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 Post subject: Re: EASTCREEK's LJ Build
PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 1:01 pm 
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I have the poison spyder cage in my TJ and I have also had Pat do a bunch of work for me....that being said I would just take it to Pat and be done with it!!!


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 Post subject: Re: EASTCREEK's LJ Build
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CAGE:
Or my personal favorite; the Poison Spyder Laser cut full kit that can also come pre-welded straight from them.


I have the Poison Spyder cage and have been very happy with it. They have upgraded it a bit in the last few years adding the b-pillar gussets. It fit really well and was a breeze to install.

That said, if you're looking for a top other than the factory soft or hard top, you'll likely be frustrated at how they fit. For instance, the Rampage top I had on my TJ was great, frameless, storage for windows, etc. When I got one for the LJ it wouldn't come close to even going on. The cage simply doesn't allow it.

However, bikini tops, factory tops, that kind of stuff fits with no issue. You will need to retrofit the hardware for the top frame at the b-pillar and it's possible you can order it that way along with the seatbelt mounts.

SpiderWebShade makes a custom Poison Spyder LJ cage top. I helped with this a few years ago and now it should be on their website, if not you can call and get one.

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Or my personal favorite; the Poison Spyder Laser cut full kit that can also come pre-welded straight from them.


I have the Poison Spyder cage and if you're looking for a top other than the factory soft or hard top, you'll likely be frustrated at how they fit. For instance, the Rampage top I had on my TJ was great, frameless, storage for windows, etc. When I got one for the LJ it wouldn't come close to even going on. The cage simply doesn't allow it.


Damn.... that is good to know... crappy to hear, but good to know because that is exactly the combo I was looking at. Poison Spyder cage and Rampage Trail top.

I know at some point it has to defeat the purpose but if I was to buy the non-welded kit do you think it possible or likely the cage could be messaged or slightly modified so that the Rampage top would fit? Or was it way off?

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 Post subject: Re: EASTCREEK's LJ Build
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And that's the reason why I would have Pat build me one! Also might not be an issue in an LJ but in my TJ if anyone sits in the back seat u will smash your head on the cage because of the slope of the tube. Also the harness bar sits to high and must be a foot behind the seats even when they are all the way back which protrudes into what little legroom the back seat riders would have.
Your more then welcome to come over and sit in my Jeep and see how u like it. I fully intend to have Pat build me one once I get everything else done!


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 Post subject: Re: EASTCREEK's LJ Build
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The harness bar wasn't a problem for my rig since it came loose and we put it where we wanted it based on seats and belt placement.

As for welding the package together and customizing, I would consider putting it in and then changing it. The frameless top simply didn't work because the cage is too tall as I recall. There is a fair amount of space between the cage and the stock soft or hard top roof. The frameless tops have to sit on the cage so any height difference means connecting to the edge of the tub becomes a problem.

These are my notes to Rampage after trying it in June of 2014. Keep that in mind as there may have been changes. It would be worth contacting them to verify.

Based on the way it laid out over the cage, I'm not even sure the windows
would have gone on and I didn't even try. This isn't going to work.

The center tension strap that would go to the windshield footman's loop is
long enough but on this cage worked better being tensioned all the way to
the rear. The corners didn't get near the cage corners. The rear corner
straps were barely long enough to reach with an inch or so of Velcro left
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Made some headway on making decisions tonight. Pretty sure I'm going with the following;

Front Bumper - Savvy Aluminum w/ hardcore upgrade, Aluminum fairlead mount / winch deck & Savvy Winch Guard

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Front Finders - Genright Alum tube fenders w/ 4" flare

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Rear Bumper - Savvy Off Road w/ receiver.

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I finally decided on a wheel & tire package. I'm going with;

35x12.50R15 Goodyear MTRs

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On 15x8 Raceline 887 Rockcrushers with 3.25 backspacing.

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 Post subject: Re: EASTCREEK's LJ Build
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With John's help, I was also able to nail down a winch.

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With John's help, I was also able to nail down a winch.



I’d recommend bolts!

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With John's help, I was also able to nail down a winch.



I’d recommend bolts!

Top notch tech right there.

+1

10/10 would follow advice again.

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I ran into the first snag today.

A Savvy front bumper, Warn winch, and stock sway bar are not compatible.

The stock sway bar hits the back of the winch before the mounting holes are lined up. It's about 1/2" off.

Solution = Currie AntiRock. It's already ordered and should be at ACRO tomorrow morning.

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I ended up doing Antirocks front and rear specifically to accommodate my Savvy bumpers...

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You're going to be a lot happier offroad with the AntiRock for sure. Keep the rear one on, though. :)

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Today I was able to finish up running the ARB wiring harness and mount the switches. I went with 2 of the Rugged Ridge Vent Switch Pods. These guys were only $13 off of Amazon and fixed two issues with 1 product. Not only did put my air locker switches close at hand but it also provided a replacement for my already broken air vents.

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Today I was able to finish up running the ARB wiring harness and mount the switches. I went with 2 of the Rugged Ridge Vent Switch Pods. These guys were only $13 off of Amazon and fixed two issues with 1 product. Not only did put my air locker switches close at hand but it also provided a replacement for my already broken air vents.

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Jeep is looking good. I don't know if I'm a fan of those hooks on top of the bumper for recovery though. Id personally try to find something like this from Metalcloak to better retain the strap or whatever during a pull/recovery.

http://www.metalcloak.com/Hi-Mount-Shac ... p/2131.htm


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Jeep is looking good. I don't know if I'm a fan of those hooks on top of the bumper for recovery though. Id personally try to find something like this from Metalcloak to better retain the strap or whatever during a pull/recovery.

http://www.metalcloak.com/Hi-Mount-Shac ... p/2131.htm


I'm with you on that. They were handy and quick to bolt on for now.

I typically don't care for Metalcloak but I do like the idea of the bolt on shackle mount vs the hooks. I was also thinking about having some aluminum shackle mounts welded into a plate then welded to the bumper in the future but the bolt on doesn't seem like a bad way to go.

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I have the same hooks. They work just fine.

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I thought this was a family forum?
What can I say? ..... I get away with what I can.

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Update:

So progress has restarted and ACRO is making headway on the axles and lift. I will get some pics posted soon. Some good chit going on here!

I also decided to listen to you all and go for the rear Currie AntiRock. Fortunately, John just happened to have one on the shelf that he ordered at the same time as my front AntiRock.

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