Thanks for the kind words guys. The project has slowed a little as I rarely see anything but the taillights as it's leaving!
We did make some upgrades to the stereo system. The sound bar that came with the original YJ had to be modified to fit with the roll cage. We used a hole saw to make circle cuts in the sides and conected them with a handsaw. The speakers were re-installed and it was wired.
We mounted the amp under the driver's seat upside down on a piece of 1/2" plywood where it is out of sight as you walk by. No pics as the camera took lousy shots under there. The Alpine radio we had wouldn't play CD's in the console because it was mounted at more than 35*'s so we upgraded to an i-pod/USB ready unit.
Next we started making some rocker guard/steps. I had some 1 3/4" tube left over from the roll bar and bought some 3 x 3 3/16" angle stock for the sliders. A wood template was cut and transferred to the steel to be cut. We taped 1/4" plywood to the back/bottom to protect the paint when test fitting.
The tube was bent and cut at a 30* upangle for clearance. I tacked the tube.
Next is to weld up the joints, clean, and paint for installation. I cut some 1/4" mounts to attach beneath the front and middle roll bar mounts to tie it all together.
This past weekend the girls took their first Jeep road trip over 420 miles to PA from MA for a family reunion. Handwritten directions, a map, NO GPS, top down...they had a great time and the YJ ran great. The 4 cyl did work like a dog in the over 1200' elevation mountains of PA. My 18 year old asked about an engine swap in the future...gotta love that kid
. Maybe next year.