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Unread 04-02-2012, 11:52 AM   #1
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Cherokee roof removal

Does anyone have any experience of removing the roof of a Cherokee? or is there any website with information about it? I'm just looking at the possibility and wondering what would have to be done. Would a roll cage need to be installed? or possibly remove only certain places. Any help or links would be appreciated.

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Unread 04-02-2012, 11:53 AM   #2
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why removing the roof and yes definatley a cage what little structural support the xj has will be completley gone with no roof. You will defianatley have to support the sub alot
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Unread 04-02-2012, 12:25 PM   #3
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While I don't have personal experience I do know that the Cherokee is built very flimsy. The frame is part of the body (unibody) and requires the whole body for structural support, roof included. Even with sub-frame stiffeners Cherokees experience body movement where doors and the hatch line up differently than before extreme articulation and harsh trails.
You would definitely need to have a beefy roll cage to recover the stiffness that the roof provided if you remove it.
I've seen some people put in a support under the rear seat, from door frame to door frame as well as frame stiffeners and a cage.
I see you're new here, search roof, cage, etc. for more info.
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Unread 04-03-2012, 06:57 AM   #4
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Don't do it the roof is a major structural support.
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