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robrat 03-30-2012 11:38 PM

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?

Bad Mojo 03-31-2012 08:04 AM

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.

jgorm 03-31-2012 08:08 AM

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.

clarkkent 04-02-2012 01:04 PM

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

RUBI 4 MY MRS 04-02-2012 01:53 PM

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.

TJRubi 04-02-2012 03:30 PM

can even find them here

blacklj 04-02-2012 08:26 PM

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(

clarkkent 04-03-2012 01:01 AM

blacklj if you are close to Montana I will buy it

Dinny Dunne 11-07-2012 08:14 PM

blacklj: Where are you located and how much do you want for it?

SEAICE 11-08-2012 10:09 AM

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.

Neil F. 11-08-2012 10:50 AM


Originally Posted by Dinny Dunne (Post 2970918)
blacklj: Where are you located and how much do you want for it?

Note, that was for sale in April

blacklj 11-09-2012 07:13 PM


Originally Posted by Neil F. (Post 2972651)
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.

mnatl 11-13-2012 10:18 AM

I have a unlimited "LJ" black hardtop for sale. If interested pm me. Thanks

Inked_Aries 03-05-2016 10:32 AM

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Looking for either soft top or hard top (preferred) for 2005 tj unlimited. I'm in Northern California but will possibly travel if the price is right. Thank you :)

FlaJoeTJ 03-06-2016 04:13 PM

The only hard top for an LJ I found was from Rally Tops in Southern California.

Jeep Unlimited Hardtop with Custom Fiberglass Inlay and Off Road Capabilities

I have one on order and will post photos when I get it.


Jeg 03-06-2016 05:47 PM

Don't know where you live in pa. But craigslist had one on it within the last week. I'm in Lancaster. I think you can do a search. I think it might be in Ephrata

Jeg 03-06-2016 05:55 PM

Just looked do a search for jeep unlimited on Lancaster craiglist, it will come up. It is in Reinholds Pa. I think they are asking $1500

rgreen65 03-07-2016 07:41 AM

Guys, Quadratec has options for soft tops for the LJ, if you have the original hardware, two framless soft tops and 3 options with hardware.

Jeep Soft Tops - Quadratec

Plus, Quadratec is a forum sponsoring vendor and offers discounts to forum members. Check out the website, but you need to call and talk to them once you have decided on which top you want.

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