|06-09-2007 09:19 PM|
Cool, I want pics when its done! I wish they made simpler cages for our TJs though, like CJ/YJ style. Simple, 3 bar design. Looks good, and its nice and open But those aftermarket you rock guys run really do look much better than stock.
Scout, send me a PM about those roll bar paddings too, unless your planning on using em. I REALLY need the left rear padding, but I might buy all of em off ya if you dont want to split it up.
|06-08-2007 09:58 PM|
Yep I rattle canned it. Went by the powder coater today and he said it would be at least 3 weeks until he could get to it. That's what a booming oil industry will do for ya. So I called a local body shop and explained to him what I wanted done, he said without looking at it it would run about $ 250 (give or take). That's why I rattle canned it.
It's fully bolt-on. I was kidding about the welder. I don't even know what a welder is.
|06-08-2007 09:41 PM|
|AzTJ||So you rattle-canned it? And isn't that a "BOLT-IN" cage and not welded?|
|06-08-2007 08:53 PM|
|Scout||Anything so my nails don't get dirty.|
|06-08-2007 08:51 PM|
|06-08-2007 08:50 PM|
|activelydying||your gonna use a banana to weld the cage on?|
|06-08-2007 08:46 PM|
|06-08-2007 08:36 PM|
|06-08-2007 08:29 PM|
|06-08-2007 08:29 PM|
|activelydying||YOU HAVE A WELDER|
|06-08-2007 08:27 PM|
|Scout||Yeah once I figure out how to use my new welder.|
|06-08-2007 08:23 PM|
|activelydying||purdy are you gonna install it yourself?|
|06-08-2007 08:19 PM|
One more coat and they should be good to go.
|06-08-2007 08:08 PM|
|06-08-2007 07:55 PM|
i guess that's a silly question.
|06-08-2007 07:51 PM|
|Scout||I painted it today. Hammered black for easy touch-up. I like the idea of the easy touch-up since I do all the hard core stuff and I'll really give this cage a workout. LOL|
|06-08-2007 06:04 PM|
i've used the high heat flat black stuff...works good
|06-06-2007 08:11 AM|
Checks in the mail.
Tell me about it. Now I know when I want to sell something like that it'll be "Local Pickup Only".
|06-06-2007 05:27 AM|
btw. That information costs ya $175. Damn shipping from MD to TX over the internet is a doosey
I still cant believe they wanted almost half of the cost of your top just to ship it.
|06-05-2007 09:20 PM|
|06-05-2007 09:19 PM|
Just kidding JCS
I think paint or powder coat it is. That was enough info to satisfy my curiosity about the Rhino. I have some time off on Friday afternoon so I'm going to swing by a shop here in town that does powder coating. He did my tie rod and diff covers for me last year and he was very reasonible. I think he only charged me about $ 35 to do all of that. If he'll do it for less than a couple of hundred I'll just pull the trigger on it.
Thanks for the replies. You guys provided some really good info!
|06-05-2007 09:16 PM|
Is that all you got?
|06-05-2007 08:37 PM|
Forgot to add. "Touching up" rhino lining is VERY difficult and expensive. Its not like fading in paint, or even line-x. Its extremely difficult and will never look right. We had a few trucks come in where they got in an accident and had to replace a bed side, and we were supposed to rhino line the new bed side and bled it into the existing rhino lining. Rhino lining doesnt adhear to rhino lining very well. It must be grinded out, than taped off so that the new lining ends at the old lining (think of it like 2 walls coming together). At the very best, there will be a seam where the two walls of liner meet. On a round roll cage I could see this being MUCH worse. Also, even with the UV protectant, rhino lining does fade, and you need to use a sort of soapy paint to re-dye the lining back to black or the color you choose. I could see this going REAL well running all down onto the seats and such You have a Viking top right? I wonder how well canvas likes to rub against rubber non stop...
Its a good product, and I do think Rhino Lining is supperior to Line-X for most things, but sharp objects is not one of them, and a Roll Cage is just a bad idea for either of the two I think but line-x would trump rhining lining on a cage. If we were talking pickup beds, Rhino Lining hands down (unless, again, your dealing with real sharp stuff a lot), but on a cage..
Ah well, Ive said enough, just Paint the stupid cage and be done with it, than you can have it re-painted when you flop it Let me know if you have any specific questions on rhino lining or painting (did that too...).
ALSO!! PM ME WHEN YOU GET YOUR OLD CAGE OFF! I am very interested in your old Left Rear roll bar pad, maybe just all of them Mines still kinda tore up...
|06-05-2007 08:29 PM|
I worked for a Rhino Lining company. I love the lining, I put it on my truck after I left, but DO NOT put it on your cage. You will NOT be happy. Period. Its a lot more rubbery and thicker then Line-X, meaning it will rip/tear easier. It also has an odd texture to it, making it awkward to hold on to. It gets VERY hot in summer in pickup beds, and Jeep floors, I couldnt imagine how hot it would be on a roll bar... and it gets pretty sweaty in summer too. You wont be happy with Rhino Liner on your roll cage. Period.
Paint it. Unless you have more money than sense, paint it, other wise, powder coat it and send me some money too
|06-05-2007 07:07 PM|
|tiny terror||Cover it in stickers. That way you just add a new one when you scratch it pulling into the mall.|
|06-05-2007 06:33 PM|
|jeeperman||I did mine in a satin black finish with a really good primer under. That way, it looks pretty good, and I will be able to touch it up with a rattle can.|
|06-05-2007 05:43 PM|
You are right on the high traffic areas like rockers and body panels. Mine are just rattle canned that can be coated over again and again and again.
For me Powder coating would only be done if I had a friend that did it or some kind of hook up. I wouldn't want to pay full price for it just to get beat to hell.
|06-05-2007 05:17 PM|
Another down side is the door surrounds. If you bed line under their mounting holes they won't fit properly. I just see more negatives in lining and powder coating. It was pretty simple for me to pull my cage last night and paint it up brand new after adding more tube work.
Here are some pics of Dirks roll cage. It was stripped then powder coated. I really like it. The finish is tits over the other two options. I just won't want to be stuck with it if I ever wanted to change something. Cause everyone knows how often that happens around my place.
After finish welding.
at the stripper. The good kind. Not the cheap kind.
and at the coater!!
Looks great when finished.
|06-05-2007 04:47 PM|
Where was the option for chrome or gold plate?
I vote rattle can
|06-05-2007 04:28 PM|
Now the powder coating I agree with you on the cost to do it. If it's bare steel and all they need to do is to wipe it down then you'd cut costs considerably, but Andy for your cage it just wouldn't be cost effective.
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