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Old 06-04-2012, 04:00 PM   #1
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Roll Bar Padding - Do I need it?

I bought my LJ used a couple of months ago and now I am noticing how badly faded my roll bar padding is. Which looks really bad when paired up with a black Jeep.

Should I replace it for a about $100? So it can fade again...

Or just remove it permanently. Of course then my bars will probably fade...

I don't plan on an serious off road excursions in the near future, so I am not too worried about banging my head around a lot.

What does everyone else do?

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Old 06-04-2012, 04:04 PM   #2
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The pads are usless all for looks .

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Old 06-04-2012, 04:06 PM   #3
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What does everyone else do?
I keep my padding on...in fact I added more.

I graze my noggin at least once a week, but I keep the padding in place for the accident I haven't had yet, where skull vs steel = death.

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Old 06-04-2012, 04:30 PM   #4
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Aww what pretty videos. Those may help me my decision. Not to mention I am klutz, so I probably would start knocking my head if I ended up taking them off...

So we are at 50% for and 50% against. lol
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Old 06-04-2012, 04:36 PM   #5
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On my 02 the "padding" was worthless, but on my 06, its substantial. I just leave it faded. I think the seat belt holder thing is the most dangerous part that you would hit in a crash.
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Old 06-04-2012, 04:42 PM   #6
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I keep my padding on...in fact I added more.

I graze my noggin at least once a week, but I keep the padding in place for the accident I haven't had yet, where skull vs steel = death.
X2 on that one, just yesterday I managed to hit the one place that wasnt padded and I spent a cpl minutes checking for blood until the ringing went away.

The padding doesnt have to be that substantial to give your head some deceleration space, but you can easily go to any building supply store and get 2" or 2 1/2" pipe padding, its in the plumbing section and is dirt cheap, you can use zip ties, duct tape, velcro, whatever you want to hold it in place, or just pop it on and leave it, I had wraps made that velcro on, easy and cheap (and gives mom or grandma something to sew for you and makes her feel good).

On the other hand, everytime you hit hard you loose about 4 IQ points, so if you hit hard enough often enough then no, they wont be necessary.
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Old 06-04-2012, 04:47 PM   #7
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I pulled mine off when I welded in the sport cage but at 6'2" I have donked my head a couple times. Ouch. I'm getting some padding, at least on the bars within the "dome zone"
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Old 06-04-2012, 05:01 PM   #8
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Just replaced my old and faded padding with the new stuff from Bestop. It looks great, glad I finally got around to it.
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Old 06-04-2012, 06:31 PM   #9
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I had mine off for an entire season. Then I bonked my head on it good one day. I put it back on a day later. Those bars are hard!
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Old 06-04-2012, 06:37 PM   #10
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Mines been off for years, never hit my head on it, and I'm 6'3
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Old 06-04-2012, 06:44 PM   #11
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Painted mine last week wasn't hard at all
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Old 06-04-2012, 06:49 PM   #12
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Don't they sell a rattle can dye to spree them with that will turn them black again I pretty sure someone on these forums has used it on his seats and rollbar padding With pretty good results. But not positive!
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Old 06-04-2012, 07:07 PM   #13
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Take them off and wash them it might help improve the color; at least it did on mine
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i would keep them on. Those steel bars hurt. You could always try something like Black Magic interior.
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Old 06-04-2012, 07:17 PM   #15
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I hit my head at least once a week, and it's usually standing outside, reaching across the seats grabbing something. I think they can dyed back to black. +1 for keeping them.
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The padding is not there for looks, it does help. When I took my padding off, after adding a cage, I cracked my head so hard on the cage when the Jeep slid off a rock that I saw stars and had to stop. I put the padding back on the next weekend.
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Old 06-04-2012, 07:42 PM   #17
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paint or dye, easy job and looks new again and will probably last longer than factory
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Old 06-05-2012, 03:33 PM   #18
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I like the paint/dye idea. Definitely cheaper then buying a whole new set of pads!

Plus it looks like the ones for LJs are getting harder to find. Lots of site say not available. And if the they are they are $150 on up with shipping.
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Don't use paint on fabric, dye is what is used for the fabric rollbar covers. There are plenty of aerosol dyes in any automotive parts store, they are most commonly used for vinyl seats but they work well for the fabric roll bar covers.
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The choice is up to you. But I kept mine on, was actually thinking of taking them off last week. Well that went out the window and I still have them on in part because I installed my cb today (well a great friend did) and the coaxial cord is 20 ft, so we looped it through the roll bar padding into my glove box. Works great for keeping the cord out of the way .

But I've also seen jeeps where they take off the roll bar padding and honestly it doesn't look bad, it looks fairly nice. So up to you.
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IMO, if how it looks is even a part of your criteria on deciding to keep the padding or not, then it should be your only deciding factor as the others have stopped making a difference.
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Mines been off for years, never hit my head on it, and I'm 6'3
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Mines been off for years, never hit my head on it, and I'm 6'3
Most trails aren't tough enough to be able to cause you to smack your head on the cage, but some are. I speak from personal experience on some trails being able to do just that... and I'm only 5-11.
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I used this on my spare tire cover, works great. Plan on doing this to my roll bars and safari top.Comes in sev. colors.Bought at local Autozone.

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I used this on my spare tire cover, works great. Plan on doing this to my roll bars and safari top.Comes in sev. colors.Bought at local Autozone.

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That's what I used on my roll bar covers. I had to do 3 or 4 coats, the padding really soaked it up but the result was awesome.
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Mine are still on. They are faded. But the dirt and mud spots help cover up the fading.
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I took them Off on the Rear Section of the Roll Bar (No Backseat), but left them On, On the Middle and Over-Door Bars to Protect my Head "just in case".
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If you don't offroad much I'd take it off. It looks better off. I took mine off and threw it away a few years back and the bars have not faded.
But then again about the only offroading I do is on the beach and cruising backroads
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Mine are still on. They are faded. But the dirt and mud spots help cover up the fading.
Mine aren't totally faded yet and like you, the spots that are have more brown color to them thanx to the mixture of water and mud .

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