welding We had to cut holes in the carpet and the gripper trunk mat.
S&W Racecars Mustang Roll Cage installed by VRN Welding I love the gripper trunk mat.
S&W Racecars Mustang Roll Cage installed by VRN Welding The rear bars are ultra clean but would not be safe for an adult in the back seat without roll bar padding.
 S&W Racecars Mustang Roll Cage installed by VRN Welding With the rear window tint you can hardly see the black roll bars against the factory charcoal interior. Overall I am very happy with the install and then feel of the car with the extra rigidity.
   
   

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