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Old 12-01-2012, 09:02 PM   #1
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Ive been thinking about removing them but am afraid that I won't be able to put them back on because of the zippers being so old.

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Old 12-01-2012, 09:32 PM   #2
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I took mine off a few years ago and never put them back on and never missed them. The only bother is in the winter, when. The hard top is on and the window is open, the top vibrates against the roll bar... Which is annoying but I can live with it for the short time the window is open in cold weather....they were getting pretty ratty looking anyway....

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I took mine off to put them through the washing machine once. It took a few weeks for me to get around to put them back on and I ended up putting a few knots on my head bumping into them. I don't remember ever hitting them when I had the pads on so I guess that was Murphy at work. I'll leave them on now.
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Old 12-02-2012, 12:12 AM   #4
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I might end up removing them tomorrow. I like the look of the color matched bars instead of the padded black.
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I might end up removing them tomorrow. I like the look of the color matched bars instead of the padded black.
Hitting your head on metal hurts .
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Old 12-02-2012, 12:16 AM   #6
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I pulled my pads and roll bar to Monstaline the tub. My YJ is a 93 so the pads were pretty old but the zippers work fine, however I'm putting new pads on so I wasn't worried when I pulled the old ones. I guess if your zippers are a little tight or sticky you could put some wax on them.
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Old 12-02-2012, 09:15 AM   #7
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In a pinch use a tube of chapstick for zippers...worked like a charm for me.
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Old 12-02-2012, 07:08 PM   #8
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In a pinch use a tube of chapstick for zippers...worked like a charm for me.
Any particular flavor??
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Old 12-03-2012, 05:58 PM   #9
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Well I got them all off with ease. They were lightly faded so I threw them in a box and up in the attic. I left the one on the soundbar in tact, still undecided if Ill remove that one.
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Old 12-03-2012, 06:19 PM   #10
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i thought about removing them until i wacked my head of the driverside bar once offroading. im 6' 2" so my head has possibilites for more banging. its not much padding but better than metal, they shall stay on.
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I cracked my head one too many times before installing new padding after installing a cage. Black pipe insulation is perfect for the job, it is slit up the side which makes installation a breeze. You can go with the lightweight inexpensive foam insulation or the super comfy/extra soft neoprene insulation that is of course more costly.
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Old 12-03-2012, 06:58 PM   #12
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While functional, I think it looks better without. There is perty paint underneath them pads. Shame to hide it.

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Old 12-04-2012, 09:57 AM   #13
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it looks good w/o the padding!!! I just might do that myself
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Old 12-04-2012, 10:14 AM   #14
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Mine is so old and nasty...black turned purple.
the washing/dying idea isn't bad...but has anyone removed them and just added custom pads around the high% impact areas? pics?
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Old 12-04-2012, 10:39 AM   #15
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I was glad to get rid of all the stock padding/foam/covering. I've just got Summit roll bar padding on the areas one could knock their noggin.
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Old 12-04-2012, 10:53 AM   #16
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have a new trail cage on order from Smittybuilt, hopefully it will be here before I am too old to drive ,its only been 5 months now..anyway if it ever shows I will need to do something with my padding probably just noggin impact areas.
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The first time anyone does a trail tough enough to cause you to crack your head into the side/center rollbar support, as I did several times on a particular local trail, you'll wish you hadn't removed the padding just for better looks.
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The first time anyone does a trail tough enough to cause you to crack your head into the side/center rollbar support, as I did several times on a particular local trail, you'll wish you hadn't removed the padding just for better looks.
I just tell them to bring a bike helmet....the trails I do, it hurts even with the padding. j/k
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Old 12-04-2012, 01:46 PM   #19
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I took mine off when I installed the Smittybilt roll cage. I put some split-foam at critical points, covered with leopard duct tape. The red bars look great with the black cage.
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I just tell them to bring a bike helmet....the trails I do, it hurts even with the padding. j/k
X2, I now carry a small lightweight bike helmet for such trails.
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Old 12-04-2012, 02:03 PM   #21
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If the padding is fresh looking and has full color, I think it looks better with. If not, I'd remove it.
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Old 12-04-2012, 05:17 PM   #22
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I wanted to remove mine, but the boss told me she wouldn't ride with me if I did. The next time on the trails I hit my head on them and was thankful I left em' on. She's ALWAYS right!
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Anyone have pictures of an LJ with the padding off?
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:03 PM   #24
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I cracked my head one too many times before installing new padding after installing a cage. Black pipe insulation is perfect for the job, it is slit up the side which makes installation a breeze. You can go with the lightweight inexpensive foam insulation or the super comfy/extra soft neoprene insulation that is of course more costly.
fantastic idea jerry! i can barrow some of the good stuff from work. have some for 2in pipe, that should be good. I just have to remember to put it on before hitting the trails
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While functional, I think it looks better without. There is perty paint underneath them pads. Shame to hide it.
Not in my case.


I need new padding but I don't want the same cheap factory crap. Does anyone know if anyone makes covers out of the cloth that they make tops out of?
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Not in my case.

I need new padding but I don't want the same cheap factory crap. Does anyone know if anyone makes covers out of the cloth that they make tops out of?
Bestop does. Did it to my Jeep cuz mine came without it. I got black denim to match my black denim top.
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I like the look of the color matched bars instead of the padded black.
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Old 05-03-2013, 05:10 PM   #28
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Just took mine off to find half the cage painted(nice).and what is the sensor or switch on drivers side of cage above your head and do I need to put this ugly thing back where I found it?
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I know of a small electrical connector for rollbar mounted speakers mounted there but if you're seeing an actual switch or sensor, someone beside the factory added it. Maybe it's a satellite antenna for XM or Sirius.
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The first time anyone does a trail tough enough to cause you to crack your head into the side/center rollbar support, as I did several times on a particular local trail, you'll wish you hadn't removed the padding just for better looks.
^This. I'm almost 6'2" and I cracked my head ONCE after I got rid of the disintegrating stock padding before I bought some foam insulation for the parts above and to the sides of the head area.

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