So I removed my seatbelts and rear seat permanently on my Rubicon, and even insured it as a truck. (costs far less here) I have never liked the way the TJ cage looked, and I am curious as to how hard it would be to back-half the cage so that it has the slant-back look like a pre-91 YJ. My 89 YJ had one and it looked far better. Has anyone done this?
I don't this anyone here has, but the general replies you're going to get are along the lines of: "don't do it", and "the newer cage is safer"
But seriously, its not worth the custom fab work for the reduced safety. I think there was a thread on this here before
Edit: TJ windshield sits at a different angle, you would lose your rear seat belts, and you wouldn't be able to run a soft top anymore either, unless you somehow rigged a yj or cj soft top frame... but once again not worth the effort
1991 XJ Cherokee, 4.0, AW4, NP-242, SYE
HP D30, Rusty's axle truss, Currie HD steering, diff. slider
C8.25, Powertrax locker
4.5" RE up front and Rough Country out back
33" BFG A/T's 15" soft 8's
Suspension seats, rock sliders, plated rear corner panels,
trimmed fenders, CB, exhaust, lights, remote locks and start, etc.
Past jeeps:97 TJ, 99 TJ
Originally Posted by Geoff@Bestop
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and you wouldn't be able to run a soft top anymore either, unless you somehow rigged a yj or cj soft top frame... but once again not worth the effort
Eh, you could make the TJ top work. The TJ brackets for the bows that attach to the roll bar would obviously have to be located in the same TJ location. You would have to add some sort of brackes to mount the TJ brackets so they were in the same place. Doable but would look funky.
I have seen this question asked before but not seen if anyone has actually done anything. Rather than trying a YJ cage, go to a fabrication shop and cut off the TJ rear bars and add bars that slant back like the YJ (plus the soft top brackets.)
2003 TJ, 33" BFG AT, 2" BL, 2" BDS spring lift, Truck Lite headlights, Homemade sunrider top.
Ok, please bear with me, as I have not installed the soft top on my Rubicon yet (bought it last November, winters are cold here in the far north) But the only soft top pieces I have seen are attached (small male ends that I can assume fit into the female ends of the soft top frame) to the main hoop's vertical tube that sits behind the front seats. I just want to cut the rear cage tubes and have straight ones welded in place (going from the 90 degree cage style to a 45 degree angled tube. Keeping the main hoop intact. Hope this clears something up...