With the main cage complete, I turned my attention to adding secondary
structures and bracing. After seemingly putting a lot of cagework together in a fairly
short time, this is where things start to slow down again. There are all sorts of small
items to consider adding. These all need mounting brackets or tabs. Some of these details
will be shown in subsequent sections of the build.
Mount under "hood" area for winch solenoid
Passenger grab bar mounted to dash bar
After much work on the chassis details,
it was time to do a lot of final welding on the chassis. Myself and some friends
pulled the chassis out on the driveway for what would be a long series of welding
sessions. After tacking items together for 3-4 months, it was amazing how many
joints there were to final weld. With the chassis in this condition, which is near
complete.....the weight is right at about 600 lbs. That being about 340 lbs. front
and about 260 lbs. rear. I neglected to weigh the stock frame but would estimate its
weight to be about 150 lbs. in factory trim and maybe 120 lbs. stripped of all extraneous brackets.
I don't know the weight of the cab itself, but it is quite heavy. My chassis is definitely
lighter than the stock frame/cab combination.
This site and all original materials contained herein are Copyright 1999 - 2013 by OutdoorWire, Inc. -- All Rights Reserved.
You may link freely to this site, but no further use is allowed without the express written permission of the owner of this material.
All corporate trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
This publication and OutdoorWire, Inc. assume no liability for your use of the material contained within this site.
OutdoorWire, 4x4Wire, SUVWire, JeepWire, MUIRNet-News, and 4x4Voice are all trademarks and publications of OutdoorWire, Inc.