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chrishunt 01-09-2011 10:58 PM

Bestop Halftop Tailgate Access
 
I really like the look of the Bestop Halftop, but I'm hesitant to get it because it seems like I'd loose a whole lot of storage space by chopping the Jeep in half.

How accessible is the tailgate area when the top is installed and is it weather sealed? Thanks folks. I know this top isn't too popular, so if you have it, your opinion is appreciated.

InfernoGirl 01-10-2011 08:20 AM

Jp2611 has one, maybe he'll chime in soon. If not shoot him a PM and ask how he likes it. He just put it on recently I believe...

Geoff@Bestop 01-10-2011 10:41 AM

You'll get better (or at least more honest!) reviews from others. But:

The Duster uses a tailgate bar, like a top, so it allows you to open the tailgate and get under the tonneau.

You can also reach under the tonneau from the cab, and grab things out of the back.

I would -guess- that most people with a Duster tonneau rarely undo the sides.

Obviously this is smaller storage area than you'd get with a top, and the low height can make it annoying to get items out of the back.

This is my favorite recent photo of a Jeep with the Halftop setup.
http://www.bestop.com/blog/wp-conten...a4-450x337.jpg
I put several photos and links to this Jeep on the http://www.bestop.com/blog

Thanks for considering us.

jp2611 01-10-2011 11:36 AM

No issues!!!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by chrishunt (Post 978878)
I really like the look of the Bestop Halftop, but I'm hesitant to get it because it seems like I'd loose a whole lot of storage space by chopping the Jeep in half.

How accessible is the tailgate area when the top is installed and is it weather sealed? Thanks folks. I know this top isn't too popular, so if you have it, your opinion is appreciated.

I have recently added a halftop as IG mentioned. And am really satisfied with it!! I had been asked about weight issues over the back end of the jeep as it is similar to a tonuea on a truck-I had no problems with a lot of snow (just started another thread about that.)

The question of how accessible is a matter of perspective or intended use. I was already accustomed to the size of area from using a duster and windjammer in warmer weather. (I didn't realize that the halftop would "fit" on my '04) I have all the room I need but can always "roll' the part over the back of the jeep up to the back of the front seats if I need to haul a large item. I can pack a lot of gear under that space and it isn't noticeable.

Trip to Lake MI last year had upper soft windows in a bag, 2 large suitcases, 2 back packs, tool box, recovery bag/gear, 3 blankets, small cooler, 2 beach chairs and a couple extra pillows.

Weather is not any issue in my application-it works great for me. It is also going to depend on the type of weather that it is subjected to. My OPINION is it will "seal" up as well as a "factory soft top"- if your soft top in good condition would leak in your weather, than the half top may as well.

As far as the "lost space cutting the jeep in half" with your backseat out (won't use it with halftop)-how much do you store or haul above the top of the tub? That is how much space you will loose or how much you will gain by removing your backseat. (you don't have to remove backseat) I would buy one again in a minute!!!

One last thing it was -1* last night coming home from South Bend about 75 miles-I was nice and toasty!! :)

Hope this helps?

chrishunt 01-10-2011 12:34 PM

Great feedback, thank you.

I've got just a factory hardtop right now and the size and weight are driving me nuts. I feel like I'm in an FJ Cruiser. This half top looks like the way to go, let's hope the constant (yet mild) Seattle rain won't test the seals.

jp2611 01-10-2011 12:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by chrishunt (Post 979691)
Great feedback, thank you.

I've got just a factory hardtop right now and the size and weight are driving me nuts. I feel like I'm in an FJ Cruiser. This half top looks like the way to go, let's hope the constant (yet mild) Seattle rain won't test the seals.

Think you will be fine with a constant rain as long as it stays mild-but may want to be sure and "dry it out good" when u-can may feel/smell musty over time if you don't get it all the way dry. Good Luck!

sinduda216 01-27-2011 11:35 PM

was curious about it also..i too have the hard top it does have it benefits but a soft top would be nice and debating if i want to get the factory for the $1k+ it cost or save money and have a different look,

is the deck easy to roll back so i could flip the back seat up (barely in but just incase) for passengers?

didn't think to put the the rack over the deck cover thats a great idea for each storage for a day trips in my cases i would expect. and help slow down the thought of stealing something from the jeep

its a great alternative in many ways if it can work the way i would want. 1) its different, not many have it so it appeals to me 2) literally no questions will be asked to chauffer others around (unless it nice out and i can roll it up and flip or replace the back seat) 3) price is awesome for all three pieces in my opinion

jp2611 01-28-2011 06:53 AM

To 216 - not sure if I am looking at your profile correctly-2010JK? I don't know if they make a halftop for that. As far as duster deck cover, windjammer, bikini/safari top-on the Tj's yes could easily have seat folded and just remove the deck cover and jammer. The 3 piece unit will not totally seal the cab-but will get more protection from the safari top. With a safari top the gap around the edge of the windjammer would not be an issue for rain. :) Is only a small issue with bikini top but in HEAVY or "ALL DAY" rain it's gonna get damp in the cab.

sinduda216 01-28-2011 12:15 PM

hey jp- woops i just searched the whole forum didnt realize it was a TJ thread. Also thought JK's were kind of universal and didnt look at the years, but i'll have to look it to it because it's still a very good idea

Gunt 03-19-2012 11:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sinduda216 (Post 1019059)
was curious about it also..i too have the hard top it does have it benefits but a soft top would be nice and debating if i want to get the factory for the $1k+ it cost or save money and have a different look,

is the deck easy to roll back so i could flip the back seat up (barely in but just incase) for passengers?


I was wondering about this same thing but i actually have a tj. I wouldn't mind keeping the rear seat in case i needed it. Would this work?

Once installed, how fast/easy it it to put up/take down?

Do I need door surrounds?

Thanks for the help

I'm brand new to the jeep world and even newer to the forum but joined just so I could get some feedback on this topic. Lots of great advice on this site!

spy 03-19-2012 11:39 PM

Bestop is a great company, I would recommend them.
They also have "wrap around style, bikini/safari/windjammer/rear cover kits available and they come with the trunk bar and windshield header also. :thumb: give quadratec a call and they will hook you up, I belive JOE is our quadratec guy on the forum.


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