The all new reinforced cage kits come with everything you?ll need to strengthen your factory roll bar into a solid foundation if a roll over takes place. We start off with 1020 .120 Wall DOM tubing which is one of the strongest materials available. Each kit includes the new Knuckle System that attaches to the factory roll bar, using a unique pivot and fastening point on one end and grade 10 fasteners on the other. Making it one of the strongest and the most solid mounts available for your Jeep?. All of our cages were engineered to bolt-in and require no modifications to the vehicle to ensure a rock solid install while creating the strongest cage kit available.
Only problem I found where the six dash bolts were too short had to go buy longer ones
from High desert California
3.0Great End Result
End result is great. Getting there is difficult. Took almost 6 hours to install and I'm a pretty handy guy. The drill hole template didn't quite match the pillar plates. The Passenger Pillar plate had to be modified to fit close enough to the fire wall to allow the holes to align. Took a lot of strapping and twisting to get everything in alignment. The rear cage padding did not fit correctly, but Smittybilt quickly shipped replacement and it was great to work with their customer service.
5.0Strong, good looking and affordable
I really like this cage. I needed a no welding and affordable option and this was both. I looks good and although I have yet to roll with it I'm pretty sure it will protect the front passengers. It is very sturdy. I have a 2002 TJ and my doors actually fit better after installing, I think things were sagging a bit and this pulled it all back into shape.
4.0Nice solid cage, modifications required.
I bought this cage despite several reviews claiming the difficulty of installing. I liked the idea that this one had the best of both worlds from the top two Bolt in cage manufacturers. I didn’t like the knuckles in view of one and the fact that the other does not tie into the windshield. It took a full weekend by myself to get this installed properly. I would like to see the person who can install this in 2-3 hours as stated. It can take that long just to get it prepped. I also made the mistake of not reading the horrendous instructions all the way through first. I stopped at the first page once I realized they were pretty much worthless. No designation of which bolts in the bag go where, it was not that difficult to eventually figure out, but it took laying it all out and counting holes to figure it out. The left side did require grinding down by the top bolt to get it installed. Others just bent the flange on the Jeep. I didn’t want to do that to risk weakening the small flange that supports the entire cage. Once the cage was completely installed, i went to break down the boxes only to find what looked like a filler box (no weight to it and no writing on the box like all the others) only to find the padding. Now the padding the way it is cut requires it to be put on BEFORE you install the cage. I had to disassemble the cage and reinstall it. Now once completed came trimming the moulding corners. Fun! After completing this it was on to the soft top installation. I gave up and have decided to sell my soft top due to the amount of trimming required to get this to work. I don’t feel that the Door surround will have much support if i cut that much. I have talked to friends with the other cages and they had to do the exact same thing. I just decided it was not worth it.
Overall, I like the cage a lot and think it will help out in a roll over much better than without one. For the price this is an outstanding deal when you consider you are getting the cage, powder coating and pads for just a little less than the others are selling he raw steel cage. Yes, welds look like they were completed by amateurs but I checked everyone and they look solid, just not very pretty. Probably as good as i could have done if i built the cage myself. I had no other fitment issues outside of passenger side door rail. Everything went together nice and easy after that. If you don’t mind hacking up your door surrounds for a soft top than go for it. As for the hard top, i wont know if it fits or any mods needed until the end of summer when i put the top back on it. I can say that it looks like it will go on easy with no mods as it actually pushes the sound bar down in the center, thus taking up less space. I see zero issue of anything that could get in the way of the freedom tops not aligning or needing trimming.
from Los Angeles
4.0Good safety upgrade
Have no complaints other than I had to use a tap to clean up a couple bolt holes do to powder coating.
Also the kit doesn't come with all the pads that work with a soft top.
Pain to install by your self because you have to flex some of your sports bars but that's to be expected.
Other than that I like it and it feels to be a good solid addition to the TJ.
Might want to get some seat boosters when you get this because the dash bar can obstruct the view of shorter people.
overall I'm happy and I've heard a lot of good things about the safety aspect of this cage kit.
3.0get what you pay for..
The collars will not close. But you can get them tight with your own tools, the supplied are no good. They will strip and bend easily. If you follow the directions it will be ok. Only lacking in those would be the A pillar install. The backing hardware needs to be flipped and can be a pain. 2 people required to install or it will be very difficult. Another tip is to install every before you put it in the jeep. It will be easier in the long run.
from Portland Oregon
4.0Solid Construction-Tricky to install
Bought product because it included entire kit, provides more protection from side impact in the back seat and roll over protection, and was listed as "works with all factory hardware" or something like that. As it turns out, you have to cut part of the plastic away from you door surrounds and the plastic where the side support bars meet the windshield. Instructions say to install the bars with the grab handles before installing dash cross bar. DO this the other way around otherwise the dash bar will not fit. A heavy duty ratchet strap is highly recommended for all other cross bar installations. Also, when removing the bar covers, it helps to label the inside of the cover with FD, FP, RD, and RP to make reinstallation easier. Where it says that some modification to the roll bar padding and covers may be needed, what it means is you will need to do A LOT of cutting and the zippers are now useless. I recommend buying a small diameter grommet kit and a couple hundred feet of Para cord. You are going to want to hem sections you cut so they do not fray. It would be nice if the kit would come with additional bar covers to cover the stock bars as well as the roll cage bars.
Over-all. Great product, just takes more planning than the product description lets on.
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