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post #1 of 91 Old 03-09-2009, 09:48 PM Thread Starter
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Rock Hard Sport Cage Install Problem

I got my sports cage installed this weekend, but I now have a problem. My door surrounds won't slide far enough forward because the main A-pillar bars attach to the spreader bars too far back. I can't move the bars back any further because they're bolted to the firewall and I can angle the bars back with a spacer because my door won't shut then. Do I just have it bolt up funny or do I need to trim my door surrounds so they'll work. I'm at least 1/8" off, probably closer to 1/4". You can see in the picture below that the collar on the a-pillar bar wouldn't tighten any more. Its as tight as I can make it, and I can't raise it based on where it is attached to the firewall. Any ideas?




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post #2 of 91 Old 03-09-2009, 09:52 PM
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put the door surrounds on and take a picture from the top looking down onto the interference. i can't picture what your saying...


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try putting them on the top first and then wedging them into the back part? I'd like to see pictures too...I know people use this with a soft top...

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i had the same problem, take a dremel to the edge of the door surround and just clearance it out (shave off a bit)
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I can't get any pictures until tomorrow (too dark outside), but I had another idea. I thought that maybe my windshield isn't far enough back. I'm going to try loosening the the couplings on the a-pillar bars and the horizontal bar between the spreaders as well as the bolts that hold the stock spreader bars in place. Then I can see if the windshield frame can pivot toward the rear of the vehicle any farther. If it does, then the a-pillar bars will stay in place increasing the distance between the coupling and the door surround bolt hole. Crossing my fingers. I'd rather not trim my door surrounds if I don't have to.


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post #6 of 91 Old 03-09-2009, 10:34 PM
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I also had the same problem and also used a dremel to cut out the surround piece that was in the way.

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I have installed three of them and they all had to be cut a little, not a big thing.

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post #8 of 91 Old 03-10-2009, 08:00 AM
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Rock Hard Sports Bar

I installed the same Rock Hard Sports bar and if my memory serves the instruction says you may have to trim door top trim some. You also need to loosen all the mounting points so those bar clamps can be tightened all the way. Even the rubber stops near the bottom of the windshield may have to be trimmed some (mine did). Tighten everything in steps not one all the way then going to the next one. puttputt56
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post #9 of 91 Old 03-10-2009, 08:30 AM
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Just trim the plastic. Its more important that the cage fits properly, IMHO. I left my surrounds off. I have not noticed any issues.

Nice looking color match on the cage, btw.
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Sorry to hijack a bit but I notice that the dash spreader bar looks like it's sitting on top of the windshield defrost vent. Has anyone notices this being an issue? I'm looking into this cage but this is my DD and being in Michigan I'm going to need that defrost.
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People have said that the defroster still works well with that bar.

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I actually have some space between the bar and vent, the picture just doesn't show it. Does anyone have pictures of how they trimmed the door surrounds?


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my defroster works with the bar in place. Makes a nice hand warmer, just hold the bar.
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Does that bar across the dash block your view out the windshield?
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post #15 of 91 Old 03-10-2009, 01:03 PM
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Does that bar across the dash block your view out the windshield?
I've looked at pictures of this setup...hundreds of pictures...and it doesn't appear to be an higher than the dash where the gauges are.

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