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Old 03-25-2010, 03:35 PM   #1
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Black Mountain Hard Half Cab opinions please.

Recently purchased a TJ, low miles, excellent condition for the purpose of driving through the sand dunes and going surf fishing. Soon discovered that transporting the big-wheel-cart and rods and spikes is not possible without a large sized rear hitch mounted carrier which in turn will not allow the rear door to swing open etc.

The rear seat was removed on day one but even so I was struggling to fit any equipment in the TJ until I saw photos of the Hard Half Cab made by Black Mountain/Collins Bros Jeep and this appears to be the answer to my prayers.

I would be applying Herculiner in the bed and on the bulkhead and possibly painting the hard half cab in body color for a more factory look. Other than loosing the open top driving pleasure I really don't see any downside to this.

What do you think? Any ideas and opinions, both pro and against will be much appreciated.

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I love the top! Everytime I see it in the magazines I stare at the pic, lol.
Only thing I dont like is the price...Ive seen it cheaper btw. $1195

Edit - The ad from the same company that is posted in JPmagazine is listed as $1195 for half top and bulkhead.

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It would be unique.

It seems pretty damn expensive at $1200 on sale. You might want to consider getting a wind jammer and bikini top to achieve the same effect at a fraction of the price.

Quadratec has a three piece set for $200. MOPAR 82204559 - MOPAR® Combo Top in Dark Tan for 97-02 Jeep® Wrangler TJ - Quadratec
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Old 03-25-2010, 03:52 PM   #4
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It would be unique.

It seems pretty damn expensive at $1200 on sale. You might want to consider getting a wind jammer and bikini top to achieve the same effect at a fraction of the price.

Quadratec has a three piece set for $200. MOPAR 82204559 - MOPAR® Combo Top in Dark Tan for 97-02 Jeep® Wrangler TJ - Quadratec
Ive thought of that setup too....its just not the same though..lol
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Old 03-25-2010, 04:12 PM   #5
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it looks awesome, esp on an Unlimited. If my funds were unlimited I'd buy one

I'd be nervous about throwing anything in the bed, I'm not sure how the fiberglass bulkhead would take things smacking into it with any force. but that's the biggest thing I see right off.

Seal it up and there shouldn't be a water problem.
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Old 03-25-2010, 06:15 PM   #6
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I recently seen a black LJ drive through town with a half-cab top on and loved it! I considered doing it to my TJ but have since changed my mind since it's not going to be my DD for ever. Otherwise I'd totally do it, love the look. Makes a TJ look like a hot rod 32' pickup.
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Thanks guys.

One alternative in soft materials is the Bestop Halftop which can be found for $550 -money left over for other mods- and would allow the car to be put back to stock configuration. Looks good, has the sunroof feature and an unzip-able soft rear window for flow through breezes. The lower mesh dividing the passenger space from the rear cab may need some attention though.

BTW if opting for the hard half cab I will reinforce the bulkhead by glassing in some Klegecell which would make it strong enough to sustain impacts under all kinds of Gs.

There is one more company offering a similar hard cab (GR8TOPS) and it all comes down to which company and product one feels comfortable with.
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There's also AEV offering half cabs. $$$.
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Makes a TJ look like a hot rod 32' pickup.
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There's also AEV offering half cabs. $$$.
Don't those require the use of the Brute sheet metal for the cab though?
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Old 03-25-2010, 10:51 PM   #11
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I dont see how a half top would gain room
maybe a safari rack
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I dont see how a half top would gain room ...
With the Bestop half top one can leave the rear compartment open and so be able to transport tall items, in my case the fishing cart, the rods on a vertical rack, etc. As much room as the hard half cab really.

Off course when driving at highway speeds it would be prudent to close it again as the air flow over the open rear may present issues but in my case I'm only looking to drive to the beach at 30 mph and once there crawl over the sand dunes.

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