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Stoopid to switch rollbar?

I have a '93 Jeep and am thinking of switching to the older style rollbar. Would this be a stoopid move on my part? I like the look of the older ones, I have no need for rear shoulder harnesses, and I like the fastback softop from rock gear. Any negatives about this(i.e. less protection in rollover?) I have a friend that just bought an '89 YJ and he has kids, so I could probably get him to swap(same color too). Thanks!

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Re: Stoopid to switch rollbar?

Hey if your not using the backseat for kids, then its not really a stupid idea. If you like the look of the older bars, then go for it, as far as I know, other than the added rear passenger protection, and added shoulder harness, there is no additional inheirant strength in the newer bars.
Now, lets move on, to the more important question, you should be asking, "should the addition, of reinforcement, and a front hoop(to whichever stock bar you may choose), be the most important modification, on my list?". Why, Yes James, the addition of a full roll cage should be even more important than a neat swept back soft top.
Who cares which style you choose as long as it can help save your life in a rollover. I would not, begin a build up without the cage being somewhere at top of the list, to be completed before my 1st day of hard wheelin. I wouldnt let one of my daughters, even own a Jeep untill I installed a front hoop, and needed reinforcement. Its not a very expensive project.

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Re: Stoopid to switch rollbar?

Check with Boston Mangler, he was looking for a newer rollbar and wanted to get rid of his stock one (older style), maybe you guys can setup a trade.

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Re: Stoopid to switch rollbar?

If your bar is in excellent condition, I'd be willing to trade.

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Re: Stoopid to switch rollbar?

Thanks for slappin me around Jeff I've been stoopid with my order of mods. A front hoop should come first before an axle swap and SOA. And I have been planning on doing it before I do any serious off-roading. So there's not benifit to the newer bar except shoulder harnesses and maybe a bit more rear protection for passengers? Would I be stoopid to take rear passengers wheeling with the older style bar? Thanks Jeff!

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Re: Stoopid to switch rollbar?

I would think the older style bars would actually be stronger due to the triangulation of the bar supports. The newer ones with the bends probably would fail with less weight. It is probably not really a problem though as I am sure both are capable bars.

I would keep your existing bar ( even though if you were near me I would trade you in a heartbeat) if you plan on ever wheeling with people in the back.

My kids keep harrassing me to go jeepin but I won't take them until I get the cage done with some type of protection for the rear. Heck I am even a little leary (ok a lot) of attempting difficult stuff with out the full cage. It is going in soon!

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