Car #: 47/479
Year : 1992 Posts: 418
I'm a silly-shaped person that has head clearance issues on most racecars. My dad had the cage in his SM (that he bought used) modified to raise the cage more to formfit to the ceiling, which made it fit me much better as well.
I'm now looking into building my own SM, and looking at cage options. The miatacage is the primary one people praise, so I'm wondering how the stock kit is on tall people. I can always just have my fabricator ignore the top bars and do his own overhead beams, but the cheaper the better, so if the cage is already quite good, I can just go with that.
Similarly, if there's another kit that's better on silly-shaped people, I'd be interested in hearing about that as well.
Region: San Francisco
Car #: 29
Year : 1991 Posts: 550
Looks like you're in the Northwest...Miatacage is located up there. It's a good kit. I'm 6' 3" and fit in mine (miatacage). The cage is pretty maxed to limit as far as height goes (right to the hard top). Not too mention the NASCAR bars on both driver and passenger sides... Good leg clearance too...
Depending how tall you are, you'll probably have to fit the seat directly to the floor, hammering down the two stock mounts (humps). I know this has been discussed here numerous times.. there's a search feature on this site that is very helpful on finding good specific info.
Car #: 47/479
Year : 1992 Posts: 418
I've been running in my dad's car for the last race and a half since I'm in novice stuff anyway. My intent is to build my own car over the winter, but in the interim I'm still using his car. I think I requested 478 and it was taken so they gave me 479.
Car #: 26,1,11,2,67,87 Posts: 376
I'm nearly 6'3" and I have plenty of room left over in the standard Miatacage.com cage. Also, the Miatacage "kit" is under constant development and Sean (the owner) has been a huge supporter of the class.
Great product. Good reputation. Fast service. Gives back.
You've got racing to do. The cage really is the way you would want it done as a "custom". Order it and get on with your life.
I am also very tall and have seen the DEG motorsports tall man cage on their site. I have a question, the main hoop terminates on the pachage shelf, is that legal? I understanf that by not having the bar go to the floor it frees up alot of room for a larger seat and to move it back further. Will this pass tech?
Region: mid south
Car #: 2
Year : 1999 Posts: 4275
I have my personal cage that way( on deck) it is legal. One would think that it would provide more room, it really does not. The cage, if installed properly is all the way in the far corner. With the recline in all the seats, the back of all seats hits the package shelf before the bottom ever hits the cage. I am 6'3 and my seat could go back another 1-2 inches if need be. Jim
Car #: 88
Year : 1990 Posts: 186
Drago is correct, the main hoop sits in the corner and the seat will hit the package shelf prior to hitting the main hoop or main hoop perch.
The issue with landing the hoop on the package shelf, is what it does to the upper nascar bar. The number one rule of cage design is to triangulate as many tubes as possible. The reason that MiataCage has never made a tall man version (and never will) is because it does not add any value and sacrifices driver safety. To have the main hoop land on the package shelf requires that you put an S bend in the upper nascar bar. Since it is an S bend, then it is not triangulated and in a position of shear and therefor a potential point of failure.
The S bend ends up right against the drivers torso on the left side and is not where I would want a failure point.
Car #: 89,90
Year : 1999 Posts: 123
I have had many dealings with Sean at MIATACAGE and he has been a straight up guy. I have built (4) cars using his kits and they have all been of great quality. I am 6'5"/ 275 and fit in my 91 Spec with a little room to spare. My biggest problem is shoulder clearance (52 coat) but that is an issue in all cars that I drive. A 12lb sledge will be the ticket to "massage" the floor pan. It gained me a full 1 1/2" of head room. I also took a hole saw and cut a relief in the underside of the hardtop to gain another 1/2-3/4". We are saving for 2 more kits from Sean right now.
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Car #: 26,1,11,2,67,87 Posts: 376
Disclosure I, like many in the Northwest, am a Miatacage.com supported driver / crash tester.
For the past week Ive been working on a car that has the very latest version of the Miatacage.com kit in it new, new, new. We started looking at seat placement last night and at 63 I still have plenty of room up top and space to move the seat rearward.
THERE IS A TON OF ROOM!!!
It is my opinion that this is the best version of the cage yet especially for taller drivers. You short guys (with all of your right side ballast) can kiss my shoulder level ass.
p.s. If you have questions about the newest cage, email me - speed at gorge dot net.
Car #: 51
Year : 1991 Posts: 161
don't forget that it's not always about how "tall" you can get the cage to be but its also how low you can get your seat. i'm getting my seat mounted to the floor because i've been having problems with my head hitting the roof and i'm only 6'
Here is what the 09 GCR says for door bars and main hoops. Some of you know may not know the rules and may be trusting the supplier of the cage or the fabricator to know the rules. Read them and interpret before buying any kit or going to any fabricator. Knowledge is key here.
First example is the door bars, two bars attaching to the front and rear hoops, not the Main hoop mounting plate.
Second is main hoop, floor pan or and rocker panel, not package tray shelf. Both are an interpretation and are subject to discussion.
D. SIDE PROTECTION Two side tubes connecting the front and main hoops across both door . NASCAR-style side protection or one bar bisecting another to form an X is permitted. Door side tubes may extend into the front door. E.
ROLL CAGE ATTACHING POINTS 1. AMERICAN SEDAN, IMPROVED TOURING, SHOWROOM STOCK, SPEC MIATA, AND TOURING CLASSESThe rollcage must attach to the vehicle structure (floor pan/ rocker boxes) within the passenger compartment in a minimum of six points and a maximum of eight points as specified in these rules.
I am not telling anybody here what is good or bad, just do your homework before you spend your hard earned money. Be safe!
I need to charge more for a Custom Cage. With interior removal, prep, dash and actually bending the cage and welding it in along with seat mounts take 4 8 hour days for a Miata. I just finished one for a guy in the NorCal area. Even mount a Aluminum seat. There are plenty of Fab Shops in the Dallas Ft/Worth area that can weld in a kit. If you removed all of the interior and prepped the floor it would save a lot of time.
Car #: 500
Year : 2002 Posts: 179
I've actually already got the interior gutted except cutting out the metal in the doors for nascar bars, and already have an Ultrashield seat mounted to the floor (I'm 6'3"). I checked with Topp Racing, a well known local cage builder who has done spec miata cages, and he quoted me about $2200 to build a custom cage tailored to fit me. I've seen lots of his work in the Porsche club race cars and it is superb. So that leaves me with the question of whether I am better off buying a kit and having someone weld it in or just spend the $2200 or so and have a custom cage done.
-------------------- Greg H. 2002 red Miata #500 Denton, Texas
I can help there. Some kits and some builders will build up boxes of the floor and rocker for the A-pillar/front hoop to mount to. The box sticks up so far it can actually rest against the ankle and lower leg. Since the box is a square it has sharp edges than can hurt you in a wreck.
I am not going to post any pictures of the kit or the cages i have seen online for the obvious reasons. I am not here to start any fights or talk bad about anybody. We just do things different.
Here is how we do it, takes more time but it moves the bar further away from the ankle and has more surface contact area to the rocker/floor.