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Unread 06-22-2012, 12:27 AM   #1
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Which Roll Bar?

I was thinking of getting a different roll bar for my YJ. I have a Family style one currently. The following pictures are the two I would like and the oen I currently Have. Please let me know if it would be stupid of me to get rid of the one i have. I really like the look of the other ones better, especially the first one. it has that old school feel that I really like. i know mine is probably safer but I would like to know if it is that much safer that i should stick with it. Also I can probably get more money for my current one if I sell it than it would cost to buy either of the other ones.

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Unread 06-22-2012, 12:31 AM   #2
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This is the kind I am looking to get.
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Unread 06-22-2012, 12:34 AM   #3
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Possibly even this one but I would prefer the first one
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Unread 06-22-2012, 12:37 AM   #4
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And this final picture is my Jeep with it's current roll bar
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Unread 06-22-2012, 12:38 AM   #5
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They're the same thing. The spreader bars are removable even on your family style bar.

Usually more protection is better but while you're at it, just adios the whole thing. Are you not planning for passengers in the back? They'll have to find a new way to buckle up if you do swap these roll bars
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Unread 06-22-2012, 12:42 AM   #6
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well i cant adios the whole thing. i need some kind of protection. And yes probably thinking of keeping passengers in the back. I am already trying to think of ways to fab up something for the seatbelts
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Unread 06-22-2012, 12:45 AM   #7
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That's a CJ style bar (on a CJ).

I suppose if you wanted to - you could swap to the earlier year YJ Sport Bar & remove the front bars that attach to the upper windshield corners. Not sure if its legal or not, so you may want to look into that.

In case you are wondering about whether or not the windshield would vibrate more while driving down the road & the front bars removed - on mine it doesn't seem to very much. I no longer have the front bars attached to the windshield ever since I changed the cage design.
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Unread 06-22-2012, 12:47 AM   #8
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To bad your so far away... I am wanting to swap my sport bar for a family bar. On my sport bar set up you only have lap belts. Not sure how you could get a regular one to work but I'm sure it's possible.
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Unread 06-22-2012, 01:11 AM   #9
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when i first got my yj i wanted to swap to the older cage style also, but the family bar has sort of grown on me. right now im putting aside money (and projects that are probably wayyy more important) to buy the blue torch fab front cage add on. im planning on using the same spreader bar bolt situation to match it to the existing cage instead of welding, so that if the opportunity comes about to buy an older one, i can hopefully swap my back half out for the older one. BUT, as antican said, you lose the shoulder belts for the rear. i guess you could use a lapbelt situation, but theres a reason they call those old rollbars 'kidcrushers'. itd look awesome (and be relatively safe) if you had no back seat. thats one of my goals at least.
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Unread 06-22-2012, 06:43 AM   #10
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Keep the family bar, its what all sport bars aspire to be.
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Unread 06-22-2012, 10:17 AM   #11
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i can't understand why anybody would switch from a family style 4 point to a 4 point with a single hoop? jeeps are unsafe in stock fashion and add in the big tires and lifts we all do they become more unstable. i don't feel safe in a jeep if i don't have at least 4 point harnesses and a full 6 point, reinforced, triangulated cage.

yes i like old school stuff too and think it looks cool but i am of the form follows function mentality and if its not guna save my life it isn't good enough for me.

but i guess if you think it looks better...?

not trying to be a jerk or anything i just want people to be safe.
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Unread 06-22-2012, 10:26 AM   #12
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i can't understand why anybody would switch from a family style 4 point to a 4 point with a single hoop? jeeps are unsafe in stock fashion and add in the big tires and lifts we all do they become more unstable. i don't feel safe in a jeep if i don't have at least 4 point harnesses and a full 6 point, reinforced, triangulated cage.

yes i like old school stuff too and think it looks cool but i am of the form follows function mentality and if its not guna save my life it isn't good enough for me.

but i guess if you think it looks better...?

not trying to be a jerk or anything i just want people to be safe.
IMHO, not everyone uses their Jeep in a manner that requires a cage. For most the stock roll bar is sufficient protection for light trail riding and there are varying degrees of add ons are available for the stock roll bar to increase protection.

A 6 point tied-to-the-frame cage is never a bad idea, but isn't necessary for all let alone required equipment for most.

For what its worth, I'm of the opinion the old sport bar is actually a better design for those only using the front two seats. Far from accurate for those utilizing the back seat, however.
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Unread 06-22-2012, 10:45 AM   #13
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Whatever you end up doing, keep the spreader bars. They keep the windshield from coming down in your face in a roll over. A lot of people ate glass in those CJ's before they decided to add them.
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