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Information for Self-Installers

Program participants have the option to self-install their ROPS. However, we do not recommend this approach for several reasons. With many tractor models this can prove to be long, complex and physically demanding. Professional (dealer) installation assures that the ROPS is properly attached and will not fail under the considerable forces generated in a tractor overturn. Those who choose to self-install the ROPS assume the responsibility and liability for ensuring that the installation has been done properly. We suggest you read the article "Pause For Thought: Should You Install A ROPS Yourself" by Henry P. Cole.

Our program has been doing random self-installed ROPS inspections across the state and we'd like to share what we found.

Instructions on 25% of models inspected thus far are missing. Please make sure your dealer provides you with COMPLETE instructions. Failure to install according to the instructions increases your liability and may result in improper installation. Most importantly, this means the ROPS could fail.

Seat belt misplacement: If you do not have instructions, you may improperly install the seatbelt which can cause a number of issues:

  • Doesn't hold you in the "zone of safety"
  • Fits too tight
  • Doesn't fit you at all
    • Ask your dealer for the instructions. We all come in different shapes and sizes and modifications to your tractor over the years may make it difficult to properly install the seatbelt. If the assigned placement doesn't work for you or your operator, your dealer can provide assistance in alternative options for placement. If you do get advice for a different placement of the seatbelt, make sure you keep documentation of the discussion and instructions provided by the dealer with your installation instructions to limit your liability. With a seat belt properly secured, you have a 99% likelihood of surviving a tractor overturn incident.
  • Broken packages: 75% of the packages had damage to varying degrees. Open packaging may result in missing parts or damage to the ROPS. Inspect packaging before accepting delivery to ensure for all parts that instructions are present and that there is no damage. Notify dealer of the damage to the package and any problems with your ROPS kit should this occur.
  • Missing parts: 25% of the models were missing parts including bolts.
    • DO NOT SUBSTITUTE PARTS with those in your shop. Incorrect parts may lead to the failure of the ROPS. Request the dealer to forward the correct parts to you: you paid for them, you might as well get them!

We would like to remind you that the service NYCAMH provides on the hotline is to pass on information regarding the pricing and availability of ROPS kits for tractors. We share this information with you for your safety. If any of the previously mentioned issues apply to you, we strongly encourage you to contact the manufacturer or your tractor dealer. Failure to do so may result in failure of the ROPS and may lead to increased injury or death in the event of a rollover.

ROPS Kit Checklist for Self-Installers

Please check your ROPS Kit to make sure items are not missing. If you have questions regarding your ROPS kit, please contact the dealer or ROPS Manufacturer.

Download the ROPS Kit Checklist

Did the ROPS kit come complete?

General Supplies (Check all that apply)

Installation Instructions
Seatbelt Instructions
Seatbelt Bolts
ROPS Mounting Bolts
ROPS Mounting Plates
Safety Stickers

Specific Components (Chose one of three retrofit types)

One piece ROPS Upright
Two piece Left and Right
Two piece Hoop and Base

Follow-up done (Check all that Apply)

Received appropriate replacement from dealer/manufacturer
Substituted parts not provided by dealer/manufacturer
Parts equivalent to specifications in kit
Parts not equivalent to specifications in kit
Requested more readable/ understandable instructions
Contacted dealer for guidance