It seems today that adding horsepower to your muscle car is becoming easier. More companies are manufacturing specialty parts with the ease of do-it-yourself installation. However, one aspect often overlooked is safety. Stiffening the chassis of your muscle car to ride smoother while adding the protection of a roll cage often requires significant modifications to your car, and a considerable amount of fabricating and welding skill. Well, RideTech has a new, simple solution. The new TigerCage is a completely bolt-in cage that installs using key structural locations to substantially increase chassis stiffness.
As with any “rollcage”, the main function and ultimate purpose of the TigerCage is to protect the occupants in case of a crash. However, its usefulness is more often expressed in stiffening and strengthening the car’s chassis.
The TigerCage is specifically designed to interface with the structural strength points of the vehicle’s unibody, or frame, to tie them together & increase torsional rigidity within the chassis.
The main hoop of the TigerCage connects to the area behind the front seats where the rocker boxes intersect the floorboard.
The “back bars” run from the top corners of the main hoop to the rear package tray, which is an important structural reinforcement in most cars and is secured in both the horizontal plane and the vertical plane to optimize rigidity. The mating trunk bars join with the back bars underneath the package tray and are fastened with reinforced brackets to the rear frame rail to complete the base structure.
The optional door bars connect the main hoop to the toeboard/floorboard/rockerbox/”A” pillar area at the base of the “A” pillar. The complete TigerCage structure lends a huge amount of structural rigidity to a unibody or a full frame vehicle.
Not only does this increased rigidity allow extra crash protection, it will allow the vehicles suspension to react more predictably to driver input.
Although every effort is made to optimize the crash protection benefits, please be aware that any crash protection that a TigerCage, or any other rollcage, may offer is strictly coincidental. It is impossible to guarantee any specific level of protection in a crash situation. Sanctioning body certification is pending.
The cage is constructed entirely from 304-grade stainless steel and requires absolutely no welding or fabricating. In fact it installs in a matter of hours with simple hand tools and without altering your current interior.
The Ridetech TigerCage bolt-in roll cage system is currently available for the 67-69 Camaro, 70-81 Camaro, and 68-74 Nova. Prices start at about $2,500 for the standard kit. Kits for the Ford Mustang and other muscle cars are being developed.