all this cage really does is add a cross bar at the top of
the windshield, eliminates the windshield tie-in, and goes
down to the dash instead.
is required with the addition of the optional spreader bars,
but the kit is otherwise an easy bolt-on solution. I chose
not to install the spreader bars due to personal preference.
bar is bolted into place, but you can easily weld it to gain
strength if you so desire.
cage was completely installed, I put the windshield back up
and put the top up. The side arms lack any sort of windshield
tie-in. In my case, the windshield frame rested against the
curve at the top of the side bar. It worked, but there is
zero tolerance. Fortunately, tolerances can be adjusted by
repositioning the bolts where the side bars tie into the stock
soft-top support "boomerangs" fit on to the bar
a little hard after the cage was installed, due to very subtle
tolerance changes, but they eventually loosened up and continue
to fit fine.
top went up well, and clamped down on the windshield with
a bit more difficulty than normal, but that ensures a tight
fit and the clamps or visors do not interfere with the cross
likely will experience these subtle tolerance changes, but
they are adjustable, and not the least bit problematic.
amount of time I've been using this product, the only problem
I have encountered is that when driving on road with no top,
if I hit a good bump, I would hear a dull thud as the windshield
frame deflects off of the side bars. This seldom occurs, and
can most-likely be adjusted so that it does not happen at
this a functional safety device or a cosmetic enhancement?
I'd say it is moreso a cosmetic enhancement, but it does add
some peace of mind. I feel it could support the weight of
the vehicle, but not in a high-impact situation.
appeals to me most because it is 100% bolt-on in nature and
I feel it functions best as a product that simply makes it
easier to put your windshield down. Like other Challenger
products I've seen, their Sport Bar shows great design and
expect to someday tumble end-over-end off of Lion's Back in
Moab, or if you spend more time on your roof in Tellico, there
are better solutions.
to Greg Hiens for providing above two pictures that were
taken during a recent Tellico trip.
you have any questions or comments, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
- I'd especially like to hear about your experiences with this