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By: Greg Colburn - 2/2002
|Mount the bracket using the original holes in the dash.|
|Attach the rear of the bar to the center hoop using the
original inserts. |
|Slide the passenger side on to the dash and top spreader
|Once inserted, line up the passenger side to the holes in
the dash, and windshield.|
After a couple of near misses, and just plain close calls I decided that it was time to add a little more protection to the inside of the Jeep. We spend so much time and money working on the suspension, engine, and the interior of our off-road toys so that we can go higher and deeper into the woods or rocks than ever before. This is one of the few modifications that could pay for it self after only one use and get you back home in safe one piece.
I called around to some of the roll-cage manufacturers and asked a lot of questions. Since I do not trailer my jeep, I wanted something that was not going to make it impossible to get in and out of the Jeep, while still offering the protection I was looking for. I contacted Wayne at O-R Fab in Arizona, after some discussion about what I was looking for, he suggested his YJ Bolt-in Sport Cage. It comes with all of the hardware that you will need for the installation, (.120) wall tubing, detailed instructions, and a powder coated gloss black finish. There are many options available for the cage that include weld-in handles, streamer bars, bottom dash supports, and soon they will offer a model with a dash cross bar.
On to the Install
First off you need to remove existing spreader bars from the windshield, and center hoop. Next you will need a tamper-proof torx to remove the inserts that are used to connect the bars to the center hoop. Once they are removed set them aside, you will need them later. Next remove the windshield bolts at the dash, along with the three other bolts on either side of the dash and fold your windshield down.
Now you are ready to start installing the new cage, take one of the side bars and loosely press the insert from the original bar into the new cage side and thread the supplied bolt into the weld nut. Next fit the side bar into place and thread the bolt through the center hoop loosely. Once that is completed, bolt the front flange to the dash (do not tighten yet). Next place the top spreader bar, and the dash spreader bar into the side of the installed side bar. Now bolt the second insert into the remaining side bar and slide over the top and dash spreader bars, once it is in place- loosely bolt to the center hoop, and dash making sure that all of the holes will line up with the dash holes (do not tighten yet).
With the cage loosely in place you will need to attach the supplied t-bars from the roll-cage to the windshield where your sport bars mounted. With everything in place, place two bolts through the weld nuts on both the top and dash spreader bars. Once this is completed, simply tighten all of the bolts, (make sure the holes line up on both sides of the dash) and make sure the doors will shut properly. You may need to modify the door jam (I just cut some of my weather-stripping down) in order for the doors to shut all of the way. If you also purchase the top streamer bars, simply mark where you would like them to go, drill four 1/4" holes and install using the supplied thread cutting bolts.
|Installed the supplied T-bar mount from the roll-cage to the windshield frame.||You can still use your visors, and it will not obstruct any of the view from the windshield.|
After some fine-tuning of the cage, the fit is good, and is rattle free. You can tell that a lot of time and effort went into the engineering and design of the YJ Sport Cage. Both the fit and finish is high quality-The powder coating is thick, and will no doubt last a long time. Once installed, the cage looks as if it came with my Jeep from the factory, and you can now remove two bolts and lower your windshield without having to sacrifice safety. The O-R Fab Sport Cage has everything that I was looking for, in that it is well built, has a solid design, and I didn't have to sacrifice any of my precious leg room inside of the Jeep.
|Install the streamer bars from the center hoop to the top spreader bar. Install using a 1/4" drill bit and the supplied hardware.||Here is the finished product. It looks like a factory option.|