Note: Toys by Troy shut down their operation at the end of 2007. Instead of removing this write-up, I am leaving it on the web site for a couple of reasons. The steps for installing it are pretty much the same as one from another manufacturer and so you'll get an idea of what is involved if you decide to do this type of modification. If you happen to come across one on the used market, you'll have some information about it that can help you do the installation correctly.
I had gotten enough grief from Troy over my existing sports bar
that I finally gave in and opted to get one of his for Lady. Any
time he would catch a ride with me, he would comment about the lack of welded in
grab handles. It was all good natured kidding and eventually I found the
time to switch sports bars.
Anyway, I had some extra time after I was done installing the
rear bumper so Jeff broke out the parts and hardware
I needed to install the sports and dash bars. He laid them out on a
blanket and said to yell if I needed anything else. "Hey Jeff, got a spare
Atlas II back there on the parts shelves?" (oh well....I guess not.)
With the parts laid out and ready to go, Mike grabbed a large blanket and a handful of welding claps. We draped the blanket over the seat area as I was going to be doing some cutting and grinding and catching the metal bits in a blanket make for a much easier cleanup session when all is done.
The spreaders on my existing setup were welded to the factory roll bar. With the help of a Sawsall (I know, that's not the brand I was using but that is what everyone calls them), I separated the spreaders from the factory bar. A right angle grinder took care of the residue and in about 10 minutes, I had a nice round roll bar again. I hit it with some dark spray paint and took a break for lunch.
Don't forget that you will need something to deal with the security Torx bolts that are used by the factory on their roll bar. (I hate those things!) Again Mike came to the rescue with a nice assortment of inside and outside Torx bits. It made short work of the two bolts.
I removed the bolts that held the sports bar on either side of the dash. With a grunt, we picked up the sports bar, completely in tact, and lifted it out of the vehicle. I grabbed the camera and took a quick pic. Half done....one sports bar removed, one sports bar to install.
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