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89 K5 rear roll bar

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by cesandvik, Mar 9, 2006.

  1. cesandvik

    cesandvik Registered Member Premium Member

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    I am looking for a rear roll bar for a 89 K5. Any hints on a manufacturer or one for sale?
     
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    I believe smittybuilt has a cheap one available. Ive also heard of one from Jegs or Summit.

    I have a full cage from S&W racecars. I bought a prefab one cause I dont have the ability or the tooling to bend tube. Its slowly going in now.

    Otherwise, design one and build it or have it built to your specs...
     
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    are you looking for one that you can use with the hard top on?
     
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    dremu Officious Thread Derailer Premium Member

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    GM made them; they fit from 73-91, but are most comonly seen, AFAIK, in late 70's trucks. They show up here in the for-sale ads now and again, or at the junkyards.

    Alternately, you can get entire cages aftermarket -- search on this.

    -- A
     
  5. cesandvik

    cesandvik Registered Member Premium Member

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    Yeah, I am looking for one that will work with the top on. Planning on keeping the top off permenantly, but want the option. I found a local 4x part yard with two different ones. They said both are OEM, but I need to check out if it will work with my current front rollbar. Scope creep is most likely going to happen and some cutting and welding into a rear cage... If you have any input, that would be great!
    Thanks!
     
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    cesandvik Registered Member Premium Member

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    Do you know if there are two different models? The yard I found two at state they are two different OEM ones...
     
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    welcome to CK5! Your only 30 minutes north of me. Nice to see another local on here
     
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    Nope, only one. Betcha they aren't OEM, but if it fits, what the heck.

    Here's a real GM one:

    BTW, "scope creep" :haha: I know well the creeping feature creature!

    -- A

    factory-rear-roll-bar-1.jpg

    factory-rear-roll-bar-2.jpg
     
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    how does the smitty bilt one look?
     
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    Great timing I was going to ask about this...just to be clear that is a stock front roll bar that you are using in the rear?
     
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    I personally have not seen a stock front roll bar that bolts to the wheel well.
     
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    Thanks for the pictures, very cool. Shows me I am definately going to have to cut and weld from the front roll bar. the current support bars come aft of the wheel wells and they will interfere. Should work out well. Looking to build a rack system and bikini type top over the back. I was going to put a Can-Back on but they went out of business. bummer. It will work out better for my girls riding in the back anyway. Thanks again for the pictures
    fyi - grew up in Alameda - close to Concord...
     
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    Clarification.
    the pictures posted above show a factory rear roll bar. Exactly what I was looking for. I will need to do some mods to have this work with an aftermarket front roll bar I have already installed.
     
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    where did you get the front roll bar....i thought thats what you were looking for
     
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    Do you have a part number and pics of yours? Also, how much was it? Thanks.:bow:
     
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    Hmmm a rear roll bar. Didn't know such a beast existed. I'd would love to get my hands on one.

    Sesandvik you are working on just the same project as I am planning. I too was looking to get a Canback. And now am thinking the same way as you. The one problem that I haven't worked out is using the rack through the top. Were you able to figure out how the Canback system works in this regard?

    I got a great deal on a used Kayline the other day. I don't know if it will work with rollbars though.
     
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    I looked at the FastTrack from Kayline - not as good as the Can-Back structurally. They were right up the road from my work, but all shut down from what I hear.
    From what I saw, especially on the reveiw on CK5, the frame is the key to the strength. They sold attachments to fit Yakima racks from what I saw.
    Now, I think I will get the rear roll bar, run lateral tube to link the two and stretch a top for shade for my three little girls. (So Cal Sun is a killer in summer). Brackets for a rack can be added from there... Pulling some favors in to keep it low $$$
     
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    Yeah that is still my plan. I am hoping the Kayline will still open up with the rollbars in place. Then I just need to figure out how to have the connection for the rack go through the vinyl while keeping it at least mostly water tight. I'm thinking maybe sewing some neoprene seals around the nessary holes?

    I don't expect that putting the roof up or down with this setup would be quick, just as long as it's doable for long trips or if I'm expecting a lot of rain.
     

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