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Echo63 08-10-2006 01:52 PM

rollcage strength ?
 
just wondering how strong the wrangler rollcage is ?
is it really a rollcage that will support the vehicle on its roof, or is it only there to hold the soft top up ?
i am just wondering if anyone on here knows

amerijeep 08-10-2006 02:00 PM

Well, mine doesn't hold my soft top up at all. I have seen some that do though...

I can speak from experience since my jeep has rolled. You can not count on it for protection. My windshield collapsed, broke one of the bars that mounts the main bar to the windshield off, broke out the mounting bolts at almost every point, and bowed or I should say nearly flattened the bar all the way down.

You can't tell it ever rolled now. I've replaced the windshield frame, the hood, and have a new rollbar. Drives as well as it always did.

You can't count on it to save your life.

Echo63 08-10-2006 02:19 PM

ok so what need doing to make it reliable ?
thicker tube, better support, triangulation (like a rally car cage) or all of the above ?

Nick 08-10-2006 03:01 PM

I rolled mine on the stock cage it bent it in multiple places and i had to replace the whole cage. Im not sure about making it stronger i know some people weld their own custom cages but that seems like it would be a lot of work....

amerijeep 08-10-2006 03:13 PM

The stock bar is NOT a roll bar. It is a show bar. Only there for appearance.

You could have one constructed or buy one from one of the outfitters that is ready to go.

bluvikng 08-10-2006 04:09 PM

There are a lot of variables to this question. If you are going over a rock, at a snails pace, and flip over slowly, it will hold. If you are going 70 mph, and loose control of your Jeep, and start flipping, not much will hold up to that. The aftermarket roll cages are definitely stronger than the OEM cage. I put in the Poison Spyder roll cage in my YJ, because I wanted the best protection I could get. But I also do more with it than I would in a regular Jeep. I would not try to climb a near vertical wall with the Rubicon, but I would with the YJ. So the chances of me flipping over back wards(the hardest landing there is), is very likely, if I am not careful. So in summary, it would all depend on what you want to do with your Jeep, and how radical you want to wheel. One more thing, I would have a lot farther to fall than the average Jeep as well.

I have to agree with Amerijeep, as there is no vertical support to your roll cage, on the OEM, at the windshield. If your windshield frame collapses, so does your side roll bar.


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