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wayoflife
11-25-2012, 05:40 PM
This is definitely something I've been meaning to do this for quite some time and finally found enough time at home to get it installed in Rubicat - a Rock Hard Sport Cage!! This would be the 2nd Rock Hard Cage I've installed in a JK and I was reminded as to how much easier it was to get in than the OR-FAB that I installed in Nemo. Anyway, here are some quick pics that I took to show what it looks like.

http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=322385

http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=322392

As you can see in this shot, the windshield bar is designed in a way to give the tweeters as much of an opening as possible...
http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=322407

Shot from above...
http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=322410

Here are a few shots of the KC light mount I used to attach to the cage and my Cobra 29 CB radio to it...
http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=322413

http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=322398

http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=322437

http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=322434

http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=322440

View from the passenger side...
http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=322422

And, a couple with the top back on...
http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=322464

http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=322455

If you're considering a sport cage for your JK, this is the one I would recommend. Priced right, easy to install, doesn't make any noise and, it's pretty much the only cage I've seen a JK take a serious tumble and do it's job of protecting its occupants. :yup:

Trail Bud
11-25-2012, 05:56 PM
Nice addition.
Did you figure out the use of the KC mt for the CB?

DA RUNT
11-25-2012, 05:59 PM
Looks awesome, what was the install time?

GCM 2
11-25-2012, 06:09 PM
Very clean! :rock:

JAGS
11-25-2012, 06:14 PM
That looks sweet. Moby is awesome, but I'm starting to really like the looks of Rubicat the more you've been showing off lately on runs and mod pics. :yup:

Do have a question... How the heck did you get the dash and interior so dang shinny. That thing looks showroom sparkly. :thinking::thumb:

OverlanderJK
11-25-2012, 06:15 PM
That looks good but does it block the panel on the side of the dash? It looks like it covers it up so how to you access it?

I have been eyeing one of these for a while but I need other things first. lol

wayoflife
11-25-2012, 06:27 PM
Nice addition.
Did you figure out the use of the KC mt for the CB?

nah, i saw that frank had done it on their jeep a few years back and he got the idea from someone else. i will have to say that it's such a no brainer, i've kicked myself a couple times wondering why i hadn't come up with it myself :crazyeyes:


Looks awesome, what was the install time?

i'd say about 4 hours. less if you already have your top and doors off. take your time marking off the holes you'll need to drill out or else you'll be spending a lot more time. also, i would recommend that you run a tap through all the mounting holes prior to install especially if you get them powder coated. it'll make life a hell of a lot easier for you - trust me.


Very clean! :rock:

thank you :thankyou:

wayoflife
11-25-2012, 06:31 PM
Do have a question... How the heck did you get the dash and interior so dang shinny. That thing looks showroom sparkly. :thinking::thumb:

:cheesy: honestly, i've been taking lessons from greg. if you make it a habbit of keeping your rig clean, it'll be easier to keep it that way and it'll stay that way longer. :yup:


That looks good but does it block the panel on the side of the dash? It looks like it covers it up so how to you access it?

I have been eyeing one of these for a while but I need other things first. lol

yes, the side panels do block access to them but, i'm not sure what you would need to get to there. if you really needed, you could always uninstall that part of the cage. it's time consuming but, not too hard to do.

Hightower
11-25-2012, 06:36 PM
Looks sweet....................:thumb::thumb:

OverlanderJK
11-25-2012, 06:41 PM
:cheesy: honestly, i've been taking lessons from greg. if you make it a habbit of keeping your rig clean, it'll be easier to keep it that way and it'll stay that way longer. :yup:



yes, the side panels do block access to them but, i'm not sure what you would need to get to there. if you really needed, you could always uninstall that part of the cage. it's time consuming but, not too hard to do.

I run my wires for my A pillar switches through there and then through the hole in the dash on the drivers side. Then on the passenger side I run the filter for my compressor there. But it looks like you can still access that hole though.

wayoflife
11-25-2012, 06:47 PM
I run my wires for my A pillar switches through there and then through the hole in the dash on the drivers side. Then on the passenger side I run the filter for my compressor there. But it looks like you can still access that hole though.

Oh yeah, I run wires through the same hole and you can get to it just fine. you can also phish the wires back behind the support arm pretty easily as well.

Robar
11-25-2012, 06:52 PM
Looks great WOL. I like the KC bracket idea.

