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Unread 01-26-2014, 11:34 PM   #1
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98 Grand Cherokee TOPLESS PROJECT!

So I Rolled my Jeep Grand Cherokee at Superstition Last week
oppss :P

Car did a front flip and smashed the roof
bent the upper part of the door and the rear hatch

I've been doing some searching and haven't found any pictures of a ZJ without the top, I've seen XJ but no ZJ

any one got any pictures or thoughts on the project?
obviously in cutting roof off putting new windshield frame and making the doors into half doors
also I'm adding a full roll cage to it

I will start the project this week so I'd like to get some thoughts and reviews from you all to get my ideas a bit straight on what ill do to it.

Here are some pics (Yesss I know the dang Tire caused it to smash so much don't remind me about it u.u)

Ill keep this Thread up to date with the car

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Unread 01-26-2014, 11:44 PM   #2
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Have you verified that the unibody isn't damaged? Even if it isn't, the amount you'll spend doing this is going to be very expensive even if you already the tooling to do it and the experience with them.
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Unread 01-27-2014, 12:16 AM   #3
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Have you verified that the unibody isn't damaged? Even if it isn't, the amount you'll spend doing this is going to be very expensive even if you already the tooling to do it and the experience with them.
What are you taking aboot? A grinder is only like $35 at harbor freight. What else do you need?



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Unread 01-27-2014, 12:18 AM   #4
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A welder would be very helpful.
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Unread 01-27-2014, 03:54 AM   #5
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You're going to have to reinforce the crap out of the unibody after you take the rigidity of the roof away, or else it's going to twist like a pretzel as soon as you leave the pavement.
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Unread 01-27-2014, 06:24 AM   #6
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In the front side picture of the Jeep it looks as if you dropped the tire on it from a third story window.
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Unread 01-27-2014, 06:37 AM   #7
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OUCH! Sorry to hear man. Build a solid frame under it or it will fold like a taco. Or buy a new rig.
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Unread 01-27-2014, 07:28 AM   #8
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I think thie could be fun, to many zjs are just tossed aside after they get a little dent :P it'll be a crazy project with a lotta welding, re-inforcing, tube bending an such, but would be a fun buggy in the end
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Unread 01-27-2014, 07:39 AM   #9
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Have a tube bender, sawzall, a grinder, and a welder? I say go for it. This was a ZJ at one point:

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Unread 01-27-2014, 07:46 AM   #10
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You are going to have to build a very nice cage.
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Unread 01-27-2014, 11:07 AM   #11
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Have a tube bender, sawzall, a grinder, and a welder? I say go for it. This was a ZJ at one point:
Looks awesome. Wow
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Unread 01-27-2014, 03:32 PM   #12
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I think that I hope to god that you know what you're doing because if you don't you'll probably end up killing yourself if the vehicle ever rolls.
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Unread 01-27-2014, 06:45 PM   #13
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I think that I hope to god that you know what you're doing because if you don't you'll probably end up killing yourself if the vehicle ever rolls.
This guy already got his jeep roll out of his system!


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Unread 01-27-2014, 07:01 PM   #14
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Unread 01-27-2014, 10:35 PM   #15
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What are you taking aboot? A grinder is only like $35 at harbor freight. What else do you need?



A brain, mostly.

If you've got the skills, time, and money to fabricate a cage, go for it. Of course, that's still contingent upon the unibody not being tweaked beyond repair. Based on those photos, I'm not so sure.

Of course, a ZJ, being of unibody construction, needs structure up and around the top in order to not bend hopelessly.
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