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Re: Chrome roll bar question

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Subject: Re: Chrome roll bar question
From: Max Heim <>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2003 17:26:29 -0800
I think Dean summed it up well. I entirely fail to understand the attraction
of a roll bar in a street MG. It has no more real function than those silly
wings on Hondas (which we love to make fun of), and it's inconvenient to
boot. Just another "wanna-be" accessory...

on 11/21/03 5:35 AM, Dean T. Lake at wrote:

> I know I've prattled on about this before, but I am prone to repeat
> myself:
> For obvious reasons, the threat of rollover is in the minds of roadster
> drivers; a roll bar offers the instinctive appearance of greater safety.
> The reality is that rollovers are rare, and other kinds of collisions
> are common.  The net effect is that most aftermarket roll bars increase,
> rather than decrease, the likelihood of injury. Even a highly engineered
> race-body-sanctioned roll bar may actually increase the likelihood of
> serious injury IF the occupant is not properly restrained in a racing
> harness NOR wearing a helmet.
> Any roll bar that is effective at protecting the occupants AND does not
> present its own set of hazards in a collision is likely to neither fit
> under a soft top, nor be remotely attractive.  I can see that "hoops" do
> not present the same head-banging threat that some other aftermarket
> type rollbars do, so their potential harm is lessened.  As Paul says,
> though, they do not likely offer much protection, either.  If someone
> can offer you some persuasive explanation for precisely how their roll
> bar will indeed increase safety rather than lessen it, and the
> installation is acceptable to you, then by all means go for it.  Heck,
> if it does nothing for safety but does no harm, and you simply like the
> way it looks, then go for it.  (I happen to like the look of the hoops
> on the Miata, the MGF, and the BMW's.)  Just don't assume any bar
> automatically enhances safety.
> Rant over, discuss/rebut.
> Dean
> B-GT....the best solution ;-)


Max Heim
'66 MGB GHN3L76149
If you're near Mountain View, CA,
it's the primer red one with chrome wires

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