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Old 03-30-2018, 10:14 AM
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Easiest way to add a "Family style" roll cage?

I've got the typical angle swept roll cage on my 89'.

What would be the easiest way to put the square back family style roll cage in place? Would a TJ or later from a scrap yard drop in directly or would I be better just buying one of those add-on kits?

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Old 03-30-2018, 10:19 AM   #2
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Easiest and probably cheapest, find one off a 91-95 YJ. Easy and expensive an aftermarket cage like poison spyder or others. Try and find a factory one so you can use 91-95 parts and stuff like that. I have on my 87 and I was able to get a best top Halftop for it since i switched to the family roll bar.

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Old 03-30-2018, 10:24 AM
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Perfect I'll start hunting for a scrapped late model YJ and see if I can't lay hands on a factory one. I'd prefer that route to the expensive full aftermarket but I didn't know what years to be on the lookout for.
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...I didn't know what years to be on the lookout for.
I believe the 1991 still had the 'Sport' and the Yj 'Family' bar was '92-'95.
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Rumor has it it’s a direct bolt on replacement.


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The 1991 YJ still has the sport cage. (At least mine does!)

Family cage didn't come around until 1992. Pretty easy swap! People out here in Arizona sell em off all the time for little to nothing. And the rumors are true, it is a direct bolt in! Very easy and nice mod to do if you want that little bit of extra safety.

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Correct, “family style” is ‘92-‘95, my ‘91 has the “sport”. I chose to remove my “rear seat” as I won’t put someone back there with my rollbar. So I understand your desire to change it out, I just had the option to remove it and keep my passengers to one only.
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The roll bar is bolt in but you have to drill a few holes to get the rear seat belts to work properly.
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The torx bolts that hold the old 'sport' roll bar in place have threadlocker from the factory. You need to heat the bolts to around 500* to break the threadlocker bond. Then the bolts come out (relatively) easy.

Other than that, see agalloch07s post above.

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Just swapped out my Family roll bar for the Sport roll bar. Looks so much better in my opinion. Much more iconic Jeep.

The swap was easy enough but as stated, soak those bolts before you strip them.
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Just swapped out my Family roll bar for the Sport roll bar. Looks so much better in my opinion. Much more iconic Jeep.

The swap was easy enough but as stated, soak those bolts before you strip them.
Soaking the bolts don't do anything they are loctited in it takes heat to get them out. I welded nuts on most of mine because the torx heads kept stripping out. I replaced the bolts with stainless which in hind site might be a bad idea. The heads are much smaller and stainless is not as strong as grade 5. So if i were ever to roll my jeep it might just rip the cage off of it. I really need to replace the bolts with grade 5 with bigger heads to help anchor it better. I will miss being able to remove my roll bar bolts with zero effort though.
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Soaking the bolts don't do anything they are loctited in it takes heat to get them out. I welded nuts on most of mine because the torx heads kept stripping out. I replaced the bolts with stainless which in hind site might be a bad idea. The heads are much smaller and stainless is not as strong as grade 5. So if i were ever to roll my jeep it might just rip the cage off of it. I really need to replace the bolts with grade 5 with bigger heads to help anchor it better. I will miss being able to remove my roll bar bolts with zero effort though.
Why wouldn't you use grade 8 bolts and Anti-Seize?
Along with grade 8 lock and flat washers?

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