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Ok, so the tub posts (on my part) are going to take a vacation.
We have to fit up a few things before the tub comes back off.

Ordered a Kentrol Inc. Sport Cage. The kit came with L & R floor plates, the front sport bar 0.125, and a pair of pre-bent "kicker" tubes also 0.125. As well as some instructions.

So we put the bar in moved it around and decided on 3/4" off the windshield

Oh, we put the windshield frame in place and cleaned up the old brackets, I have new black stainless everything waiting for the after paint party. Also installed the stock "show" bar


Added some oak plank to keep the gap equal, checked the angle on both sides and marked the floor.


Placed the plates and found the pre formed plate angles needed about 7* more, so some massaging with the press and we have a nice fit


Cleaned up the plates, and measured up the bar for the needed cuts, leveled, measured, repeat, repeat, repeat, ..... cut!


BTW, I'll just show one side as the left and right work is almost the same thing. Just remember to line up the tube based on the body location, not the plate location.
Left:


Right:

Fooled ya!

Next we measured out the tube for the dash bar. Super Friend let me borrow this awesome tool:



Dash bar held in by compression, need to put in old dash and cut the dash pad to check height



More pics and details to follow shortly
 

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To bring this up to date,
After putting on the old dash panel, we cut the dash pad with a sawsall and used a belt sander to shape the sides of the pad:


put some JB Weld on the drivers end where it became a little frayed:


I'm looking for a product that I can paint on or dip the pad in to get a nice simi-hard finish over the foam again.

Pad installed and dash bar height adjusted



Put the seats in so we could check the fit of the diagonal lateral bar


Me and my son. First time we have sat in the Jeep since November


We bent two bars out of 2" 0.225 to match the ones that came with the kit. We'll install those shortly along with the lateral and a few grab bars.
Of course the lateral goes behind the seat but you get the idea.


Random shots:



Will stop this afternoon and pick up the 3/16" for the front and center frame tie in's. Need to order some isolators for the rear tie ins and cut out the rear quarter panel supports
 

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i really the jeep so far. the rollbar is a nice touch. i just hope it doesnt have to come in handy.


oh yeah, i hate all of you who have shops, garages, and even carports! :thumbsup:
 

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Pretty cool looking stuff so far. We are definitely not doing things in the same order though.

Does that upper radius on the front bar bother you at all? I never really saw one from the angle you showed, and it looks like it takes out a decent chunk of your windshield- not that the upper corners will let you see much other than incoming aircraft, I guess.
 

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84MSRB said:
Does that upper radius on the front bar bother you at all? I never really saw one from the angle you showed, and it looks like it takes out a decent chunk of your windshield- not that the upper corners will let you see much other than incoming aircraft, I guess.
It's not so bad, lil bit-o trade off
 

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Well I was not able to pick up any steel Friday so I just did some small tasks to get ready for the frame tie-ins.

Cut up the last of my 3/16 plate.
Drivers front plate:


Drivers center, drilled out and ground off the old tie in nuts:


Plate is not enough, frame is going to hang up on the tub lip. Made isolators:


One plate was not enough to get out from the lip, used the right side plate I cut and looks like we're there.



Went back and put isolators under the front tie-ins:



Patterns are cut for the frame tie ins, will cut & install in the next few days.
 

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Looks good fatman. Looks like you two are having a good time with the rebuild. It seems like you guys have everything you need to do the job right.

Do you guys have any room for a foster adult to come and stay for a while?:laugh:
 

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jatepper said:
Looks good fatman. Looks like you two are having a good time with the rebuild. It seems like you guys have everything you need to do the job right.

Do you guys have any room for a foster adult to come and stay for a while?:laugh:
Hell yeah, just so long as we get to spend the winters in AZ with you! Lived in CO for 3 years, miss living out west.
 

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My friend Eric came over Saturday and helped me prep stuff for the cage.
I spent a good bit of the day cutting up 4' of plate for frame tie-ins.

cut all of my pipe






made somw grab handles out of 1"


tube in place


cutting more tube


cutting plate


Eric prepping bar


Dash pad in place, need to sand, dash bar welded up


Oh yea, built an overhead, see Technical Articles & Write-Ups Section for full write up. Came out great.


Enjoy
 

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Looks real good! You are inspiring me to get a tubing bender and break out the welder...

I thought you looked familiar. Were you in the service out at Buckley AFB? Maybe a contractor? I've been out there since late 98... Small world.
 

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Totallymetal said:
I thought you looked familiar. Were you in the service out at Buckley AFB? Maybe a contractor? I've been out there since late 98... Small world.
That's was my brother, I'm the older, much smarter, and WAY better looking one! I got out of Ft. Carson, CO in 87.

Here's another pic of the cage as it is now.



Still need to tie into the frame (6 points),
Add grab bars,
Take it off and finish up the welds,
Paint it
 

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:agree: with totallymetal. Cool overhead. You must have access to a press brake.
 
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