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    Two friends and I went in on building a bender. Our buddy Russell built it and also bought the Bend-Tech computer program. The program is awsome! With a few measurements, we deisigned my cage this morning, and got started on some bends.
    I'm going with a complete new cage, not using the factory bar at all.
    My main concerns were to be able to still use the hardtop,use the hard doors, have a 'family' style full cage, and not have the A pillar interfere with swinging my feet in and out the door opening. Looks like I'll not only have that, but have the use of my (stock) window cranks, glovebox and grab bar above the glove box.
    Here is the design we came up with using the Bend-tech program:

    The 2 main bars: Along with my helper, my oldest son Ty.


    Window crank still clears!!!! Usually you have to get shorter crank handles or open the door to roll it up and down.





    Going to also run a bar behind the seatbacks, for the 4 point harness', and that will get triangulated (it's not on the design pic yet.) And run spreaders at the bottom between the A and B pillars, along with a couple cross bars for mounting the seats and lapbelt portion of the harness.
    Of course this will all be tied into the frame.

    Going to work on it some more tomorrow, and I'll post more pics as I go.
    The last thing we did tonight was set the hardtop back on. The cage fits nice and tight inside, without actually touching the top.


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    Looks pretty sharp. I wish I had the knowledge, skill and tools to be able to do that.

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    Awesome! Isn't Bendtech great!!? I won't hardly bend a single piece of tube without it. I love the "verify" feature where you can pick points along the tube and check distances to make sure something is gonna fit before you ruin it.

    It's funny, you're like one-step ahead of me all the way. I'm working on rewiring some things, then it's on the finishing the cage, doing tube fenders and shooting paint.

    Are you going to use a tube notcher? I used to just cut/plasma/grind the tube ends for fitup but a nice notcher will make things sooooo much easier. Even one of those cheap Northern Tool notchers are worth it just to do one cage.
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    Russell has a notcher, and I'm going to pick one up. I'm going to be finishing my cage at home, Russell lives 50 miles away, so what I'd spend in gas to run back and forth will pay for one of the cheap notchers.

    The Bend-Tech program is incredible! The only waste we hd was from our own error in rotating the tube between bends, after figuring that out, it was a breeze! For the 2 main 'hoops', we left and extra 2'' on each end of the tube. After bending we cut exactly 2" off each end! No waste at all!

    Hey BESRK, tube fenders? Thats funny! I just need to add the flares and clean up and paint mine!
    Mine are more 'flattie' style, but the flare will be tube and 16 guage strips 3'' wide.



    And I have the wiring under control, so far It can be a pain! I ripped out everything from under the dash that wasn't factory, including wires from the PO and myself. All extras lke the radio and CB will now run right from the battery, with a breaker and main shutoff. No more splicing into any wire harnesses. Going to head out and do some more work on the cage today, be back with some more pics tonight. HB


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    Both of you are moving right along...looks great! Awesome that you worked around the pesky window crank and glove box.

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    Got a little more done.



    This is the fit up of the joint at the top of the pass. side B pillar:



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    Those who stand in defiance of unconstitutional laws
    do so out of duty, honor, oath and love of country.


    "Certified Jeep Junky!"


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    That fitting is really clean. Awesome work.

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    where do you get the hole saws for cutting metal i have some general purpose ones but the wear down fast
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