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Old 01-06-2017, 10:22 AM   #1
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LJ Hardtop: OEM vs Rally vs GR8TOPS

My 05 LJ soft top is currently injured so I am considering a hardtop replacement. There seems to be only three options (please chime in if you know others) so I wanted to see if people had opinions on which way to go.

OEM: The current market price is astronomical, between $1k and $2k for a 10-12 year-old used top. Obviously fitment is spot on, but these puppies are old and most likely dinged/dented and a myriad of other things could be present.

Rallytops has a 1 piece top for about $2.2k. I have read positive reviews about a 2 piece top but there is not a 2 piece listed on their website. Does anyone have direct experience with this 1 piece? Fitment, look and quality?

GR8TOPS: This thing is a beast but the cost is about $4k plus a 14 hour round trip drive to South Carolina for an install. For this price what are you really getting. I could buy a high mileage rough LJ, with hardtop, for that price. I would love to find a used one but I cant recall seeing one for sale, ever.

Or do I stuck it out with my soft top and pay a few hundred to buy replacement parts.

any thoughts are appreciated!
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Old 01-06-2017, 11:05 AM   #2
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I can't speak for an LJ but for the TJ most people are going to say stick with the factory hardtop. I have seen a few LJ hardtops out there but they are definitely harder to come by. As long as you don't mind the soft top I would just buy a new one or fix the parts needed to fix it.

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I have a Rally top for my LJ. Its not terrible but I do have some problems with it. Seems to leak in the rear near the window and a pillar. They use foam weather stripping to seal it which doesn't work too great and comes off easily. I didn't know they still offered OEM tops when i bought mine. Last I checked OEM was the same price as Rally Tops as well. I paid $1800 for a 2 piece hard top with no features (defrost, wiper, light, rack, etc..)
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Old 01-06-2017, 06:19 PM   #4
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You might try Camper King in Chula Vista CA. (Camper King USA | Camper King USA >>Click<<┬* for Webstore┬*). I just got one of their tops for a TJ - seems pretty solid. No frills, one piece.
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Old 01-06-2017, 06:31 PM   #5
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+1 on Camper King USA in Chula Vista CA. I live in Phoenix and they shipped for $99. Top was only $1500 and fits very well, I like that the rear glass has locking handles and that the top is dark gray fabric inside. Plus its brand new.

If you're willing to wait it out and can do a day of driving, search craigslist in your area and surrounding areas, every now and then someone is letting an OEM top go for $1500 with seemingly no problems.
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thanks jayelldoubleu and Clifford! Clifford since you are now an owner of the Camper King hardtop, are you saying that you would hold out for a 10 year old OEM for any reasons? If given a do-over would yo hold out for an OEM?

I have been looking for an OEM, even making offers to people selling their entire jeeps but I have had no luck so that's why I am looking for an aftermarket.
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Old 01-11-2017, 01:44 PM   #7
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The only reason I would hold out for an OEM top is because of the white interior and that the OEM top has latches, whereas the top from camperking requires a wrench/socket. Also, there is no wiper on the camperking top, but living in Phoenix its not a concern.

That being said, I actually like the darker interior as it matches the carpet. And it doesn't take that much longer to take the hardtop off. This is the first aftermarket top I've owned and as far as road noise, etc., I can't tell a difference. Very happy with the purchase and would recommend for any LJ.
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Thanks Clifford. You sold me on CamperKing. I would rather have a darker interior color and although the latches are preferred, that reason is not enough to me, to pay the same price for a used OEM top that was made over a decade ago. Just too much wear and tear on the OEMs.

Assuming the shipping price isn't terrible I will be posting a review shortly.
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Buddy has this hardtop for his Jeep and loves it. Its built well and has quite a few options.
Fastback Hardtop for TJU

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