Building a Roll Bar

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by prossett, Oct 14, 2005.

  1. prossett

    prossett 1/2 ton status

    Sep 29, 2005
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    United Arab Emirates
    One of the first things I need to do to my 83 Jimmy (besides the Off Road Design power steering brace) is build a roll bar.

    It has to fit inside the bed cover, and must leave room for unfastening the bed cover bolts to remove it. Plus, the lighter, the better; and the cheaper, the better. No fancy tools 'coz I live in the middle of the friggin' desert - welding, drilling, bending is ok.

    Its purpose of course is to provide some insurance in the event of a roll (buddy rolled down a dune 7 complete turns recently) - I drive on sand dunes, where speed and off-camber driving are required. Luckily the sand is soft! :D

    My question is: who has some sketches/plans/advice for building it, or knows where I can find some?

    I'll gladly share what I did once I'm finished.
  2. pauly383

    pauly383 Daddy383 Staff Member Moderator

    Jul 22, 2001
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    Mesa , Arizona USA
    Most of what you see on here was made at home , or by fab shops . Some people even use the factory optional bar and build from there . Or a pre bent kit and weld it up . Do a search for smittybuilt , s+w , and roll cage . You'll find many posts on this .
  3. ZooMad75

    ZooMad75 1/2 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

    Apr 5, 2003
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    Pueblo, CO
    Lighter and cheaper don't always mean better when it comes to a roll bar. Even more so if you expect it to give you any level of protection in event of a rollover, let alone a high speed one.

    Go for the kits as Pauly noted. Light is not what one driving a 5000 pound should be looking for. You need something that will support the truck in event of a roll. That means decent steel, DOM or HREW. Plus I'd look at more that just a single bar, I'd at least go for a 4 point setup around the driver/front passenger area. There are many that have used the S&W kits in addition to the Smittybuilt kits. Do the searches and you should be able to find many pictures of each.

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