Does anyone have a picture of a Reeper without the entire upper cage bolted on? Would really really like to see what it looks like without the cage. I mean the entire upper cage: roof bars, hoops behind the seats, bed bars, etc. It all looks like it just unbolts. Of course don't drive it like that, just want to see what it looks like. Thanks!
P.S. I want to see what it looks like without the cage because I have an idea for replacement part for the entire cage that will be a one-piece carbon fiber truck cab that should be completely bolt-on and be as strong as the cage, though perhaps a bit heavier. It will include doors too (with windows) and a real back glass. Truck Reeper.
Hoping for a prototype to be completed by months end that will work in conjunction with the rear stock roll hoop. Looking at two options for the system. It will be 1.5" dia and will bolt to existing system to make it stronger. Also in doing so it allows it to be a multi piece system to allow for easier and less costly shipping. It should also allow for the creation of a better top and cage mounted accessories such as a light weight rack for the top as well.
I have to add. One option would pass through the dash and would require drilling an access hole. The other would form around the dash front. Either depend on ease of install and which would be the most effective for strength.
Last Edit: Nov 3, 2016 11:09:48 GMT -5 by The Fool
Post by abitareeper on Nov 10, 2016 20:05:49 GMT -5
I like the "pass through the dash" idea so it doesn't interfere with the door in any way. Fat and old is a bad combination for tight openings. The sport cage in my Jeep has a 3/16 plate that runs between the dash and body, from the floor to the top of the dash. The plate would be a pain to fab and install, the dash would probably still have to come out.
Smittybuilt sells the SRC cage reinforcing kit for a Jeep that clamps in to the existing cage, uses the same clamps approved by most racing sanctions. It is shipped in pieces in a couple of flat boxes, no welding required. Clamps and connectors are on Amazon
I would think the around the dash would be a knee buster for sure. What about a two piece going through the dash. A lower piece from floor up under dash with a cross bar and collars, or slip joint, for the upper hoop as it comes through the dash.
Most likely will be through dash as I have tested fitment. Around dash would make it at such an angle it might not be as strong. Each side would be one continuous section with a bolt together middle section connecting to the stock center bars. At least for the initial design.
Getting things bent up and fitted. Still engineering the best and strongest center section. Just trying to squeeze in the time to get it all worked out and then a production jig built. I have been on a week long stretch of midnights at work. Hoping for a couple free days this next week to design and fit.
Once this front design is complete will work on side bars that can be added so the center bar can be removed. The front bar will do much to help in roll over protection and strengthen the windshield frame. For many users this will be all that is needed for safety. The side bars will aid in occupant safety for those doing bigger harder off roading.
The whole idea is to section it to aid in shipping with a pretty straight forward install using the body mounts for strength. Cost wise doesn't seem like it should be to bad and working on making it strong without adding to much weight. Still a little ways out as time allows. Man I wish a day had more hours.