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Unread 01-11-2012, 11:13 AM   #1
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YJ Roll Cage

Hey guys,

I searched for a thread to answer my question but could not find one! Maybe i looked in the wrong spot or just didn't look hard enough.

I would like to put an actual roll cage in my YJ at some point and was just looking for opinions on either buying one or getting one made.

I can do basic welds but would not trust myself welding up a roll cage. I know they sell kits to add on to the existing roll cage but wasn't sure if they were worth it / trust worthy.

Thanks for the help.
If there is an existing thread discussing this i would appreciate a link or directions!

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Unread 01-11-2012, 11:17 AM   #2
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If you're looking for something to add a little extra safety, building off the factory b-pillar is fine. For comp crawlers that are looking to get multiple rolls out of a cage, it would be better to upgrade to at least DOM tubing in a full 6 point tied to the frame.

It really all depends on what you're looking to get out of it. There are some decent bolt in options out there too. I think Rock Hard is one of the prefered versions of this. However, they end up costing close to even if not more than weld in options. Just something to keep in mind.
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Unread 01-11-2012, 11:22 AM   #3
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Rock hard is a pretty good cage but keep one thing in mind: they're meant to save your life ONCE! If you roll it, just about any cage is going to lose its integrity and need to be rebuilt far beyond visible damage. I decided on mine to go with the rockhard bolt in and I am pleased with how stout it is and how it ties together but if I rolled it I wouldn't hesitate to weigh the cost of a full custom cage (vs repairs) against my life.
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Unread 01-11-2012, 11:47 AM   #4
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Here's a thread from the Fab section you may wanna take a look at:

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f37/o...thread-128237/
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Unread 01-11-2012, 11:53 AM   #5
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I'd suggest looking at cages you like and go to a local fab place and see what a similar cage would cost you vs. if you bring them a DIY kit and have them weld it vs. the add ons. At that point you may completely eliminate at least one of the options considering most times upgrades are determined by what we're willing to spend.
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Unread 01-11-2012, 01:31 PM   #6
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Anything done right is better than nothing. Pretty much any small dirt track or short track fab shop call help you. find a few local to you and go discuss pricing with them. When I looked I got quotes from $1500 to $250
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Unread 01-11-2012, 01:40 PM   #7
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I got a price from a local guy that builds custom cages. This was after I purchased my PSC cage. He would have built a complete custom cage for $1800.
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Well... Be careful and don't roll it??

In all seriousness, what are your intentions?
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Unread 01-11-2012, 07:15 PM   #9
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tie it to the frame or dont bother putting it in.
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Unread 01-11-2012, 07:32 PM   #10
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your only a few hours away from AtoZ fab hit Zack up he makes a great cage addition for wheeling, wouldn't race with it but its a great cage.





x what ever on frame tie in
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Unread 01-11-2012, 07:43 PM   #11
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tie it to the frame or dont bother putting it in.
Not really but it. Is one school of thought but it is not that difinitive. Mild wheelers can be safely built with out the cage being tied to the frame. The important thing is the the seats are tied into the cage. What you don't want is seats tied to the body and cage tied to the frame.

I asked a few times on forums and have yet to run into a person that has seen a stock cage mountsseparate from the body on a trail roll. Sure you can find it on the vast Internet but its rare on the trail.

Tying the cage to the frame removes the all flex from the stock frame. In some cases it can cause vibration issues in a dd or anything you drive on the road.

All that said. Mine is at a fab shop getting 5 pnts and tied to the frame in 6 places. But I expect to roll multiple times. Only a matter of time
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Tying the cage to the frame removes the all flex from the stock frame. In some cases it can cause vibration issues in a dd or anything you drive on the road.
True, unless you build in some sort of flexible bushing, then it will allow the cage to flex with the body.

I also agree about tying the cage hard welded to the frame, then having the seats only tied into the body. If you're going to hard weld the cage to the frame, a seat frame tied to the cage is a very good idea, IMHO.
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Unread 01-11-2012, 10:12 PM   #13
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X2 on hitting up Zach at AtoZ

He's a great guy to work with and produces a top notch product. Here's the cage he made for me over the summer for a very reasonable price. It even fits with a hard top and steel doors.


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