Lowering Stock Cage
Well I wanted a lower cage but didnt want to spend a lot of money doing so. I have not decided on what I wanted in a cage so for the time being I lowered mine.
This is for an 09, so the older cages will not have the step of cutting the top bar mount. Reason is the op does not mount to them.
Here are the measurements that I used to lower the cage 4".
Rear Mounts 4"
Front Mounts 4.75" This distance is going to depend on how well you clean up the stock plugs.
The front of my cage is right around 56 degrees.
So if you want less or more cut out use .839 as a factor.
Ex: If you want 3.5" taken out then the front will be 3.5/.839=4.17"
Remove everything from the cage and the cage sides from the rhino.
Use either a pipe cutter or chop saw to get the cuts straight.
I removed the back mounts for the cross bar that the top straps too.
Reason is I wanted the mount to be over the place that I cut the top of the cage. you can cut behind it and skip this step.
Cut the cop of the cage.
You will need to extend the top of the cage some.
Whats funny is the each side came out with different lengths to get the cage straight.
I used angle iron on clamps to make sure and still came out a little different. Measure yours to be safe. Mine was in the 2" range. Dont have an exact length, I took it on and off multiple times to get the piece a little smaller so the weld would penetrate good.
I sleeved mine with 1.5" and plug welded it along with butt welding a piece of 1.75" cage material I cutt off cut to the length I needed.
I would tack everything in place on the Rhino to make sure that it is straight.
Remove sides again and finish welding.
Cut off the mounts for the headrests and the seat belts.
Reinstall everything and the top front cross bar.
Install the top.
Line up the back cross bar and tach into place.
Remove and finish welding.
I moved the seat belt mounts up because my harness bar is from Black Rhino and uses them. (Dont try to lower the Black Rhino harness bar, if you do the bed wont open) If you have a bolt on straight harness bar just cut them off.
The head rests mounts will need to be rotated some because they will end up almost in the bend at the top of the cage, so cut the ends off and rotate and re-weld. (Still need to do this). You dont have too, but it will look better. The side of the mount will be hanging off the cage some.
Spray some black paint to protect the raw areas. Have fun.
I am going to add some other things then paint the entire cage.
Couple things to watch for.
After measuring my cage it wasn't straight from the factory, never been over so I know I didnt bend it. So take some measurements to go off of.
Also make sure you look at the Rhino from the front and back before welding. The sides will lean a little and the cage will look bent if you dont. This was the most time consuming part.
If anyone wants to do this and have questions during let me know. It wasnt too hard. Just time consuming getting everything to fit right.
The older tops are better for doing this, they will cover the place you cut at the top, the new tops do not cover it.
You dont have to install and remove everything as much as I did, but I would bolt everything up a few times to keep everything straight.
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