I have a few questions. What size tubing, what bender, what notcher, and what molds for the bender and notcher should I get. I don't want to spend a ton of money on this
1 3/4" x .120 DOM is pretty standard size for roll cages. if your trying to save money, you can use HREW for the straight peices (about half the price.) JD2 manual bender, obviously with an 1 3/4" die (not mold.) JD2 also makes a nice notcher. if your trying not to spend a lot of money, you should have one made. bender, die, notcher, etc will have you in over a grand. plus materials.
Funny you posted this today. I just took in a CJ7 that is running a Scrambler Half Cab. I'm going to do an interior cage for the cab (owner is also running the stock roll bar that bolts on the fenders).
If you end up getting a JD2 Model 3 and a 1 3/4" die (with a 5.5" CLR), I can give you the bending dimensions for the B Pillar Hoop that goes behind the seats.. I just bent it this afternoon. To maximize room, the tube has to sort of come up, flare out and lean back... running up across the inside of the cab as tight as possible to maximize headroom/interior space.
I plotted the bends out in BendTech and the tube fits nicely. The measurements I can give you would be..how long to cut, where to bend, how far to bend, and how far to rotate the tube between bends. There were 6 bends in all. I'll shoot some pics in the coming days and post them in the Cage Thread at the top of the Fab Forum..
'80 CJ5 w/AMC360, T176, D44 w/Detroit 4.56, RE 4" YJ lift and 35s..
A CJ-8 can get a little toward the heavy end so I chose 2" DOM tube. I'm about 120 feet into it for a full family cage. I went originally with buying a JD2, notcher, and the Die and in the end decided to let somebody build it because it was going to be a lot faster and probably cheaper due to how much tube I would have wasted trying to build it myself.
I had somebody local build mine. I provided the material and $1k dollar for labor and got a really nice cage out of the deal. Just some food for thought.
Here are some pictures of a Scrambler cage I did for a customer. 1 3/4" .120 DOM. Using a ProTools die with a 6" radius.
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