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Old 07-31-2012, 06:10 PM   #1
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Soft-Top Sun Roof for TJ's?

Ether I fail at looking at instructions, or I just don't have the proper Soft-Top Structure on my Wrangler. But I've seen other wranglers (mainly newer) able to retract their Soft-Top halfway so the driver part of the cab is exposed, but you dont have to take the entire top off.

Is there a Soft-Top Kit that allows this? Would be nice to do when you expect rains the next day, but it's sunny today.

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Old 07-31-2012, 06:15 PM   #2
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If it was on an older Wrangler, I think you saw the Bestop Sunrider. I had one on my YJ and loved it. They might have offered one from the factory for the LJ and the JK, but I'm not sure

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Old 07-31-2012, 06:20 PM   #3
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Bleh, I was hoping to just replace the structure, and keep the Current Top I got which is pretty new. Not looking to spend 800 dollars for a sunroof, but at least I know what it is.

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You can do it if you have factory top. Alittle bit of cutting and drilling is all it takes and some flat bar or c channel
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Old 07-31-2012, 06:22 PM   #5
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That is the Bestop Sunrider and it was available for the TJ.

Click here. Search Results - Quadratec
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Old 07-31-2012, 07:17 PM   #6
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That is the Bestop Sunrider and it was available for the TJ.

Click here. Search Results - Quadratec
05+ Chrysler offer a Sunrider as an option.

Bestop also offered top by the same name "sunrider" with their Supertop (older supertop sucks).

Pavement Ends (Bestop's lower level top) offered what what called a flip top.

Bestop's newer Supertop NX and Trextop NX front opens with what they call the "sunroof feature". It does open bigger than the sunrider.

Similar to the above, I made my own by modifying the stock frame.
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Old 07-31-2012, 07:19 PM   #7
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Is there a Soft-Top Kit that allows this? Would be nice to do when you expect rains the next day, but it's sunny today.
There is a kit on ebay for I believe 50.00 or so if you cannot engineer it yourself
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Old 07-31-2012, 08:08 PM   #8
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Do u have a link to that?
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Old 07-31-2012, 08:40 PM   #9
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Someone in my club mentioned to me last week that he got a hold of a kit, I believe on ebay that enables you to modify the original softtop into a sunrider...I will confirm with him soon, he was going to install it this past weekend
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My 06 Rubicon has a soft top I can fold back. I bought it used, but as far as I know it is an OEM top. It has a hinge about midway above the doors like the DIY kit makes.

I like it since it gives me much of the fun of having the top down but is much quicker. Great when the weather is iffy or the trip is short.

Only thing I dont like is it seems to create a low pressure area in the back and really sucks in the windows. I have had no issues, but worry it will stretch thing out. I can remove the windows but at that point I might as well put the top all the way down (not so great when the weather is iffy or the trip is short).
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You can do it if you have factory top. Alittle bit of cutting and drilling is all it takes and some flat bar or c channel
jeep983: What a great idea, instead of dumping $700+ into a new top, you spend $20 on hardware and a little muscle.

Do you have any more info on how to do this mod? It looks pretty self-explanatory, but I want to be sure.

Do you have any objection to me posting a link and description of this to my website: Mods - Jammock: it's a hammock for your Jeep.?

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Quadratech sells a Sunrider hardware kit (minus the canvas) at for less than $400.
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Old 04-02-2013, 09:00 AM   #14
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My '06 unlimited comes factory with the Sunrider top. I agree it is a great offering when the weather is iffy. Also, according to the owners manual, when using this feature you are supposed to have the back window open so you don't blow your windows out.
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Quadratech sells a Sunrider hardware kit (minus the canvas) at for less than $400.
That's more than I want to spend. Why not use Jeep953's MacGyvered rig and save 90%?
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Ether I fail at looking at instructions, or I just don't have the proper Soft-Top Structure on my Wrangler. But I've seen other wranglers (mainly newer) able to retract their Soft-Top halfway so the driver part of the cab is exposed, but you dont have to take the entire top off.

Is there a Soft-Top Kit that allows this? Would be nice to do when you expect rains the next day, but it's sunny today.
DAGINNI, Found this write up on Stu's site....thought you might be interested: TJ Sunroof - 1
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Maybe in another month or so when my soft top goes back on, I'll document how I did mine. You can make the same type of arrangement several ways.

You need hinges (I used 4 of the small bow knuckles I got from Davie's for I think 20-25) and made a bracket to connect the knuckles.

And you need a way to hold down the frame when the header is released. I originally used straps around the surround and frame ( I did not attach it to the frame like Stu). The problem was that it was tough to keep tight enough. I then used some locking pins through a hole I drilled in the frame.

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