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post #1 of 16 Old 04-03-2012, 01:48 PM Thread Starter
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Blue Torch Fab trail cage modified and installed

posted this in the TJ tech section,then realized it might be better off here
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/bt...alled-1351941/
finally installed my BTF trail cage ,turned out really nice,we modified it so it can be removed in sections instead of a 1 piece cage

welded nuts inside the dash bar and bolted that thru the uprights

sleeved the center bar and bolted the spreader bars thru that with some massive bolts from a mercedes k-frame (at least 18mm bolts,the hex on that bolt is 1-1/16")

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added some grab handles

added a rear spreader bar

painted a piece of sheet metal for the backside of the BTF logo,color is a little off but not too bad,looks better in person

sleeved the rear bars for a later rack project


painted it with rust-oleum truck bed coating

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post #2 of 16 Old 04-03-2012, 03:13 PM
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just curios why would you want to remove it in sections?

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post #3 of 16 Old 04-03-2012, 03:18 PM
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just curios why would you want to remove it in sections?
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post #4 of 16 Old 04-03-2012, 03:37 PM Thread Starter
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In case I have to remove the dash ( or even replace a speaker) sometime, and it was alot easier to put it in the jeep in sections
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post #5 of 16 Old 04-04-2012, 01:48 AM
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Looks good and tough. Great job!
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post #6 of 16 Old 10-10-2012, 01:48 PM Thread Starter
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Little follow up info on the rack project that i sleeved the cage for
This was a hitch basket we hacked up
Wanted something we could take some things with us when we go on the dunes
since it bolts to the cage its plenty strong ,i was up on it and i weigh 235,its solid
Top goes on with the rack on just not the back window

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good for haulin tires
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or entertainment centers haha
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post #7 of 16 Old 10-11-2012, 06:05 PM
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That looks awesome. I like the modular idea. I may have to steal the idea for the rack as I never use a rear window. Only recommendation would be to round the corners on that angle before it unexpectedly gets someone. I'm torn between the BTF cage and the one Poly sells (which is twice the price!). Just don't like the fact that the BTF doesn't go through the dash, although it does look pretty stout.

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post #8 of 16 Old 10-14-2012, 07:35 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks man , I had planned on rounding those edges but didn't realize I didn't do it until I was painting it , too late , still gonna do it maybe over this winter
Thanks for the compliment
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post #9 of 16 Old 01-14-2013, 09:49 AM
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wow, that looks real good

can you still put on your hardtop/after installing the cage?
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post #10 of 16 Old 01-14-2013, 09:50 AM
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also, i didnt notice, but would the stock sound bar be able to be used with the cage?
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post #11 of 16 Old 01-14-2013, 09:57 AM Thread Starter
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I dont have a hardtop so im not sure , it doesnt interfere with the soft top at all so i would think it would fit ok,not sure tho

If the spreader bars were welded the soundbar would work ,the way i bolted mine together it would require it to be moved back an inch or so.
I dont use the soundbar in mine so i didnt miss it
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post #12 of 16 Old 01-14-2013, 03:15 PM
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it looks good nonetheless dude

the top spreader bar at the rear of your jeep...did that come with the kit or was that something that you fabbed up? i didnt see it listed with the kit on their website

the price is fantastic also
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post #13 of 16 Old 01-14-2013, 04:16 PM Thread Starter
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We made that rear spreader bar , they sell some bolt in ones but they are straight bars and leave no headroom for rear passengers
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post #14 of 16 Old 01-19-2013, 02:57 PM
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Nice work and it looks thought out. Not a big fan of the bolt together setup but to each their own

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post #15 of 16 Old 05-08-2013, 08:20 AM
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started mine last night and having issues with the a-pillar and windshield support lining up. huge gaps at the welding areas. also, with the extra dash side plates, do you weld those on and then the lower windshield bar to that or just the windshield bar to the dash panels? and how the **** do you mount the windshield support to the rollbar? i see how the diamond shaped plate ties into the windshield, but the rollbar i can't figure out how that plate works. or do you just weld it to the rollbar? i emailed BTF and they weren't much help. i'm just worried now that we should have welded that extra dash side panel plate on first and then put the windshield bar on. but like i said, btf wasn't a big help when i emailed and just kinda said, "it's diy, good luck"

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