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Roll Bars
By Larry Edsall

Maximum Motorsports maximizes the Mustang experience
So you think your Mustang is fast, right? Well, the place to prove it is not on the street but at the racetrack or drag strip, and to do that you're going to need some specialized safety equipment.

Maximum Motorsports of San Luis Obispo, California, was created in 1992 by a group of Ford Mustang enthusiasts who also happened to be engineers or designers. They've developed a long list of performance products, the latest being what they call "ragtop roll bars" designed to meet the requirements for participation in National Hot Rod Association-sanctioned drag racing.

The roll bars provide six-point architecture and fit the stock interior of 1994-2004 Mustang convertibles. Similar roll bars are available for hardtop models, though Maximum Motorsports operations manager Chris Phelps says the company has been pleased with the number of convertible owners who have decided to order a set of bars for their cars.

The roll bars are constructed from 1 ¾-inch diameter x 0.134-inch thick seamless steel tubing. The kit includes floor plates that are welded behind the rear seat to reinforce the chassis and to provide attachment points for the rear braces. Under-floor backup plates provide an additional safety factory by sandwiching the car's unibody.

The roll bars include a pre-welded safety harness mounting tube. The bars are available with swing-out door beams to ease access to the vehicle's interior.

The roll bars run $359 to $409 for drag racing, and a less expensive, four-point version also is available for those who simply want additional protection for street use. Maximum Motorsports also has roll bars available for older model Mustangs, both coups and convertibles.

Maximum Motorsports launched its business with Mustang suspension upgrades, and subsequently added such performance products as brake lines and roll bars. Its complete catalog is available at its website, www.maximummotorsports.com.

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