Cage Match

Update by Scott Lear to the BMW 325is project car
Dec 21, 2006

At first, we tried to slot the cartridge to get the bar higher (read safer), but this wound up making welding the back stays impossible.
So we removed the sheet metal inner panel of the sunroof by drilling out the spot welds and heating the adhesive with a propane torch.
We tied the back stays and the X brace into this area in the trunk. The typical wheelwell mounting point isn't as strong as this area on the floor.
Mark welds up our door bars. We used a sill bar and two door bars in an X-pattern. The driver's side is angled out to get the maximum amount of room.
Welding in the first of two bars that go forward to the footwell to protect our footsies.

Our trip up to Kirk Racing went very well. Mark Stewart, the owner, is a true craftsmen. The entire cage installation took about 20 hours of work, over two days. We had very few setbacks, as Mark had already figured out how he wanted to build the cage, as he’s also building a Spec E30.

The final bill on the cage is somewhere in the 1600-1800 range, but this represents an incredible value. Mark wastes no time and builds some of the nicest cages we’ve ever seen.

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