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Old 08-15-2015, 01:44 PM
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Lightweight Hardtop YJ

I'm exploring some options here-- does anyone know of a lightweight alternative to a hardtop for the YJ? I like the concept of the freedom top easily collapsible hardtop panels available on the JK. I'm just struggling to find a product that would meet these needs-- lightweight, easily storable, reliable, and hopefully no leaking. Any help or comments would be really appreciated!

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Old 08-15-2015, 02:37 PM   #2
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It's called a soft top

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Old 08-15-2015, 03:38 PM   #3
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Old 08-15-2015, 03:51 PM   #4
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Buy a jk with the freedom top or as stated buy a soft top and all the hardware to attach it to your yj
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Old 08-15-2015, 04:06 PM   #5
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I nearly bought an '88 with acme hardtop and fiberglass doors. I did a quick search but could not find the weight of these pieces. I would guess that the acme top (and doors) is lighter than factory. Maybe you can do a more extensive search and find out. I remove and replace my factory hardtop myself when the weather or season changes. It is quite heavy, but I devised a way to remove and replace it fairly quickly with not too much heavy lifting. While I figured out my method of removal, at my first effort, I removed the rear hatch because it is a lot of the top's weight. But that is too much work and time consuming. I eventually found a method that works for me. I don't think gthey make the acme top anymore, you'd need to find a good used one.
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Thank you Dave! That's a great suggestion, I will definitely be shopping for that brand of hardtop and of course a hoist is a good option, was just mostly wondering if anyone had found anything that condensed down and could be removed quickly and easily, but I'm open to any suggestions-- even a soft top.
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Thank you Dave! That's a great suggestion, I will definitely be shopping for that brand of hardtop and of course a hoist is a good option, was just mostly wondering if anyone had found anything that condensed down and could be removed quickly and easily, but I'm open to any suggestions-- even a soft top.
If you get a hoist then weight is no longer an issue. You could get a factory top or acme or other brand. Sounds like a soft top is the way to go, though.
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Maybe Some Day....

Hopefully BesTop will have enough demand for their TrekTop Pro made for the JK and decide to also make them for the YJ and TJ owners too.


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Awesome Concept!

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Hopefully BesTop will have enough demand for their TrekTop Pro made for the JK and decide to also make them for the YJ and TJ owners too.


This is an awesome concept, something along these lines would be great! Freedom of a soft top, comfort of a hard top-- thanks for sharing!
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Hopefully BesTop will have enough demand for their TrekTop Pro made for the JK and decide to also make them for the YJ and TJ owners too.


Isn't that just a fancy frameless top that has glass instead of plastic/vinyl?
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Isn't that just a fancy frameless top that has glass instead of plastic/vinyl?
Yup, but it has a solid frame around the rear window, and it has the wonderful SunRider option too. It's not really frameless though. It has the standard JK style frame with a better side window option and hard rear window. It is a hybrid between a hard top and soft top. I like it, and had I not come across a crazy cheap hard top for my JK, that is what I'd be putting on it this winter. The hard top with the Freedom Panels is almost as good as flipping the SunRider back on the soft top now.

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There is a new start up company called Lid-Tech that is on the cusp of coming up with a hard top for the YJ..... They have them for the JK... and working one one for us....
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A hybrid option would be ideal for what I'd want, and I'll look into Lid-Tech. I found a company based out of San Diego that make YJ hard tops with sunroofs, etc. I might see if they have anything that will fit my needs Thanks for all the suggestions everyone!
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For anyone that's interested-- I found a cool product on this site.
Right now this is only offered on the TJ, but maybe if enough of us request a YJ model, we can get a version made for us?

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