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    Default Half Cages in Nissan Z Cars

    Some recent work we've done on a customer's Nismo 370Z, running the local Nissan Challenge.
    A welded in half cage which can be upgraded to a full cage in the future, seat / harness mount for the Cobra Evolution and Schroth 6 point harness.



    Silver powder coating always looks nice


    One of the small details that are pretty easy to miss is that the roof liner was trimmed right in front of the main hoop.
    This allowed the main hoop to be almost 2" taller which is a good thing in a car with a rather cramped rear section -








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    So why would someone gut the interior of a car and only put a 1/2 cage in?

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    Default Steve's 350Z

    Just to concentrate the Z cars in one thread, I'm quoting the post with the pics from Steve's thread about the work we've done on his 350Z

    Quote Originally Posted by Blackbird View Post
    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

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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by craZee View Post
    So why would someone gut the interior of a car and only put a 1/2 cage in?
    As a cost saving measure.
    Having us remove and reinstall the interior costs more than $0.00, so the owner brought the car with the interior bits off and opted to trim and reinstall the interior himself.
    Works for everyone

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    Why are these half cages and not just roll bars? Wouldn't a half cage have door bars too? Just curious.
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    Half cage is the rear half of a full cage.
    Half cage plus door bars = 3/4 cage.

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    There is a well-known theory that puts forth the claim that we are more than likely living in a simulated reality. It has its detractors, like any theory, but I think Moti is evidence that we live in a simulated reality. The only way he can build cages with such tight clearances to permanent fixtures, and paint them, is because he figured out how to access the console and use 'noclip.'

    Most people won't get the reference.
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    Not sure I get the reference, but I'm guessing it a good thing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackbird View Post
    Not sure I get the reference, but I'm guessing it a good thing?
    Quote Originally Posted by Wikipedia
    In some video games, noclip mode is a video game cheat command that prevents the first-person player character camera from being obstructed by other objects and permits the camera to move in any direction, allowing it to pass through such things as walls, props, and other players.
    In other words, it's a command-cheat to move through walls and solid objects.
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    Great work, taking ideas for when I start building mine. I still need to weigh mine, I want to get and keep it under 3000 pounds with the cage installed

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    FWIW, the half cage in the 370Z weighed just under 60 Lbs.
    The one in the 350Z was 62 or 63 Lbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SDSUsnowboards View Post
    Most people won't get the reference.
    I was more of an IDDQD man myself.

    Great looking work Moti
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    Default Since this thread is dedicated to Z cars half cages, might as well use it :)

    Now available in Orange (and any other color)!
    We took full advantage of the car being gutted and no interior going back -







    Mounted harness -





    Added a ton of power with BFW decals!


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    The Z cars have the stoutest chassis ever. I lifted my newly caged car the other day and was shocked when the opposite wheel lifted in addition to the corner I intended to lift. Before the cage, the chassis just sagged like a sad face.

    I do like me brightly painted roll bars. Black is so passe.
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    You do amazing work!

    Although you need to bring in a graphic designer to make those stickers look as amazing as the cages
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    Quote Originally Posted by SDSUsnowboards View Post
    I do like me brightly painted roll bars. Black is so passe.
    Been saying the same all along... 99% of the cars that have a Black roll bar will look much nicer with a roll bar in a different color, whether it is a classy Silver, understated Gunmetal Gray or an in-your-face color like Orange, Lime-Green or Pink.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kam View Post
    You do amazing work!

    Although you need to bring in a graphic designer to make those stickers look as amazing as the cages
    Thanks for the compliments, but what's wrong with the decals?
    I'm assuming you're referring to the Blackbird Fabworx decals BTW, because I had nothing to do with the rest of them.
    Fire away, I'm genuinely curious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackbird View Post
    Thanks for the compliments, but what's wrong with the decals?
    I'm assuming you're referring to the Blackbird Fabworx decals BTW, because I had nothing to do with the rest of them.
    Fire away, I'm genuinely curious.
    Yeah, your stickers on the actual cages look like someone spend exactly 15 seconds to make in Wordart. The other logo on the side of silver Z is much better, figured you would use that on the cage as well, instead of the basic font.

    Your fabrication and cages are absolutely stunning, figured you'd have a quality decal or some stamped logo attached to the cage as well. Mind you, this is all personal preference and in the end, your cages are still brilliant.
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    The cage decals achieve exactly what I want them to - easy to read, recognize, elegant and have a format that lends itself for long skinny tubes (12x1) as opposed to the bird logo that is formatted for panels (3x2).
    But thanks for the input and compliments!

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    It is all subjective, but I also like the cage decals.

    Regardless, the cage sure seems to activate a lot of "second looks" when I'm driving around on the streets. Not a real big deal for me, but it does up the "pride of ownership" element.
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    The safety setup we built in the 370Z in the OP got tested last weekend @ WSIR, driver walked away.


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