Used 4x4 Parts: How to Install a Used Roll Cage Used 4x4 Parts: How to Install a Used Roll Cage
If you take your 4x4 off road you might want to upgrade it with some used 4x4 parts. A roll cage can protect you in the event of a rollover. Even if you never have to use it you will have peace of mind knowing you are safer when you are going over rough terrain.
Step 1 – Find the Right Cage
When getting a used roll cage be sure it will work for your vehicle. You may have to make modifications to be sure it is securely mounted.
Step 2 – Check for Clearance
Beginning in the front, the cage should allow you to roll the windows up and down easily and not interfere with your sun visors or vents. The rear hoop will sit inside the hell wells and directly over the frame rails.
Step 3 - Mounting Plates
Weld in the frame rail mounts. In the rear you can weld the mounting plate to the frame. In the front you may have to use offset body mount arms since direct welding might interfere with foot positioning.
Step 4 – Contact Plates
Once you have these frame mounts in place weld the contact bottom plates to your cage tube. Place the plates on the floor and trace the correct positioning for welding the bars. Cut the carpet now to be sure you allow for the extra length. Cut the bars as necessary to adapt to your truck. Weld the contact plates to the bar ends. Then assemble the cage inside the vehicle.
Step 5 – Center Joint
To help in adjusting this used frame to fit your vehicle and to be able to remove the cage by just unbolting the front hoops and rear hoops connect them with this joint. A smaller bar will be welded onto the end of the rear hoop and you can slide the front bar over it. It will be secured with bolts. At this point, simply tack the smaller bar with a tack weld and mark the position of holes you will need to drill to place the fasteners.
Step 6 - Dry Fit
Position all pieces of the assembly while still inside the vehicle to check for fit. When you have a good fit take it apart and bring it out to the shop floor.
Step 7 – Putting It All Together
Weld everything together and drill the holes that you have marked. Paint with a non corrosive primer and let dry. Follow that up with a paint finish that matches your vehicle.
Step 8 – Final Assembly
Reassemble the cage inside the vehicle. Assemble the bars. Drill holes for the mount plates on the floor. Bolt the cage down and be sure it is firmly secured.
One word of caution: a roll cage is a safety device, so if you have any questions ask for expert advice and assistance. Having a professional check the installation will give you piece of mind and make sure that you will be protected.