OverlanderJK
11-25-2012, 06:53 PM
Cool. Did you lose the A pillar panels with the install as well or are they just off in the pictures?

wayoflife
11-25-2012, 06:55 PM
Cool. Did you lose the A pillar panels with the install as well or are they just off in the pictures?

I've left the A-Pillar panels off on Moby but might experiment with putting them back on Rubicat. Haven't decided yet.

DA RUNT
11-25-2012, 07:09 PM
i'd say about 4 hours. less if you already have your top and doors off. take your time marking off the holes you'll need to drill out or else you'll be spending a lot more time. also, i would recommend that you run a tap through all the mounting holes prior to install especially if you get them powder coated. it'll make life a hell of a lot easier for you - trust me.

thank you :thankyou:

That's not bad at all, thanks for the tips also. I tried ordering but can't get it in Hawaii. The joys of living in paradise, I'll have to wait til July when we move back to WA :)

JeepFan
11-25-2012, 07:11 PM
Okay, this mod has moved way up on my to do list. :D Thanks Eddie for posting the pics. Looks really good. I like the KC mount for the CB as well. The satin black powder coating looks awesome. Can't wait to get this installed on my rig. Time to work on Steph! :brows:

JAGS
11-25-2012, 07:31 PM
The satin black powder coating looks awesome.

Was just looking at this kit online. Did they offer the black, or is that something you had done?

JKRay
11-25-2012, 07:38 PM
Great looking sport cage!

Strainger
11-25-2012, 07:40 PM
Man-o-Man! That looks like Jeep art as well as Jeep function. It all just looks sooo right! I gotta start eating ramen cups and saving my gummnt checks for this one. Thanks Eddie. Everytime I convince myself that I'm not going to spend any more on the Jeep, you come out with something that just has me reaching unconsiously for the piggy bank. Great idea on the CB attachment too. Thanks Frank. If I hang out long enough with this group, I might even come up with an original idea someday. :D

Metalmasher
11-25-2012, 08:54 PM
This is definitely something I've been meaning to do this for quite some time and finally found enough time at home to get it installed in Rubicat - a Rock Hard Sport Cage!! This would be the 2nd Rock Hard Cage I've installed in a JK and I was reminded as to how much easier it was to get in than the OR-FAB that I installed in Nemo. Anyway, here are some quick pics that I took to show what it looks like.

As you can see in this shot, the windshield bar is designed in a way to give the tweeters as much of an opening as possible...

Shot from above...

Here are a few shots of the KC light mount I used to attach to the cage and my Cobra 29 CB radio to it...

View from the passenger side...

And, a couple with the top back on...

If you're considering a sport cage for your JK, this is the one I would recommend. Priced right, easy to install, doesn't make any noise and, it's pretty much the only cage I've seen a JK take a serious tumble and do it's job of protecting its occupants. :yup:

I like the seat belt harness bar they offer to!

Tattedfire
11-26-2012, 03:09 AM
Looks good!! I do need a cage for my rig!!

Holeshot
11-26-2012, 03:17 AM
ho mann, I was balanced between the rockhard and the orfab, but the rockhard look much better imo. There's one thing though that would make me choose the orfab, is the floor bracket.

I have two related questions also.

First, With a rollcage installed, Cb mounted at the same place, would it block access to a spod swith panel? It would be easier with the cb a little more rearward, like with the kc bracket flipped to the rear.

And with the cb installed there, can you see well in the rearview mirror?


And by the way, I'm jealous :thumb:

bdmckenna
11-26-2012, 03:29 AM
Looks good Eddie.

wayoflife
11-26-2012, 04:16 AM
Was just looking at this kit online. Did they offer the black, or is that something you had done?

no, they only come in bare metal. i had one on my old TJ and on it, i painted it - came out great but the prep work was a pain and for the amount of time it took to do, i decided to just get them powder coated.

wayoflife
11-26-2012, 04:22 AM
ho mann, I was balanced between the rockhard and the orfab, but the rockhard look much better imo. There's one thing though that would make me choose the orfab, is the floor bracket.

i installed the or-fab kit on our old 2009 jk. it's a good kit but a real pain to install. as far as floor mounts go, they are nice to have but, maybe a bit over-rated. i've seen a jk after it rolled 3 times out in johnson valley - totalled the JK but the rock hard cage without floor mounts held up amazingly well. it was enough to convince me that it would do the job without them.


