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Old 11-27-2006, 02:52 PM   #1
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A couple of slight changes with my Jeep.

I am doing a little work on my truck right now, and thought I would share a little since I actually have pictures this time!

These showed up to my place on Wednesday before Thanksgiving.





They seem very well made, fit very tight, and have holes to match up with all factory holes on the bottom. They also came with the stainless steel, flush-mount hardware.

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Wednesday before and you aren't showing us pictures of them on yet?!?!?!?! I call foul!!!!

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One of my buddies has a bender, welder, bandsaw, mill, etc. In his garage and has a ton of fabrication experience. He is helping me out (read doing most of the work) with a new cage as well as the other goodies like tube fenders, comp. corners, and the rocker guards (cause the "A" pillar of the cage goes right through them. Here are a couple of pics of the Jeep on Friday on the way to his house.





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Wednesday before and you aren't showing us pictures of them on yet?!?!?!?! I call foul!!!!
Patience... I won't even see them installed until this coming weekend!
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Here are a couple of pictures of the Jeep on Saturday after the teardown to get ready for the first tube(s).









I kept waiting to have the police stop by to see if we were stripping it like a chop shop!
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Here is the work that got done on Saturday. It took us nearly the entire day to get the bends to work with the factory softtop, the windsheild, and go through the dash to the floor. Each side's main support hoop is over 11 feet long... It took a little planning and a TON of patience!







After we had the "B" pillars built, we called it a day.
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On Sunday we finished the main crossmembers, so the cage actually took shape. It was pretty cool to watch it all of a sudden go from just a pile of tubing to a rollcage in my Jeep!









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And next weekend's project arrived this afternoon!







My BTF comp corners and tube fender kit just arrived, and I can't wait to get them on the truck! There will be more pictures next weekend/week!
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Lookin great!
Thanks, we were going for a different look than the factory cage, and I am really happy with the way it is coming along so far!
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Thanks, we were going for a different look than the factory cage, and I am really happy with the way it is coming along so far!
What are you doing for seats/seat belts? Are you putting a bar across the back of the front seats to tie the belts into the frame?

Needless to say, I'm really jelous!
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when are you stretching it??
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What are you doing for seats/seat belts? Are you putting a bar across the back of the front seats to tie the belts into the frame?

Needless to say, I'm really jelous!
For now, the stock seats and belts will stay, but in the near future (possibly before the next run) I will have Rubicon seats from Mastercraft and 4 point harnesses tied to the cage. Kinda on a budget and need to not go too crazy right now!

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when are you stretching it??
Going to be a long while for that... May actually have a tube buggy first!
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ahhh that's no fun. What color are you painting your armor?
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you lucky dog. you got all this cool stuff.
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Old 11-27-2006, 05:49 PM   #16
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ahhh that's no fun. What color are you painting your armor?
The corners and the tube fenders will be body colored, khaki metallic, and the cage and rocker guards and bumpers/stingers will be Ford tractor blue to match the blue stripe in the seats and the blue shift knob. I am going to use implement paint on the cage and other blue items. I have heard that it is very durable, almost as hard as powdercoat but you can touch up like regular paint.
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Looks great, Jeeper
I'm green like the rest of 'em
Nice job with the pics.....keep 'em coming, I'm showing them to Frank for inspiration
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Old 11-28-2006, 07:04 AM   #18
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Looks great, Jeeper
I'm green like the rest of 'em
Nice job with the pics.....keep 'em coming, I'm showing them to Frank for inspiration
I will do that Kat! Actually, this is the guy that I will be going to Parargon next year with, so you can ask him about it yourself!
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I will do that Kat! Actually, this is the guy that I will be going to Parargon next year with, so you can ask him about it yourself!

excellent!!
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Old 11-28-2006, 08:15 PM   #20
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Look'n good Jeeperman!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 12-03-2006, 08:23 AM   #21
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Here are the most recent changes to the truck. The cage is done and we have the tube fenders tacked together, and we have started the cutting for the comp corners. The only other thing will be the frame tie-ins for the cage.

Here are a couple pics of the finished cage.





Here is a shot showing the new front view with the cage and tube fenders. It's amazing how much those two modifications change the appearance of a TJ!





Here are a couple detail shots of the fenders from the side. We still have to clean up the look (hide junk) but they are all straight and on the truck flush, so that's a start!





Well, that's all I've got for this weekend. Hopefully it will be done except for paint next weekend! Will have more pics then!
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Looks good so far. Any plans to relocate your battery?
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ps... what disconnects are you using?
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Looks good so far. Any plans to relocate your battery?
Not yet, still trying to keep it as "family friendly" as possible, so I have had to make major concessions on the strenth of the cage (espedially the rear) and a couple other things because of that. I need to keep the battery on that side of the firewall for now. We will need to get carseats in there in the next couple of years.

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ps... what disconnects are you using??
I am just using the ones that came with the lift kit (Full Traction). Had plans for an Anti-Rock, but after seeing a couple scary incidents last summer, decided that a cage and fenders were next. I have actually had very good luck with these though, pretty easy on/off.
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You can move your battery up and out of the way and still keep it under the hood. Something like the BTF battery box would look nice so you don't see the factory brackets sticking out of your new fenders.

I was curious about your end links because it looks to me like they are installed improperly. If I'm not mistaken the strap is supposed to go on top of the sway bar to help support the weight of the axle so the bolt isn't doing all of the work. Now... it has been a very long time since I worked on a full traction jeep but that is the way I remember doing it. I looked on FTs website and couldn't find install instructions for the disco's. Just a small bit of advice if you care to check it out further
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ooops forgot the picture. This is the battery box I am running with my BTF tube fenders. It is tucked up nice and out of the way.

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ooops forgot the picture. This is the battery box I am running with my BTF tube fenders. It is tucked up nice and out of the way.

I like this! Will have to check it out! Thanks for the heads up on the discos too. You learn something new every day!
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Check out the discos cause I can not remember exactly about the FT stuff. I know for a fact the JKS discos are installed over the sway bar.
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did those rocker guards mount to the body mounts too or just to the body?
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did those rocker guards mount to the body mounts too or just to the body?
Just the body.

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