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That is terrible about the injuries with the FB roll, very scary indeed, and a solid cage would've certainly avoided that ordeal. While that looks like an older machine with the older cage, no one can be sure if the newer cage would've changed the outcome for better or for worse.

I do have a 19 that I rolled last year, first time that had ever happened in any machine. While my roll was a fairly graceful one, it was not in a perfectly flat field nor at an extremely low speed, and the cage held up perfectly. Not to say it is the end all be all and an upgraded cage is on my list, but just wanted to put that out there that the newer cage may still be considerably better than the older one.
 

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@RobBeck you are correct that it was a 2016 model at the beginning of the post.

But if you scroll down some there are quite a few 2019 + that suffered similar damage. They never corrected some of the most significant design flaws in the 2016-2018 cages.

While even the aftermarket cages aren't perfect. There isn't a single one built with a proper halo. And you can still get one to fold given the right conditions. They are significantly better than OEM. Even if just from the stand point of not having the two main hoops held together with sheetmetal and bolts.

Just my .02 worth.
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Definitely not sold on the 19+ being the end all be all, as you said nothing really is that. Just likely to be a bit better than prior years, my personal experience was a good one (fortunately). Nonetheless I've been thinking about an upgraded cage ever since.

That said it sounds like you may know a thing or two about cage design. I have a very well respected cage builder (in my area anyway) and he does have one available for the YXZ, which is not a common thing around here as the YXZ is not a popular choice in the midwest. However I like that he is local, and he also said if they build it we can also tailor it (I am sure within reason) to my liking. What do you think about this general design?
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If the pics they sent you include the one on the lawn is is 100% an lsk WIY cage. I know the owner of that car on the lawn
Really? You from Missouri? This was on their FB page but could've been something they just snagged as an example.

Pretty sure they just did a "one-off" cage for testing/jigging, I was tempted to buy it but wanted to do more research on them first PLUS figured I'd want some small tweaks here and there for my accessories. I know for a fact they do a lot of custom work, but for the YXZ (and it's lack of following around here) they probably opted to just use this kit. Ultimately sounds like they have the LSK as their YXZ offering.
 

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I’m from the west coast, the gray car with brown cage is one of my buddies. His car is actually the LSK assembly video for the yxz radius cage. He has rolled his car end over end with that cage and it did not budge at all,debeaded tires but the frame kept square.

the car bucked hard, after this trip he bought the fast lab tire carrier.

If you have a buddy that welds you could have that cage fairly cheap + a case of beer for your buddies help.
Great to hear about it's ruggedness. Aside safety frame integrity is another concern, I'd hate to lose the OE cage in some roll over event and it in turn tweaks the frame. Entirely avoidable.

I actually TIG some myself (not an expert but decent enough), however I have many other things keeping me busy so will likely just have these guys do it. Nothing like being able to walk away and coming back to a finished project.
 

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My experience has been its about 16 hours of actual pedal time on the TiG in a non-production setting. Total assembly time on both was around 40 hours. BUT that included a lot of non-standard additions. Things like fabbing and welding in inserts for fire extinguisher mounts, turn-brake-chase light mounts, tacos for the rear tubes, etc.

If your having someone else do the welding, you may want to search the site some for ideas as far as customizing goes. There is a whole lot you can do that shouldn't add a whole lot of cost.

As for LSK holding up. My favorite is @Thesandaddict pictures of his "roll over".

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Yeah, that sounds like about 40 hours more than I feel like dealing with lol. I probably need to get some more dialogue going with them about doing it soon.
 
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