In a prior writeup named "Sandblasting, Powdercoating & Offroad Hitches
". I was asked a few questions about the Roll Cage in my 08 Rubicon Unlimited (named RumbleBee)
Back when I decided to install a full cage in there were only a few choices available. The first cage I examined was from Rock Hard 4X4 Parts
while the other was from River Raider
. The Roll Cage I chose came from River Raider. It requires welding so either a professional is required, or you or a friend must be a skilled welder.
The Rock Hard cage is considerably more expensive than the River Raider cage. This is largely due to the extra hardware it uses to make it easy to install. Sections of the Rock Hard cage end in Clamps.
That can a big advantage for some people since it is simply bolted in place using Roll Bar Clamps. It also means it can be painted, or powder coated prior to installation.
Before proceeding I would like to state that I am sure the Rock Hard cage is good product. My personal preference is to have a welded cage because it feels safer to me. I also prefer the appearance of a welded cage but that is a very subjective opinion.
The Rock Hard cage employs an upper front bar that crosses the cabin about a foot in front of the top of the windshield.
This has both advantages and disadvantages. An advantage of this design is that it enables you to have a full-size sPOD without interference. A disadvantage is that it is further from the windshield so in the event of a roll-over it appears it would allow the windshield to collapse into the front seating area more than a welded design that rings the windshield. I don't know that to be true. It is simply based on the cross-bars being further away at the top of the Jeep. The front down tubes on the Rock Hard cage attaches at the upper corner of the windshield in the area where the sun visors attach. (002 Front Corner Attachment Points)
The Rock Hard cage ties into the dash area of the Jeep with a metal plate that covers the removable portion of the outside edge of the dash. Here are a couple shots which show the Driver & Passenger sides as well as the Dash Cross Bar that clamps to the down tubes.
My issue with this approach is that it appears to prevent you from gaining access to the sides of Dash once the cage is installed, unless you unbolt the entire front cage assembly. That's okay as long as you realize that before you install it. Here are a couple shots showing off the Dash Cross Bar.
The center bars that run down the middle of the Jeep are very easy to install. They simply bolt & clamp in place. Here are a couple shots of the center bars in front and back.
Okay, so now you've seen the cage I didn't go with. Lets take a look at what I did choose. I went with the River Raider cage. I like River Raider's cage for a number of reasons:
1) The clever design especially around the Dash tie-in
2) The pre-cut construction
3) The beefiness of the tubes
4) The awesome support from Kenny & the gang at River Raider
So here is the process I went through.