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Kenbo-Slice 03-07-2011 10:03 PM

Kenbo's AtoZ cage install.
 
Here is the formal thread for my cage install for those who have not seen it.

I ordered the cage kit from Zach at AtoZ Fabrication and it sat in my garage for over a month prior to me getting time to fit it (work and school are killers).

Here is the kit, fresh out of the box.
http://i421.photobucket.com/albums/p...e/DSCF1981.jpg

Fitting the upper bars to go to the windshield.
http://i421.photobucket.com/albums/p...1_831529_n.jpg

The stock windshield mount gets fitted to the other end of this piece. The OD of the mount fits the ID of the DOM tubing in the kit.
http://i421.photobucket.com/albums/p...e/DSCF1984.jpg
http://i421.photobucket.com/albums/p..._1073124_n.jpg

Next comes the center hoop
http://i421.photobucket.com/albums/p..._2851439_n.jpg

Next comes the upper windshield bar and intermediates from that to the center hoop.
http://i421.photobucket.com/albums/p..._2216362_n.jpg
http://i421.photobucket.com/albums/p..._3682331_n.jpg

Once that's all welded, the A-pillars are next. THIS TAKES TIME!

cut the dash, trim some metal stuff the tubing in (multiple times) mark and trim a little at a time. This goes to the base plate in the floor bottom base plate is the AtoZ rocker guard (if you have them) if not, standard steel plate.

http://i421.photobucket.com/albums/p...e/DSCF1995.jpg

Here is Andrew doing some fitment.
http://i421.photobucket.com/albums/p...e/DSCF1996.jpg

Next is the bottom windshield intermediate.
http://i421.photobucket.com/albums/p..._1474492_n.jpg

The handles are cake, haha.
http://i421.photobucket.com/albums/p..._5718755_n.jpg

The rear half of the cage is simple as it comes...... Pretty cut and dry, ask questions if you have any.
http://i421.photobucket.com/albums/p..._2797926_n.jpg


That is pretty much it...... I was too busy to take a ton of pictures but I can answer any install questions or snap certain pictures to help explain anything.
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http://i421.photobucket.com/albums/p...e/DSCF2005.jpg

Kenbo-Slice 03-07-2011 10:16 PM

I plan on eventually doing a lot more to the cage as in tying the A and B pillars to each other and running intermediates from side to side to tie the seats into the cage. I also plan on triangulating the B pillars behind the seats and set it up for harnesses once the fuel cell and stretch is done.

This kit is an amazing start to my plan. The price is tough to beat and Zach is great to deal with. Anyone with questions feel free to fire away. I'll do my best to answer them. - Ken

TSEJEEPERS 03-07-2011 10:34 PM

What type of tube?
Was this a custom order kit?
I see on their website the rear kit has the hoop which the two upper bars attach to but yours attaches directly to the stock cage.
Was the fitment good or did you have to cut to fit?
Cage looks good.

Kenbo-Slice 03-07-2011 10:52 PM

This is the front and rear stock add-on kit. Material is 1.75 x.120 DOM if I'm not mistaken.

The kit is all bent and notched but is trim to fit, as no Jeep cage is 100% the same as another. This cage takes some know-how as far as fabrication goes. If one isn't too comfortable trimming and grinding notches then it may not be the best choice. Overall though, it is a straight forward install with clear instructions for those whom may need them.

Dentedvw 03-09-2011 03:34 PM

Good work, I am looking forward to ordering mine this summer or fall.

Kenbo-Slice 03-09-2011 08:55 PM

Thanks man, it's a great kit. When you buy the kit and go to install it let me know if you have any questions.

-Ken.

cj777 03-10-2011 03:08 PM

Out of curiosity, why did you run your dash bar so high?

Kenbo-Slice 03-10-2011 03:35 PM

No choice in the matter.....

Look at the dash around the gauge cluster, it's about 1.5" taller than the passenger side. I left a .5" gap above that so I could take the plastic off if I ever need to. I didn't want the tubing resting directly on the plastic trim.

cj777 03-10-2011 03:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kenbo-Slice (Post 11133156)
No choice in the matter.....

Look at the dash around the gauge cluster, it's about 1.5" taller than the passenger side. I left a .5" gap above that so I could take the plastic off if I ever need to. I didn't want the tubing resting directly on the plastic trim.

Cool. I have a really similar cage design and was able to tuck mine down further without it resting on plastic. It provides a little more visibility, but you're right, it is a pain to remove the plastic trim.

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y11...J/100_0107.jpg

Yours turned out really good. I came very close to going with the A to Z cage myself.

Kenbo-Slice 03-10-2011 03:53 PM

The angle of the a-pillars must be a couple degrees different than the AtoZ cage. That's a nice looking cage as well, which one is it?

cj777 03-10-2011 04:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kenbo-Slice (Post 11133257)
The angle of the a-pillars must be a couple degrees different than the AtoZ cage. That's a nice looking cage as well, which one is it?

Yeah I was just looking closer at your pictures and I think it is due to the difference in our a-pillar angles. Great job though man. It looks really good. Mine isn't a kit, but it is influenced by the AtoZ design

solarpower 03-11-2011 07:13 PM

can I get a measurement when you get a chance....

the distance between the (your) factory cage at the rear where you put the spreader. (c-pillars) Basically the distance between the tubes right above your head when you open the tailgate.

At the inside of the tubes if you please.

I have a different brand kit along with another guy and we seem to have received pretty narrow rear spreaders. Just looking for a comparison within say 1/8 of an inch.

:cheers2:

bigandrich44 03-17-2011 01:41 PM

Can you still use the factory sound bar with the rear cage pieces in place?

karlo 03-18-2011 02:56 AM

Cool. The setup looks tough.

jatepper 03-19-2011 10:38 PM

Do you have any close ups of the tubing welds?


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