||01-03-2011 10:16 PM
CJ7 Roll Bar and Cage Install
For all early CJ owners the factory roll bar bolts to the top of the rear wheel opening and has no connection to any frame or body mounts. This thread will show the process to change a '76 CJ7 roll bar for a later mode CJ7 ('86) along with a front cage.
1st Phase - Remove Existing Roll Bar
The roll bar is connected with 7 bolts per side. 4 go through to the outside of the tub as seen in the first pic. These should be 9/16" bolts. It could be T-45 on the outside...mine were changed before I got the CJ. There then should be 3 bolts going through the roll bar and bolting inside the wheel opening. They should be T-45 on top and 9/16" on bottom.
A small torch and alot of patience will be needed. The Torx bolt like to strip out.
The CJ should have 14 bolts total. Mine had 11 (3 missing) and 1 was loose. 2 had to be drilled and 2 had to be heated several times before removal!
Next step is to prep the '86 roll bar.