2G Spyder roll bar with back seats

Posted by eclipsh, Apr 20, 2017

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  1. eclipsh

    eclipsh Proven Member

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    I really felt the need for a functional 4 point roll bar but wanted to keep my back seats so my wife and daughter could ride along with me. This bar works perfect for my goals. I wanted to share it since so few are shown on here for spyders.

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  2. Awd_spyder805

    Awd_spyder805 Probationary Member

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    hello dsm friend it looks awesome ! i need one to LOL, did you fabricate yourself?
     
  3. eclipsh

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    I did the design and fitting. A fabricator I know bent the hoop and did the welding plus a little fabrication to fit the rear plates and reinforce the fronts.
     
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  4. AZGSTGSX

    AZGSTGSX Supporting Member

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    That looks real clean. Im having a local welder make one like this for my 97 spyder. Thank you for the share? How much did yours cost? I was quoted $1400 to make it, powder coat it bronze to match my rims and install.
     
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    1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GST

    Street Build

    T28   manual
    1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX (sold)

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  5. eclipsh

    eclipsh Proven Member

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    Here's what it looks like with the interior back in and padding on the bar.

    I spent about $500 but got a bro deal on labor.

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  6. AZGSTGSX

    AZGSTGSX Supporting Member

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    Wow! Super clean and at a price you can't beat!
     
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    1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GST

    Street Build

    T28   manual
    1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX (sold)

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  7. orangutan

    orangutan Probationary Member

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    it looks great when it's all styrofoamed up and trimming covered man, hope you enjoy it :D
     
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  8. m_0ney_pit

    m_0ney_pit Supporting Member

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    Looks great does the car feel stiffer going over bumps now?
     
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    16g   manual
    1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse GST

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  9. eclipsh

    eclipsh Proven Member

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    I'm sure the car is stiffer but it is hard to say for sure how much. I definitely feel safer driving it hard now knowing I have a little more safety.
     
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  10. DogWhistle

    DogWhistle Proven Member

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    Great job! One of those is in our future too so it's great to see such a clean example that keeps the backseat.
     
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  11. hharper1321

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    Great job, and a great price. Gives me ideas for my own Spyder, thanks!
     
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  12. luii90

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    That looks great I should've done that for the rear bars oh well looks clean.
     

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    1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GST

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    1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX (sold)

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  13. PlanZero

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    So no more rear speakers? I'm looking into some kind of roll bar for my Spyder; my gf dailies her and just got a new job which involves a lot of highway driving. We both feel that the Spyder is a death trap, and we're kind of looking for something safer, but if I can find a decent roll bar I may decide to keep her. This looks awesome; hopefully I can get a good deal from my welder.

    Autopower seems to make one of the few prefab roll bars and cages for 2gs, although I can't find any images of their street bar (about $700 shipped) installed on a Spyder. It looks similar to the OPs. Anybody have this? I found one thread that says the autopower bar won't fit a Spyder, but the auto power site says the bars fit most convertibles, though the description wasn't model specific (I plan on calling them Monday, just wondering) Pics?
     
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    My DSM:
    1996 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GST (sold)

    Street Build

    T25   automatic
    1996 Eagle Talon TSi

    Street Build

    16g   automatic
    1997 Eagle Talon TSi AWD

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  14. eclipsh

    eclipsh Proven Member

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    No rear speakers but if someone were more committed to them than me (I don't even have a stereo or front speakers right now) they could find a way.

    I bought a pre bent main hoop from some site for a 2g dsm and it didn't fit at all. The shoulders were too high and hit the very thick c pillars of the spyder top. I had to custom bend mine. I actually got mine a little close and it rubs on occasion. I'd believe it if someone said the autopower won't fit.
     
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  15. Techn0Nut1996

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    That looks really good! Well done to the fabricator cause that is clean!
     
  16. crash89

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    OP that turned out great! Inbthe many years ive owned mine ive had people in the back less than a dozen times. Which is why i opted to kind of eliminate my back seats. Id still like to carve the back rest out so it looks complete but for now its serves its purpose. image_zpseobojpzz.jpe
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  17. GRNDSM

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    Great looking roll bar, Nick! Do you have any more photos? With plastic back in place? And perhaps from all around the car? It bit wider than most bars, I am curious if it changes the proportions of the car?
     
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    1994 Eagle Talon TSi AWD

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  18. eclipsh

    eclipsh Proven Member

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    20170420_103052.jpg It fits under the top so I don't think it changes the proportions. I think it impacted handling though. I took the car to its first autocross a week ago. The rear end likes to step out easier than any DSM I've had before. The first hard braking I had before a corner I slid into the cones sideways. I also did an AWD drift around a 140 degree 80 ft radius corner that wasn't intentional. Fun but a bit tough to handle. I'll definitely need some front bracing on it to stiffend that end up.
     
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  19. GRNDSM

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    I am sure this helped stiffness tremendously! It really doesn't get much softer than a Spyder, but even with the bar, it isn't as stiff as hard top DSM, you still need to connect to the front.

    I just picked AutoPower coupe bar, and I am about to find out why it doesn't fit in a Spyder ;)
     
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    1996 Eagle Talon TSi AWD

    Autocross Build

    12.9 @ 103 MPH

    Street Build

    11.74 @ 118 MPH
    1994 Eagle Talon TSi AWD

    10.123 @ 138.060 MPH
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  20. eclipsh

    eclipsh Proven Member

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    20160512_193954.jpg This is probably why. Someone else's coupe bar is on top, mine is below. The 45 degree bends make it stick out too far where the extremely wide convertible top support arms are. It hits them. You have to drop the height of the bar down considerably to avoid them. Unless you're short of stature the bar won't be tall enough to protect you properly.

    As it is my bar rubs a little on the wide arms. Just enough to rub the paint off on the driver's side and squish the padding on the passenger side. That is because I mounted it back where I did. I'm 6'4" so I needed it that far back. Even with the Celica seats mounted super low I barely fit in the car.
     
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  21. LouieAWDTSi

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    This roll bar looks so nice!! I would really like one. Is there any measurements available for the final copy that went in? Maybe even with a chicken scratch sketch of it?

    Want one for mine
     
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    1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GST

    Street Build

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  22. eclipsh

    eclipsh Proven Member

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    Glad you like it. Make it a little narrower than I did.
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