In case of vehicle rollover, you've armed your ride with some sturdy roll bars. In order to increase its ability to displace weight across the chassis, you may want to purchase some new roll bar padding. This padding in addition to adding more passenger security in the event of rollover, padding also helps protect and preserve the roll bar, keeping it in fighting form for a longer period of time. If you're looking to replace worn padding or simply in the market for brand-new padding, then here are a few must-know facts about this item.
Types of roll bar padding
- SFI safety-rated padding- This should be used in the areas nearest to the driver, because it's tried and tested to withstand heavy impact. Be advised, though, that this component is not fireproof.
- Non-certified padding- If you are to use non-certified padding, then use them only in non-critical areas like the point farthest from the driver.
It goes without saying that you should opt for the SFI safety-rated padding in order to provide yourself with optimum protection in the event of a rollover. Always check with the supplier first whether or not the roll bar padding your getting is certified.
Styles of roll bar padding
There are two styles of roll bar padding: the first being a round adding with a slit in the middle, and the second being having a flat side. The first style is pretty common, and its slit allows you to slap it onto the roll bar with great ease. The other pad is immensely superior to the more common one. This padding comes with a flat surface molded into the side with makes contact with the vehicle, on the side facing the driver. This C-shaped padding is affixed to the roll bar using a molded-in adhesive, keeping it secured in place.
Things to consider before buying
- When it comes to installation, look for padding that can be attached via zippers, hooks, loops, and/ or Velcro. Brands such as Rugged Ridge and Bestop offer such roll bar paddings.
- Look into FIA Type A padding, which is very sturdy. This variety of roll bar padding isn't round, making its shape rather unique, and it is widely used in the motor sports industry.