This half hardtop for 2007-2017 4-door Jeep Wrangler JKs turns your Jeep into an entirely new vehicle. You get the quietness and security of a hardtop that retains the ability to remove your Freedom Panels at will, but the top is easily removed by just one person. A GR8TOPS Recruit half hardtop gives you a functional bed for hauling anything from wet hunting gear to a load of mulch to filthy yard tools — anything you wouldn’t want in the Jeep with you.
The JKU Recruit offers the same GR8TOPS styling cues and features as our extremely popular CJ/YJ/TJ/LJ tops:
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A custom-engineered bulkhead molded specifically for the JKU to seal the bed.
A tinted rear sliding window for ventilation and easy bed access.
No seat legroom is sacrificed — with the Recruit installed, the rear seat still reclines at the same angle as factory.
If the half hardtop is removed, the OEM hardtop still installs easily without removal of the bulkhead.
Bed length from tailgate to bulkhead is 24″.
The kit comes with the following items:
-main rear section of half hardtop (1 piece) with rear window cutout (in primer unless an optional finish is ordered)
-lower bulkhead closeout panel that closes out the cab (in primer unless an optional finish is ordered)
-1 rear sliding metal framed window and necessary mounting screws
-1 Freedom Panel mounting gasket – installed onto main section of hardtop to seal Freedom Panels to hardtop
Freedom panels ARE NOT included and must be purchased separately if your Jeep currently has a soft top or a 2007-2010 hard top due to design differences.
The GR8TOPS JKU Recruit half hardtop installs to the jeep body and bulkhead using included standard bolts, nuts and fender washers. The bulkhead is installed using included self tapping sheet metal screws to the interior wheel wells. The rear ledge fastens to the bulkhead and the body rail using standard included bolts and washers.
This hardtop kit consists of two pieces: the hardtop itself and the lower bulkhead panel. The lower bulkhead panel (shown above) can be installed using weatherstrip tape against the body of the Jeep and requires drilling 8 3/8” holes in the floor and wheel wells of the Jeep for mounting. The bulkhead conforms very well to the wheel wells, but additional sealant may be required to completely seal the bulkhead. We recommend using a urethane based automotive body seam sealer which we also carry. Many customers also permanently seal their bulkhead in place by installing a spray-in bedliner in the bed. Tops come standard in primer.
This hardtop requires modification of your existing factory rollbar. The top will fit over the front section of your factory rollbar but the rear “kickers” or C-pillars must be removed. The rear mounting point on the rollbar is spot welded and requires drilling out multiple spot welds on the cage for removal. This kit requires cutting the factory sport cage. When altering the factory sport cage, you are altering the original safety characteristics of the vehicle. Owner assumes all risks associated with altering the vehicle in order to install this kit. Please see our weld in cage kit available here
If your jeep has a factory subwoofer mounted on the rear passenger fender well, we do have a optional upgrade to have enclosure(s) molded onto the interior of the bulkhead to transfer your factory subwoofer inside the cab. In the 2016 and later JKs with the subwoofer mounted in the floor, we are in process of providing a single enclosure large enclosure on the bulkhead to accomodate the factory oval shaped subwoofer and also many aftermarket subwoofers.
The bulkhead is semi-permanently mounted and once sealed in place with body seam sealer it is not really intended to be removed and reinstalled frequently.
When selecting this item in your shopping cart, you MUST select “truck freight” shipping for the correct shipping amount to be calculated. If this is not selected, your order will be revised and emailed back to you for correct total amount approval before charge and shipment is sent.
Orders may be picked up at our location but will incur the local 7% South Carolina Sales tax.
This item is oversized and shipped by one of our preferred LTL truck freight carriers. Business address delivery is preferred but not required and residential delivery is available
- for additional $75 charge
. Customers may also pickup at nearest local LTL carrier that we use.
Seasonal demand may affect lead times but generally allow 10-15 business lead time on orders.
GR8TOPS performs full installations in our shop in Lexington, SC. We also have a spray on bedliner system to completely seal and protect the rear (or the full interior) of your Jeep as a part of the installation of your GR8TOPS JKU Recruit 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.