You never plan on rolling your Jeep, but it does happen. Most factory roll cages in ’76-newer CJs and Wranglers are okay. But when your safety is on the line, okay doesn’t always cut the mustard. We had been planning on replacing the factory cage in our ’89 Wrangler for some time. Ours had the fastback-style rear downtubes and lap belts that didn’t offer much peace of mind when the author had his young children in it. In 1992 the factory did away with the fastback rear cage design of the ’76-’91 CJs and Wranglers and added three-point seatbelts and an inverted L-shaped rear bar that extended over rear passengers’ heads. It was a better design, but even though the rear passengers were better protected, the CJs used only the rear four-point rollbar and Wrangler cages tie a pair of front runners only to the windshield. There are no downtubes to the floor. In the event of a rollover, the windshield glass smashes and the windshield frame distorts, increasing the possibility of head injury to the front occupants. Adding downbars to the front runners of the Wrangler cage is a quick way to bolster safety, but most home-built and aftermarket options limit foot room up front and can interfere with the E-brake pedal and release.
So to make a long intro short, we had been eyeballing aftermarket cage options for our Wrangler when GenRight Off Road introduced its new Full Cage Kit for CJ-7s, YJs, and TJs. We liked a lot of elements offered in the GenRight cage kit, but most-specifically we dug the front laser-cut stanchions that don’t impede front foot room or interfere with the E-brake function. The 3⁄16-inch stanchions hug the side of the tub and bolt to the lower door hinge, increasing tub strength and stiffness. The tubes are all 1¾-inch, 0.120-wall DOM cut and coped for assembly. Furthermore, you can add options to the Full Cage Kit like extra grab handles, X-braces, windshield V-bars, and more. But best of all for us is the fact that the cage greatly increases protection for rear occupants and includes weld-in bungs for use with three-point shoulder belts. We went with the standard Full Cage Kit, which can be shipped to your door in three boxes. Once it arrived, we gutted our Wrangler’s interior, installed the 3⁄16-inch floor plates and stanchions, and burned it all together with our Lincoln Electric Power Mig Dual welder. Now we have full protection for our front passengers and don’t have to suffer that look from the wife when we load up the kids in the back.