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Hey Guys,



Just a bit of a post about a home made carbon fibre roll bar for
my savage. My mate is a boat builder and he has access to all things
carbon fibre. I have him one of my original savage roll bars and
a few days later he gave me back this







to whick I took the angle gringer to ( with one of those very thin cut off wheels) and this is what I came up with







Its just a trial fit in the pic, I have to remove some material to clear the transfer case but so far its looking good.



My brother and I are bashing out at ipswich tomorrow so I will be
certin to give the new roll bar a solid workout and see how it goes. I
also have a carbon fibre centre skid plate I will be trialling.



I will keep you posted.



Dan


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Dan, I'll definately be hanging to hear how these parts go... any plans of getting a small scale production going if they work out OK?
 

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Well I can gladly say after a severe belting today the roll bar stood
up quite nicely. Im hoping its not too strong because I dont really
want to rip the screws out of the gearbox and radio box ...



Skidd, if enough people are interested then yes, my mate and I would
make up a few for sale, how much ?? well we havent figured that
part out yet .
 

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WEll I can tell you that I paid over USD $50 for a titanium version and bent that on my last outing. If you really can develop a good bash-proof rollbar, people will pay the right price for it.


As they say... "Build it and they will come."
 

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Well after the weekends bashing I think it would be fair to say that
the roll bar will be the last thing to break. I smashed two velocity
6's proline wheels, first run, ( f#@ken worthless rubbish) and my
brother smashed 3 maximiser beadlock rims , snapped a shock rod and
also burst a shock. My mate and I are going to make 10 or so of the
rollbars and 10 of the centre bash plates, havent come up with a price
as of yet but I will keep you posted. I guess the first ten people to
register their interest will be the ones get the bars and plates.



here are some average pics of the air my brother was getting, the video footage is about a million times better ........









These are two different attempts at the same jump with the guy on
you can see in the pic standing in the exact same position, just a
diferent camera angle ........






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awww my gawd...use smashed 3 beadlocks...my jaw is still open...atleast u can order more face plates or did the rings bust? nice pics aye and if i still had a savvy my hand would be the first one up
, but nice job with the rool bar
 

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he smashed 3 faceplates
he landed slightly sideways from one of
those big air jumps and, well yeah, 3 not so happy wheels
those rims
have taken an absoloute hammering though, unlike the pathetic proline
velocity 6's, one cartwheel and one was fractured and the other popped
right off, ripped through the bolt hole.
 

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Nice, i want to come bash up there
I will prolly take a roll bar off ya, ive been meaning to make one myself at uni(free
) but realistically im way too buisy. If you are able to brace it in the middly you would stop the separation in a smash and hence not rip screws out of the tranny. I have stripped every screw out of the tranny and its not fun to replace the case. Let me know if you go commercial
 

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if they broke that easy get onto proline like nick etc did and now they are sending them new rims
 

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been a while since ive worked on a savage, but isnt there something to screw a screw into in the top of the two holes that dont have anything in then? also could u do a nut and small bolt job on the lower vacant hole?
 

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ill be up for one of these... once i buy a savage! how bendy is the bar? does it absorb impact into itself, or does it transfer a lot of the impact into the chassis?
 

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The bar has minimal flex in the direction that forces will be aplied in
an upside down landing. The one in the picture is made from 4 layers of
directional carbon fibre, the strength being in the direction of the
starnds. The next ones will be made from 3 layers, 4 layers was a bit
of overkill .
 

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Dan, count me in for a set mate.



Don't talk to me about bloody proline rims... that's 4 people that I know who have done this now. Do yourself a favour and go with the RamTech alloy rims.
 

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Well I just recieved one of these roll bars from Dan today. I haven't tested it yet, but just looking at it you can see how much thicker and stronger it will be compared to stock. I plan to beat it hard and see how much it can take.


Here is a pic...





After installing it...twice (had to get it straightened up
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Well I will let you know how it goes and holds up to some abuse. I'm sure I'll love it.


Thanks again Dan, awesome!
 

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Thankyou for the kind words Will,



The roll bars will be ready for sale in around Xmas, possible a
bit later. A few have been released for batch testing. I personally
tested the prototype until i broke it and that took 5 months. In that 5
months I broke 2 HPI motor mounts, bent a set of stock TVP's and the
bar carbon fibre roll bar still stood strong. I cracked the bar over at
Stradbroke Island attempting a double backflip running WOT at a 6
foot skate bowl




The bar cracked slightly in the middle (there was an air bubble) and
from there it took anbother 2 months befor I managed to actually smash
it in half.



The manufacturing process has been improved ( i have kept the 4 layers
of CF but they are layed up at the same time now, not in two seperate
goes like the prototype)



I found that with the prototype bar that it didnt take very long b4 the
original TVP screws were torn out of the gearbox but this was fixed
very easily by using the coarse thread phillips screws (around 3/4 inch
long) that are used to assemble the diff and shock towers. Once I
installed these screws I never ever had any issues with remobing screws
from the gearbox. Braze, Superfreak, Myself and my brother will be
testing the bars for a month or so then they will be for sale .



Regards



Dan
 
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