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    While my Nissan is certainly not a "natural" track car, I really have enjoyed the track experience with my S2K son, and I am old enough not to not to care about lap times. This has made it pretty easy not to dump huge money into modifications, but my son finally convinced me that it just isn't responsible not to install some safety features if I continue to track more than a few times a year.

    On the other hand, I have always enjoyed the streetable nature of the car, and was told by some that installing a half cage would require transforming the car into a much rawer vehicle. Still, Moti assured me that he could gut the car, install a first class cage, and put it all back together again with a Sparco (removable side restraint) halo seat - and still retain the car's showroom feel. And he really did it. Big time. . . He retained all of the original interior trim ("tight as a tack") , and he even switched the position of the rear storage compartment from behind the passenger seat - where there was a diagonal that blocked access to it - to behind the driver's seat.

    Bottom line: Moti's incredible attention to detail and meticulous workmanship are, indeed, truly reflective of his refreshingly pleasant and totally professional instincts.

    Just a few "finished product" photos (not sure why they are so small) - to which Moti may be willing to add some others, including some of his"work in progress" images.

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    I was following the pics of it being built, he does some great work
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    Wow, thank you Steve, glad I could be of service!
    Honestly, working with you and David is such a pleasure I have this sense of "pride of ownership" for having you guys as my customers

    I love the way your car turned out, great choice on powder coating color on your part, very classy.
    Putting together the interior after the cage was welded in was definitely a good challenge, especially trimming the B-pillar pieces to fit nice and tight around the tubing.
    Between the half cage, halo seat, harnesses, HANS and our brand new fire extinguisher kit for the 350Z (available immediately!) your level of track safety is highly improved, you score a ***Safety rating on William's chart

    Not sure why the images display small but here they are, enjoy!













    Fire extinguisher kit is mounted on the driver side right in front of the seat within easy reach -





    Swapping the glove box to the driver side allows it to still operate well enough to be useful -



    Tight trimming on the interior panels keeps the nice OEM finished feel -



    She's a beauty!

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    Beautiful welds!
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    Moti is a magician!

    He pulls rabbits out of hats and makes people's money disappear right before their very eyes! LOL

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    Seriously, safety equipment is the worst thing you can spend money on*!
    It doesn't do anything and most of the customers we built cages for never even used them































    * Unless you need it.

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    One of the things nice to see is a stout Fire extinguisher bracket. Nice...
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    Right?
    We currently carry them for 90-2015 Miatas, S2000, 350Z and a universal mount for cars with a roll bar / cage.
    Adding models as demand comes up and when we have prototype cars in house.
    Currently looking for a number of vehicles to prototype new kits on -
    BRZ / FRS
    Corvette C5/6/7
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    Various Porsches and more..
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    Quote Originally Posted by fatbillybob View Post
    One of the things nice to see is a stout Fire extinguisher bracket. Nice...
    And the dual clamp design is finger tip fast and very secure.

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    This is what I probably should do to my car.

    But how hard would it be to cut out something like this and patch the holes to make the car saleable again? Has anyone done that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fe4 View Post
    This is what I probably should do to my car.

    But how hard would it be to cut out something like this and patch the holes to make the car saleable again? Has anyone done that?
    Why? It would take time just to put it back together and time is money. A C5 is only worth about $10k and less every day. I have even seen C5Z's at 10K with high miles. It would be much better to sell it as a turnkey trackcar. When you build a trackcar for return to streetcar you compromise the race safety system.

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    I'm with Carl on this.
    At the pricing that the cars are sold at this point I can't see you losing a dime on selling with a nice safety upgrade such as this one.
    If anything, if it's done as nicely as Steve's 350Z and in a reputable shop such as Blackbird Fabworx, you'll probably be able to ask for a bit more $$ on resale and get it.

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