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Old 09-16-2013, 11:34 PM   #1
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Rollbars from main hoop

I have the rockhard bolt in cage currently in my jeep now. I love the kit but am still alittle worried about the stock bars that bolt onto the windshield. Has anyone sleeve or gusset them to add strength to them or should I remove the rockhard and go with a fully welded cage from poison spyder..really wish I would have done my research first before going out and buying the first thing that came to mind.

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Old 09-16-2013, 11:42 PM   #2
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Also I can not get the clamps to fully clamp shut if that makes sense.i tried to turn every bolt evenly but still no luck. Is this normal?

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Old 09-17-2013, 08:13 AM   #3
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The clamps do not fully close, by design.

I've held extensive discussions about the windshield bars with James Barth, owner of RockHard.
His position is that the weaker stock bar should be retained, as a "crumple zone", or a bar that absorbs impact by deforming. I believe that this theory has merit in some crash circumstances, but not in all circumstances in which we my find our rig upside-down. For example, in a slow offroad tumble, a stronger windshield bar would be less likely to deform, and could maintain the integrity of the rest of the cage/windshield frame while still saving your noggin.

If you decide you want stronger-than-stock windshield bars, you can get a set from Poison Spider for ~$150 that will work with the RockHard cage.
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Old 09-17-2013, 08:33 AM   #4
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I was worried about the clamps..i didnt want something i purchased as a upgrade to my safety fail because i installed it improperly so i feel better about that..as far as the bars ive looked at the psc bars but it wont work for my year of jeep " i have a 97 btw" anyone know why this is?
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Old 09-17-2013, 08:35 AM   #5
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Also i dont think i want something with a crumple zone anywhere on my cage especially around my big head lol im 6"1 so my head is already up near the roll bar as it is.
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Old 09-17-2013, 08:43 AM   #6
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The PSC bars only fit '02 to '06.
You could call PSC and ask them what is different in the pre-'02 TJs; maybe you can modify something to make them work.

Another alternative could be to pull your stock bars and take them to a competent weld shop/local fabricator who could duplicate them from stronger steel. I'd expect that job to be about the same price as the PSC bars.
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Old 09-17-2013, 09:35 AM   #7
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Every TJ I've seen roll the windshield and stock front bars have collapsed and in my opinion that's not a very good area for a "Crumple Zone" that's the first area I reinforced on mine.
I really like the ORF Sport cage Jeep | JEEP | 82200

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