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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-14-2000, 02:45 AM
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I just wanted to ask some questions about ya'lls cages. I have one already but it was in the jeep when I bought it. It is welded together in 8 places on the front hoop alone. For obvious reasons I am going to replace it. I found a local shop that has been building rigs for decades, several cover rigs for 4x4 mags. I can order the Smittybilt kit from them for $120 plus install. I was wanting to add one more bar on the front, run it in front of the dash from one side of the hoop to the other. I also wanted to run the spreader bars over the center of the jeep rather than on the side. I talked to someone that had a custom 3-section rack that they had made, I think it was H8MON. I was wanting some ideas about the cage. I asked the guy at the local shop about a frame tie in and he said that he would not do it b/c it would rip the body apart. He said that he has been building them for decades and that he has had his cages rolled at 65 mph in dune races and everything worked fine without the frame tie-in. I want it anyway. What are ya'lls opinions. I was thinking about just mounting the frame with the kits that they sell, actually thinking about having a shop fab it out, cheaper that way. I would have them put poly bushings on each of the bolts. Theoretically this would be the same as the body mount, except it would be the cage mounts, any comments. I am just trying to get all the ideas laid out before I go to the guy and get screwed with "labor costs", and "shop owner B.S.". We have all been victims of both, if not let me know what city you live in so I know where the real Americans are located.

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 09-14-2000, 08:23 AM
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That guy telling you not to tie your cage into the frame, is comparing your potential rollover to ones that he has experienced in the sand. Sand is alot more forgiving than say granite. Tie the thing into the frame.

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I just had my cage done by a place in Farmington, check out my post from yesterday. They were inexpensive, used the Smittybilt as a base. I went with the same idea you have, the spreaders are in the middle, about 8 inches or so apart. I'm going to tie it into the frame myself, the poly bushing idea is the same one I've been kicking around. The whole thing, including the custom hoops in the back ran $260 installed.

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post #4 of (permalink) Old 09-14-2000, 09:56 AM
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See the pict to see how I used the body mounts on my front tie to frame. On my rear tie to frame, I bolted a 24"x8"steel plate to the top of rear fender wells. In between, I placed some 1/4" rubber matting.

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post #5 of (permalink) Old 09-15-2000, 10:39 PM
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Great job! Real clean install. Did you considering making a kit? You could buy more suff for the jeep with the $$$.

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