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Unread 06-29-2009, 07:50 PM   #1
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Has anyone ever had "custom" roll bar pad covers made?

I have an 04 TJ Rubicon. The install of my RockHard cage should be done tomorrow. I have the front section, the rear angle bars and the rear spreader bar. I bought the pads for the RH cage, but that leaves me with no padding anywhere else. The factory pads have to go because of how the cage mounts and they only sell the pads to cover "their" bars. Does that make sense?

I was thinking of going to a boat cover place and seeing if they could make something to cover the factory bars.

Anyone else have any ideas?

This Jeep is not a daily driver, but I do drive it most weekends with my 7 and 9 year olds in the back seat.


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Unread 06-29-2009, 08:12 PM   #2
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When I padded the cage in my car, I used pads from SummitRacing.com. I'm guessing you want something quite a bit more finished in appearance?

http://summitracing.com/search/?keyw...0padding&dds=1
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http://www.fullsizexjgear.com/more/sportcages.htm

Check out the bottom of the ad.
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That's a good place to start. I guess I should have asked if anyone has had custom covers made.

I know nothing about the padding itself. Which one is best? I assume SFI rating is good. Is thicker padding better?
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That's a good place to start. I guess I should have asked if anyone has had custom covers made.

I know nothing about the padding itself. Which one is best? I assume SFI rating is good. Is thicker padding better?
depends on how hard and how often you hit your head on it.......
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Thanks. That looks good. Do you have to call for pricing?
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Thanks. That looks good. Do you have to call for pricing?
I don't know anything about the company. I just saved the site for when I install my full cage. If you get some, let me know how you like them.
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I used 1-3/4" ID X 5/8" thick pipe insulation and a bunch of electrical tape.

You can see some of it here:



As you can see, I've got the RH cage too, and I also have the diagonals and rear spreader like you have.

That stuff with the velcro looks nicer, but it also looks expensive. I figure if I get up against a tree or something with mine, I can replace the whole length for a couple of bucks.
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How do you like the cage? Any drawbacks? Any issues? Anything you would change if you did it again?
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That's a good place to start. I guess I should have asked if anyone has had custom covers made.

I know nothing about the padding itself. Which one is best? I assume SFI rating is good. Is thicker padding better?
Here is some light reading regarding SFI:
http://www.sfifoundation.com/

I wouldn't buy roll bar padding unless it was SFI 45.1 approved, as it's demanded by the NHRA, but you won't have to stand up to techs/inspections for your Jeep . All things considered, I'd still only purchase SFI 45.1 approved padding, no matter what the vehicle is. That is JMHO though.

The thickness of the pad is completely up to you, what you need, what space you can actually use, and what you feel looks right.
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How do you like the cage? Any drawbacks? Any issues? Anything you would change if you did it again?
I like it just fine. I started with the basic kit about a year and a half ago and added the diagonals, the rear bar, and frame mount over time. Oh, and the front and rear harness bars. Hopefully, it'll never be used for it's intended purpose. But if that day ever comes, I'm confident that the cage will protect the family and me.
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I used cheapo Kirkey padding from ebay for some of cage. I also cut up the stock padding & covers, but I regret that because they look like crap and the zippers don't stay put.
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I used cheapo Kirkey padding from ebay for some of cage. I also cut up the stock padding & covers, but I regret that because they look like crap and the zippers don't stay put.

I thought about modifying the stock pads/covers, but the zippers are the problem.

Who knew you needed to be a seamstress to own a Jeep? :lol:
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I thought about modifying the stock pads/covers, but the zippers are the problem.

Who knew you needed to be a seamstress to own a Jeep? :lol:
it took me like an hour to re-thread the zippers together after cutting the B and C-pillar padding apart. it seemed like a reasonable idea at the time, but i definitely regreted it after the 1st zipper.
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I thought about modifying the stock pads/covers, but the zippers are the problem.

Who knew you needed to be a seamstress to own a Jeep? :lol:
New zipper pulls can be bought at a place similar to JoAnn. Before cutting through the zipper put new metal zipper end clamps in place on each side of where the cut will be. Once it is cut all that needs to be done is putting the new zipper pulls on.

I have been considering making green padding to match the exterior color. Making your own padding should be very easy considering it is a flat section of fabric folded and zipped together.

Disclaimer: I am a seamstress and own a Jeep. :P
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