around Nov 2011 time i heard that i might be moving to North Carolina(was currently stationed in san diego). little did i know that i would get the for sure word until December 2011. 1 week before they wanted me to leave.
i did once last trip to Corral canyon before i knew i was moving yet
didnt get many pics at all. suspension did good but seemed really "tippy" at times.
i think my flex is great though
this all started with a craigslist ad for a FREE rollcage. the guy bought the jeep and it had a ghetto home made cage in it so he pulled it and had a new one built by a shop.
he tried selling it on CL and said everytime someone came to look at it they just laughed and said "nevermind, i dont want it".
i then saw the ad for it listed as "FREE, just come get it out of my yard."
i figured id go take a look so i made the drive to Escondido.
to say this cage had bed welding would be an understatement. i dont even think they did any notching. just pieced some tube together and filled the giant gaps with weld. but for free you cant go wrong. worst case i have some free scrap tube now.
here it is when i picked it up
one of the "good" welds
after assessing it for a while i realized the only part i want is the bars that run from the B pillar across to the A and down. this was 1.75x.120 Tube
AGAIN you have to remember this was free. i am at no loss. i know i can have someone bend me that piece that follows the windshield line a little better but i would have to buy the tube then get it bent.
i decided that i will use the previously mentioned pieces and get some new 1.75x.120 DOM and make a trail cage from there. so thats what i did. i spent less than $100 on the rest of the DOM.
here is the down bars tacked in as well as a winshield spreader bar and a dash bar that i cut and notched
you san see by the B pillar where i cut the tube. i just cut it off the old B pillar about 10" back from the weld. next i took some of the DOM i bought and nothced it correctly and internally sleeved them with .250 wall and welded it all around and did 8 rosette/plug welds per side. i dont know if im gonna get flack for this but i feel it is plenty strong.
next i measured and cut and notch some spreader bars. because i dont have a bender if i ran them to the corners for triangulation it would touch my head with me just sitting in the drivers seat. so for now i just went straight across like the blue torch kit. i will figure out some triangulation later.
notched with a 1 3/4" hole saw and drill press.
ready for welding
one of the welds. im not the best in the world but i think i do ok. it was really hard to get a good pic of one of my welds. this was one of the best i could get but its not one of the best welds on the cage
and then added some paint
and thats it for that day.
not bad for less than $100. i added more at a later date. i had to really hurry up with this project as about halfway though i found out id be moving in less than 2 weeks.