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Old 03-06-2010, 02:45 PM   #1
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Default 4 point roll bar, need padding?

is there a need for FIA, or SFI padding on a 4 point roll bar?
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Old 03-06-2010, 03:44 PM   #2
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You need to pad anything your body might hit in a big crash. I'd probably pad the upper portion of the main hoop where there's a chance it might contact your helmet.
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Old 03-06-2010, 03:56 PM   #3
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And use SFI rated padding, not pipe insulation.
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Old 03-06-2010, 04:02 PM   #4
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or pool noodles...
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Old 03-06-2010, 05:16 PM   #5
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But pool noodles come in such pretty colors.
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Old 03-06-2010, 06:26 PM   #6
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I see people with pipe insulation and pool noodle like pads at the track all the time. I don't know how they pass tech.
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Old 03-06-2010, 08:46 PM   #7
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But pool noodles come in such pretty colors.
I've seen the SFI stuff in different colors.
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Old 03-06-2010, 10:03 PM   #8
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Pink?
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Old 03-06-2010, 10:26 PM   #9
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Pink?
Paint it.
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Old 03-06-2010, 10:38 PM   #10
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Pink?
Get it right, it's Cherry Blossom Red.
and well probably not.
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Old 03-06-2010, 11:45 PM   #11
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SFI is overrated!



I believe this is a picture of your cherry blossom red.

thanks guys getting some dual density sfi rated padding.
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Old 03-06-2010, 11:48 PM   #12
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I believe this is a picture of your cherry blossom red.

thanks guys getting some dual density sfi rated padding.
Oooo the yellow star shaped pad would be AWESOME!
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Old 03-07-2010, 10:07 AM   #13
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I've got a 3' section for sale that would be perfect just to go over the top bar, if you're interested. It's brand new - I just bought too much for my roll bar. http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=1735431

For what it's worth, I think the foam padding is often seen on race cars in addition to proper FIA padding. FIA padding is not soft. If you hit your head on it without a helmet, it may still cause some pretty serious injury. I'm guessing that putting softer foam over that would be more of a comfort thing in many cars, especially when it comes to getting in and out of the car, where you're bound to hit the bars anyway.
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Old 03-07-2010, 12:47 PM   #14
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^yeah.. thats why i was thinking of going to the dual density padding.. soft on the outside hard on the inside. But if not maybe i'll take you up on your sale.
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Old 03-07-2010, 04:00 PM   #15
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My Old BMW has a 4 point roll bar, and I didn't hesitate to install padding. Real weak B pliers...
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I used SFI/FIA (which ever it is) padding in my Civic and WRX and never had a problem with bumping my head on it. It's not like it's concrete.

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My Old BMW has a 4 point roll bar, and I didn't hesitate to install padding. Real weak B pliers...
Pillars? I've got a BMW now too and if you mention how weak the chassis is in a BMW forum, you get attacked. They've all been trained to think that it's normal for the strut towers to tear or for the rear suspension to tear loose from the chassis. "It's expensive, it must be good". I almost got booted for talking about how my M3 isn't as well built as my civic. It doesn't compare to a subaru chassis in any way.
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I used SFI padding in my Civic and WRX and never had a problem with bumping my head on it. It's not like it's concrete.



Pillars? I've got a BMW now too and if you mention how weak the chassis is in a BMW forum, you get attacked. They've all been trained to think that it's normal for the strut towers to tear or for the rear suspension to tear loose from the chassis. "It's expensive, it must be good". I almost got booted to talking about how my M3 isn't as well built as my civic. It doesn't compare to a subaru chassis in any way.
1971 2002. I said OLD.

Edit: I still run with the local BMWACA club, and was a club officer years ago.
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Old 03-07-2010, 04:31 PM   #18
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I used SFI/FIA (which ever it is) padding in my Civic and WRX and never had a problem with bumping my head on it. It's not like it's concrete.



Pillars? I've got a BMW now too and if you mention how weak the chassis is in a BMW forum, you get attacked. They've all been trained to think that it's normal for the strut towers to tear or for the rear suspension to tear loose from the chassis. "It's expensive, it must be good". I almost got booted for talking about how my M3 isn't as well built as my civic. It doesn't compare to a subaru chassis in any way.
Yeah i mean i already have some FIA padding from the previous owner.. but its red.. and i dont want my car looking fast and furious on the street.

Strut tower tear?? wow.
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Old 03-07-2010, 05:59 PM   #19
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Yeah, that's not the 1/2 of it. They're pretty damn light though. Imagine a 3.2 liter 6 driving a car that weights about what an S2000 does. You can also fit 245's pretty easily too. I felt safe driving my suby on track with just a bolt in bar. Not the M3. It's getting a weld in cage right now. Should be picking it back up Tuesday.

I'd walk around the car and see if you can even see the red padding. It should be pretty high in the roofline.
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Old 03-08-2010, 07:51 PM   #20
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Question.

for those using the fia.. did it dent up the roof liner? yes i like to try and keep some parts of my car as clean as possible.
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for those using the fia.. did it dent up the roof liner? yes i like to try and keep some parts of my car as clean as possible.
It doesn't touch the roofliner in my car, though I imagine it depends exactly what bar you have, whether you removed the carpet under it or not. Realistically, the padding I have is U-shaped - it won't go all the way around the bar - just on the front toward the person.
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