Originally Posted by JCD33
The place I'm talking about is between the body and the roll bar, about 16" or so above where it's bolted to the floor in the front. About in the middle of the top and bottom parts of the front seat belts. There's one of those torx "security" screws attaching it to the body, but if you look in the back it looks like it's tacked onto the frame in addition to being bolted.
Hmm... nope, not seeing anything on my 2k that looks like it's welded... so I pulled out the handy old FSM and looked at the section on sport bar removal...
1) remove hard top and/or soft top.
2) remove the door opening frames.
3) remove the sunvisors.
4) remove the a-pillar weatherstrips strips (Fig. 68)
5) disengage center support bar cover zipper.
6) remove the bolts attaching the side support bars to the center support bar (Fig. 69)
7) remove the bolts attaching the side support bars to the windshield frame.
8) separate the side support bars from the vehicle.
9) pull back the center section of the carpet and remove the bolts attaching the sport bar to the cargo floor panel.
10) lower the rear seat and lift rear seat to the full forward position.
11) pull back wheelhouse carpet and remove bolts attaching the directional cross bars to the wheelhouse.
12) remove the bolts attaching the seatbelt anchors to the wheelhouse.
13 disconnect sound bar. Refer to Group 8F, Audio Systems for removal and installation procedures.
14) carefully lift the sport bar upward and and remove it from the vehicle.
15) if necessary, remove the pads and covers from the sport bar.
Nope.. no mention of anything welded needing to be ground/drilled out or anything... nor do I recall ever reading anything about that in the countless writeups I've read on bar replacement...