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G-LOVE 04-29-2013 03:50 PM

Roll Bar Removal.
 
As I was going through my 2002 to make sure I address any and all rust before I put her on the road, I noticed a couple spots by the rear passenger's side roll bar mount. I knew I was going to have to remove the roll bar in order to get at the sheet metal. 20 torx bolt removals later... what an ordeal.

http://www.fagerquist.com/miata/jeep...roll bar 1.jpg

AND, this thing is pretty heavy. I should have had someone to help get it out, but, luckily no one was hurt.

http://www.fagerquist.com/miata/jeep...roll bar 2.jpg

I found another small rust spot under the front passenger's mount as well. I will post how it comes out.

http://www.fagerquist.com/miata/jeep...roll bar 3.jpg

Next stop is to clean up, and weld fresh sheet metal, fill, prime, and paint.

http://www.fagerquist.com/miata/jeep...roll bar 4.jpg

I threw the soft top back on without the roll bar, to keep everything dry, while I work on her.

http://www.fagerquist.com/miata/jeep...roll bar 5.jpg


-Jim

Kota7x 04-29-2013 04:05 PM

Looking Good. I have a question: What Armrest is on the Center Console Lid?

G-LOVE 04-29-2013 05:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kota7x (Post 3697350)
Looking Good. I have a question: What Armrest is on the Center Console Lid?

The armrest is a custom piece I made. When I bought the Jeep, the plastic lid was cracked, and it would pinch my arm. I made the armrest out of a metal plate that had 4 bolts welded to it that went through the lid, and into another plate, then fastened with nuts. I padded it with old towels, and furniture padding, then riveted it to the metal plate.

It's very sturdy, and makes a comfortable spot to rest you arm now.

toolmantim 04-29-2013 05:31 PM

I was thinking... why would you leave the bars above your doors on??? Great time to drop the front window...but since your putting the top on I get it now.

I am 5'9" 155 lbs and I took the cage out by myself easily.





I just had better tools. :D

http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x...1/IMG_0489.jpg

Jeffreybomb 04-29-2013 06:03 PM

Did you get that kind of rust from living so close to the coast? I'm just tossing out a guess. My TJ's only 2 years younger than yours, but I want to make sure I stop (or at least slow down) rust for as long as I can.

G-LOVE 04-29-2013 08:13 PM

Jeffery, I'm not sure where the rust came from. I bought my wrangler last July, from a good friend, who bought it new. He NEVER washed it like it should be washed (undercarriage, and every nook and cranny) He just drove it year round... and a couple of time at the beach. I have spent the last 8 months going through the entire thing, and this was the last bit that needs repair. It's not bad at all. I think it's a poor design myself. The rubberized adhesive that they goop all around the base of the roll bar looks like it can trap moisture and then cause rust to start. If I were you, take a small screw driver, and poke through the rubber at the base of both of your front mounts spots (remove a small 1/2 inch piece) and look for any rust. If you see any, then it's probably under the entire roll bar base. Good luck.

InvisiblePants 04-29-2013 11:41 PM

What did you use to remove the goop/rubber?

G-LOVE 04-30-2013 09:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by InvisiblePants (Post 3699713)
What did you use to remove the goop/rubber?

I used a couple different sized, flat head screw drivers, and a small hammer to get under the seam sealer.

http://www.fagerquist.com/miata/jeep...roll bar 6.jpg

Funny thing is, before I bedlined the tub, I cleaned everything and it "looked" great... Little did I know, that there was rust hiding under the seam sealer, at the rollbar mounting plates.

http://www.fagerquist.com/miata/jeep...roll bar 7.jpg

For the most part it looks a lot worse than it is. I will be tackling the clean up and repair this weekend.

-Jim

Kota7x 05-01-2013 01:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by G-LOVE (Post 3697700)

The armrest is a custom piece I made. When I bought the Jeep, the plastic lid was cracked, and it would pinch my arm. I made the armrest out of a metal plate that had 4 bolts welded to it that went through the lid, and into another plate, then fastened with nuts. I padded it with old towels, and furniture padding, then riveted it to the metal plate.

It's very sturdy, and makes a comfortable spot to rest you arm now.

Very cool. Thinking about making one now, thanks.


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