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Looking at possibly building an exocage for my XJ this summer, and was wanting to see some XJ cage pics... I have seen plenty of toyota's and wranglers, so thanks but no thanks there... I am thinking of tying it into the front and rear bumpers (custom, plenty strong) and then into the rocker skids as well (also custom)... The idea of a few bars coming through the cab in the rear passenger section and/or cargo area also seems appealing... Im not afraid to get into a little cutting of the body to so this... Any ideas or pics? Thanks, Hugh
 

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That is Dan Starc's XJ. Get in touch with Kurt Davis over at www.jeepnorthwest.com I'm pretty sure that he has Dan's e-mail or contact info since they go wheeling together. I got a chance to check out that rig last month at the NWCRA event, he was a safety inspector or something like that. One hell of a setup! I've seen a few pictures of him rolled at Moab, and the only damage that I can see on it in person were some scratches and minor dings on the tubes.
 

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Originally posted by Weasel:
<STRONG>That rear bumper is not part of the cage but a bumper offered from Trailready.</STRONG>
I think that is a custom bumper and you can see that it's part of the cage, tied into the sides. Heres the TR Bumper I think there was a XJ with one on the UROC web page that didnt hold up too well to a roll.

[ 10-29-2001: Message edited by: Eddie Mcstiff ]
 

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I believe that Dan Starc helped design some of the Trail Ready bumpers. IMHO, I think they are too bulky and they cost WAY too much. That bumper on the 6" RR XJ is just plain <IMG SRC="smilies/rainbow.gif" border="0"> overkill.
 

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Yeah, i know, what color should i paint my jeep, red bumpers are gay, etc... Seriously, any other pics or useful information would be greatly appreciated... I have already sat down and started designing, but I also plan on cutting the body up a bit before hand... Should prove to be interesting. I got a friend that does really good body work so maybe it will look a little bit more presentable in its next form...
 

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Hugh, hit me back channel and I will get you a few more pics. I snapped a few shots when I saw Dan at the NWRCA event last month. I have some digitals and some on regular film that I still haven't developed. Good luck, it should be a nice project if you do it right. They really suck if you do a crappy job though. I saw one on ebay not too long ago that looked terrible.
 

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Thats cool... Im not sure about the private chats or whatnot and how to do them... I plan on doing it right, good clean welds, good tubing, and im planning on actually cutting the rear of the truck into a truck bed (did this once before with good results) or better yet doing a whole tube/buggy setup behind the rear passenger seats? Just looking for ideas and options right now really... Hugh

[ 10-30-2001: Message edited by: punkskalar ]
 

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Originally posted by punkskalar:
<STRONG>Im sorry, CG? Maybe im a "newbie", but maybe i spend more time on the trail than the net too... Thanks</STRONG>
Center of Gravity.... <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">

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Thats what SX's or Boggers ar for... Besides, with an XJ, most of the weight is down low to start with... Ill be keeping all my gear really low as well (possibly getting a fuel cell and setting the tools in the stock locations... who know, all kinds of options, i figure if i get my plans worked up, i can revise them over and over until i know what i want for this summer.. Hugh
 

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I am doing that to mine right now, I have a really solid front bumper and an even better rear swing out carrier that I have already tied the tube fenders I made from 1.5 sched 40 pipe to. I plan to make a hybrid cage with the exo portion similar to Dan's, (I have seen it a few times) and also have a good internal cage to prevent most of the problems with the body shifting inside the cage from lack of triangulation in the outer cage. I have all the internal stuff bent and fit just not mounted yet...

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I've been thinking about a hybrid cage too. I've also been wondering how hard it would be to strengthen or replace the fake frame and make a removeable top with a internal cage <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0"> Any Ideas?

[ 10-30-2001: Message edited by: Eddie Mcstiff ]
 
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