Discussion in 'Builds and Fabricators Forum' started by CJ5Kyle, Jan 28, 2013.
Thanks for the heads up man! I'll keep an eye out for it
Thanks, I was just wondering. Is there anything behind the dash, or just mounted to the stock bolts?
Stock bolts. It also has 2 mounting holes to mount it to the windshield but my windshield doesn't have the holes. I think that's a CJ7 thing but I'm not positive, or possibly a '76+ thing
I have been wanting to move my front hoop mounts up to the dash. Those brackets look simple and get the job done.
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I'll try and find the website to order them from for you later today
I would like to know as well....I want to mount a front hoop in same location. Nice progress by the way.
Send a pm to jatepper on jeepforum.
I tried finding his website but I think he changed it up and it doesn't show the mounts anymore
What is the thickness of the mounts? Thinking I can Fab some fairly easily.
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My guess is 1/4" but I can measure for you too
Not to rain on anyone's parade, but I'd be concerned about the strength of mounting a front hoop in that manner. You are using a couple of 5/16 bolts through sheet metal to anchor the hoop. No something I'd want for protection in a rollover. Just my .02 cents. Plus you are just changing from one knee-knocker to another.
I'm with Posi 100%................a knee knocker with a sharp edge................and I guess that's why they call that type of cage and mount a "Sport Bar" ...................
Not planning on it protecting much but it is definitely NOT a knee knocker. Gave me tons more room compared to going all the way to the floor. It's more for leg room than anything else
This is a very light trail rig and mainly a hunting rig on mostly easy trails
I agree that a couple 5/16" bolts through the dash aren't going support the front of the cage in a roll over. Some type of structural support would need to be added. After taking some measurements this type of mount won't work for me as my front hoop sits too far back at that point. The brackets would stand off close to 6 inches from the dash.
Sunday nights I have to stay up all night because I work nights Monday-Wednesday so I decided to get some work done last night, I was out in the garage until 3am getting small things done. Started stripping everything down to get the tub ready for paint and also for a new wiring harness. Also worked today on it before going to work.
Getting it stripped down
Originally I thought that I would keep the solid rear gate but recently decided that I need the tailgate for other things that I will have going on later down the road so I cut that out today. Just need to find a gate.
I also hacked the rear supports off of my cage because I'm going to extend the cage into a family style roll bar and took off the fenders to make wiring easier. It also opens up space for me to clean the front half of the frame, the engine and get a few small things wrapped up in the engine bay. Not to mention it should make the fenders easier to prep for paint.
Progress is moving right along!
Man I wish I had your weather up here for awhile. I might be able to get something done. That's already a good looking Jeep. Those bubbled areas at the front and below the door openings are very common rust areas. Because of the pillar on the inside, moisture gets trapped between it and the outer tub. Here's what mine looked like. Both sides were the same. Enjoy your project.
Yuck. Well, something to look forward too lol
Great, so that's what the rust outline on both sides of my tub is...
I wasn't happy when I saw that first spot. By the time I was on the third area it was no big deal. Cut and weld mostly. Jeeps are pretty easy to do body work on. Mostly flat metal. I'd never done any body work before and barely called what I do welding, but it turned out fine. Excellent from about 8 - 10 feet away. Here's the condensed version of everything you need to know about bodywork on a Jeep. ha ha
Looks pretty good for someone who doesn't really know what they're doing.
Damn that looks great man. I've got quite a few small areas like that. What thickness metal did you use?
16g sheetmetal. I had numerous spots like the ugly one above. If you have some blistering low at the rear of the Jeep, that's another favorite rust spot. They're caused by moisture getting trapped between the tub and the rear body mounts.
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