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Roll Cage Tubing Caps
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Post Post subject: Roll Cage Tubing Caps
Posted: Mon Jan 21, 2008 06:54 AM
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I'm kind of geeky, I'm sure, but I absolutely HATE the look of an unfinished roll cage tubing end. They look goofy, and sooner or later water collects inside and then the roll cage fills with rust and looks even worse. Some guys shoot paint inside to disguise the rust, but it's still in there, rusting away from the inside out.

I thought of a trick several years ago to finish off those unfinished ends of your bumpers that I thought I'd share:

Make a trip down to Pep Boys and get the cheapest steel (not brass) freeze plugs to match your tubing size, usually 1-1/2". Taper the ends of your tubing and the freeze plugs with a die grinder and weld them on. Grind them even when you're done, and fill any imperfections with Bondo. Sand them smoooooth and paint to match.

Presto!

They have a real nice finished and rounded look and it all cost you about $1.00. The ends are actually a ton stronger than if left open, too. How can you beat that?

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Wow. It looks a bit scratched up after ten years, but you get the idea.


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Post Post subject: Re: Roll Cage Tubing Caps
Posted: Mon Jan 21, 2008 04:16 PM
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Hell yah, theres nothing a grinder and bondo can't make shine! I made a bumper for my blazer years ago. Even over the engine noise I could hear a whistle when I was driving dwn the road. Turned out it was the open ends of the tube. Took some old flat stock and cut it into squares, tacked it to the ends of the bumper tubes, ground to match the tube and used black silicone.


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Post Post subject: Re: Roll Cage Tubing Caps
Posted: Mon Jan 21, 2008 05:33 PM
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My bumpers came with push in ends that I welded in.

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57baja wrote:
Wow. It looks a bit scratched up after ten years, but you get the idea.




thats a great lil' idea 57... Wink


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Post Post subject: Re: Roll Cage Tubing Caps
Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2008 04:31 PM
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I buy lots of tabs and end caps from www.aa-mfg.com They sell a ton of fab parts at pretty good prices.

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