Topic: So AutoPower bolt-in cages are out. What about their weld-in cages?
We built our car back in 2010 when bolt-in cages were legal. Now with all the welding requirements, they're pretty much no longer legal. We ran at the 2012 Showroom Schlock Shootout this past weekend and despite welding it together (to the car, all the joints, adding in door bars and an extra roof bar), Jay still wanted us to weld in gussets before he'd let us pass. Not a super big deal, not gonna argue, we took care of it... but we were also told it won't pass at all going forward and have to get a "professionally built" cage, vs. the bolt-in one.
So we're trying to figure out what to do. We're waiting on a quote from a local fabricator for a cage but we're expecting it to be over $2k, which is a tough pill to swallow (puts our next event at risk due to funding the cage). Yes, I'm all for safety, but at some point you start to get into diminishing returns, $-to-safety. Considering the bolt-in cage is SCCA and NASA legal, and accepting that a welded bolt-in should theoretically be safer, and the AutoPower "welded" cage even safer still... not sure how much extra safety we're getting for more than 4x the price (since we can re-use the main hoop from our existing bolt-in cage once we update the base plates). As such, we're willing to compromise here as long as it'll pass the tech inspection hassle free.
So what's the verdict on using an AutoPower "weld in" cage, like this one: http://www.autopowerindustries.com/rollcages.asp provided we make sure that the base plates are the correct 24" square minimum? Just trying to get an idea before we buy the thing and then run into hassles in tech.
Car is a Porsche 944.