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I've been thinking about doing this for quite some time, and I think I'm finally going to give it a shot, or at least see what the response level is. I seem to be quite good at it…

I am willing to install roll cages in Jeeps. I have done three so far - 2 '79 CJ-7's and I just did an '82 Scrambler. I have seen very few that are as strong and well built. I have 5 years experience with welding and fabrication on all kinds of antique cars and trucks. I also have 4 years experience with hard-core four-wheeling, for whatever that's worth…

All cages are built out of 2'inch OD (outside diameter), DOM (drawn over mandrel) mild steel, .120 wall tubing. They are assembled with a 140-amp Mig welder. The welding penetration and strength is second to none and is airtight - mine and one other is being used as a tank for an on-board air system. They are tied into the factory roll bar, and include a front hoop, 4 spreader bars, one bar across the bottom of the windshield, and two side bars that tie the bottom of the front hoop and the factory bar together. The front hoop has one 6x6x¼" plate on the top of the floor, and one 7x7x1/4" plate on the bottom. I can also tie the front hoop into the frame (or the back, but that's not really necessary and it's very labor intensive).

I can build a cage for CJ's that will allow the hard doors, hard top, and soft-top all to be used without interference. However, the padded dash, glovebox, and visors must go. The emergency brake will not be interfered with - there is room to operate the pedal and release with no problem. I've never done a Wrangler, but I'm sure I could, I just am not familiar with what I'd have to work around, etc.

I can give references of the cages I've built so far, and you can always come look at mine - it is 3 years old. If you come over, I have video of my Jeep rolling with the cage installed and me in it. The video shows that the cage is totally unharmed, the Jeep has a few more small dents, and I got a small cut on my head from flying debris. The general consensus by everyone there is that I'd probably be dead without it, and the Jeep would have been destroyed. Instead, it started right up and I drove it home 300 miles with no problems. I also have video of the cage preventing rolls by leaning on trees and things. I can't really think of better advertising - seeing is believing.

I guess I'd have to have people sign some type of waiver saying this is a "sport-cage" and blah, blah, blah, but with the way I tie these together, you'll be fine unless you fall off the top of the Lion's Back at Moab and plummet 300 feet - then nothing is going to save you…

All cages would be built at my home, which is a few hundred yards from the intersection of PA, MD, and DE. Since every one is a custom job, the Jeep must be dropped off for probably the better part of a week. Cages are assembled in the Jeep, and then removed for final welding before being re-installed as a unit. Painting is on you. Pricing is per job, and is not cheap, but reasonable for the quality job you'll be getting - about the same as a good quality winch. However, nothing else makes your Jeep as safe, as strong, and as cool looking - it changes the whole look of the Jeep.

I'm doing this for a little extra cash while being around the home, and because I like Jeeps and I'm good at it. Maybe no one will be interested, but I figure I always hear people asking about it, so I'd give it a try. If you are interested, send me an email or give me a ring!

Chuck Hadley
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Sounds good Chuck, but I am in Texas......

Why don't you post some pictures.

Thanks,

1985 CJ7 4.2L, T-176, Dana 300, 2.5" lift, 32"BFG MT, Durabak On-Board Air
 
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Chuck, so when are you moving to New Mexico?

Brad (from the 4 Wheeling center of the universe, 4 corners USA)
 
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Hi Chuck.

I have an 85 CJ7 with stock rollbar. I recently purchased the front sports bar from a Wrangler since I have a Wrangler windshield on my CJ. I haven't installed it yet, but I will soon. I wanted to get some protection for the back. My daughters ride in the back. I also wanted some added protection in the front, mainly between the two sports bars (top of windshield) and on the sides (driver and passenger) Would it be worthwhile to weld to my existing bar or is it better to get a whole new custom made bar? I am not a hardcore off-roader but I'm very concerned about my family getting hurt.

I'm in NY, how far am I from you? If I decide to have the work done, when could you do it? Please let me know. Thanks.

John C.

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Yeah, and when you get a leak in your air tank, you know to look for a cracked weld. Same thing
Porsche did to check their racing frames. Not sure I'd want it filled to 100lb behind my head though.


 
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