Safety: It’s important. In a removable-top vehicle like a CJ or Wrangler, a stout roll- cage is one of the first modifications you should make. Why? Well it’s pretty easy to catastrophically roll even a stock Jeep on-road. And the stakes are raised off-road. Unfortunately, severe injury or death are both common outcomes to severe rolls. Once you have decided to add a rollcage to your toy, the next questions are where do I get a cage, who should I get to install it, and how much is it gonna cost? Well, as usual, in Jeep modification-land that is not always a straightforward or easy answer. But we have your back having dedicated our meager lives to learning how to build Jeeps, screwing up, cutting them apart and rebuilding them.
In the next few pages, we’ll give you a few front cage options and tips that we use ourselves, and try to tell you the cost, downfalls, and benefits of each one. Follow along as we first install a Synergy Suspension weld-in Front Cage Kit in a ’97 TJ. We then bend and build a similar DIY-style front cage for a ’84 CJ-7. Finally, we talk to a skilled and experienced custom builder, Randy Ellis, of Randy Ellis Design about his prices for a custom-built ’cage along the lines of the two we installed.
For the purposes of this story we are gonna assume you know how to use your bender if you have one (and no cheap pipe-kinkers need apply), and you know how to use your welder if you have one. If you don’t have a welder or know how to weld, don’t trust your welding, don’t have a tubing bender, contact a quality fabrication shop like Randy Ellis Design for a custom cage. Also, many fabrication shops will happily install the Synergy Suspension kit for you.