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Offline Mister_Fitz

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Keep push bar or not?
« on: July 24, 2017, 02:09:36 PM »
Hi
My FED is supposed have been built 1966 and still have the old push bar in place.
I have always liked the look of the push bar in the back of a FED. But later I have started to think about if the push bar is making the FED less safe in case of a crash.
Are there any one else out there that has kept their push bar? Or is it recommended to remove them?

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Re: Keep push bar or not?
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2017, 03:39:21 PM »
I see you point about backing the car into a wall with a pushbar.  It would be a one in a million shot, but the penalty is huge.  I love the look.  Tough call!
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Re: Keep push bar or not?
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2017, 03:50:10 PM »
95% of us have a wheelie bar mounted back there I see no real difference

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Re: Keep push bar or not?
« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2017, 07:55:15 PM »
Rear upright should be thicker tubing/double wall

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Re: Keep push bar or not?
« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2017, 11:36:16 PM »
95% of us have a wheelie bar mounted back there I see no real difference

I have a single lower bar and two upper bars. I've seen them reversed, and i think of the damage it could do
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Re: Keep push bar or not?
« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2017, 07:32:07 PM »
I suppose the push bar could be made to break away in an impact, by bolting it on with aluminum fasteners or just drilled or necked down common steel ones. Then it would be an energy absorber.

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Re: Keep push bar or not?
« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2017, 03:57:10 AM »
I left mine on my car.
Its mounted where the down tube meets the lower frame rail that loops around the seat.
I doubt I could ever get the wheelie bars folded up and still have enough energy to cave that area of the chassis in.
Now a broken rod end on the upper wheelie bar strut. That might be something to think about.