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post #1 of 15 Old 11-13-2019, 08:36 AM Thread Starter
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YJ sport bar types

I have a 1990 YJ with a family bar, and this winter I plan to replace it with a sport bar, since I do not use a back seat, and I prefer the way they look. My family bar has supports that come forward and connect to the windshield frame. For the sport bar, I can choose between one with those supports, or without them, like CJs have. Is a certain type better, or safer? Will the windshield on a YJ be supposed without the roll bat supports?

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post #2 of 15 Old 11-13-2019, 10:16 AM
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Will be watching this thread as I want to do the same thing for the same reason. Just looks more like a jeep is supposed to.
I have not started checking junkyards yet. Do CJ7 bars bolt into YJ's.

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post #3 of 15 Old 11-13-2019, 10:27 AM
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Where are you located? I have the sport bar like in the first picture and i want to swap in a family bar since i do use my back seat and i want to have the longer soft top as well to cover the back.

I believe you have the windshield self supporting. I plan on doing a roll cage and tying it into the frame so i think for that I will need supports to the windshield.

I have seen them with and without so it should be possible. It might just depend on if you keep a top on it or not but im not 100 sure.

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@cpia84 your profile doesn’t say where you are either...

BTW you def want the windshield supports imho....

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@cpia84 your profile doesn’t say where you are either...

BTW you def want the windshield supports imho....
Oh i thought it at least said what town im in. I am in North Carolina.

I will definitely make sure i have windshield supports. I agree they should be used.

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post #6 of 15 Old 11-13-2019, 01:57 PM
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I have a 1989 -

I put them on with the hard top (Makes things a bit stiffer) and take them off in the summer.
I have the CJ thumb knobs

bars off - nubs on - I take the nubs off too when I take the hard top off
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The PO removed the spreader bars on mine and I like the look. I’ve never had an issue, but I’m careful. If you pull on the windshield frame, it is possible to crack the glass. I imagine the spreader bars might prevent this to some degree.


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To the OP, if you are ever in an accident, I would want the spreader bars to the windshield... off or on road...

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To the OP, if you are ever in an accident, I would want the spreader bars to the windshield... off or on road...
I have a 94 with the family bar and a 87 with the sport bar. Both need and have the spreader bars to the windshield frame. I would never run without them. The windshield frame on its own will never support any type of rollover or upwards hit of anything on the vehicle without the spreader bars. It would not even keep a high deer hit from wrecking your life.

I have done some pretty extensive messing around with my Jeeps. The tubs on them are downright flimsy and flex all over the place when off the vehicle. Even on the vehicle. The so called "roll cage" is important to help your door openings maintain shape and your doors open and close correctly, help your top fit, etc. Still overall, a very flimsy vehicle. Very poor bracing and support.

The so called "roll cage" is nothing of the sort BTW. It is by no means the structural strength needed to be a roll bar or roll cage. It is nothing more than a piece that made these pass marginally safe for road use. They are not for sure safe for hardcore offroad use if the extreme situation happens.

If anything. It needs to be beefed up. Not eliminated,

If you cannot fix it with a hammer then it has to be an electrical problem.
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To the OP, if you are ever in an accident, I would want the spreader bars to the windshield... off or on road...
Now he knows the truth!
“The spreader bars don’t really do anything” is the mantra of the ill-advised.
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Now he knows the truth!
“The spreader bars don’t really do anything” is the mantra of the ill-advised.
To the OP...
Seen plenty of yj, tj rollovers (I'm in the fire service) and although not a full cage, the windshield DEFINITELY provide some protection with the spreader bars.... Much more that without...

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Waiting for @bgredjeep to chime in here and ask, "What's a windshield?" Lol
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^^^^

If you cannot fix it with a hammer then it has to be an electrical problem.
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Waiting for @bgredjeep to chime in here and ask, "What's a windshield?" Lol
Hey now, just because I wear my "windshield" on my face these days.. lol

I'm with the spreader crowd. It isn't needed to support the windshield for normal use, but adds a lot of structure in the event of a crash. Beyond that, I'd prefer at least a basic front cage added for anything used offroad at all.

When I was still running a windshield and the Jeep had a cage, the only thing I had holding the windshield up was a lashing strap so I could pull the whole thing off in about 2 mins.
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post #15 of 15 Old 11-16-2019, 09:48 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone, I will be getting the one with the supports. I'm in central ohio, and I plan on keeping the family bar around in case I decide to switch back at any point.
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