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Family tops - what are you using for rear support?

Discussion in '40- & 55-Series Tech' started by Brian in Oregon, Feb 23, 2007.

  1. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon

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    The obvious way to run a family top is with a full cage. But I only have a cab cage. If anyone else has a cab cage only, or even just a roll bar, how are you supporting the rear of your family top?
     
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    Fast Eddy

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    Replicate the factory rear hoops

    Look in the corners of your tub. There threaded holes in the corners of the tub. Two on the flat part and two up by the rim. The bottom bracket, 170, is a raised circle that holds the base of the tube and 175 is just a bent strap that holds the tube against the tub. Both brackets are bent sheet metal.

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  3. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon

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    I actually have a pair of 170's, given to me by Colorado Boy. Looking for a pair of 175's. I dunno if the rear hoop is readily available, though. The ultimate solution would be to just get the entire setup as shown in the diagram.
     
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    Fast Eddy

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    I'll bet you could get damn close with a some electrical conduit and a Home Depot bender. The 175 bracket is trivial to make. The Toyota one is surprisingly bland. I know where there's a pair of both in a wreck, but I don't have power there to cut off the rusty bolts.
     
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    Coolerman SILVER Star

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    Yeah I wondered what happened to those! :D
     
  6. Colorado Boy-74-FJ40

    Colorado Boy-74-FJ40 I may grow older but I refuse to grow up!

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    Hey Brian,
    Why dont you install that factory OEM front roll cage hoop you showed me and use that for rear support?
     
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    here's an idea from another thread
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  8. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon

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    I've thought about it, but I'm not sure I want to put holes in the floor for it. Particularly if I might extend the cage later with something more substantial.

    On the other hand, if I mounted it to a plate and spanned the OEM top holes in the wheel well tops over to the existing cage mounts, and got four sets of the OEM rollbar pipe clamps, I could make a lightweight cage like shown in glady's cage. That would work until I decide wwhat to do permanently. I haven't found a source for four sets of the pipe clamp T's, though.