Our customers talked and we listened! Our initial implementation of the GR8TOPS half hardtops for TJs and LJs was so successful that we had lots of requests from YJ and CJ-7 owners for a GR8TOPS half hardtop for their Jeeps. As a market-responsive company, GR8TOPS created half hardtop kit for 87-95 Jeep Wrangler YJs and 81-86 CJ-7s.
This hardtop is the best of both worlds. Still a hardtop to provide quietness and security but lightweight enough for one person to install and remove. One additional great feature of these tops is that they can be turned on end and can be carried through a normal sized door opening in your house, dorm, or apartment. No need to have a garage to store your hardtop!
Haul anything from the wet hunting dogs, wood, mulch, toolboxes, or custom equipment boxes in the back of your new bed!
The YJ/CJ-7 version offers the same cool GR8TOPS styling cues and features as our other tops:
- Five raised ribs in the roof to provide an aggressive style while providing structural integrity.
- Integrated mounting location for the optional LED 3rd brake light.
- Custom-engineered bulkheads specific to either a YJ or CJ-7 that allows for the most in cab floor space—not just modified TJ units.
- A rear sliding window for easy access to the bed of the Jeep.
The hardtop comes standard with in black with a clear sliding glass window and include a specially designed lower fiberglass bulkhead panel that forms around the wheelwells in the bed of the Jeep.No seat legroom is sacrificed with this halftop configuration. With the bulkhead and hardtop installed, the seats can slide all the way back on the sliders. This assumes the use of factory seats using factory seat brackets. Aftermarket seats or seat brackets may or may not provide as much in cabin room. If the half hardtop is removed, you can still reinstall the OEM soft top or the OEM hardtop easily without any further modifications to the half hardtop or removal of the bulkhead.
These tops will also fit the Aqualu aluminum replacement CJ-7, CJ-8, bobbed CJ-8, and the short cab bodies.
At this time we do not offer an extended version of this half hardtop and speaker pods are not available in the bulkhead.
This hardtop requires removal and modification of your existing factory rollbar or replacing with a new main cage hoop. Unlike the TJ/LJ version of the half hardtop, this half hardtop WILL NOT fit over the front section of the factory YJ cage even if the two rear bars are cut and removed. The main hoop of the YJ factory sport cage "reclines", or leans farther rearward than a TJ/LJ and is taller than the windshield frame. Because of this, the factory cage needs to be completely removed and modified or a new main hoop fabricated and put into place.
Any modification of your factory rollbar alters the integrity of your factory rollcage. We strongly recommend purchasing an aftermarket bolt in cage kit for the front part of the factory cage. GR8TOPS has partnered Throttle Down Kustoms to offer a new replacement cage hoop that can be bolted into factory locations and front seat belts reattached. The two side stringer bars from the windshield to the rollbar need to be shortened and reattached to the new main cage hoop. Additionally, we recommend installing a rollcage kit in the rear of the bed of the Jeep similar to the ones shown in some of the pictures on this site.
The top has tension adjustment latches similar to the factory hardtop and soft top on the front inside of the top. The rear ledge fastens to the bulkhead and the body rail using standard bolts and washers.
This hardtop kit consists of two pieces: the hardtop itself and the lower bulkhead panel. The lower bulkhead panel (shown above) should be installed using weatherstrip tape against the body of the Jeep and requires drilling four to six 3/8” holes in the floor and wheelwells of the Jeep to hold the bulkhead in place. The bulkhead conforms very well to the wheelwells, but additional sealant may be required to completely seal the bulkhead. Many customers permanently “seal” their bulkhead in place by installing a spray in bedliner such as the Armadillo Liner that GR8TOPS installs.
|AVAILABLE UPGRADE OPTIONS||PRICE|
|Dark tinted slider window||$50|
|LED 3rd brake light||$45|
|Optional replacement cage hoop (see notes)