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post #1486 of 3547 Old 01-21-2013, 06:12 PM
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post #1487 of 3547 Old 01-21-2013, 06:38 PM Thread Starter
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Cage looks great! Thats exactly what I want to do. And it fits well with frameless top, since you went custom with the rear additions?
The rampage top will fit fine because the rear spreader bar is even with the C pillar.

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Looks good. Looks like the A pillar is really far to the edge of the dash. How was it getting it down to the floor? Also I don't know if you use your back seat but I am hesitant to do the diagonals in the rear because I think it may be a safety concern for rear passengers heads banging off it in an incident. Am I over thinking it?
Not bad getting it down to the floor at all. Biggest challenge is getting the A to B lined up evenly on both sides that the doors will close and have a tight seal. Using the softtop door surrounds helped.

Not worried about rear passengers heads being as though I never have anyone riding back there. When I have kids there will be plenty of room for them.

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Removable harness bar, eh? I like that.
Yeah I thought it was a pretty nifty idea to allow access to the rear seat if needed.

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Holy Build thread Batman. I thought my thread was long...lol Like the cage brother. Didn't read in too much....what color? Powder coat? Planning on
Thanks guys, Mike was an enormous help to making this happen so thanks again Mike.

Ill eventually paint it a gunmetal grey

On to the pics:

Tear down


Cutting the notches in the dash. Poly provides a template that provided more then enough room. For those tackling this project in the future start with a smaller notch and work from there.



took the top vent cover off (pops right off), unbolted 4 bolts under the dash vent, and the 3 along each side of the dash in the doorway, and loosen 2 behind the glove box so we could lift the dash off slightly to provide a little more room to slide the A pillar in. Then put the dash right back in place.


Test fitting with the door surrounds to get a good seal with the door.

As Mike mentioned earlier the A pillar comes in two pieces. Some Tig welding..

Rear additions


Drilled holes in the floor and cut the rock sliders to make room for the frame tie in


Test fitting the front windshield spreader bars



Mikes amazing Tig welds on my shoulder harness bar




Tacking everything in place



Almost ready to be fully welded

Frame tie in

On the 03-06 models there is a plastic trip around the windshield so that has to be notched.

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post #1488 of 3547 Old 01-21-2013, 06:38 PM Thread Starter
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Fits the hardtop and the rampage top no problem

Also picked up a Vanco Big Brake kit on my way home Freakin thing is huuge

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post #1489 of 3547 Old 01-21-2013, 07:04 PM
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Took me quite a bit of the day, but got through all 100 pages. Very nice, and mucho inspiring, thanks!
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Thanks guys, Mike was an enormous help to making this happen so thanks again Mike.
No problem, Lu. Glad I could help

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post #1491 of 3547 Old 01-21-2013, 07:13 PM
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Awesome job guys! Is the bar across the dash critical? I like everything about that setup except the bar across the dash that's over the defroster vents.

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Awesome job guys! Is the bar across the dash critical? I like everything about that setup except the bar across the dash that's over the defroster vents.
It should in no way compromises the effectiveness of the defroster vents of that's what you're wondering. It is slightly behind them and probably 2" above the vent

It ties the A-pillars together in the windshield area so it does add strength, how much I'm not sure. To really reinforce the windshield area and keep the cage from folding a pair of "^" shaped bars between the upper and lower a-pillar spreaders would be ideal. However, they effect your vision and use of the rear view mirror on a street driven Jeep.

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post #1493 of 3547 Old 01-21-2013, 09:19 PM
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Very nice work fellas! Did y'all break in the new welder?
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post #1494 of 3547 Old 01-21-2013, 10:06 PM
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Thanks for posting those pics! I can't believe you guys knocked that out in a weekend! That's a lot of work. Nice TIG work Mike!
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Looks good man, I see a Hobart in the back looks like you bought yourself a present.

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post #1496 of 3547 Old 01-22-2013, 06:43 AM Thread Starter
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Great job guys.
Thanks Drew

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Awesome job guys! Is the bar across the dash critical? I like everything about that setup except the bar across the dash that's over the defroster vents.
I wouldn't say it's absolutely critical but it does have its purpose and provides strength to the A pillar. It doesn't block the vent like Mike mentioned and also doesn't effect my visibility.

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Very nice work fellas! Did y'all break in the new welder?
Thanks man. We didn't break out the new welder actually but he gave me a run down on his hobart and I was able to get some tips.

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Thanks for posting those pics! I can't believe you guys knocked that out in a weekend! That's a lot of work. Nice TIG work Mike!
Yeah it was a lot of work for sure we worked from 10-630ish non stop the first day then 8-630 non stop Sunday.

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Looks good man, I see a Hobart in the back looks like you bought yourself a present.
Yeah ill be busting that out for some upcoming projects

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How much was the Hobart if you don't mind me asking?

Oh yeah Lou, the police said something to my gf about the fenders and tire clearance last night.
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how much was the hobart if you don't mind me asking?

Oh yeah lou, the police said something to my gf about the fenders and tire clearance last night.
$500

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post #1499 of 3547 Old 01-22-2013, 06:53 PM
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question Lou -- how hard will it be to paint the cage now that you have it in? will you just cover everything in rags like in your pictures or will you be able to unbolt the cage to remove, paint, and reinstall?

*sorry, i'm still a noob with all of this
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post #1500 of 3547 Old 01-22-2013, 07:04 PM
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I like the cage. I much prefer the curve at the top of the windshield over the welded joint. That is how I did mine too and it make the look much smoother without the windshield.

The bar behind the seats... is that hinged on the one side or is it made to be unbolted from both sides? That's a good Idea. I omitted that bar because I still use my back seat alot. That's a great compromise.

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