PART NUMBER: 61-1785
We are happy to announce the arrival of the Blackbird Fabworx RZ roll bar for the ND chassis! The RZ name stands for Road / Z-fold and it is our street driven with occasional track day roll bar.
Key features of the RZ roll bar:
* Allows full use of the factory soft top which can be lowered from the driver's seat.
* SCCA Legal. Not kinda legal, not almost legal, not "hopefully you can sneak it by tech" legal. 100% SCCA LEGAL.
* NASA Legal too, NASA CCR 11.4.7
* 2" taller than OEM hoop structure.
* DOM Steel construction with full X brace and a harness bar as standard.
* Factory seat travel and recline retained in full.
* Allows all plastic and carpet trim panels to be reinstalled (with minor trimming), glove box retained.
* Includes amp relocation bracket for cars with Bose sound system.
* High grade hardware kit included.
* Weight gain of just ~26 Lbs. in comparison with the OEM hoop structure it replaces!
* High quality powder coat finish with many color options to choose from!
The standard black is "70% Gloss Black". In addition there are many custom colors available in the drop-down menu. One photo above shows two other very popular black color options: 3% gloss black and Ultra High Gloss Black, and the picture shows those two compared to the standard 70% gloss black.
We have a large gallery of Blackbird Fabworx roll bars with examples of all the color options in our forum: CLICK THIS LINK TO GO TO THE FORUM GALLERY
Pictures here of our blue ND and red Fiat 124 both have this roll bar in the Metallic Silver color.
Please note the website sometimes does not accurately calculate shipping for this large item. Please place your order as usual and if the any correction needs to be made to the shipping charges we will contact you.
These bars are made to order. Please allow 3-4 weeks for your bar to be fabricated.
BEWARE the wimpy stock bars are just 1 inch aluminum under the BIG plastic covers, here is what the stock hoop looks like:
On Track In Our Blue ND at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca!
At Willow Springs Raceway with Grassroots MotorSports Magazine shootout article (see our media page)!
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Absolutely love this roll bar, looks great!
My only gripe is that the covers they offer for the cuts to the plastic trim should be included. IMO they are mandatory. Regarding the covers: the adhesive is not strong and mine peeled off from the plastic within a couple months. I used some industrial velcro tape that I had laying around and that has worked perfectly.
I researched several options for replacing the "style bars" on my new 2019 Fiat 124 Abarth and decided it was worth the price to get the Blackbird bar. I chickened out on trying to install this bar myself in my small shop. A local Seattle performance shop (425 Motorsports) installed it for ~$1500 in less than 2 days. They did a beautiful job in spite of the fact that they had not done a Blackbird bar or Fiat before. They kept my brand new Fiat (650 miles) in pristine condition---the installation looks "factory" not add-on, and the car looks great. Even 425 commented on how this is a well engineered installation. It is a well braced, clean-looking bar with heavy duty materials and pretty good instructions. It has to provide significant improvement over the "mainly decorative" stock hoops but zero impact to the folding top, the seats, the sound system, or the center storage compartment. Note that the low-profile perimeter is like a double-hoop bar that has been bridged together so I would not expect it to provide the same protection for hard-core/high-speed track use as a taller, full-width diagonal-braced bar or full roll cage. It will provide extra safety in daily driving and occasional track use including performance driving classes and autocross type events. Also note, if you are taller than ~68 inches +/- and need to do the "broomstick test" to pass inspection at your particular track event you might not pass with a large helmet on unless you swap out the stock Fiat/Abarth seats for ones that sit lower.
Fantastic product! Fits perfectly, and the provided instructions are very detailed and walk you through the full process. I was able to do the install myself in the driveway in a weekend (thought it did take the whole weekend). An extra pair of hands is useful when mounting it up in the car though, to ensure you don't scratch up your paint. The plastics behind the seat do need to be trimmed slightly to clear the bigger tubes and rear cross member, and the hidden storage behind the seats end up losing a bit of space. A dremel works great for this. You will also need to drill holes for the rear cross member mounting point, so make sure to have some silicone on hand to seal it up around the bolts. The soft top clears the bar no problem, not even the latch hook hits it. You just have to get used to raising and lowering the top in two steps. Lastly a minor warning, the latch for the soft top bolts up to the roll bar assembly, and the latch mechanism is plastic; DO NOT OVER TIGHTEN the bolts, or you will crack the plastic.
Overall, the chassis is noticeably stiffer after install, and you will feel much safer with the large steel tubes compared to the tiny aluminum of the stock hoops.
I had this bar installed a little over a week ago (at Rocky's Miatomotive), and am very pleased with the purchase. The welds all look solid and consistent, and the finish is perfect (I purchased the silver finish). The chassis is noticeably stiffer, with no additional aftermarket suspension/bracing installed (yet!) As the product page states, the soft top does clear the bar, but you'll have to get used to lifting in two stages since there's now a bar in the way. :)
The only drawbacks (and this will be the case with all proper roll bars with a cross member) are that some of the interior plastic panels behind the factory seats need to be trimmed due to the angle of the cross member, and the hidden compartments behind the seats are basically cut in half in terms of the amount that can be stored. Ultimately though, it's worth the peace of mind.
Hopefully I'll never get to test the effectiveness of the rollbar, but it does look like it will do the job.