A go-kart roll cage is a beneficial and safe safety addition to any go-kart. The cage has tubing that forms a cage around the riders and drivers. A roll cage can actually be welded on or bolted on.
They might protect you in case of a collision with some other object or rollover. They’re relatively low-cost and aren’t too terrible to install.
So why’d I say it’s dangerous?
A roll cage can actually be unsafe because of the false security sense. Just because you’re surrounded by a few tubes doesn’t mean you can drive recklessly without any consequences.
We’ll cover a few common questions about the roll cages so you can check if the cage is a safe choice for you.
What’s The Advantage Of A Roll Cage?
As stated earlier, a roll cage on the go-kart is a safety device for protecting drivers and riders.
With that being said, you can’t drive like a crazy individual without consequences.
Have you glanced at the racing go-kart? The majority of them have no seat belts and no cages! Sounds crazy, right? In racing go-karts, it’s safer for drivers to be thrown from their kart and not be stuck underneath the go-kart.
If you’ve got the roll cage, you’re going to have to invest in proper seat belts to prevent you from bouncing around and hitting the head off of the roll cage.
In fact, the only racing kart I know of that makes use of the roll cage also uses belts for securing the driver in. Champ karts are the class of go-kart racing that frequently races on oval trails. They use a cage.
Are Cages Difficult To Install?
No, a kart roll cage is not difficult to install. Yes, there’s a but…
If you’re buying a model-specific cage or replacement roll cage dedicated to the go-kart you have, it’ll be really simple to install.
Conversely, if you’re building your own roll cage and then installing it can be a little difficult.
How Much Does A Go-Kart Roll Cage Actually Cost?
Anywhere from 100 dollars to 500 dollars is the general price of the go-kart roll cage.
The price will differ greatly. The main cause is the specificity of every go-kart and how the cage will actually mount. Every manufacturer will have a diverse connection to the main chassis.
My suggestion will be to determine if the roll cage is a significant safety factor for you before buying the go-kart. If the roll cage is significant, be certain to purchase a kart with one already installed or the choice to install it later on.
Companies like Tractor Supply sell karts with and without roll cages.
Does The Roll Cage Assist The Performance Of My Go Kart?
In the majority of applications, like backyard fun go-karts, the roll cage will not make any difference, given the height and weight is reasonable.
Let’s go into a few factors of how the roll cage will change the kart.
Why does it really matter if the chassis is stiffer? A few karts don’t have suspension. Also, a kart with a live rear axle requires the back wheels to rotate at diverse speeds to assist corners.
A stiffer chassis might not allow the inside rear wheel actually to lift, permitting simple cornering.
Center Of Gravity:
The center of gravity in the kart is really significant. The higher the weight, the more likely your go-kart will tip over.
If a really heavy roll cage is installed, weight is appended at the high point on your frame. It can cause your kart to flip simpler while corner or throughout the lateral weight transfer.
Relying on the material utilized and how extreme you purchase/build weight can be a performance loss.
A common four-stroke kart engine is about six to eight HP. Appending a hundred pounds of steel to your go-kart will hurt the performance and might cause overheating problems.
Can You Build A Roll Cage For The Go-Kart?
Of course, you can! If you have the skills and the tooling, you can surely build your own.
So, what tooling will I require for building my cage?
- Tubing bender
- Assorted hand tools
- Tubing Notcher
- Drill (optional if choosing to weld together)
- Misc. nuts and bolts (optional if deciding to weld together)
- Grinder (with numerous discs to grind and cut)
Relying on how you’d want to assemble your cage will determine a few of the specifics of the tooling you might require.
Something to think about is bolting vs. welding the roll cage to your kart.
A bolted-on roll cage is useful because you can take it out if you have to store the kart in a height-sensitive place. It’s also less rigid than the other one.
A welded-on roll cage has a more rigid structure. The bolted-on cage might wiggle or move a bit. The welded cage is stronger as well.
When building the roll cage, begin at the maximum height of your driver. You’ll desire the top of it to be well above the driver’s head.
Then come down to the go-kart’s nose at an angle. The cage’s front part is significant because it’ll provide rigidity and deflect things in case of a crash.
Remember that the roll cage doesn’t make the kart safe from any risks. The roll cage is an additional safety device that can offer protection in a few accidents.
Also, map out the cage before cutting and bending the tubing. Utilize the cheaper material. For instance, some 1/8 inch rod from Home Depot is inexpensive and will allow you a little practice before the actual deal.
Where Can I Buy A Roll Cage?
When buying a roll cage, the best bet is choosing the manufacturer. Because of the huge amount of frame lengths and structures, the universal roll cage isn’t available.
Roll Bar Vs. Roll Cage:
In a few go-karts, you might see the tall hoop that raises behind the driver’s head. That’s the roll bar. A roll bar is helpful when you’re securely strapped into your kart. In case of a rollover, the roll bar touches the ground, and you’re securely belted into your kart still.
A roll bar provides no protection from incoming things, though. It’d be more helpful in the open racetrack or open environment.
A roll bar does provide good protection of the driver’s back, averting other karts from running over the driver’s back.
Roll Cage Padding:
So, steel tubing was really hard when I checked. Perhaps you ought to wrap the tubes to offer a little collision insurance. Hint. Hint.
An easy and cheap choice is pipe insulation. It’s sold at the local hardware store and has diverse diameter sizes. The insulation material used is foam and cut down the middle, making it really simple to slide onto the roll cage to offer a few more safety features.
Keep in mind that the roll cage is an additional safety element that has to be followed up with different other safety practices for fully benefiting.
Always determine if you desire the roll cage before buying the go-kart. And please drive and race safely out there!