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Old 08-14-2012, 05:35 PM
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also subed. Nice work so far.

I like the b-pillars following the lines of the seats towards the rear of the jeep instead of bowing out with the b-pillar like a lot of people do. Keeps the driver from ever smacking his face on it and eliminates stock seat belt interference if you don't toss a harness in right away
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Old 08-16-2012, 03:04 PM
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Thanks guys!

I didn't get anything done on the cage build in the past week or so because I was busy wheeling with NAXJA for their annual Sierrafest. I will make up for my lack of updates with some wheeling pics

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Hopefully that makes up for my lack of updates!
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Dude this is *****in haha now get to work so I can see it done. Just a thought, are you gonna run a harness bar from pillar to pillar? Cause it give anyone sitting in the middle a o **** bar lol
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damn them are some awesome photos.
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Love those last two pictures.
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Old 08-16-2012, 05:31 PM
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where are those pics taken?, looks like a wicked place, love seeing 4x4 pics from other countrys,cage is looking good,alot of winch challange trucks over here have similar hybrid cage set up .www.4x4challenges.org.nz
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Old 08-18-2012, 01:25 PM
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Thanks guys. The pics were taken in northern California near the Bear Valley Ski Resort. Beautiful area.

Got some done on the heep yesterday. Got the C pillars through the roof and I've been starting the base plates to mount them to the floor. Here's the progress.

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We are cleaning out the shed today... Which means we will be cleaning out the garage some more. Which means more room to build a roll cage! Progress today will be slow but I should get some work done on the cage.

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Old 08-21-2012, 01:14 AM
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Got some more done today and yesterday. Just getting all the small things worked out is taking some time. Im being super OCD, but hopefully it pays off in the end!

Got my triangulation all "done" with the exception of my C-to-D Pillar bar (just a single straight bar). Almost got it done but I fried my last hole saw.

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B-pillar mounting plate. The tube is not in the correct place, and I dont think the plate is either, but you get the idea. It will be welded around the edges and plug welded to the floor, then (eventually) holes will be drilled for frame tie in plates.

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Heres a suuuper crappy shot of my C-pillar plates. Plate wil be welded to the floor. Tube will be welded to the plate and to the side of the wheel well if all goes as planned.

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Put it to work tonight holding down the garage floor.

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And finally, the to-do list.

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Im getting there! If all goes as planned, what you see now will all be welded in place by the weekend. Just need to get my hands on a nice welder.

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Originally Posted by Jeep450r View Post
Got some more done today and yesterday. Just getting all the small things worked out is taking some time. Im being super OCD, but hopefully it pays off in the end!

Got my triangulation all "done" with the exception of my C-to-D Pillar bar (just a single straight bar). Almost got it done but I fried my last hole saw.





B-pillar mounting plate. The tube is not in the correct place, and I dont think the plate is either, but you get the idea. It will be welded around the edges and plug welded to the floor, then (eventually) holes will be drilled for frame tie in plates.



Heres a suuuper crappy shot of my C-pillar plates. Plate wil be welded to the floor. Tube will be welded to the plate and to the side of the wheel well if all goes as planned.



Rear shot:



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Put it to work tonight holding down the garage floor.



And finally, the to-do list.



Im getting there! If all goes as planned, what you see now will all be welded in place by the weekend. Just need to get my hands on a nice welder.
its lookin nice , real nice haha. if you ever come down to so cal for any trails or events down here let me know i would love to check out the rig
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looking good man. im glad i caught this.
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dude you need to pick up your own welder now. Thats just a necessity with your skills
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What kind of bender are you using? I'm planning on buying one and building a hybrid this winter. I'm thinkin about dropping the cash for a JD squared bender.
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your cherokee is deliciously gorgeous
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Old 08-22-2012, 09:17 PM
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very cool pictures man. Wish there were sights like that near my neck of the woods.

Love what you're doing here... Nice truck.
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Old 08-24-2012, 12:54 AM
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Thanks for the motivation everybody!

Originally Posted by 1ABrian View Post
dude you need to pick up your own welder now. Thats just a necessity with your skills
Just snatched one last night. Millermatic 180 Autoset with a good sized (171cf) C/25 tank. Got it for a steal, and just in time!

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What kind of bender are you using? I'm planning on buying one and building a hybrid this winter. I'm thinkin about dropping the cash for a JD squared bender.
Im using a Pro-tools 105 manual bender. I like it, but it has its quirks. some of the holes that the pins go through are getting wallowed out (probably user error) but other than that its great. I think JD2 has a better angle finder design as well. but the 105 was cheaper for me.




Well today ended up being a success. Got both A-pillars done. It turns out that a 35* notch fits PERFECTLY on the awkward halo bend. I have no easy way to pull the windshield though, so if the window breaks I will chop off the A-pillars and put in flanges or tube adapters.

Then I spent a bit of time getting everything centered and aligned and got it all tacked together so I could pull it off the jeep to weld up.

My buddy Zach ended up dropping by after work and wired up a 220v outlet for my welder, and then I spent a few minutes practicing on scrap before I moved on to the cage.

Everything is burned together right now. Tomorrow I will go back out and look for any little gaps I missed and will be grinding down/re-welding a spot or two.

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mmmmmm, welding with gas is lovely.

The part of the cage that you see plus the B and C pillars will be done and burned in TOMORROW. Here is a list of all that needs to be done tomorrow (this is mostly for myself):

-Look over welds and grind/reweld
-Cut and cap ends (by D-pillar) and grind smooth
-Clean off slag
-Paint
-Make A-pillar to cowl tie in plates
-Put halo back on
-Tack B and C pillars
-Weld base plates
-Lift through roof and weld B/C pillars
-Drop down and weld B/C pillars to plates.
-Paint interior tubes
-Burn A-pillars in to rocker replacements and cowl.
-Notch fenders to fit around a-pillars
-Reassemble (trim, carpet, front clip, etc.)
-Admire my work
-Leave for school

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