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Factory Roll Bar?

Discussion in 'Early CJ-5 and CJ-6 Tech' started by cjbilly, Oct 31, 2018.

  1. Oct 31, 2018
    cjbilly

    cjbilly New Member

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    Could someone please help me identify what year this roll bar MIGHT have been installed in a CJ5? At one time, they were an option from the factory.
    On the other hand, it might have been aftermarket due to the added light tabs.


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  2. Oct 31, 2018
    Chris Insull

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    Same style bar I have in my CJ. Been around for a LONG time... Probably by different manufactures. Mine is a Smittybuilt from the '80's that I bought new and added a front cage to. I remember seeing them for sale in magazines back in the '70's... I've personally never seen one that style as a factory option.
     
  3. Oct 31, 2018
    Keys5a

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    Remember, there was no "factory" rollbar until about 1970 and the Renegade model. A lot of aftermarket companies made rollbars until they became standard factory issue.
    That bar you have is perfectly suitable for your Jeep.
    -Donny
     
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  4. Oct 31, 2018
    timgr

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    The roll bar first appeared as original equipment as part of the Renegade package in 1969-70. It did not appear on the regular option list until 1974 as I recall. The Whitco roll bar was offered as "Jeep Approved Special Equipment" much earlier, and was available through the Jeep dealership parts departments. It was often dealer-installed as part of a new car purchase, and rolled in to the new car sale financing package.

    This looks like the Smittybilt "Competition" roll bar for the CJ-5. Not the factory approved model, but a similar and contemporary offering to the Whitco bar. The light tabs were added by the owner, since lights in that location would have prevented installation of a top.

    Lots of earlier posts about roll bar ID, if you search - site:earlycj5.com roll bar - Bing images
     
  5. Oct 31, 2018
    cjbilly

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    PERFECT!! Thanks everyone your your input. :beer:
    Looking for something for the '55 to hang a bikini top off of. Local sale and its cheap enough...
     
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  6. Nov 1, 2018
    1960willyscj5

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    Probably ought to check with your girl/wife/whatever before you go hanging her bikini top off of your rollbar.
     

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