Jeep Wrangler Roll Cage – Complete Guide

There are 4 types of roll cages for a Jeep Wrangler:

  • Bolt-on
  • Fully Welded Bolt-In
  • Weld Together
  • Custom Cage

Let’s make the decision of which route you want to go extremely simple. Instead of spending hours and hours researching which cage is best then realize it is far out of the scope you initially planned on. Grab a notepad and answer either A, B, C, or D for each question. Then use the answer key to find your answer.

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Answer Key:

A, ABolt-On (Section 1)
A, BBolt-On (Section 1)
A, CFully Welded Bolt-In (Section 2)
B, ACustom Cage (Section 4) or Bolt-On (Section 1)
B, BWeld Together (Section 3)
B, C Fully Welded Bolt-In (Section 2) or Weld Together (Section 3)
C, ACustom Cage (Section 4) or Weld Together (Section 3)
C, BCustom Cage (Section 4) or Weld Together (Section 3)
C, CCustom Cage (Section 4) or Weld Together (Section 3)

Section 1: Bolt-On

What is a bolt-on cage?

Bolt-on cages are complete kits you can buy. They usually come in 4-7 pieces and will be extremely easy to install. They are designed to be a budget-friendly way to add additional strength to a factory cage.

How much are Bolt-on Cages?

Bolt-on cage kits range from $500-$850.


1955-1983 Jeep Wrangler CJ5 Cage Kit

Rock Hard 4×4 Bolt-on Spot Cage Kit Jeep CJ5

Price: $789.99

1976-1986 Jeep Wrangler CJ7 Bolt-on Cage Kit

Rock Hard 4×4 Bolt-on Sport Cage Kit Jeep CJ7

Price: $789.99

1981-1986 Jeep Wrangler CJ8 Bolt-on Cage Kit

Rock Hard 4×4 Bolt-on Sport Cage Kit Jeep CJ8

Price: $789.99

1987-1996 Jeep Wrangler YJ Cage Kit

Rock Hard 4×4 Bolt-on Sport Cage Jeep YJ

Price: $789.99

1997-2006 Jeep Wrangler TJ/LJ Cage Kit

Rock Hard 4×4 Bolt-on Sport Cage Jeep TJ

Price: $789.99

2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK Bolt-on Cage Kit

Rock Hard 4×4 Bolt-On Sport Cage Jeep JK

Price: $789.99

2019-2021 Jeep Wrangler JL/JT Bolt-on Cage Kit

Rock Hard 4×4 Bolt-on Sport Cage

Price: 789.99

Other brands that carry bolt-on cage kits for Jeep Wranglers:

  • SmittyBilt

When researching for this post, I assumed SmittyBilt would be the dominant manufacture for bolt-on cage kits. That just was not the case, as you can see above Rock Hard 4×4 has the most selection.


Section 2: Fully Welded Bolt-In

What is a Fully Welded Bolt-In Cage?

Bolt-in cages are fully welded and complete roll cage ready to bolt into your jeep. A Bolt-in cage is the most expensive route when considering roll cages. They are not offered by many manufactures due to the high handling costs and shipping/freight costs associated.

How much are Fully Welded Bolt-In Cages?

Bolt-in cages range from $1400-$4000. Freight could also cost as much as $400 in the United States depending on where you live.

Not all year models of Jeep Wranglers have a bolt-in cage option.


1955-1983 Jeep Wrangler CJ5 Bolt-in Cage Kit

Unfortunately, there is currently no manufacture support for CJ5 fully welded bolt-in roll cages.

1976-1986 Jeep Wrangler CJ7 Bolt-in Cage Kit

Unfortunately, there is currently no manufacture support for CJ7 fully welded bolt-in roll cages.

1981-1986 Jeep Wrangler CJ8 Bolt-in Cage Kit

Unfortunately, there is currently no manufacture support for CJ8 fully welded bolt-in roll cages.

1987-1996 Jeep Wrangler YJ Bolt-in Cage Kit

Unfortunately, there is currently no manufacture support for YJ fully welded bolt-in roll cages.

1997-2006 Jeep Wrangler TJ Bolt-in Cage Kit

Poison Spyder Laser Fit Fully Welded Cage

Price: $1,627.49

1997-2006 Jeep Wrangler LJ Bolt-in Cage Kit

Under Cover Fabworks Full Roll Cage Jeep Wrangler TJ Unlimited 2002-2006

Price: $1558.00

2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK Bolt-in Cage Kit


Under Cover Fabworks Full Roll-Cage Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited 2007-2018 (4 Door)

Price: $3780.00

JK 2-Door Full Roll-Cage Under Cover Fabworks

Price: $2699.10

2019-2021 Keep Wrangler Jl Bolt-in Cage Kit

Unfortunately, there is currently no manufacture support for JL fully welded bolt-in roll cages.


Section 3: Weld Together

What is a weld together cage?

Weld together cages are readily available but require welding skills to assemble properly. These kits will come completely disassembled with instructions on proper installation. These kits may seem extremely imitating, but manufacturers mark exactly where the tubes go and in what order they go.

How much are weld together cages?

A weld together cage runs between $1200-$3000.

1955-1983 Jeep Wrangler CJ5 Weld Together Cage Kit

Extreme Custom Fabrication CJ5 – 6 Point Pro Cage Kit with seat mounts

Price: $1249.00

1976-1986 Jeep Wrangler CJ7 Weld Together Cage Kit

GENRIGHT JEEP CJ-7 LASER NOTCHED FULL ROLL CAGE KIT

Price: $1999.99

1981-1981 Jeep Wrangler CJ8 Weld Together Cage Kit

Extreme Custom Fabrication CJ8 Jeep Full Family Roll

Price: $939.00

1987-1996 Jeep Wrangler YJ Weld Together Cage Kit

WelderD Jeep YJ Cage Kit

Price: $1650.00

1997-2006 Jeep Wrangler TJ Weld Together Cage Kit

GENRIGHT JEEP TJ LASER NOTCHED FULL ROLL CAGE KIT

Price: $1999.99

1997-2006 Jeep Wrangler LJ Weld Together Cage Kit

GENRIGHT JEEP LJ LASER NOTCHED FULL ROLL CAGE KIT

Price: $1999.99

2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK Weld Together Cage Kit

GENRIGHT JEEP JK (4 DOOR) FULL ROLL CAGE KIT

Price: $2699.99

GENRIGHT JEEP WRANGLER JK (2 DOOR) FULL ROLL CAGE KIT

Price: $2899.99

2019-2021 Jeep Wrangler JL Weld Together Cage Kit

GENRIGHT JEEP JL (4 DOOR) FULL ROLL CAGE KIT

Price: Not yet available!

Section 4: Custom Cage

What is a custom cage?

Completly custom roll cages require extensive engineering, fabrication, tube bending, and welding skills. It is possible to learn how to build your own custom roll cage, but there is a large barrier to entry.

How much are custom cages?

Custom cages run between $500-$3000 depending on your goals.

Average tool cost: $1500-$5000.

Tools Required to Make a Custom Cage:

  • Welder (Mig, Tig, Stick)
  • Tubing Notcher
  • Tubing Bender

And many many more.. These are just the big 3.

Welder:

Lincoln Mig 180

Price: $699.00

Tubing Bender:

Eastwood Hydraulic Tubing Bender

Price: $1999.99

Tubing Notcher:

Eastwood Tubing Notcher and Hole Saw Kit

Price: $186.99


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Full custom cages do not have to be extremely complicated. Sometimes, it is worth just adding strength to your factory cage while staying on a budget. It depends greatly on what you plan to accomplish with your vehicle.

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