Installing a Solo Motorsports W-I-Y 6-Point Ford Bronco RollCagePosted in How To: Body Chassis on June 2, 2015
A rollcage is kind of like a fire extinguisher: You almost forget they’re there until you really need one. And when you need one, they really come in handy.
We should know; a rollcage made all the difference in us walking away from a Baja 500 prerunning crash many years ago. The car was thrashed (boy, we still miss that Bug), but with little more than a few chiropractor visits to show for it, we survived in remarkably good shape. That was a long time ago when it took a skilled fabricator to cut, bend, and weld in a custom ’cage. Thankfully, today things are different.
Solo Motorsports has a precut and bent ’cage ready to be installed. They are a full build shop, but they really seem to specialize in Ford Broncos and Rangers. They offer what they call W-I-Y (Weld-It-Yourself) ’cages for most Ford models. These are not some flimsy item, but a real serious ’cage. In fact, their Ranger ’cage is made to SCORE specs.
They also make a non-SCORE legal, but still formidable, ’cage for the ’80-’96 Bronco. They call it their Prerunner Cage and it easily fits together like a puzzle. This W-I-Y (Weld-It-Yourself) 6-Point Bronco Prerunner cage’s main section and the pontoons under the floor connecting to the frame are crafted from 1.75-inch x .120 wall DOM. All roof webbing is 1.75-inch x .120 wall DOM. Gussets are 1.25-inch x.120 wall DOM. All pieces are CNC-bent and laser-notched and each tube is laser-etched with its own part number for easy assembly.
The “pontoons” run along the frame rails and under the cab floor. These are the base of the unit and use existing frame holes, which make locating fool-proof. Once the pontoons are in place (and a few holes cut into the floor), the ’cage is then built upon them. Yes, it requires welding, but Solo has taken care of all the time-consuming bending, notching, and fitting. The ’cage is safe as it arrives, but it also serves as an excellent foundation for the person who wants to take things a step further and add other tubes like dash bar, door bars, mounts for harnesses, and more.
We followed along as Solo Motorsports installed one into this sweet Bronco (we want one). Honestly, we were a little skeptical about how the unit would go together but it actually fit very well; not only into the Bronco, but also how each part fit together.
For anyone who likes to drive off-road, having a ’cage used to be a luxury that only racers or those with deep pockets could afford. Not anymore. Now, anyone with a basic level of welding expertise can have one. Know that this is a two-day job, but as we have discovered the hard way, rollovers happen, and when they do you’ll be happy that you spent a few days making your rig survivable.