Originally Posted by emev0l
Yes, people do that, but you only get a 2 foot long "bed", people with LJ's get a 3 foot long "bed"
LJ's look pretty good with the hard half-top, TJ's just look awkward IMO. And unless I did the front bulkhead stepped forwards from the rear window, I would have less cargo-area room than I do with the Bestop Half Top.
In comparison with the Brute, you have a proper cab close-out with a little space behind the seats, and then a 5.5 ft bed.
I'm planning on doing the Brute conversion to mine some time this year. It just makes it more usable for the amount of stuff we're carrying to the desert these days.
For my needs at least, there's lots of benefits to the Brute conversion that all together make it worth while.
1. Cargo capacity. More than enough space for overlanding type gear.
2. Cage above bed and roof top tent. TJ's are a little short for the roof top tent thing.
3. Longer wheelbase = more high speed stability
4. Longer wheelbase = less tendancy to nose dive on small drop-offs.
5. Longer chassis = more space to build a custom second fuel tank under the frame. No longer need to carry 4 Jerry Cans quite so high up (I have a custom rack above the tonnau cover at the moment on the TJ. Will make the second tank totally independent with it's own stock TJ fuel pump and fuel level sender, so I can switch between the two. If a fuel pump fails, I can rely on the other tank to keep moving.
6. Rear Winch = useful
7. Space to build water tanks in the bed.
8. Proper hardtop cab close-out. Should increase comfort levels. Can make a nice storage unit behind the seats to organise the cargo we need inside. Will install a spoiler-sunroof in the hard top that will allow us to open and close on the move, not having to pull over for 5 minutes and hold up the group just to unclip the side channels of the half-top.
It just very quickly becomes a more useful platform for us, allowing me to keep the center of gravity lower and more stable, while making everything more accessible and convenient, and fabricating a light weight rack for a light weight roof top tent.
It's not cheap, sure, but I'm starting to think it's justifiable.