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Old 10-06-2013, 09:13 PM
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Default RPM Roll bar install

I have put a RPM 6 point roll bar into my car. First thing I can say is this is not an easy bolt in mod, if you had to get help to install your catch can this is not a mod for you.
This took me 17 hours by myself from start to finish and the interior was all ready out of the car, this is not a quick project if the car you are putting it in is your daily driver.

This is how it arrives on a pallet, it only weighs 45 pounds so it is easy to handle.

You will need to send it out to be media blasted and etch prime it before paint. You can try sanding it but it has a protective coating on it that will not sand in crevices very well.

The kit will come with 1" long bolts but you will need to buy some 2" bolts to help assemble the bar. it also comes with some nylon lock nuts, you will need to buy some regular nuts too.

The instructions at this point will tell you to put the bar in the car and install the rear door panels at the same time. DO NOT DO THIS! Put the bar in the car and drill all your holes for the rear section first. Also do not install it like this picture wrap all the feet with shop rags to prevent scratching your car and interior pieces. The bar goes in like shown and will be rolled back into place.

Once you get the bar in place make sure it is centered up in the car. I got mine just a 1/2" off center and the passenger side arm rest slightly hits the bar.
You will find the mounting plates do not sit flat on the wheel tubs, this is where the 2" long bolts come into play. Drill the hole for the one that sits the highest above the wheel tub and use the longer bolt to pull it down flat. DO NOT DRILL ANY OTHER HOLES BUT ONE ON EACH SIDE AT THIS TIME! And when you work by your self duct tape is your friend lol. Also the bolts are in back wards until I could pull the plates down flat, put them the other way so the bolts do not face your tires.

Once you have got one hole in all 4 legs you can proceed to drill them all, you will still need some of the 2" long bolts to pull the plates down flat. You will also find at this time the guy who drilled the backing plates needs to talk to the guy who drilled the roll bar feet as they do not line up very well. RPM should leave the rear backing plates undrilled.

So as of now you should have the rear hoop bolted in, now unbolt it and move it as far forward as you can. Yeah LOL it sucks, but this is the right time to put your rear door panels on instead of when the instructions said to. You will need to drill the rear panels as shown below.

You will also need to cut a line to seperate the panel to slide the panel over the roll bar tube. If you install the panel as the installtion instructions show, you will fight the rear door panel the whole time you are trying to drill holes.

Once you have both panels slide over the tubes you will need to slide the roll bar and rear door panels back into place at the same time. THIS IS WHEN YOU WILL SCRATCH THINGS. The back of your door panels have clips on them, they will scratch other parts of the cars as you slide it back. Tape shop towels over the clips untill you get it into place.
Once you get it slid back bolt the roll bar in once again.

Put your rear carpet back in at this time and bolt the front seats in. Do not put alot of effort into the front seats as they are coming back out.

With your front seats in now, follow the installation instructions and drill the side bars to match the front leg supports. Once this is done put a bolt through the hole and test fit both sides to make sure they do not hit the door panels, do not tighten the bolt. As you can see I have a poor mans drill press.

Just like in the back just drill one hole, secure it to the floor and recheck the alignment before drilling the rest. Once you have made sure the bars open and close drill the rest of the holes. The backing plates for the front are drilled better than the rears they are only slightly off.

Once you have all the front bolts in make sure the bar opens and closes with ease. If the alignment got off some when securing the bolts do not freak out, you now have a 3' long pry bar just use leverage and bend the front floor plate until the bar goes in smoothly.

Pull the side bars and seats out now and reinstall the carpet, hope you cut it better than I did.

Now you have the interior back in the car. Put your side bars in again with a loose bolt and mark the upper pin holes in the receiver for drilling. once you have those drilled put the bolts in permanent on the lower connection. Tighten these bolts as tight as you can but still let the door bar swing out with out being in a bind.

Over all the RPM roll bar is a nice product that is well made and fits like a tight glove. A very tight glove lol. I hope this helps someone above what the instructions show if you buy one. Some extra bolts that are longer is all I had to buy above what came in the kit. It was installed with basic hand tools about everyone has. It is just more labor intensive than the instruction will lead you to believe.
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Old 10-06-2013, 10:16 PM
Jettech104 Jettech104 is offline
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Great work!! Just out of curiosity how much would a shop charge for the install? Because it is labor intensive.
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