25.5 vs 25.3 Cage

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  1. SRGN

    SRGN Veteran Member

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    The cage in my car will cert to 8.50, but the combo I'm putting together will be capable of going a bit quicker. Currently it is mild steel, and I can add bars to meet the 25.5 spec. Since I'm going to be in there anyway, I'm wondering if its worth it to just go 4130 and build to 25.3, or too much of a headache. Anyone here who has made the change? Pros? Cons? Any feedback is appreciated. I plan on keeping this car for a while.
     
  2. mrdragster1970

    mrdragster1970 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Everyone I know that cheaped out regretted it later, EVERYONE!!!!
    When you try to sell a car, moly will always sell 1st.
    Guys that say I will never go fast enough, many end up going fast enough to need moly.
    Moly cars look better than most mild cars unless you TIG the mild car.
    I only ran 8.50, but would have been much faster if it wasn't for the fire,
    which made me go out & buy a Pro-Mod with all the latest safety equipment.

    I went with moly the 1st time so I could do it right, do it once.
    As I always say, if you can afford it, do it right the 1st time!!!!

    Good luck, race safe!!


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  3. SRGN

    SRGN Veteran Member

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    I'm kinda leaning towards towards the 25.3, I hate doing things twice. I basically have the off season of nights and Sundays to get the car built. That is the only reason I considered adding a few bars to the current cage to get it to 25.5, looks like SFI will be getting some of my money this week. I just ordered a new TIG welder so I guess it will be getting a workout.
     
  4. mrdragster1970

    mrdragster1970 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    IIRC, moly does cost a little more, but not 5 times more.
    Plus you already have a TIG, most guys that go steel can't TIG and want to do it themselves.

    Good luck, and have fun, remember, measure twice, cut once.
    My buddies halo dips and looks like crap because he cut a piece short :(

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  5. SRGN

    SRGN Veteran Member

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    I gotta call S&W next week. I think the smartest way to do it is to build it to 25.3 spec, have to see what they offer since I don't have a mandrel bender. No way I'm press bending moly. 4130 gets really mad when you do anything wrong, and shit gets way too expensive in a hurry.
     
  6. mrdragster1970

    mrdragster1970 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Good choice, sounds like you have a clue.
    A cheap bender is just asking for trouble.

    I still have 2-3 sticks of moly left to finish my outlaw SS project.
    I wonder what it's going for now a days??

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