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post #1 of 17 Old 04-06-2010, 09:11 AM Thread Starter
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Adding to sport style roll bar

I am having the toughest time finding a Family Style roll bar to replace my sport style roll bar in my YJ. I have found a bunch online but they are way too far away for me to pick up. The only one I found within a couple of hours at a junkyard, the guy wanted $250 for it.

Has anyone ever just added to their sport style roll bar to make it like a family style? If so can I see pics and an explanation of what you did.

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post #2 of 17 Old 04-06-2010, 09:23 AM
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Rustywrangler did just that...and his was for sale for a while...not sure if he still has it though.

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Here are some pics of mine.....





1-3/4" DOM Tubing with home made padding from plumbing supply house.

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1-3/4" DOM Tubing with home made padding from plumbing supply house.
Did How did you tie it into the roll bar? I am guessing you welded, but what about in the very back bottom where it ties into the tub. What did you do there? Does a Bestop Softop and hardtop still fit?
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post #5 of 17 Old 04-06-2010, 09:44 AM
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I found one last November in my local "Pick-n-pull". I just put it in a few days ago, after I took off the hard top for the summer. Keep looking, jeep parts have a way of popping up when you least expect them.
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post #6 of 17 Old 04-06-2010, 01:43 PM
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I want to do the exact opposite with mine lol... I pretty much naver have the rear seat in mine...

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post #7 of 17 Old 04-06-2010, 01:47 PM Thread Starter
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I want to do the exact opposite with mine lol... I pretty much naver have the rear seat in mine...
Dang. I wish you were closer to Mississippi. We could just trade roll bars. As I said before, I have found plenty of the family style but they are just so far away.

I have a 4 year old that rides with me a lot and I really want the family style or at least to fab something like it.
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1-3/4" DOM Tubing with home made padding from plumbing supply house.
Stu: What thickness is this tubing you used? What does the DOM stand for?
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post #10 of 17 Old 04-06-2010, 03:04 PM
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i just got a family style from my local junk yard for 75 bucks same color too.
i have my old roll bar but it seems noone in maryland wats it
funny how it works
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DOM I think stands for Drawn Over Mandrel. It is manufactured with tighter tolerances on the wall thickness and meant to be used for structural applications. Mine was .120 wall thickness. BTW, I have no illusions of it being a complete roll over protection - just as Jeep designates the factory cage as a "sport bar". Mine was done primarily to help secure people in the back seat and provide a frame for my Cali top which doesn't use bows.

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Did How did you tie it into the roll bar? I am guessing you welded, but what about in the very back bottom where it ties into the tub. What did you do there? Does a Bestop Softop and hardtop still fit?
I welded it to the existing bar in both locations. In the front I welded the stubs for the windshield extentions to the main hoop so that I didn't need to worry about them coming loose. I fitted the rear hoops so that they tied into the diagonal bars just above the attachment plates. I would think any top would fit. I have a CJ hard top that I use in the winter and a Cali Multi top that I use in the summer and both fit with no issues.

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Here are some pics of mine.....





1-3/4" DOM Tubing with home made padding from plumbing supply house.
I plan on doing the same with my sport bar. I like the padding you used. It has a nice clean look. You state this was homemade from a plumbing supply house. Is it covered with fabric, or is it straight foam? Can you elaborate on the padding any? I plan on using these Rear cage bars for YJ/CJ - JeepTubes.com (or something similar) to build up my existing bar along with a cross bar across the back as you did. I only need to source the padding, and yours looks like what I want to finish off the project.
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If you didn't mind a little trip up to Iowa, I'd just trade you my "family bar" for your "sport". I like the sport one much better anyway.
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i added a rear section and pushed it back a couple inches to maximize useable space. i cut the down bars out as they are extraneous and make it impossible for people to get in and out. really no need to have a "family" cage if no one is going to be in the back. the holes for the spreader bars were also filled in by grafting a portion of the old tubing into the factory hoop.
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