Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: East Wenatchee WA
I'm still working on adding onto the stock rear hoop assembly, though my rig is a daily driver as well, that does need access to the back seat when my boy is in town. I generally run without the rear seat, but on the times that I do have my boy, he rides in the back. What would be the best option to run for side-side strength at this point, knowing that I need rear seat access on occassion? How strong would it be to run one diagonal from the upper corner behind the driver seat, down to the passenger lower footing? He could climb over that bar pretty easily I think. How stout would the cage be though if it took a hit from the passenger side upper corner? Does anybody have any pics of something that would work well for this situation? What about a 3/4 X for the time being-as in a full diagonal from top driver side to passenger foot, then the lower half on the driver side meeting the middle of the solid diagonal bar?
Also, my rig is an LJ, and I'm trying to make my addition work with the hardtop in place, and all factory features still working-as in seatbelts, window cranks, dash vents, etc., etc. In the rear of the vehicle where the rear bars angle down to the tub, there is about a foot of room at the top bend between it and the inside of the hard top. My plan here was to bend a tube in this fashion - \_/ , coming in slightly from each side, then shooting strait across the back. At each angle of the bends, I was then planning on running a strait bar down to the rear footing on each side, so from the back, it would look kinda like this: |/ \| My thought was I would have some angled pieces with support on the top rear bent section across the far back of the rig, yet still be able to access the tub area and all my gear. Does this sound OK, or would it be a waste of time/materials?
And, is there a thread or something in specific to look for to go about building frame-tie ins? How do you go about installing bushings between the tub, or what's the recommended way to tie into the frame?
Sorry for the dumb questions-trying to build something that will have at least some function to it based off my needs at the time, and hold up if needed. Definitely lots of good info in this thread.
Thanks very much,
Best of Luck,