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The Jeep TJ Wrangler is an extremely popular backcountry 4x4; however, its integral sport bar/rollcage is tied into the windshield frame as part of the cage. Because of this, it is very difficult to drop the windshield once you get into the backcountry. Dropping the windshield not only increases visibility on the trail, but it also allows dirt and dust to blow through the Jeep and not get caught in the vacuum behind the windshield frame.
Those of you who have soft tops need the factory horizontal side bars, as theyre the mounting points for the upper door surrounds, those plastic pieces that allow the upper half-door to seal out harsh weather. In the past, owners who wanted a cage for protection (or to drop the windshield) had to go without a soft top, buy an aftermarket model, or spend the big bucks for a heavy hardtop with hard doors.
Enter Mountain Off-Road Enterprises (M.O.R.E.). Its Sport Cage (PN WCK200) uses two curved bars that attach to the factory rollbar and the floor instead of the stock horizontal bars, which attach to the windshield frame. A crossbar connects the left- and right-side bars. The Sport Cage works with either a soft top or a hardtop, and sunvisors and top latches still function in their stock locations.
The Sport Cage comes with brackets that attach to the windshield frame, which we discarded. M.O.R.E. also offers an optional frame tie-in kit, which greatly increases safety in a rollover, even though the folks at M.O.R.E. tell us its Sport Cage kit is not a rollcage. We were able to install the kit in less than half an hour, once we painted the bars. M.O.R.E. says the kit can be installed with either the hard or soft top on, but we found it much easier to fold down our soft top to do the installation.