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the stock cage is weaker than I thought


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So while building my cage I made one bend a couple of degrees over. It was literally 3 degrees off. So I wedged it in my tube bender, had my wife sit on it while I pulled like hell, and several attemps, and got it within one degree. So with my wife (130lbs) and me pulling my 185lb ass off all it left was a couple of small dents in the 1 3/4 .095 wall hrew I am using for half of the cage. The other half is .120 wall DOM.

So once I got done getting it to shape I thought to myself that I need to see what happens if I try it with the stock cage. I wanted to know if all this effort is worth it. Well, I finally got around to it today. This is what happened with just me pulling (no wife for extra leverage) and with half my effort:post-867-0-44270600-1396914922_thumb.jpg

If you ever had a endo in a trooper you would not walk away. Can it handle a flop or a slow sideways rollover... Probably, but an extreme impact and it will wrap around you like a street taco.

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Yeah, when I take my rear seat off mine is so much less tippy. I think I estimated about 85lbs for the stock rear cage and spare tire. I run superatv dominator tires and don't even work l worry about running a spare tire. The stock tires are paper thin.

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