< back
To cage, or not to cage?
Long since, the question has been whether or not one should put a roll cage in, or on their truck. There are several forms of accident safety devices like the "cage". Their forms are roll bar, exo-cage, endo-cage, and corner guards. Each offer their own coverage and protection. But, with each also comes different legalities. Most states do NOT permit vehicles with exo-cages (complete body coverage, using tubular steel, on the OUTSIDE of the truck) on the road as a street driven vehicle. Roll bar's (depending on type, material, and mounting style) only protect the vehicle in the event of a "roll over". This type is legal in all 50 states, and will generally protect the driver and occupants in a "roll over". Endo-cages (complete cage on the INSIDE of the vehicle protecting the driver and occupants) do not protect against body damage, but a vast amount of the states will allow the vehicle to be driven on the road. Corner guards are just what the name implies. A guard on the corner. This type will NOT protect the driver in a "roll over", it will minimize body damage, and several states will NOT allow it on street driven vehicles. This is not to disuade one from putting safety equipment onto, or into, their off-highway rig. Just a general notice. Take all aspects into consideration before choosing safety equipment. The wrong choice could result in your "cool daily driver" becoming your "dedicated toy". So make sure to check your local laws before a decision is reached, as to not limit your useage. As far as competition type rigs, certain events restrict your choices to specific types. So before jumping headlong into constructing that "sweet looking cage like this one I saw once", you should consider all of the above first. Plus, food for thought. Sometimes, the minimalist approach is better than nothing. Some of the best upgrades, come from the simple bolt on's.