Cool! I'd like to be able to take my gxp to a track day, so if you don't mind a few questions... Does it have triangulation in the main hoop and tubes with an angle of at least 30 degrees w.r.t. vertical leaving the down bars for reinforcement (or more easily, is it approved by scca or nasa for track use)?
hey CASam! i got your email yesterday if its alright with you i uploaded them and am posting them here if not i can take them down but it looks good and i definitely will look in to this in the future it looks sooooo good it shoulda been like this from the factory just as you said, hope your doing fine and hope to hear from you soon! :thumbs: also if you want i can post the other pictures you sent me in the other email just let me know
John: Thanks for the help; you will have to show me how you do the pics. Work was done by Westside Performance on Pico Blvd. in West Los Angeles. Great guys to deal with. The triangulation is only about 12 degrees but there are 4 major strong points and two braces behind the seat just below the cowl. Ties into the strong point for the shoulder harness. We will have to see what the tracks have to say. Bar is a full .135 ".
Bolts in and out. I may add a cross bar for a racing harness but too soon to tell. Next is the Norm's vented hood and fenders, the rear valence and a new two tone paint job.
Answers: lost about and inch on the seat. Stock top fits fine. There are two cosmetic mods; one for the brace to the shoulder harness strong point consisting of a 1 inch square opening which hides behind the seat and the second where you see the vinyl covers to the bracing bars. There is a large welded and bolted in support behind the two brace bars to which they are fastened. This thing is strong......
That's by far the job of sticking a useful bar into a Kappa that I've seen so far! Good job.
It still isn't a race legal roll bar, but it is pretty much a given on these cars that a proper race legal bar is impossible to fit without compromising passenger space/ body panel integrity (i.e. trunk lid) or both.
That's why the usual lame style bars (often more likely to collapse and wind you up worse than having no bar at all in a roll over) are so common. Hopefully more people will take your approach!