First, With a rollcage installed, Cb mounted at the same place, would it block access to a spod swith panel? It would be easier with the cb a little more rearward, like with the kc bracket flipped to the rear.

i don't think so but, i would never run an spod so it makes no difference to me.


And with the cb installed there, can you see well in the rearview mirror?

with the mic installed, the cord does get in the way but even without it, i wouldn't be able to see past my spare.

Yeahright
11-26-2012, 11:09 AM
Eddie, Does the hard top fit properly without leaking(much) with one of these cages I don't tend to take the hard top off all that often.

Nicholas
11-26-2012, 08:44 PM
Eddie, what did you use to mount your cb mic attachment? 3m tape?

InfiniteMonkeys
02-10-2013, 05:02 AM
Did you have to modify the top where the clamps mount? I've seen some people have had to cut their hard top to fit correctly.

GCM 2
02-10-2013, 05:24 AM
Did you have to modify the top where the clamps mount? I've seen some people have had to cut their hard top to fit correctly.

I had to trim my hard top freedom panels and my soft tops door surround brackets to fit with the Rock Hard cage. Have not met anyone that has not had to do it.

10frank9
02-10-2013, 05:39 AM
Eddie, what did you use to mount your cb mic attachment? 3m tape?

He uses a Gear Keeper for his CB mic. I have the same setup and works great. You can zoom in on the pics in this write up and see the gear keeper.

Nicholas
02-10-2013, 06:10 AM
He uses a Gear Keeper for his CB mic. I have the same setup and works great. You can zoom in on the pics in this write up and see the gear keeper.

Yeah I have the same thing but in the pic I was wondering where he go his attachment

wayoflife
02-10-2013, 02:25 PM
Eddie, Does the hard top fit properly without leaking(much) with one of these cages I don't tend to take the hard top off all that often.


Did you have to modify the top where the clamps mount? I've seen some people have had to cut their hard top to fit correctly.


I had to trim my hard top freedom panels and my soft tops door surround brackets to fit with the Rock Hard cage. Have not met anyone that has not had to do it.

What GCM 2, you will need to trim your hard top freedom panels in order to maintain a proper leak free fit.

wayoflife
02-10-2013, 02:27 PM
Eddie, what did you use to mount your cb mic attachment? 3m tape?


He uses a Gear Keeper for his CB mic. I have the same setup and works great. You can zoom in on the pics in this write up and see the gear keeper.


Yeah I have the same thing but in the pic I was wondering where he go his attachment

I used double stick tape to secure the Gear Keeper box to the side of my CB. I'll try and take a pic of this when there's more light out.

08GumbyJKU
01-26-2015, 09:00 AM
Reviving and old thread (whoops) Eddie, I've read around that some have issues with dash bowing from the RH cage. Have you had issues/heard of others? I'm going to guess it had to do with installer error, but seems it's happened multiple times.

OverlanderJK
01-26-2015, 02:24 PM
Reviving and old thread (whoops) Eddie, I've read around that some have issues with dash bowing from the RH cage. Have you had issues/heard of others? I'm going to guess it had to do with installer error, but seems it's happened multiple times.

Happened to a friend of mine who had a very reputable shop install his. Not sure what the cause is but its noticeable if you know what to look for.

CCTX50
01-26-2015, 02:30 PM
Check our rock hard you tube video on cage install.

wayoflife
01-26-2015, 02:36 PM
Reviving and old thread (whoops) Eddie, I've read around that some have issues with dash bowing from the RH cage. Have you had issues/heard of others? I'm going to guess it had to do with installer error, but seems it's happened multiple times.

I have not had this problem on either of the two Rock Hard cages I've installed on my JK's but, I have had this problem with the OR-Fab cage installed on my old 2009 JK. The problem comes from the A-Pillar supports pushing on the side of the dash. For the most part, you won't even notice any bowing but, when it warms up or you have your defroster on with heat, it'll soften up the plastic and cause it to bow. The fix is to trim the sides of your dash plastic where the A-pillar supports push on it. I hope that helps.

SFNick
01-26-2015, 02:36 PM
Reviving and old thread (whoops) Eddie, I've read around that some have issues with dash bowing from the RH cage. Have you had issues/heard of others? I'm going to guess it had to do with installer error, but seems it's happened multiple times.

When I installed my cage I also had some bowing in the center of the dash. I took it all back apart & trimmed the edges of the dash a little more for clearance & I haven't had any issues since. But this was a ORF cage not sure if it's the same.