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fourty4magjr 02-17-2013 01:23 PM

Upgrading the sports bars
 
Ok so I'm looking to stiffen up the stock sport bars. I would like to keep the original bars and not replace the whole thing and would like to keep the sound bar as well. I just want a little more security is all. If I could get something that goes down the Windsheild and some cross bars for the back I'd be happy. Anyone know of anything I could get? If not ill end up saving for a full cage.

fourty4magjr 02-17-2013 05:31 PM

Guess there is nothing lol! :D

DBoat 02-17-2013 05:33 PM

rockhard 4x4 and smittybilt both have a sports cage that is a bolt on. and poisonspyder has a weld in sports cage too.

JGreen06TJ 02-17-2013 05:52 PM

I like the look of the Rockhard sport cage and will probably look into that product for light offroading. Debating which to do first, regear with lockers or add sport cage to tighten everything up.

fourty4magjr 02-17-2013 07:04 PM

I checked them out and I think I would have to remove my soun bar for them. That's what I'd like to avoid

98 tj sport 02-17-2013 07:08 PM

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Originally Posted by fourty4magjr (Post 3381860)
I checked them out and I think I would have to remove my soun bar for them. That's what I'd like to avoid

U can get just the front section and then the one bar to go across the back, only thing I don't like about that cage is I saw it in the special deals section and asked the vendor about if it replaced the stock plastic sections were the door surrounds mount to and the vendor said it retained those, don't really understand y I would want it to be steel there and not plastic

EMTJEEP 02-17-2013 07:09 PM

BTF Jeep TJ Sport Cage Kit :: Blue Torch Fab

This is a good kit. I was thinking of this kit or PSC. I went with PSC and the rear spreader kit.

Jeep TJ LJ Trail Cage Kits | Jeep TJ LJ Roll Bar | Poison Spyder Customs

98 tj sport 02-17-2013 07:21 PM

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Originally Posted by EMTJEEP (Post 3381883)
BTF Jeep TJ Sport Cage Kit :: Blue Torch Fab

This is a good kit. I was thinking of this kit or PSC. I went with PSC and the rear spreader kit.

Jeep TJ LJ Trail Cage Kits | Jeep TJ LJ Roll Bar | Poison Spyder Customs

That's a nice looking cage and is pretty reasonably priced to would just need to add a rear spreader to it

Irongrave 02-17-2013 07:22 PM

AtoZ fab if you want you can check out my YJ cage from him. Zach is a great guy and they are in PA. about 6 hours or so away but heck of a lot closer then cali.

cheap_jeep 02-17-2013 07:52 PM

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Originally Posted by Irongrave (Post 3381957)
AtoZ fab if you want you can check out my YJ cage from him. Zach is a great guy and they are in PA. about 6 hours or so away but heck of a lot closer then cali.

X2

AtoZ fab.
I have both front and back in my TJ. Notched my sound bar and it rides on to of the stringers. Stiffened it up nicely. When I tumbled it, I walked, no drove away with minimal damage and no injures.

fourty4magjr 02-17-2013 09:10 PM

Thanks for the ideas guys ill look into the stuff and see what works best.

Sherpa 02-17-2013 10:14 PM

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Originally Posted by fourty4magjr (Post 3380603)
I would like to keep the original bars and not replace the whole thing and would like to keep the sound bar as well.

This was pretty much how I felt, too--I wanted to keep the main hoop and rear legs, but build upon them for added protection. Instead of going with a kit that wasn't exactly what I wanted, I had a local fabricator friend make a custom setup to my design. He started with straight DOM tubing and a bender, then ended with this (after I had it painted):

http://dempseybowling.com/cars/98sport/cage01p.jpg

http://dempseybowling.com/cars/98sport/cage02p.jpg

http://dempseybowling.com/cars/98sport/cage03p.jpg

http://dempseybowling.com/cars/98sport/cage04p.jpg

http://dempseybowling.com/cars/98sport/cage05p.jpg

http://dempseybowling.com/cars/98sport/cage06p.jpg

http://dempseybowling.com/cars/98sport/cage07p.jpg

The front legs go through the dash and down to the floor:

http://dempseybowling.com/cars/98sport/cage09.jpg

Perhaps you could do something similar.

UnlimitedLJ04 02-18-2013 08:17 AM

here's what I did:
*Official* Cage idea/pic/discussion thread - Page 19 - JeepForum.com

98 tj sport 02-18-2013 08:51 AM

Think im going to go with the btf front sport cage and add a rear spreader bar from someone prolly either atoz fab or psc when ever I get the extra cash looks like that combo will run me around 400 before shipping depending on which rear kit I go with. The btf front kit is only 250 and the atoz rear is like 150 so not to bad of a deal especially since other similar cages are almost double that

fourty4magjr 02-18-2013 10:49 AM

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Originally Posted by 98 tj sport (Post 3384258)
Think im going to go with the btf front sport cage and add a rear spreader bar from someone prolly either atoz fab or psc when ever I get the extra cash looks like that combo will run me around 400 before shipping depending on which rear kit I go with. The btf front kit is only 250 and the atoz rear is like 150 so not to bad of a deal especially since other similar cages are almost double that

Sounds like a good idea. Might end up Doug something similar. Darn it's a weld in kit. And I don't know why the post has the thumbs down thing at the top lol I didn't put it there on purpose :)

fourty4magjr 02-18-2013 12:05 PM

This is tougher than I thought it would be lol I don't want to loose my sound bar but I want bolt in roll bars...

98 tj sport 02-18-2013 01:03 PM

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Originally Posted by fourty4magjr (Post 3385013)
This is tougher than I thought it would be lol I don't want to loose my sound bar but I want bolt in roll bars...

I will probably leave the bars that run from the fatory bar to the rear bar off until I can find a decently priced set of wedges from a newer tj

fourty4magjr 02-18-2013 02:31 PM

If you scroll down to the rear angle bars on this page it looks like they left it there just cut out sections for the cage

Jeep TJ

98 tj sport 02-18-2013 03:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by fourty4magjr (Post 3385635)
If you scroll down to the rear angle bars on this page it looks like they left it there just cut out sections for the cage

Jeep TJ

Yea does kinda look like that but I wonder how that affects sound quality unless they fiberglassed or enclosed those ends somehow


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