Mason, Johan did this mod as well. You can see a few photos on post #72.Beautiful work Scott, I was planning on cutting off the front roll hoop and fabricating a new one using a large tube roller. Amen, on needing the roll cage to match the A pillars more closely, are you aware of any other SLC builds that have this same modification? I think you are the first!
Mesa, we stretched the hoop almost a year ago. I didn't take any pictures because I was thinking that it might not work and I'd wind up cutting the hoop off;-) Next time I have the cage off I'll mock things up and take some pictures.I want to see pics of the in process jacking action! Way too late for me but a good piece of info for persons not there yet.
I will have better left-hand-corner vision with a modified hoop and covered pillar so long as: (1) you don't consider the space between the spider and hoop as useable and (2) time is taken to get the cover tight to the hoop.More importantly (to me) is the amount of left hand corner vision that is blocked by the covered A pillar..
I have been considering 3D printing a recessed finger grip that would be open to the windshield and bolted to the hoop for exactly this purpose. I don't think it would be visible from the outside. That said, I've watched Allan and pnut ingress/egress the car and they do it pretty easily without using the hoop. To my recollection they both use a similar technique. Pnut uses the top of the seat rather than the hoop. I can't try it because I haven't bolted mine to the floor yet. I actually took a video of pnut which I promised I wouldn't post... if anyone wants to see it, send me $$$ via PayPal LOLTo help mitigate I left mine uncovered, which also provides a bit of a grab point for egress.
If you're peering through that gap, you might lose ~ 3/8" sliver of "total" visibility because there's a small gap between the hoop and the body (not enough to look through from the driving position) and the cover has thickness. However, you're not contending with big view - bar - very narrow view. The upper corner of the radius moves up which increases the vertical view because you can't see through space between the top and upper corner of the hoop and the body from the driving position.Actually the small gap between the A post and the hoop is vision useful.