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Unread 06-03-2013, 02:56 PM   #1
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Softop frame removal

Hey, I have an 89 yj, and I was wondering if anyone has removed their softtop skeleton and just used the roll bars as a frame. And being an 89, it does not have the full roll cage, but the half one. So I'd need to keep the rear frame piece, but I hate that center one. Just trying to simplify the process of putting up/ taking down the soft top.

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Unread 06-03-2013, 03:32 PM   #2
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You would have to either modify the top or the rollbar. They make frameless tops, but only for the family style roll bar, IIRC.
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Unread 06-03-2013, 03:44 PM   #3
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The top is built for the frame. You'll likely have to check with someone like Bestop to see if they made a frameless top for the CJ's as the early YJ's and late CJ's have a lot of interchangeable parts.
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Unread 06-03-2013, 05:07 PM   #4
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There was one many years back, but it has since went the way of the dodo bird.









If you can find the family style roll cage out of a later model YJ, you can use that cage and go frameless with one from Rampage or Softtopper.
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Unread 06-03-2013, 06:18 PM   #5
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There was one many years back, but it has since went the way of the dodo bird.
And looking at those pictures, there's a damn good reason it went away!
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Unread 06-04-2013, 09:08 AM   #6
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Hah, I can say I agree with you there. Outside the looks, they killed interior space, had a blind spot that would hide a Mack truck and back passengers needed to be midgets. I remember them way back in the day when I had my first YJ. The last to go was the California Top (the one with the side windows). They later became Offroad Heros, which still makes frameless tops, but only for the JK.
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Unread 06-04-2013, 03:30 PM   #7
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Just a thought. If you had removed the center bow I'm sure that you will get more wind flap from the top when you were going down the highway.
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