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About Our Sport Cages

Strength, Safety, Style...BUILT IN. This has been built in to every cage made here at SDR Motorsports Inc.  since day one. Over the last 10 years we have built thousands of industry leading sport cages starting with the Yamaha Rhino and have never stopped innovating and pushing the limits in both our design and safety since.

To be honest, It is our opinion that the factory cage is just inadequate in the event of a rollover. Safety is something that should NEVER be an afterthought. After all, this is your family and we build cages that make it safer to go ride together, not just a better "looking" design.

With so many choices in cages for your UTV on the market today it can be difficult at best to separate the good from the bad. Not to mention the drastic variance in prices from one builder to the next. As a company that has built as many if not more cages than just about anyone in the industry we know the differences, and we know why they sell them so cheap. Simply put, materials and structure seperate the good from the bad, and usually the cheap from the more expensive. Read along as we try to help you not only make a good decision, but try to offer a bit of insight and education on what makes a cage not only look good, but keep you and your family as safe as possible.

Here are a few things to consider when shopping for a cage builder.

*Are they even a REAL buisness? it seems like these guys pop up all the time, cheap is there motto and your money is their goal not your Safety. They are usually gone as quickly as they pop up leaving you on your own should you have an issue later on or need repairs. We see this all the time, customers with "Craigslist Deals" that end up spending twice as much for a simple roof repair after a roll because the original builder is no where to be found.

*Do they have proper Insurance? Ask your cage builder if he has Products Liability Insurance to protect you (and him). Chances are they dont. Its expensive and difficult to get. This will tell you if this is a legitimate shop or not. 

*Are their cages Production Quality or one at a time? This is a tricky one, some builders will tell you this makes their cages "Better" or "Custom" that's all good until the day comes that you have a problem... and everything was "Custom" built. Our cages are production designed and Jig built. This means that if you damage the roof, all you need to do is call us and we can ship one out to you. No need for costly and time consuming "Custom" repairs.

We welcome these questions, and any other questions you may have. We are here to help you get the most value for your money and the highest level of safety for your family...

 

Here are some things about cage construction materials we have learned over the years that are often confusing or mis-understood... 

 

Materials 101: There are many different materials that builders use to build cages. Here is a quick rundown of what is what....

CRERW: Cold Rolled Electric Resistance Welded. This is the most common and least expensive of the three we will talk about here. This tube is rolled into shape from a flat plate of steel and then welded creating a visible seam. This tube type is used here at SDR for connector tubes and non-critical bracing such as the V-bars in the roof area, dash bar, and the 1 inch bracing in the windshield and corner gussets. If your cage is built from this material it should be .120 wall thickness to maintain the same strength as .095 wall D.O.M. tubing wich we will talk about next. Also critical to strength when making a cage from this material is the seam placement during bending. Having the seam aligned with the inner or outer surface of the bend can lead to failure by causing the seam to rupture or split during an impact.

D.O.M.: Drawn over Mandrel. Next up on our list and much more expensive and much stronger is DOM Tubing. This type of tube is often incorrectly reffered to as seamless tubing. While it appears to be seamless because of its flash removal after the welding process it is also rolled and welded. This type of tube is most commonly used for structural products for its consistent ID and OD tolorances. DOM is also a very easy material to work with as it bends well and can be mig welded with no heat treating or stress relieving needed. This is the material we use for all of the main structure of every SDR cage we build.

Chrom-Moly: The "strongest" of the three materials we are discussing and also the most expensive of them by far. Not only is Chromoly costly as a raw material it requires proper welding and stress relieving once it is welded to yield the strength it offers as a raw material. The argument of Chrom-moly versus DOM is a hotly debated topic and there never seems to be a clear winner. We believe that there is not enough strength benefits to outwiegh the cost factor of a chromoly cage. But for those that have to have it, we can and will glady build one for you.

Construction, deconstructed:

You should ask a lot of questions from your builder, do your own research, and ask opinions of other UTV owners and what they learned. You should know the fabrication abilities and background of the company you are about to trust in building you a sport cage that your kids will be strapped into.

At SDR Motorsports Inc. we enjoy talking with you about what we believe makes our cages and products the best. Sharing our experience and the talent of our team of fabricators with you our customers, is one of our favorite things! We are proud of our products, and our team. Come on down and take a tour of our facility and see for yourself!

We didn't just set out to design another "cookie cutter" sport cage, we set out to engineer a sport cage that gives our customers the ultimate in Safety & Style. Take a look at these key features engineered into every SDR Motorsports Inc. Sport cage and we believe you will agree that ours stands out from the crowd...

Material: Every cage we build uses Laser cut and CNC bent ASTM-1020 1-3/4x.095 D.O.M tubing for every tube (not just the main ones) to ensure proper fitment before being welded in a Jig by our professional team of fabricators using the proper wire and heat levels to ensure maximum penetration and strength of weld.

Triangulated design: Look closely at our sport cage and you will notice that all three vertical supports are at different angles. The technical term for them is the A-pillar, B-pillar, and C-pillar from front to back. We set them at different angles to provide vertical triangulation support. This method adds increased strength over straight designs that can fold over in a roll like a box. Plus we believe it just looks better that way.

Roof bracing: Every SDR Motorsports Inc. Sport cage features upper roof bracing down the center and across the back. This "center spine" provides the strength needed to make sure your family stays as safe as possible in the event of a rollover.

Double tube front bracing: We have added an extra cross bracing tube to the front windshield area similar to what you would find on a trophy truck chassis to further strengthen the front of the sport cage.

Extensive Bracing: We have gussets and bracing aplenty. A complete dash bar, harness bar, full roof bar, and c- pillar support tubes. All key ingredients to a safe and tough sport cage.

Proper Harness bar Location: Many sport cages on the market today just don't do this part right. For your belts to properly function, the location of the harness bar is critical. To low, and the belts will compress your back. To high, and the belts cant hold you in. We put ours right were it needs to be to allow the belts to do their job.

Front intrusion bars: Some people call them V-bars but we put them there to protect you and your passenger by helping to block  anyone, or anything flying through the front of the cage in the event of an accident. Just one more safety feature we feel is important.

There are even more features built into the design of our sport cage, we encourage you to give us a call so we can tell you more about how with SDR Motorsports Inc. everything we do has Strength, Safety and Style built in.

 

 

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT WHILE WE DO OUR BEST TO DESIGN A SAFE AND PROPER SPORT CAGE, OFFROADING IS INHERENTLY DANGEROUS AND CAN RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH. SDR MOTORSPORTS INC. MAKES NO CLAIMS THAT OUR SPORT CAGES CAN OR WILL PREVENT SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH IN ANY OR ALL CIRCUMSTANCES. 

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