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Old 7 Apr 2018, 08:39 (Ref:3813509)   #16
Geraint Owen
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Originally Posted by lotustwincam View Post
Did this get clarified? We will be fitting a Cortina cage in the near future and would like to avoid any hassle.
The MSA issued the original Bulletin to the Scruits saying that there needed to be feet on the cage before the floor plate/box. There has been a row in the background and the MSA were forced to issue a second Bulletin saying the original rules are in their view correct, but that the Scruits shouldnt enforce it just yet while they work out what to do. From what I understand, there is a bit of politics between the cage manufacturers which doesnt help

If you are about to install a cage, then it would be worth studying the original MSA Bulletin to ensure what you make will be OK regardless of what they decide. Of course some manufacturers (who I tend to agree with) are saying that the fixing of the foot adds more heat into the tube and actually reduces the strength of the cage.

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Old 1 May 2018, 16:05 (Ref:3818696)   #17
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Originally Posted by Simon Hadfield View Post
This is the issue that concerns me, why are the discussions being taken, and on what basis? Why is the rank and file competitor not being consulted, as far as I am aware even scrutineers have not been asked, so why the seemingly constant tinkering with regulations that seem to have been working well up to now? I would make the point that this is not specifically a historic issue, as in theory it could affect every type of car that has had a roll cage fitted.
Also, what would adding a plate under the shell do? How on earth does that better serve the structure than a box welded over many inches so as to feed the load into both side and bottom of the shell structure? Very odd.
I would not use the word "Tinkering"; I would say "Meddling" or "Interfering" ( Hope I spelt that correctly) GT.
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Old 19 May 2018, 00:09 (Ref:3823324)   #18
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I think I know what I'd be doing if I had a weld-in cage affected by this ruling: cut some new mounting feet as per the new rule, slightly smaller than the existing ones attached to the car's shell before the cage was welded in. Then, cut holes in them to match the diameter of the weld at the foot of each cage tube. Next, cut them in half lengthways, place them around the bottom of the cage tube and weld them in-situ, to both the bottom of the tube (over the existing weld) and to the existing reinforcement plate. Grind flush the welds that you made over the lengthways cuts, and then you have, to all intents and purposes, feet attached to the bottom of each cage mounting. As you made these smaller than the existing plates on the shell, then it will be obvious to anyone inspecting it that you now have the 'plate welded to a plate' as per the new rules.

It's barmy to have to do this, and it won't make one iota of difference to the strength of your cage, but it will get you through scrutineering without: (A) having to buy a complete new cage or; (B) having to cut out your existing cage just to add pointless feet to it!

I wouldn't advocate cutting corners where safety is involved, but when there's an ill-thought out regulation such as this, imposed on us by people who clearly don't understand that what they're proposing won't add anything useful to the existing arrangement, then I don't have a problem with doing whatever's necessary to pacify them, if that's what it's going to take to allow me to keep racing something that I know is safe already.

Just a thought...
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