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Unread 07-06-2009, 08:45 PM   #1
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custom roll cage idea

a buddy of mine is swapping his roll cage for an aftermarket one, and im going to be taking his cage. im also going to learn to weld. once i get decent at welding, i plan on cutting his stock cage up and using the pieces to reinforce my stock cage. is this worth it? i plan on adding a rear spreader, 45's running from the center hoop to the rear corners, and maybe sleeving the stock windshield-center hoop bars.

should i even tackle this? or save for a real cage?

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Unread 07-06-2009, 08:50 PM   #2
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no its not worth it. just buy the right stuff - 1.75x.120 DOM. the stock cage is a reasonable place to build from, but I wouldn't purposely cut up a stock cage to use as reinforcement - theres to many holes in it (padding mounts, seat belt mounts, soft top brackets, etc)
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And don't forget that the B-pillar hoop is multi-piece besides.
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Unread 07-07-2009, 08:05 PM   #4
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bump for more opinions.
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Unread 07-07-2009, 08:10 PM   #5
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Do it right, or don't do it at all. Forget your idea. Also, welding a cage is NOT something that a newbie welder has any business messing with.
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Don't even talk about a cage until you have learned to weld and have several projects under your belt. Keep reading about cage design, there is a good thread in the Fabrication shop "stickies".

Welding is a lot of fun, but it's also a lot of practice. I have been doing it for a few years now and I'm just to the point where I would even consider doing a cage (which is coming soon).

Personally, I would keep saving and go with something like the AtoZ sport cage additions. I have a buddy with a bender, so I'll probably be making my own based off of that.

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Unread 07-07-2009, 08:51 PM   #7
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And don't forget that the B-pillar hoop is multi-piece besides.
Depends on the year. I know at least in 03 they welded them together and that's a pretty high strength way to do it. Or at least it's a very acceptable method for truck frames, so it should be just fine for a B pillar.
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Depends on the year. I know at least in 03 they welded them together and that's a pretty high strength way to do it. Or at least it's a very acceptable method for truck frames, so it should be just fine for a B pillar.
I haven't seen any welds on mine so far. Just seemed strange to me. But I would think either way, it wouldn't be a terribly good to build a cage by scavenging parts from a second stock roll bar.
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Depends on the year. I know at least in 03 they welded them together and that's a pretty high strength way to do it. Or at least it's a very acceptable method for truck frames, so it should be just fine for a B pillar.
on my 04, the B-pillar's slip fit joints were only welded on the top, maybe 1.25-1.5 inch long on each side. One weld was absolute crap, a fair amount of porosity and a HUGE bugger hanging off - literally a razor sharp wire sticking up like 1/2" - you could cut your finger half off if you grabbed the bar, no kidding. We ground that crap out and put two passes all the way around on each joint.
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