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DocterWrangler 03-28-2013 09:12 AM

Sunrider soft top brackets tj
 
i have found a kit on ebay for converting a standard soft top into a sunrider style top. here is the link Get Ready for Spring 97 06 Jeep Wrangler TJ DIY Flip Top Soft Top Sunroof Kit | eBay has anyone had any experiance with these type kits?

Greenliftedtj97 03-28-2013 09:17 AM

I'm curious about the same thing, I've heard from others that you have to cut your spreader bars to accept the supplied hinges. That has me kinda worried about not be able to go back.........

tangofox007 03-28-2013 09:42 AM

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Originally Posted by Greenliftedtj97 (Post 3563243)
That has me kinda worried about not be able to go back.........

What would be the point of "going back?"

If you don't want to use the Sunrider feature, just don't use it.

Neil F. 03-28-2013 10:00 AM

I made my own conversion a couple years ago (pretty cheap). I cut the bars, and made my own hinges using some used bow knuckles. I went through a couple versions of hinges.

I can't tell how the the ebay kit does it. You have to be able to lock/hold down the top behind the hinges. I first did it with straps (worked so-so) then I engineered using pins that went through the bars.

The other thing is and you don't really need it is the OEM and Bestop sunriders have a tube that slides across the hinge when you have the top up. I was never able to find some kind of tube to work. Without the tube to keep the front part together, it does flop when putting the top up/down. It is fine once it is latched.

I considered if the whole thing FUBARed. I could put the bars back together by inserting a tube/round stock into the cut bars and use a holdown screw.

DocterWrangler 03-28-2013 10:01 AM

it looks kinda straight forward, i was just curious if anyone had run into any snags with the install. i assumed i could use a pipe cutter to get a nice clean straight cut. has anyone else stumbled across a write up of this, i tried the search function and i couldnt find to much about a kit like such.

Greenliftedtj97 03-28-2013 10:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tangofox007 (Post 3563329)
What would be the point of "going back?"

If you don't want to use the Sunrider feature, just don't use it.


I mean if it doesn't work right. who wants a top that leaks or flops around

Neil F. 03-28-2013 10:26 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DocterWrangler (Post 3563392)
it looks kinda straight forward, i was just curious if anyone had run into any snags with the install. i assumed i could use a pipe cutter to get a nice clean straight cut. has anyone else stumbled across a write up of this, i tried the search function and i couldnt find to much about a kit like such.

Yea I used a tubing cutter

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Originally Posted by Greenliftedtj97 (Post 3563441)
I mean if it doesn't work right. who wants a top that leaks or flops around

Adding the hinge is not foung to cause it to leak and it will latch down just like it did before.

zanewolfgang 04-01-2013 07:36 PM

Is their anyone else that has experience with this kit? It would be really nice to just flip the front back on short trips instead of taking the whole top off.

Greenliftedtj97 04-17-2013 09:39 AM

Bump.

Anyone else have experiance using the Ebay kit?:popcorn:

Jaxon1023 04-17-2013 09:44 AM

TJ Sunroof - 1

Great site he has a lot of cool write ups

Neil F. 04-17-2013 10:07 AM

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Originally Posted by Jaxon1023 (Post 3647634)
TJ Sunroof - 1

Great site he has a lot of cool write ups

I made my own and have gone through a couple changes. I there are a couple things did that I did not like on the mod on Stu's site I never documented mine. I just put the softop back on and I'll try to document.

DocterWrangler 04-17-2013 10:27 AM

I still havn't done this mod yet, ive been too busy with work and school, this is finals week for me so I should have a lot more free time to devote to figuring out how I wanna do this.

BigDaddyAt 05-22-2013 12:30 PM

Add this one to my "to-do" list...


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