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Unread 05-28-2013, 02:25 PM   #1
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Building my first cage, maybe a n00b question.

Ok so I'm building my first cage for my YJ. This will be a DD/Trail warrior. I've got her down to the frame right now, doing a whole ground up build, including a Ford 302/ T-18 powertrain. Check my other threads for updates.

Past that, I'm having what seems like a childishly simple question which has me stumped...

How on God's green earth do you retain the flange and bolts which hold up the windshield on the YJ when inserting a spreader bar and full A pillar bars down to the tub? It seems like you'd never be able to secure those 3 bolts from the factory "cage" to the windshield? And no, I'd rather not make it permanent by welding it in, because I do enjoy folding my windshield down from time to time.

Any advice here guys? I feel like an idiot for even asking

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Unread 05-28-2013, 10:20 PM   #2
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I removed them and dont even bother. Originally i used small straps to hold the frame to my cage at the top but dont even bother with that either. Stays up fine. I usually use a bikini and that is enough to hold it. It even works without the bikini. My cage does not have the silly spreader bar type tie ins. I fold down the frame and often remove completely for wheeling.
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Unread 05-29-2013, 08:58 AM   #3
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I removed them and dont even bother. Originally i used small straps to hold the frame to my cage at the top but dont even bother with that either. Stays up fine. I usually use a bikini and that is enough to hold it. It even works without the bikini. My cage does not have the silly spreader bar type tie ins. I fold down the frame and often remove completely for wheeling.
OK. So, how do you fold down your windshield when the pillar from the top lateral bar down to the floor/frame is in the way? Can you still get to those 3 winshiled hinge bolts or at least the one necessary to fold down? Also, your rig look more purpose built trail only, mine is still daily driven at least a few days per week and needs to withstand highway speeds as well as a hard top in the winter, that's why this is kind of an important question.

Not sure what you mean when you say "spreader bar tie ins", care to elaborate?
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OK. So, how do you fold down your windshield
I push on the glass..


The bolts are gone never to return. With the fenders on, windshield on, and the street tires my jeep is a DD.

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Not sure what you mean when you say "spreader bar tie ins", care to elaborate?
Some people cut off the flanges on the factory spreader bars that connect the factory bars to the windshield, and reuse on their custom cage.
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so are you saying that NOTHING holds your windshield upright then save for a bikini top? Not those 3 torx by the factory dash speakers?

So if you're running down the road with no top, but you want to keep your windshield UP, what's keeping it from flopping down when you hit the brakes?


Maybe I'm missing something here....
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Can you still get to those 3 winshiled hinge bolts or at least the one necessary to fold down?
Yes, just make sure there is enough room between your A pillar and dash area , just enough room so you can get that one bolt out with an open wrench. That one bottom bolt is all you need to fold the windshield down and up.
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I recently built a roll cage for my YJ, using Poison Spyder's Lazer Fit Full Cage kit. The kit didn't have any provision to secure the top of the windshield frame, so I fabbed up some mounts.





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Unread 06-07-2013, 11:40 AM   #9
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Awesome. Thanks Copperhead, that's what I was looking for. Even if I just may a quick disconnect version with a codder pin, it will at least be some sort of peace of mind for me. Thanks!
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You could even do a coupla rubber bump-stops and a 500# ratchet strap, Cotter pin would be way "rattlely". Uber quick and easy.
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