Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: The Granite State
Hi Bard -
Thanks for your quite useful posting about how to retrofit a YJ family cage into a CJ. I have almost finished this project thanks to your good advice (into my '82 CJ-7).
One question I have for you is whether or not you had a problem with the length of the seat belts in the rear. Everything went in fine like in your directions and when I finally climbed in the back to try it out, I could barely get the shoulder/lap belt around my torso (I'm 6'2" / 190 lb so that shouldn't really be the problem). I also tried putting in my kids booster seat in the back. While that was a little better, it was still a tight fit.
I can probably try to rig up something to extend the length of the female end but I am curious to see if you had a similar problem. In your photos, it looks like the belt goes thru the back of the car seat which means you are not likely to see the problem. However, if you put a kid in a booster seat and the belt routing changes, you might have a problem.
Thanks again for your tips.
Sorry, been traveling alot and just logged in. I haven't tried to sit in the back. It was a full car seat in the pics. I can try the booster and see what it does in the next couple of weeks. The difference in the YJ and CJ belts(female) is about 6 inches if I recall, YJ shorter. I do not see how the extractor in the male belt would bind up or be short. It should be identical to a YJ 92 to 95 set up. Did you use the center hole for the belt changes on the female? Do you have a pic? I will get back to you when I see my Jeep.
85' CJ7 Laredo, 383 GM, Turbo 350, NP 203. SOA, 2" frame lift, 34" TSL swampers, Dana 30 open, AMC 20 w/ detroit locker, 4:10's, 1 Piece Mosers, 35" boggers to abuse when needed.