When choosing a Roll Cage set up for your vehicle, there is three very important aspects that need to be well planned prior to commencing any work, part of which Brown Davis will be able to assist and instruct on the best possible course of action. These areas include, your budget, the type of vehicle, and the type of racing you plan to take part in. It is only with these three areas covered that an effective Roll Cage solution can be obtained.
Budget: Your budget is ultimately the overall limiting factor to what you can do, and what material you should be looking at to obtain the best solution possible. It is also no secret that in general a ROPS is not cheap, and Brown Davis will not do any ‘cheap quick jobs’. Brown Davis cannot stress enough the importance of sacrificing safety and risking your life just to save a few dollars. We don’t put a price tag on our lives, and to us your life is as equally invaluable! It is important to know your budget from day one, in order to plan correctly and seek the correct advice before going ahead with any work.
Type of vehicle: Vehicle ergonomics and vehicle body style greatly affect a Roll Cage design. Where one design works for one vehicle, does not always mean it will be effective in another. Thus, it is not a good idea to use different vehicles as a guide for what you need. Brown Davis can offer expert opinion as to what your vehicle will need and what options are available in terms of design.
Racing class: Depending on the type of vehicle and class in which you will be competing, the CAMS regulations can vary a lot. It must be made clear that not every vehicle needs an intricate labyrinth of tube work like that of a V8 supercar, in fact some classes have strict guidelines on what can and can’t be used. These critical aspects will be discussed with you in detail to ensure you don’t pay for something you don’t need, and vice verser.
Additionally, you may be looking for other specific options such as a removable/bolt in design, or to allow fitment of addition competition and safety equipment which can all be tailored to suit your individual needs. It is important to thoroughly plan all requirements prior to going ahead with choosing your Roll Cage installer. Where in doubt, logic usually prevails – something as simple as not having any final body work completed prior to having a roll cage installed, can save you both time and tears.
There is a number of professional ROPS fabricators out there and it is important to chose the one that is right for you. However, Brown Davis cannot emphasise enough the importance of choosing a company with a reputable history, and who will spend the time assisting you in finding the best outcome for your needs. ‘Backyard jobs’ and private jobs are often cheaper, but pose more of a safety risk than a benefit. Once again, can you put a price tag on your life for the sake of saving a few dollars?