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Old September 8th, 2016, 12:22 PM
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How much should a Safety Device Roll cage install cost?

I'm going to be ordering a Safety Device full cage for my incoming D110 3-door, but was curious as to how much an install from a reputable shop should cost? The quote I got was $1,200. Does this seem reasonable?
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Old September 8th, 2016, 12:26 PM
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There was just a whole thread a week or two ago on how long it takes to install one (most of a weekend), so add a few more hours to that and multiply by the shop rate. Sounds more than reasonable.
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Old September 8th, 2016, 12:27 PM
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Here I found it for you...

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...age-72563.html
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Old September 8th, 2016, 12:39 PM
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^^ Thanks for the quick response! Cage is being ordered and sent to the shop now....
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Old September 8th, 2016, 12:49 PM
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Save your money. Waste of time. Buy some sliders if you want safety you will actually use in LA. You are never flipping the thing.

What shop are you using to ruin your truck?
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Old September 8th, 2016, 12:54 PM
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Save your money. Waste of time. Buy some sliders if you want safety you will actually use in LA. You are never flipping the thing.

What shop are you using to ruin your truck?
Actually going to be using this all through the Chicago winter and I'm not looking to take my chances in that sort of weather... Using Highgate Motors in Barrington, IL. Still learning about shops in LA, where I'll be taking the car back to in June '17.
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Old September 8th, 2016, 12:56 PM
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While in the shop, waxoil the hell out of that thing. I've seen what Chicago salt can do to a defender. Not pretty.
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Old September 8th, 2016, 12:58 PM
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While in the shop, waxoil the hell out of that thing. I've seen what Chicago salt can do to a defender. Not pretty.
The plan from when I get the car in a couple weeks until December is to get it ready for winter... The cars just disintegrate out there.
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Old September 8th, 2016, 01:01 PM
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Isn't Highgate that place building some of the most heinous trucks out there? I remember a white NAS with a silver roof and a bunch of white accessories. It comes up for sale all the time.

Still don't think you are flipping your truck in Chicago winter either.

No clue what the obsession is with these cages. If you wheel fine, but for daily use and even inclement weather its not happening. You have better odds of winning the lottery.
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Old September 8th, 2016, 01:09 PM
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At the end of the day, it's not a ton of money for peace of mind, even though you're right.

In terms of design, I'm not sure if its them or its their customers... But I just need someone who knows how to work a Defender in the midwest, and they do. All that'll be done in the midwest in mechanical or simple items like a brush guard and spare wheel holder. When I'm back in LA this summer I'll be doing some more restoration work on it and it'll be staying 99% stock looking... Mostly just switching it to NAS spec stuff. Outside paint is pretty clean (and I like that it looks 25 years old and well cared for). Inside is a disaster though and needs new everything probably.
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Old September 8th, 2016, 01:10 PM
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Do you have a pic of the truck?
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Old September 8th, 2016, 01:12 PM
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I'm not into the pseudo G-Wagon thing a lot of guys are doing with these... I've always loved the Defender and this will be my first try at one. Love the way the 3-door looks, specifically. The outside on this one ins't pristine but for its age I think it's looking great.
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Old September 8th, 2016, 01:18 PM
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Honestly if that was mine and I wanted a cage i would do the interior one and NOT cut holes in the truck.

Nice looking truck
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Old September 8th, 2016, 01:20 PM
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I was heading up I-75 this summer and saw a south bound Jeep JK blow a left front tire and it rolled like a bowling ball down the interstate. The driver got and was scratching his head and looking at his mangled jeep. That he could stand there and look at his Jeep was due to the fact that it had a ROPS in place other wise I don't think he would have lived. Don't let any one talk you out of a roll cage. The
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Old September 8th, 2016, 01:26 PM
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In hindsight I wish I had done an interior cage. With a 3 door you can do just the front since I'm assuming you aren't putting passengers in the back. Gives you flexibility to change your mind in a few years when you are in CA and want a ST conversion.
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Old September 8th, 2016, 01:32 PM
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Yeah, I've thought about all the pros and cons and am going to go through with it. Understand that it's not for everyone, though.

Won't do a ST on this one. I want to eventually get a super clean NAS 90 for that!
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Old September 8th, 2016, 01:36 PM
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At the end of the day, it's not a ton of money for peace of mind, even though you're right.

In terms of design, I'm not sure if its them or its their customers... But I just need someone who knows how to work a Defender in the midwest, and they do. All that'll be done in the midwest in mechanical or simple items like a brush guard and spare wheel holder. When I'm back in LA this summer I'll be doing some more restoration work on it and it'll be staying 99% stock looking... Mostly just switching it to NAS spec stuff. Outside paint is pretty clean (and I like that it looks 25 years old and well cared for). Inside is a disaster though and needs new everything probably.
You can do what you want, but after spending many hours working on my Defender, any mechanic that can turn a wrench, can work on this. You don't need a Land Rover mechanic, especially if it is costing a premium. You would probably want someone knowledgeable with these for engine tuning, or engine rebuild. Anything other then that is child's play. It is the simplest vehicle I have ever worked on. Nearly everything is accessible. Everything is as basic as it comes. I would look for a good careful trustworthy mechanic over a guy who is a Land Rover specialist with a possibly lesser reputation.
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Old September 8th, 2016, 01:41 PM
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You can do what you want, but after spending many hours working on my Defender, any mechanic that can turn a wrench, can work on this. You don't need a Land Rover mechanic, especially if it is costing a premium. You would probably want someone knowledgeable with these for engine tuning, or engine rebuild. Anything other then that is child's play. It is the simplest vehicle I have ever worked on. Nearly everything is accessible. Everything is as basic as it comes. I would look for a good careful trustworthy mechanic over a guy who is a Land Rover specialist with a possibly lesser reputation.
The mechanic I think I'll be using is someone who a board member recommended to me. A guy from Hungary who works at some random used truck dealership, but is very familiar with Defenders.
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Old September 11th, 2016, 09:44 PM
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I'd say $1200 is reasonable. Since we use it for loads of trips, I opted for exterior as it affords more interior room than internal, I always need a little more room... I think it looks awesome too. Finished mine a couple weeks ago-- just need to tidy up where I had to notch the top rail or whatever the body capping is called that I believe soft tops clip to.
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