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Old November 4th, 2020, 19:38
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XO Fab Cage Install

Figured I would throw up what it takes to install this cage as I didn't find much in my research.

Kit is bent and coped, 1.75"-.120 wall DOM.

The main roof hallo is cut into 3 pieces for shipping, so first step is to weld this together. It comes with sleeves, I also added some plug welds.





Put the rest of it together, but just tacks incase it needs to be adjusted.





Marked out the roof.. no turning back..





I was really carful when I drilled the holes to not punch through the headliner. I then cut back the headliner backing so I could neatly cut and fold back the headliner fabric and glue it in place. This will trap the headliner but if I had to remove for some reason I can make cuts later...



B Pillar



The kit comes with plates you can weld or bolt to the floor for the B and C pillar to land on. I wasn't about to rely on sheet metal floors to support a cage so I spent some time to make proper landings.

B Pillar...









C Pillar...









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Old November 4th, 2020, 21:29
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Re: XO Fab Cage Install

very nice work!
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Old November 5th, 2020, 07:12
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With the base done, I started fine tuning the pillars. I made a gauge block to get all 4 corners as close a s possible. The C pillars took a small amount of grinding, but the B pillars had to be cut down because my supports were higher up.



For the B pillars I made another block the distance that needed to be cut then transferred that to the end of the tube.





With the B and C set, I moved onto the A pillars. These took a bit of tuning, hopefully the windshield can still come out...





And cut the fenders to clear..



Starting to look like something now

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Old November 5th, 2020, 11:36
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Re: XO Fab Cage Install

Sounds like a lot of effort into the cage to make it look nice, pictures perhaps?
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Old November 5th, 2020, 15:19
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Re: XO Fab Cage Install

WOW - well done dude! Making me wish I would have considered that cage!
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Old November 5th, 2020, 16:42
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After all the pillars were fitted, I took it all out and final welded the halo.



And painted it up, taped off where it will be welded.



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Old November 6th, 2020, 07:56
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Looks good!
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Old November 7th, 2020, 02:46
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Re: XO Fab Cage Install

Damn. Nice work!!
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Old November 7th, 2020, 04:51
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Re: XO Fab Cage Install

That is pretty nice.
Could help but notice the step stool.
If is not to late maybe buy this:

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Gorilla-...kE2enVgsVABTY0

I own the 250 LB version of this and paid $32 out the door sometime ago.
Being shorter helps with a lot of things when working on my XJ.
I thought I got a great deal but this is an over the top deal IMO.
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Old November 11th, 2020, 01:31
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Re: XO Fab Cage Install

It's all in the details...nice work! Definitely subd for when I pull the trigger on a cage or bender. The mounting points came out slick man, and the finished product is on pace to be a very well thought out and put together upgrade. Dig it

How are you sealing the roof pass through points? Ima have to look at the kit.... wanting tube fenders (upfront at least) I'm curious how hard it'd be to have the A pillars hug the outside of the fender vs the pass through as designed. I imagine what you have is this "new and improved" version?

http://shop-xo-fab-com.3dcartstores....t-_p_1847.html
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Old November 11th, 2020, 03:12
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Re: XO Fab Cage Install

ShoeterMcgav, from the description, it appears that the new version is already cut and coped; not what you'd want when trying to do something custom... Perhaps they could substitute raw front bars for you.
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Old November 11th, 2020, 07:56
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Re: XO Fab Cage Install

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It's all in the details...nice work! Definitely subd for when I pull the trigger on a cage or bender. The mounting points came out slick man, and the finished product is on pace to be a very well thought out and put together upgrade. Dig it

How are you sealing the roof pass through points? Ima have to look at the kit.... wanting tube fenders (upfront at least) I'm curious how hard it'd be to have the A pillars hug the outside of the fender vs the pass through as designed. I imagine what you have is this "new and improved" version?

http://shop-xo-fab-com.3dcartstores....t-_p_1847.html
I will be using seam sealer around the pass throughs. The kit is the new version. If you put the a pillar on the outside of the fender, I would imagine it would take a pretty large stand off, these are 2x6 sliders and you can see how little room there is on the outside of the fender.
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Old November 12th, 2020, 10:34
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Re: XO Fab Cage Install

Have to be creative when working by yourself.



Welded the accessible area of b and c pillars then pryed the cage up as much as I could to get the rest, then paint.



A pillars, with shims for setting gap...





Weld and paint



Seam sealer on the roof pass throughs



First interior cross brace, I will be adding in another to make an X, this is all the kit comes with though.



Fenders on, and front end back togther.

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Old November 12th, 2020, 10:42
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Re: XO Fab Cage Install

Good work!
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Old November 13th, 2020, 08:08
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Re: XO Fab Cage Install

The kit comes with the single C pillar brace and an uncut harness bar. To clear the seats the harness bar will need bent so the 50" one they provide will not be long enough. So instead I cut it up for the the C pillars.





I will pick up some more tube so I can do the B pillar bracing, but before that I am going to order some new front seats.. any recommendations? I have been looking at the Corbeau Trailcats..

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