HOW TO Fit a quality roll-bar
Roll-bars are a very sensible safety option and worth the pain required to fit them in an MX-5
Nobody expects to invert their MX-5, but in the unlikely event that you do, a robust, well-fitted and engineered roll-bar can be a life-saver. Installing one, though, is a more complex process than you might imagine: Michael Cleverley’s easy to follow guide should help make it a less daunting project for you.
1 Removing the seats isn’t essential, but it gives you far greater freedom of movement and access later on. So let’s amend that first statement – take out both front seats. Take care to look underneath, though, to check for any electrical plugs that...
2 Using a 16mm socket, remove the seat-belt top mounts. As you can see here, the mount has several shims, some of which you’ll need later to bring the mounts up level with the underside of the roll-bar’s front ‘feet’, so put them somewhere safe.
You don’t have to buy a roll-cage with a Motor Sports Association certificate saying it’s built to competition standards, but we would.
Fitted, this cage is tall enough to protect your head, low enough to fit under the hood. The lowest bar is for harnesses, if the track beckons…