2. Im not sure if you build cages professionally as you obviously know the nuts and bolts of it, but the guy who built these things is no joke and knows his sh!t backward forward and every other direction. Ever heard of Patrick Motorsports in Phoenix? One of the premier builders of race prepped Porsches in the country? Take a look at this 914 build he did for Jagermeister:
3. The pictures must be giving you a false sense of where the bolt in points are. The plates sit 5" away from the rear interior qp's. How is that too far towards the center? Listen, I appreciate your concern because its obvious that it comes from a good place, but I have far more sensibilities than to let some hacker rip apart my $40k car that is only 2 months old. They know their stuff and like any good cage builder, is not the biggest fan of bolt in's. That being said, this is in all likelihood the best bolt in cage you can buy for a Golf.
Hardware is ARP Fasteners. Metal is DOM. Face of main hoop is only 6 inches behind the B-pillar. If it turns into a track car I will have a full weld-in made along with a proper fixed-back seat and 5pt harness. Im not going to the track with this particular cage in the car so your point about "real race track guys" that may potentially make fun of me is of no concern. Also Im not one for giving a crap what negative people have to say about anything I've done to the car. Its not their money and its not their vision.
Furthermore and in conclusion, it will be painted matte black exactly because I don't want it to be "showy". Im after a secondary layer of safety for aggressive backroads driving, its just that simple.