For years, Jeep owners asked for a Wrangler with a little more room. In 2004, Jeep finally answered with the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited—somewhat reminiscent of the 81-86 CJ-8 Scrambler. However, they chose not to market the new Unlimited with a half cab and cargo bed like a Scrambler.
We built the Jeep that Jeep didn’t. These half hardtops make your Jeep Unlimited…well,unlimited. Your Jeep will push the limits when you can easily haul around wood, mulch, toolboxes, big coolers…anything you need, in the back of your new Jeep truck. These tops include a specially designed lower fiberglass bulkhead panel that fits around the bed and wheelwells. The half hardtop fits over the front section of your factory rollbar and bolts to the top of the bulkhead to provide a sealed cabin environment for the front two passengers.
The XTOP design adds 2.5″ of length to our original LJ halftop to provide extra cab room. No seat legroom is sacrificed with the XTOP halftop. With the bulkhead and hardtop installed, the seats slide all the way back on the sliders. The seat can then recline between 2 and 3 “ticks” on the recline lever. If you normally have your seats reclined more than that, you will lose some recline but no slider length. If the half hardtop is removed, you can still reinstall the OEM softop or the OEM hardtop easily, with the bulkhead left in place or removed.
The inside bed length measurement from the tailgate to the divider bulkhead is 46″.
This hardtop requires modification of your existing factory rollbar. The top will fit over the front section of your factory rollbar but the rear two “kickers” of the rollbar must be cut off. This modification of your factory rollbar alters the integrity of your factory roll cage. Although not required, we strongly recommend purchasing an aftermarket bolt in cage kit for the front part of the factory cage. These aftermarket kits either bolt in or replace the front part of the cage and are designed to go down the dash to the front floor of the Jeep. The Unlimiteds almost require that the rear cage be reattached or a new external cage fabricated. The body and the frame on the Unlimiteds is much longer and therefore will flex more in off road conditions and could possibly warp or bend body panels without the rear bars installed. Be sure to read the tech installation article that was in Jrations Magazine. It includes a full writeup of installing the top and also addresses the rear roll cage issues. PREVIEW ARTICLE HERE
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 wheel wells of the Jeep to hold the bulkhead in place. The bulkhead conforms very well to the wheel wells, 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 third brake light||$45|
|Speaker pods integrated onto bulkhead||$150|
|Rubber Grommets to pass cage thru top||$20/pr|
|Color Upgrades (White, Grey, Camo Green)||$100|
This item is oversized and shipped by one of our preferred LTL truck freight carriers, UPS Freight or Southeastern Freightlines. Business address delivery is preferred but not required. Residential Delivery available for additional $75 charge. Customers may also pickup at nearest local UPS Freight terminal. Orders may be picked up at our location, but will incur the local 7% South Carolina sales tax. Please see the freight information page for approximate freight costs and additional shipping information.
Standard orders of black tops and bulkheads normally ship within 2-4 business days. Custom color orders or bare sanded primer format require approximately two week lead time.
GR8TOPS can perform full installations and conversions in our shop in Lexington, SC. We also have our own spray on bedliner system to completely seal and protect the rear (or the full interior) of your Jeep after we install your GR8TOPS half hardtop kit. Please see our Installation page for more details and approximate pricing. Installations are by appointment only and normally can be completed in 1-2 business days depending on the options requested.