My jeep is a 78' so it does not have strikers but I would like to install a YJ hardtop for winter and safari doors for summer. Has anybody done this conversion if so let me know what you needed and did.
1978 Jeep CJ-7 T-400 Q-Trac New 304 edelbrock intake and 4 barrel carb, comp cam, .060 over, dogleg heads and it DOES have some power.Forget swapping in a 350 chevy. Always AMC.
It will work, kinda, but instead of a YJ hardtop where the back liftgate wont work right with the spare tire and tailgate, try going with a CJ hardtop with matching doors for the 76 to 81 style door handles (not the paddle style, but the turn latch kind) This will work correctly and be a direct bolt on.
Places like Four Wheel Drive Hardware and Quadratec sell the necessary kits to convert your Jeep to the striker type latches. Only in a jeep cj is right about the difference in the rear hatch/tailgate style.
The tubs in the 76 to 81 CJ's are different than those in the 82 to 86 years. So , the strikers that fit the later, will not fit the earlier ones. I've seen both the aftermarket and "factory style" for the 82 to 86 years that came without, but I don't recall seeing a conversion for the old style. What would they bolt it to? the door tower is not there.
You're right, the tubs are different. The conversion kits come with a bracket that takes the place of that tower. I helped a friend install them in his '78 CJ7 when he added a hardtop from an '84 CJ7. I ordered the conversion kit from 4WD Hardware myself, so I know that's where it came from.
well if any of you can find it or stumble across it i would sure appreciate it if you could tell me a page# or item# so i could purchase it. that would be great. thanks for all the help. really cool site with helpful people
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