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Old 03-30-2012, 11:38 PM   #1
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2005 unlimited - where to buy a top?

I'm just about ready to pull the trigger on a TJ purchase - I've narrowed it down to either a 2003 Wrangler (Liberty edition), or a 2005 Wrangler Unlimited.

Both are soft tops, and will probably last a little while, but will eventually need to be replaced. Soft tops for a plain Wrangler seem to be easy to find, and I've found hardtops for sale both new and used. I'm assuming any hardtop from 1998-2006 will fit?

Tops for the 2005 Unlimited seem to be pretty scarce, soft or hard. I'm assuming that the top is different for an unlimited, due to its longer length, correct?

Does anyone make a Hardtop for a 2005 Unlimited? Or is it rare enough that finding parts are a problem?

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Old 03-31-2012, 08:04 AM   #2
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I bought an 06 Unlimited last year with 21000 miles on it. It apparently was a toy that didn't get driven much. I took my hardtop off last summer to pull up the softtop. It had never been done before because there were instructions for "installation before use.." I put it together, pulled it up, ....ok, where are the windows..? I called the previous owner and he searched his garage. I've got a brand new/unused top (black) that doesn't have the door surrounds or back or side windows. Is that worth $200? It's been rolled in it's cover, sitting in my basement next to the box for my new Supertop NX. Sounds like you have everything mine doesn't. You could rehab your windows with my top and look like new.

I've been trying to put it on the classifieds but my post count is too low otherwise I would have put it on by now.

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Old 03-31-2012, 08:08 AM   #3
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They only made the unlimited from 04-06. I saw a hard top a couple weeks ago on craigslist, but I already have one. You will find one if you look hard enough.
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Old 04-02-2012, 01:04 PM   #4
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Go with the unlimited all the way! You'll love having more room in the back. You can buy soft tops from Quadratec. They are hard to find used. There are multiple companies that make hardtops for it. Rallytop is the one I can think of
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Old 04-02-2012, 01:53 PM   #5
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When I was looking for mine in early '09 I found the dealer had the best price. Got the employee discount which helped a lot & they delivered it to my place 20 miles away for no extra cost. It came in a large crate & they are heavy so I don't know how much shipping would have been from an aftermarket place but not cheap, I'm sure!

I would never trade my unlimited for any other TJ.

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Old 04-02-2012, 03:30 PM   #6
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:26 PM   #7
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I have a hard top off my LJ for sale at the end of the month but I bet you are far away from me! 8(
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Old 04-03-2012, 01:01 AM   #8
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blacklj if you are close to Montana I will buy it
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Old 11-07-2012, 08:14 PM   #9
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blacklj: Where are you located and how much do you want for it?
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Old 11-08-2012, 10:09 AM   #10
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If you go with the LJ (I would), nice used hard tops generally go for around $1K. Another option for a hard top would be a pickup top like this:

They're $1500 plus freight from GR8Tops.

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Old 11-08-2012, 10:50 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by Dinny Dunne View Post
blacklj: Where are you located and how much do you want for it?

Note, that was for sale in April
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Old 11-09-2012, 07:13 PM   #12
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Note, that was for sale in April
Sorry guys I should have checked back with this more often. Especially ClarkKent I had to drive to Montana to pick up my half top could have met you somewhere. I ended up selling it about 6 weeks ago for eight hundred bucks.
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Old 11-13-2012, 10:18 AM   #13
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I have a unlimited "LJ" black hardtop for sale. If interested pm me. Thanks

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