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Unread 03-14-2014, 11:05 AM   #1066
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Has anyone developed a rollcage design that will still be able to use an aftermarket soft top? Im looking to fit a Rampage Frameless TJ top to my CJ, will just build the cage to mimick the oem roll bar but just was wondering if its been done before?

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Unread 03-14-2014, 02:14 PM   #1067
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Has anyone developed a rollcage design that will still be able to use an aftermarket soft top? Im looking to fit a Rampage Frameless TJ top to my CJ, will just build the cage to mimick the oem roll bar but just was wondering if its been done before?
Sure, just follow the lines of the factory and you should be good to go. Go measure a TJ stock bars and make the outside dimensions the same with the same degree of slope on the "C" pillar.
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Unread 03-15-2014, 01:58 PM   #1068
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Here is one Im working on for a buddy. Still have a few bars to add then she will be done.





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Unread 03-17-2014, 01:13 PM   #1069
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I really like the way that turned out Dr.Dirty. It will be a great looking cage once it's all welded up!
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Unread 03-24-2014, 12:22 PM   #1070
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Finally got started on mine, here is a little teaser pic:


I have some serious questions about seat mounting to the cage though. Any pics and advice on seat mounts would be greatly appreciated.
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Unread 03-24-2014, 12:27 PM   #1071
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Here is the YJ one all finished for now. This summer Ill add A to B pillar bars along with B to C pillar bars. I will also be adding all the seats mounts into the cage as well.



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Unread 03-24-2014, 12:46 PM   #1072
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I have some serious questions about seat mounting to the cage though. Any pics and advice on seat mounts would be greatly appreciated.
What seats are you installing? How do they mount? My method was pretty simple. I just ran a 1.75 DOM from B to B & then another right in front of the console ebrake lever behind the cup holders where the trannt tunnel steps down. You can mount tabs off of those tubes. Or in my case, my seats bolted down, instead of through the side, I used a C shaped piece notched over both tubes. You can see them in my pics in post #1062.
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Unread 03-24-2014, 02:35 PM   #1073
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What seats are you installing? How do they mount? My method was pretty simple. I just ran a 1.75 DOM from B to B & then another right in front of the console ebrake lever behind the cup holders where the trannt tunnel steps down. You can mount tabs off of those tubes. Or in my case, my seats bolted down, instead of through the side, I used a C shaped piece notched over both tubes. You can see them in my pics in post #1062.
I have the Corbeau Baja XRS seats. They bolt up from the bottom of the seat.

That's a good idea with the c-shape piece. How thick was the steel you used for that? Do you have a pic of that front tube placement in your Jeep?
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Unread 03-24-2014, 07:12 PM   #1074
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I have the Corbeau Baja XRS seats. They bolt up from the bottom of the seat.

That's a good idea with the c-shape piece. How thick was the steel you used for that? Do you have a pic of that front tube placement in your Jeep?
I used a piece of 2" x 6" 1/8" wall rectangular tube. You can get two out of one section. One warning, it is really difficult to access the rear seat bolts. Its a 2 person job to tighten or loosen them.

Pardon the mess.
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Unread 03-24-2014, 10:15 PM   #1075
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That looks really good. Top of my list right now. Any regrets or changes you would make to that set-up?
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Unread 03-25-2014, 05:20 AM   #1076
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That looks really good. Top of my list right now. Any regrets or changes you would make to that set-up?
Maybe cut out the sides a bit at the bolt locations so they are a little easier to access. For my own personal preference, I might try to get them a little lower. Other than that, it was pretty simple to execute.
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Unread 06-05-2014, 05:00 PM   #1077
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Not dig this back up but what are the reasons for mounting the roll bar to the frame using poly bushings? I've been seeing a lot of people doing that.
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Unread 06-05-2014, 05:04 PM   #1078
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Not dig this back up but what are the reasons for mounting the roll bar to the frame using poly bushings? I've been seeing a lot of people doing that.
It gives the frame a little isolation from the cage and helps absorb harmonics and lower resignation on the inside
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Unread 06-30-2014, 09:59 PM   #1079
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Has anyone developed a rollcage design that will still be able to use an aftermarket soft top? Im looking to fit a Rampage Frameless TJ top to my CJ, will just build the cage to mimick the oem roll bar but just was wondering if its been done before?

Well here it is, Built to accept a Rampage frameless top for a TJ...Although this is a CJ...with a YJ family bar as a base, YJ Half Doors...and TJ Door Surrounds

We dubbed it a CYTJ during the build.

It was interesting to say the least. Design came out awesome, there are lots of hidden features that the pictures dont do justice, like provisions for an air tank mount behind the rear seat, plenty of OH SH*T handles to go around, gauge pods for some up front monitoring of engine status, flashlight/extinguisher/speaker mounting zones...The list continues.

Cage was designed by the three of us, but built by Dave and Sean of DS Fabworx in Pensacola FL.
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Unread 07-01-2014, 11:42 AM   #1080
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I can finally contribute to this thread. My cage isn't installed but it's all done but the paint.
This is a side shot with it all tacked in place to locate the sliders before tacking them in place.
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This is with all the welds done and working on the console.
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Here's the sliders, which have the front tie-in, and the rear tie-ins, all welded up ready for paint.
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Here's the front tie-in under the A-pillar with a 3/16" plate, (4) 3/8" bolts, and a piece of 3/8" thick rubber for an isolator.
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This is the B-pillar tie-in made from 1/4" plate and angle, (3) 3/8" bolts and a 1/2" rubber isolator.
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The rear tie-in is a piece of 2" HREW with a 3/16" plate on top and a 1/4" angle at the bottom.
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A cover for the top of the console.
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And the console underneath, minus the dome lights and CB.
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