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Old January 10th, 2007, 10:03 AM   #1
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getting some ideas for xj cage

from .com
For Mooogie..


Most of the additional bracing will be 1.25 tube...


Mocking up the Co2 area.......Heheheeee




Base of cyl. area...


Free hand plasma......heheheeee



Need to start working forward, prime it, paint it.....start on suspension.....(again)





or go this way and cut it down and put the plates on like the 1st one



or buy the kit


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Old January 10th, 2007, 10:22 AM   #2
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Next time you see Marv, check out the cage he built for his grand cherokee. It should do the job.

That cage, IMO, has a few too many bars.
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Old January 10th, 2007, 10:24 AM   #3
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you better put a 20" lift on that thing before you start driving it around.
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Old January 10th, 2007, 10:32 AM   #4
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Old January 10th, 2007, 10:45 AM   #5
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do not, i repeat do not get the kit from D&C. its a great starter cage but their customer service sucks. i ordered it last spring and it took 6 weeks and two tries for me to get all the parts. for the price its hard to beat if you dont mind waiting and having to constantly bug them to get it.

biggest thing with any cage for an XJ is how it is tied into the unibody frame. most kits dont address this problem because its not easy. most guys end up having to fab this portion of the cage. the method most guys are using is to add bracing and structure under the floor that runs to the frame. its a great time to sleeve the frame rails and mabye tie the cage into some rock rails or boat sides.

just remember that the XJ body is nothing but glorified sheetmetal.
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Old January 10th, 2007, 10:55 AM   #6
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been checking these guys out



http://www.tntcustoms.com/webv5/xjstiffeners.asp



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if you're not against some fab work you'd get more benifit from making some out of 1/8" or 3/16" angle iron. it takes a little cutting and fitting to match the frame rail but you can cover more of it than what the tnt stiffeners do. you could go from bumper to bumper.

here's an example of the cage tie-in to the frame. its not the best excecution but give you an idea. you can see that the feet plates from the inside are bolted through the floor to plates on the underside. then those are tied into the frame and rock rails. eventually he's going to cover that area with that plastic cutting board material so that its a smooth face.

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no that looks like a good idea to me
i have to cut the rockers out too cuz there rusted so bad
i was just doing the research right now
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I would put a exo cage on it myself. If you do roll it all you'll be left with is a totaled XJ and a nice shinny int. cage, if you can get it out after the roof caves in that is.
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no that looks like a good idea to me
i have to cut the rockers out too cuz there rusted so bad
i was just doing the research right now
yogi you really should head over to the forums on naxja.org. there are some great threads about replacing the rockers with rect tubing. if you're doing that as well i'd definately put in the extra effort and tie the cage and everything in like the picture above. you'll get a lot more stiffness from the cage that way.
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Old January 10th, 2007, 11:10 AM   #11
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cool thanks for the info
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if you're not against some fab work you'd get more benifit from making some out of 1/8" or 3/16" angle iron. it takes a little cutting and fitting to match the frame rail but you can cover more of it than what the tnt stiffeners do. you could go from bumper to bumper.

here's an example of the cage tie-in to the frame. its not the best excecution but give you an idea. you can see that the feet plates from the inside are bolted through the floor to plates on the underside. then those are tied into the frame and rock rails. eventually he's going to cover that area with that plastic cutting board material so that its a smooth face.

how do you weld on the sub-frame, ive heard that you shouldnt weld on it w/ anything besides a TIG welder, or the frame wouldnt be too sturdy anymore... Im just curios about that
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Yogi,

Search for build-ups by "Crash" and "Jes" on Naxja. Both have some very good cage designs in their XJs.
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how do you weld on the sub-frame, ive heard that you shouldnt weld on it w/ anything besides a TIG welder, or the frame wouldnt be too sturdy anymore... Im just curios about that
If I'm reading it right, he replaced that section of the body with real steel and tied the sub frames together.
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