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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-29-2003, 07:36 PM Thread Starter
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Re-Installing Factory Roll Bar 86 cj7

I took out the roll bar to put down herculiner and cannot get the top two bolt holes behind the drivers seat to line up. All of the other holes are lining up and the top two of the four behind the drivers seat are about 1/2 inch below the holes in roll bar plate. Anyone else have this problem?

The herculiner is not the problem in case anyone thinks that stuff goes on that thick. I think the roll bar plate might be warped in that area. Anyone who ran into this and has any tips I need them I am about out of ideas and need to get it out of the garage. I can only think I might have to lengthen the top bolt holes to fix this. Need help fast have to get it out of the garage now!

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Re: Re-Installing Factory Roll Bar 86 cj7

did you try putting those bolts in first, loosley I might add. Then install the remaining bolts. Once all are in, tighten them down. Worked on my 83 CJ7 after getting it LineX'd.
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Re: Re-Installing Factory Roll Bar 86 cj7

I learned early in life to never tighten any bolt until they are all started. I'd guess that you have already tightened the ones on top of the rear wheel wells and that has pulled you out of position. Loosen all the other bolts and they should start. If it's still a problem, use a jack with a block of wood on top of it to pull that corner of the body into position.
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Re: Re-Installing Factory Roll Bar 86 cj7

1. Roll Bars are like manifolds,
2. They warp when you take 'em off.
3. I use lots of wood wedges, as Taz mentioned,
4. And a come-along between the legs of the roll bar,
5. To bring the legs in under pressure.
6. I drop the bolts into the holes,
7. Then once all are in, tighten the nuts down.
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Re: Re-Installing Factory Roll Bar 86 cj7

I got it in using a punch threw the hole to align it. Although One of the bolts is slightly stripped (tightens then lossens when tightening) I just put another nut on the protrudung bolt threads that should hold it good enough. I think I stripped the welded on nut a little on install because it was very difficult to align it properly. The plates must of been slightly warped because I didn't have any bolts in when trying to align the two troublesome bolt holes. A punch or small bar is the perfect tool to align the holes for future reference for anyone. Thnks for the replies.

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