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Old May 20th, 2009, 06:44 PM
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New Alpine bar question...

ok, so I am new to my Defender, and with the weather being nice, I decided to take the hardtop off and see what she's like as a softtop.

The previous owner didn't have the softtop when I bought it, but I thought I could start putting together the pieces I needed and bite the bullet on a Badger.

So anyways, the truck had no alpine bar.. a quick call to RN, and they had one, so I got it, and they sent it my way... so now the conundrum begins...

The alpine bar (img_0145) has on either end a pivoting piece in SS with a friction ball bearing on it.. presumably to hold it in place.. However, my rollbar already has two little SS pieces sticking up out of it. (see img_0146.)

So do I have the wrong alpine bar, or should the SS pieces come out of the rollbar? (not sure they can, I gave a tentative tug with a pair of pliers and they seem in there good!)


Thanks in advance!

Don
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Old May 20th, 2009, 08:28 PM
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Don the ss pieces have to come out.
if you can get them out I could use one as my alpine bar is missing one of the slugs,
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Old May 20th, 2009, 09:00 PM
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Don the ss pieces have to come out.
if you can get them out I could use one as my alpine bar is missing one of the slugs,
Do they have to come out of the alpine bar, or out of the rollcage frame? I could probably drill the rivet holding in the slugs and just fasten to the ones sticking out of my rollcage?

Or are they supposed to come out of the rollcage? I'm a little worried that they're stuck in there permanently - otherwise the previous guy should have removed them when he took the softtop, shouldn't he?


Either way, I'm going to end up with a few extra..

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Old May 20th, 2009, 09:16 PM
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You want to remove the ones in the rollcage frame else you won't be able to remove the alpine bar without drilling out the rivets again.

Spray them with PB Blaster a few times a day for a few days, then try twisting as well as pulling. BE patient, but they will come out.

Don't forget if necessary you can disassemble the cage an take the side bars to a vice and clamp the ss bits in the vice and work the bar.
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Old May 21st, 2009, 08:28 AM
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Yep PB blast them. I had to use vise grips, I twisted back and forth and it finally came out, but now i cant find the slug. Cover the cage where you are working so you dont damage it.
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Old May 21st, 2009, 08:36 AM
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Yep PB blast them. I had to use vise grips, I twisted back and forth and it finally came out, but now i cant find the slug. Cover the cage where you are working so you dont damage it.
Thanks for the help!

I'll try and keep it in good shape for you so it's not too banged up.
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Old May 21st, 2009, 08:37 AM
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I am in the same dilema except my bar is stuck in place intact and I hate to break it.

I guess I can just leave it there....
Hard to get leverage with the bar attached, should I take it apart to pull it out?
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Old May 21st, 2009, 11:59 AM
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Just leave it there. You can drill out the rivets and replace with a small bolt. I did this on Bryson.
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I am in the same dilema except my bar is stuck in place intact and I hate to break it.

I guess I can just leave it there....
Hard to get leverage with the bar attached, should I take it apart to pull it out?
Again PB Blast the hell out of it repeatedly, and then when the bar is in place, a rubber mallet is your friend. Strick as close to the end as possible. But PB Blaster, PB Blaster,PB Blaster,PB Blaster,PB Blaster,PB Blaster,PB Blaster,PB Blaster,PB Blaster.
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PB Blaster eats the foam on the roll bar, if left on.
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I am in the same dilema except my bar is stuck in place intact and I hate to break it.

I guess I can just leave it there....
Hard to get leverage with the bar attached, should I take it apart to pull it out?

Use a rubber mallet and gently knock one end loose at a time from underneath. It should come loose.
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Old May 21st, 2009, 12:33 PM
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Use a rubber mallet and gently knock one end loose at a time from underneath. It should come loose.
Similar situation for me, I have found that standing in the truck with the top off and wacking from there seems to have better results, and it makes it easier to wiggle the bar back and forth.
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