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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-14-2001, 02:34 AM Thread Starter
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Do your hard doors hit your front hoop?

I just bought the smittybuilt front hoop and spreaders. It seems like the hard doors when shut will hit the hoop toward the bottom in the footwells. Has anyone else run into this?

I am thinking if I pull the bars together before welding/mounting the plates I can correct it??

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Re: Do your hard doors hit your front hoop?

Raymo, I have a Smittybilt hoop in a 1980 CJ-7 and at the bottom of the doors you can see where there is very slight contact with the front hoop. There is actually more contact just below the door windows, and it has dimpled the padding on the door panels. My installation also required me to shorten the window cranks on each side. I would suppose you could pull the hoop legs closer just a little to avoid contact.

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Re: Do your hard doors hit your front hoop?

I took my window cranks off and now it clears.

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Re: Do your hard doors hit your front hoop?

I went to a junk yard with old, old cars and found two of the old "wind window" cranks that fit perfectly. The first pair I grabbed didn't have the correct diameter splines so if you try this be certain to take the Jeep ones with you to match things up.

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Re: Do your hard doors hit your front hoop?

From what I understood when I got my Smittybilt front hoop there were 2 criteria that they needed, padded or unpadded dash and soft top or hard top. The place I got mine from had recently by mistake put a soft top hoop in a CJ-7 with a hard top and had that very problem. They ended up having to pull it and put the correct bar in.

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Re: Do your hard doors hit your front hoop?

I have the same problem with my cage. The bottom of the doors do hit.

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Re: Do your hard doors hit your front hoop?

Thanks for the replies. I am thinking about having the tubes that go straight down to the floor bent forward to fit in the footwell. This would make entry/exit a little easier. It would also solve the problem with the doors hitting. It would render the e-brake useless, but I was planning on modifying that anyway. There is a good custom muffler shop here in San Diego. Would their benders bend structural tubing?

Anyone know of a write-up on using a toyota pull-style e-brake?

I like the way the bar fits close to the dash and windshield(I have a padded dash, but it gets real thin where the hoop fits) so the hoop stays in tight.

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Re: Do your hard doors hit your front hoop?

Thanks for the post Raymo, I was thinking about that exact same thing the other day. I would also like to know what you guys did with the big windsheild knob. Just replace them with bolts? Is it still fairly easy to get them out and lay the windsheild down?

I was talking with a buddy the other day, and we were thinking about trying to adapt a lever type ebrake, mounted on the tunnel cover next to the tranny shifter. Comments?

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Re: Do your hard doors hit your front hoop?

I can still get to the windshield knobs no problem, and the e-brake and release handle for that matter. The only problem I had was the glove compartment, had to move the lid over about a half inch.

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