I was wondering what everyone has done to make their YJ "safer" as a daily driver, and not just for being off road. I understand the "you should have bought a different vehicle if you were worried about safety" argument, but I was just wondering what others have done that would keep all passengers safe in case of an accident. Thanks!
I've never felt less safer in my YJ but my wife did say it felt like she was riding in a toy. Besides making sure you got good seat belts and brakes you can add a sports cage? I by nature drive more carefully in my jeep because I don't want no idiot running into my blood sweat and tears,
Swapped out the lap belts that were in it when I bought it to 4-point harnesses. Also put in brighter than stock headlights(no upgraded wiring) for night driving.
4 point harnesses are for off road only, not street legal and you are gonna freak when your headlight switch's breaker overloads from the too bright of lights and just shuts them off on you.
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IMO 4 points are dangerous 5 point is much better and safer but either way they are not designed for the street. I have 5 points in my yj but wear the standard belts on the street. Upgrade your lights, turn signals, brake lights. Get your brakes in proper working order. Do a thorough inspection of your suspension and steering. Have seen a few wrecks with jeeps that have armor and it stands up pretty well, not sure how that fares for passengers as it negates and type of crumple zone.
For me the first line of defense is making it easier to avoid collision. I too have the rear 8.8 disc brakes and booster, new suspension with wider stance and wider tires, 1 ton steering. Inside I have new seat belts, better seats with good side bolster to keep me behind the wheel, and my next addition this month is a reinforced cage (yes it should have been done sooner).
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