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bones
04-20-2006, 12:44 PM
I am looking at the https://www.victoriabritish.com/icatalog/sg/0016.html and https://www.mossmotors.com/Shop/ViewProducts.aspx?PlateIndexID=29676&SortOrder=1 rollbars. I know they aren't SCCA rollbars, but I need something that will fit inside the top. Any reason I shouldn't pick one over the other?

GB1
04-20-2006, 12:57 PM
Bones

IMO .120" steel tubing is of no structural integrity and could be a hazard.

Couldn't you get one made that will have some integrity and still fit under the top?

bones
04-20-2006, 01:02 PM
most likely, I was just wondering if anyone had one, as far as fit and finish....

simpzimmer
04-20-2006, 02:17 PM
I am looking for the same thing. I'm wondering if I can fit one in and still work the convertible top.

Alan_Myers
04-20-2006, 04:55 PM
Hi,

I had a "street" roll bar in my TR4 until recently. Yes, with those you can raise and lower the convertible top. It wouldn't fit under the factory hardtop on my car, which is okay anyway since I'm installing a rollcage.

The reason these "street" roll bars aren't race-legal is that they aren't tall or wide enough and they don't fasten to the frame of the car. Actually, the materials, tubing diameter and tubing thickness are sufficient for even the heaviest SCCA classification (mild steel, 1-3/4" dia., .120" tube wall thicness). Thinner mild steel in smaller diameters can be used on lighter cars. Even thinner/smaller alloy steel can be used. But, personally I think mild steel is better unless weight is an overriding factor. Mild steel might bend a little in an accident, but properly designed and braced, is unlikely to break. Alloys are more likely to crack and break. Also, mild steel is easier to bend and weld and the quality of both is very important to the effectiveness of any roll bar.

Although mostly for show, even a "street" roll bar is better than nothing in terms of protection and will add a little rigidity to the car. The reason that they won't get past safety inspection at a race track is that "street" bars aren't high enough to give some clearance above the top of a driver's helmet, in the event of a rollover. Also, they aren't wide enough to fully protect shoulders. And, they mount to the body sheet metal, not directly to the frame. Finally, most only have two rearward braces, again mounted to the sheet metal and not the frame.

If you install one, I highly recommend padding a roll bar, at least in the areas adjacent to driver/passenger's head, arms and shoulders when seated in the car. Also, don't install bolts or weld on mounting tabs anywhere that a passenger or driver might strike them in an accident. And, if your seats are lowback, you might consider headrests on the roll bar.

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PeterK
04-20-2006, 05:20 PM
Fits under TR6 top and has both diagonal and harness bars. Comes with new hardware, you pay shipping and pay me $100 firm. It's 9/10 condition and a bargain! Made by Paeco Racing.
https://homes.midmaine.com/~kentech/tr3a/tr6rollbar1.jpg
https://homes.midmaine.com/~kentech/tr3a/tr6rollbar2.jpg

TR250_Bloke
04-21-2006, 03:29 PM
Sent you a PM.

I have a rollbar I removed from my TR250 when I bought it last year. See attached for photo with dimensions.

Sat in my garage and looking for a new home...

Cheers, Jim.

Brosky
04-21-2006, 05:02 PM
I'm interested I sent you a PM.

Paul

trfourtune
04-21-2006, 05:18 PM
also,
it may not be race legal but if your roll bar is attached to the body,you may be able to build a bracket off the frame around the shock so that you bolt through the body to the bracket. better than nothing.
rob