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Old 05-29-2012, 07:34 PM   #1
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My custom roll cage is in!

After having gone through a number of TJs over the years, I have decided my current Jeep will remain "the one" for a very long time (if not forever). As such, I am slowly building it up to an extent I've never before done--heavy duty armor for the rockers; rock bumpers; skid plates for the steering box, gas tank and differentials; etc. In other words, I'm taking reasonable precautions to prevent wadding this one up.

It's also no secret that rock crawling incurs a not-insignificant probability of a vehicle rollover at one point or another. While the TJ does feature a basic cage from the factory, the forward half of it incorporates the windshield frame... and this area has proven itself not up to the task of fully protecting the occupants when the Jeep's shiny side is no longer up.

Something needed to be done. Since I don't weld, I sought the assistance of a local friend with experience building cages in various 4x4 vehicles. I explained the general design I was after, wanting to retain the good portion of the factory design and then expand on it to add additional strength where needed. I allowed him to make suggestions and recommendations, then turned him loose. Here is the result:













I am quite pleased with his work. It is very sturdy (all DOM tubing), and it does not interfere with normal soft top operation.

Now I just need to paint it and install some padding.

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Old 05-29-2012, 07:37 PM   #2
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Looks great.Now it's time to roll!!!! no pun intended..

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Now I just need to paint it and install some padding.
Maybe you should have painted it before you buttoned it all up.
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Old 05-29-2012, 07:38 PM   #4
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That's a big safety improvement.
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Old 05-29-2012, 08:22 PM   #5
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Maybe you should have painted it before you buttoned it all up.
Were it not for the fact that I've driven it on the street for a few days, I would not have reassembled it so much. At least I removed the bikini top for the photos.
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Old 05-29-2012, 11:19 PM   #6
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Weld-thru primer is great for that kind of stuff. Looks good.
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Old 05-29-2012, 11:27 PM   #7
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Looks good. While your working on the cage I would recommend to tie it to the frame.
Where I did it was right up front where you went behind the dash, Go through or match up to the floor plate with another piece and then to the frame. I couldn't believe the difference it made. The whole jeep felt "tighter" if that makes any sense.
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Old 06-06-2012, 11:17 PM   #8
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I finally managed to get my new roll cage painted this week.















Now I just need to put everything back together.

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