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Re: Roll Bars (was: Required Reading for Car Owners ;-))

To: "Murray Arundell" <>,
Subject: Re: Roll Bars (was: Required Reading for Car Owners ;-))
From: "Kai M. Radicke" <>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2004 22:28:01 -0500
Murray Arundell wrote:

> Without wishing to disagree with Jim, who has obviously expirienced
> the benifits of a roll bar, I have often thought however that the vast
> majority of roll bars are in fact far more dangerous than not having one
> at all.
> Consider that most roll bars seem to sit very close to the back of one's
> skull, therefore in the event of a
> rear ender (far more likely than a roll over) one's skull gets mashed
> against the roll bar.

I agree, and 90% of roll bar installations that I have seen in road cars do
not even have the compulsory rollbar padding in the vicinity of the driver's
head.  Some of the roll bars offered, designed to fit under your top frame,
are most likely of little use in a roll over if you're a relatively tall
person.  There is a reason that most racing series spec that a roll bar's
maximum vertical height must be X measurement above a driver's head (with
helmet fitted!).

Oh... and as for my fashion accessory comment, it was borne out of the new
marketing catch phrase often attached to faux roll bars... they're now
called Style Bars.


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